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Australian Society: A Developmental Perspective (6 points)


Leader: TBA

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: The unit begins with an analysis of the key 'Australian' values and institutions at the beginning of the twentieth century. It then explores the pressures for change (including the 'globalisation process') which have led to the recent dismantling of Australia's longstanding defensive 'borders', including those of a trading, financial and cultural nature. The unit examines the impact of these changes on income distribution, the 'welfare state', the mass media and other key Australian institutions, as well as the outcome for Australian nationalism.

Assessment: Essay (3000 words): 66% + Class presentation (equivalent to 1500 words): 34%

Contact Hours: 2 hours per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission

Prohibitions: SCY3235

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