Course Title: Globalising Societies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Globalising Societies

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2329

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2329

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (BOSN)

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Phipps

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2039

Course Coordinator Email: peter.phipps@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces key sociological concepts and ideas that seek to explain social dynamics and socio-political processes in the modern world. You will examine the key features of contemporary societies at the local, national and global levels, and consider how social change at the local level is affected by global processes and ideas. The course draws on sociological concepts to deepen your understanding of economic, political, cultural and ecological dimensions of societies and to help you to reflect on your place in the world. You will critically examine individual and collective social identities, with a focus on how current and historical practices have created enduring social structures. You will reflect on the way privilege and disadvantage is distributed and experienced in globalised societies, and consider what is at stake in this for you personally and professionally. You will also develop academic skills in critical thinking and analysing, and be introduced to foundational social concepts.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • critically analyse key conventional descriptions and explanations offered about contemporary society
  • Outline the economic, political, cultural and ecological dimensions of society in a globalised world
  • Identify, analyse and account for the increasingly diverse nature of social relations and power arrangements using key sociological concepts such as identity, ethnicity, gender, power, privilege, and inequality



Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include lectures, guest speakers, the presentation of audio-visual materials and other media and cultural artefacts, and interactive workshop activities including group based discussion of the lecture and reading content and problem solving tasks. In workshops you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing.


You will be expected to actively contribute to the construction of a supportive learning environment, in which peer-based learning will be an important component. Attendance in classes and participation in discussions and activities, as well as critical engagement with the weekly reading materials, will be expected to help you in developing your knowledge and skills.


Overview of Learning Resources

Overview of Learning Resources You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or core textbook and also will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes and your development of the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will involve a range of group and individual tasks. These may include: identifying and presenting an analysis of a site, carrying out a critical analysis on a piece of academic writing; weekly reading and reflection tasks; and an academic essay.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment