Courses & Units

City Lives HGA341



The unit examines the complex social relations of living in cities. For the first time in human history, over half of the world’s population live in cities. Yet, how do we make sense of the social, environmental, economic and cultural factors and structures that underpin and sustain urban life? The unit asks the question: how are we to imagine, live in and govern cities in the twenty first century? It explores the nature of city life and its implications for social change and social justice.

The unit is team-taught by Sociology staff with expertise in many of the most pressing issues in contemporary society: for example, inequalities, housing, work, religion, leisure and tourism, food, consumption and waste, the environment, health, Indigeneity, and crime, and how these may influence urban life. You will apply theory and practice to case studies of Australian and international cities to explore these and other problems. You will conduct a small piece of independent research supervised by a staff member. Over the semester, you will gain practical skills in applied social and policy research and will contribute to a project with 'real-world' outcomes


Unit name City Lives
Unit code HGA341
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Professor Catherine Palmer

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise and explain key social theories relating to cities and urbanisation.
  2. Apply contemporary sociological debates concerning city lives in Australia and abroad.
  3. Analyse different ways in which sociologists can contribute to understanding the nature of city life and its implications for social change and social justice.
  4. Produce independent social research.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090301 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

Off Campus:
Lecture (1 hour weekly)
Tutorial (1 hour weekly) 
Independent learning

On Campus:
Lecture (1 hour weekly)
Tutorial (1 hour weekly) 
Independent learning


Task 1: Prepare, scope and plan research proposal, 1000 words (20%)

Task 2: Project proposal, 1500 words (30%)

Task 3: Applied research report, 3000 words (50%)

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