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|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
|Coordinator||Professor Catherine Palmer|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
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- Recognise and explain key social theories relating to cities and urbanisation.
- Apply contemporary sociological debates concerning city lives in Australia and abroad.
- Analyse different ways in which sociologists can contribute to understanding the nature of city life and its implications for social change and social justice.
- Produce independent social research.
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
|Assessment||Plan (20%)|Project Proposal (30%)|Report (50%)|
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