- Code SOCY3007
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Gender Studies, Policy Studies, Sociology, Economic History, Political Economy
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Melinda Cooper
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2024
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The term "neoliberalism" refers to an intellectual movement dating back to the 1930s and to the political movement that translated these ideas into policy practice beginning in the 1970s. The movement inspired a backlash against the mid-century welfare state and sought to achieve a complete transformation of social, economic and political life in accordance with free market principles. This course will offer an introduction to the concept and practices of neoliberalism from a sociological perspective. It will introduce students to major texts and authors in the emerging field of neoliberalism studies and examine the key intellectual controversies. Topics to be covered include neoliberalism and the ideology of the free market, neoliberalism and the welfare state, neoliberalism and the transformation of the social world, neoliberalism and gender, taxation and public spending austerity, and the relationship between neoliberalism and social conservatism. While theoretical texts will be drawn from multiple contexts, special attention will be paid to the roll out of neoliberalism in Australia.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the basic contours of neoliberalism as a thought collective and policy practice;
- recognise and engage with key concepts and debates in the field of neoliberalism studies;
- use sociological concepts and approaches to grapple with the impact of neoliberalism in diverse social arenas, including work, welfare, and care; and
- intervene in debates on neoliberalism by developing their own critical perspective.
This course will be cross-listed in the Gender, Sexuality and Culture Studies Major and Minor.
- Critical review, 1500 words
(40) [LO 1,2,4]
- Major essay, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval, The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society. New York: Verso, 2013.
David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2005.
Elizabeth Humphrys .How Labor Built Neoliberalism: Australia's Accord, the Labour Movement and the Neoliberal Project. Leiden: Brill, 2018.
Philip Mendes. Australia's Welfare Wars: The Players, the Politics and the Ideologies. Kensington: UNSW Press, 2017.
Philip Mirowski and Dieter Plehwe, eds, The Road from Mont-Pelerin – The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2009.
Jamie Peck, Constructions of Neoliberal Reason. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Ben Spies-Butcher. Politics, Inequality and the Australian Welfare State after Liberalisation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023.
Eve Vincent. Who Cares? Life on Welfare in Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2023.
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|22 Jul 2024
|29 Jul 2024
|31 Aug 2024
|25 Oct 2024
|Online or In Person