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SCY1802 - Global Sociology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Vaughan Higgins


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit is an introduction to the discipline of sociology with a specific focus on the application of sociological ideas and concepts to issues of global concern. The unit examines critically those issues that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of nation-states, and analyses forms of power, resistance and inequality that underpin and shape such issues. Topics covered include nationhood and globalisation, uneven development, environmental degradation, work and employment, and consumption.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand the nature of sociological explanation and its difference to other forms of explanation;
  2. Be able to recognise the different ways in which sociologists theorise and research the social world;
  3. Be able to apply basic sociological concepts to issues of local and global concern;
  4. Have gained skills in the written presentation of an argument, including the ways in which sociologists incorporate and acknowledge the ideas of other writers; and,
  5. Begin to develop a critical, questioning approach to reading/assessing sociological material that provides a sound basis for further study in the discipline.


Short essay (1000 words): 25%
Long essay (1500 words): 35%
Final examination (2 hour): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week