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SSPS4101: Social Sciences and Social Change

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.

Code SSPS4101
Academic unit Social and Political Sciences
Credit points 6
144 credit points and (FASS3999 or FASS3333 or equivalent)
Assumed knowledge:
Successful completion of an Arts major.

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.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.