Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we aim to develop an understanding of some of the important global and local issues of our time using a sociological lens. We will draw on the work of both classical and contemporary social theorists to analyse the concerns of our society while, at the same time, assessing whether their theoretical concepts have stood the test of time. Some of the issues addressed will be climate change and its associated issues of food security and people displacement, capitalism and the global economy, political unrest and refugees and terrorism. We also explore our age as one of rapid technological and related social change, the far-reaching and diverse impact of the internet, for example, affecting everything from the economy and media production to individual social relations.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMary Jo Fortuna

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects SOC2CSI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is also available to Bendigo students but is held at the Shepparton Campus.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClimate Wars,PrescribedDyer, GwynneSCRIBE PUBLICATIONS, 2008

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Shepparton, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMary Jo Fortuna

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
final class test (equivalent to 600 words)15
research essay (equivalent 1600 words)40
seminar presentations (equivalent to 1000 words)25
theory excercise (equivalent to 800 words)20