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SSPS4101: Social Sciences and Social Change

2024 unit information

Life today is characterised by mounting concerns over inequality, oppression and environmental sustainability. Following Karl Marx's insistence that "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it", the unit engages with exploring other possible ways of organising the world in which we live. Social scientists are well placed to diagnose and propose responses to the biggest challenges we face. Students will apply a social science lens to persistent problems in our economy, society and environment. The unit evaluates prevailing and alternative policy models in the context of the forces shaping and contesting states and economies.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Social and Political Sciences

Code SSPS4101
Academic unit Social and Political Sciences
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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144 credit points and (FASS3999 or FASS3333 or equivalent)
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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Successful completion of a Table A major from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Conceptualise a social sciences question in relation to real world issues.
  • LO2. Locate contemporary social and political transformations against a broader historical, political and cultural background.
  • LO3. Undertake academic literature review on a social sciences topic/question.
  • LO4. Undertake a general review of resources relating to a social sciences topic/question including government, NGO, legal resources
  • LO5. Participate in structured class discussions on readings and ideas introduced in the course.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote

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