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Globalisation and Society: Power, Inequality and Conflict HGA343


This unit explores the different ways in which our everyday lives are connected increasingly to global events, issues and problems. Through three core modules – Approaches to Globalisation; Global Challenges and Threats; and, Global Futures – you will discover why globalisation is an important area of sociological inquiry, and how sociological concepts and theories are useful in understanding the causes of global issues and problems, and in contributing to solutions. You will engage with important questions that are central to the future of humanity such as: In ways are global changes transforming how we think about and experience the world? How does increasing global mobility and inter-connectedness contribute to new forms of solidarity and belonging as well as social inequality? How might we explain the recent rise of populism and nationalism? What are the challenges and prospects in creating a more socially just and environmentally sustainable world?


Unit name Globalisation and Society: Power, Inequality and Conflict
Unit code HGA343
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Professor Vaughan Higgins
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise and explain the power relations, social inequalities and conflicts underpinning globalisation.
  • Apply sociological concepts and theories to global issues and problems.
  • Analyse different ways in which sociologists can contribute to understanding the causes of global issues and problems, and developing solutions.
  • Produce written and/or oral work that communicates your ideas clearly, conforms to academic standards, and accurately acknowledges the work of others.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



25 credit points at Introductory level or higher

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HGA262/362: Social Inequalities: Global and Local


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1 hour) and weekly face-to-face workshop (2 hours).

Off Campus:
Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1 hour) and fortnightly online tutorials and/or participation in discussion boards (1 hour)

AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Conceptual analysis and application (15%)|Participation (15%)|Assessment Task 3: Recorded presentation (30%)|Assessment Task 2: Essay (40%)
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