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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?

Summary 2021

Unit name Globalisation and Society: Power, Inequality and Conflict
Unit code HGA343
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

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




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

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

HGA262/362: Social Inequalities: Global and Local


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Lecture (pre-recorded, 30 minutes weekly) 
Workshop (2 hours weekly)

Off Campus:
Lecture (pre-recorded, 30 minutes weekly) 
Online tutorial (1 hour fortnightly)


Discussion Posts (online), 1500 words in total (30%); Presentation, 5-10 minutes (30%); Essay, 2500 words (40%)

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