• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Sociology, Health, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2020
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As societies develop in complexity, so attention has turned to the problem of managing the ensuing conditions of risk and uncertainty. From global finance, climate change and terrorism to intimate relationships, personal health and management of the self, institutions and individuals are increasingly expected to perform 'risk work'. This course will examine how they perceive, define and mitigate risks, especially via the use of technologies and specific knowledge frameworks. It will also explore those who make and take risks. We will consider the most influential theories of risk, and then apply these to analyse a series of case studies. The course provides a sociological introduction to risk studies and it encompasses a detailed overview of an issue that impacts significantly on the experience and governance of everyday life.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply sociological perspectives and conceptions to explain the nature, function and significance of risk.
  2. Analyse the impact of existing and emerging risks on the organisation and experience of social life and relations.
  3. Evaluate institutional responses to the generation, regulation and management of risks.
  4. Produce independent, sociologically informed research on particular facets of the risk society.
  5. Reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research Project, 2500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Seminar Participation, continuous (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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Workload

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a minimum of 12 units of 1000 level Sociology (SOCY) and/or Criminology (CRIM) courses; or with the permission of the course convener.

Prescribed Texts

Tulloch, J. and Lupton, D. 2003. Risk and Everyday Life, London: Sage.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes a basic understanding of sociological perspectives and approaches.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6456 01 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 30 Sep 2020 In Person N/A

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