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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Vaughan Higgins


Previously coded SCY2813


This unit explores the different ways in which globalisation transforms those regions that lie outside the boundaries of Australia's capital cities. Studying the regional impact of global processes is significant since it is often non-metropolitan regions where the uneven effects of globalisation are experienced most intensely. The unit focuses on how globalisation contributes to economic, environmental and social change in regional Australia, and its implications for various groups communities and industries. We also engage with debates over how to create a more sustainable future for regional Australia, and reflect on the tensions involved in current strategies to enhance 'sustainability'.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:1) be able to explain the relationship between globalisation processes and contemporary change in regional Australia;2) be able to recognise and describe the different theories and concepts through which sociologists explain regional and rural change;3) understand the processes, institutions and policies that shape the social organisation of regional Australia;4) be able to recognise and assess critically debates concerning the sustainability of Australia's regions; 5) have gained skills in the written presentation of an argument, including the ways in which sociologists incorporate and acknowledge the ideas of other writers.


Short essay (1000 words): 25%Long essay (1500 words): 35%Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Vaughan Higgins

Contact hours

2 hours (2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802 or equivalents


ATS3731, GSC2213, GSC3213, SCY2813, SCY3813