• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Geography, Environmental Studies, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Intensifying processes of urbanisation worldwide mean that cities will dominate the twenty-first century. This course explores some of the profound changes that are currently taking place in cities and evaluates what this means for understanding contemporary social transformation. Through a range of case studies, this course investigates how cities are the sites of some of the most significant technological, ecological, social and cultural challenges of our time. It introduces a range of critical urban theories that can help to explain these diverse challenges, in addition to pinpointing some progressive political and ethical responses that might improve the liveability and sustainability of cities as they swell in scale and diversity. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand historical and contemporary sociological accounts of cities and urbanisation;
  2. evaluate the contribution that the discipline of sociology makes to the study of social transformation and social inequality in cities;
  3. identify different forms of social transformation in cities and analyse their diverse effects; and
  4. reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the key themes, debates and theories of the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial paper (800 words) (20) [LO 1]
  2. Canberra case-study paper (1,500 words) (30) [LO 2,3]
  3. Research essay (2,500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: 
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 11 hours of tutorials; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

12 units of ANU courses.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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