Power, Politics and Society (SCLG2621)


The unit explores how power and politics shape our lives across the different social arenas we inhabit. Drawing on the work of Castells, Sennett, Foucault, Bourdieu, Chomsky, the Frankfurt School, among others, the unit explores: changes in the world of work; global effects of information and communication technologies; power of corporations; the surveillance society; education's role in shaping society; culture, fashion and the media; consumerism and rebellion; and how economic, political and scientific practices meet in the climate change debate.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1500wd Research essay (35%), 1x2500wd Take-home exercise (55%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points from Sociology) or (12 Junior credit points from Socio-Legal Studies)

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this unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program

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