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Citizens, States and Societies (11247.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (189954) - View

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Citizens, States and Societies provides students with an overview of the ways social forces shape political phenomena. Students will learn to recognise the ways in which various social identities and groups intersect with and influence political institutions. Students taking this subject will identify, analyse and evaluate key debates in politics and sociology including the changing definitions of politics and power, identity and citizenship, the nation state and the ways in which technological changes and globalisation are shifting traditional boundaries. Approaching political and social phenomena from the perspective of political sociology allows for a nuanced understanding of many contemporary issues.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe and explain key theories underpinning contemporary political sociology and apply these to the analyses of current issues;

2. Evaluate the efficacy of competing approaches to understanding global phenomena (immigration, citizenship and state power) and discern the implications of using different analytical lenses;

3. Apply political and social theories to real world scenarios in order to interrogate and explain the ways in which politics and sociology overlap;

4. Conduct, analyse and evaluate research and communicate the results effectively in writing; and

5. Reflect upon their unit experience, including theories, discussions and feedback, and how it relates to the goals set out in their professional portfolio.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on-campus per week.


11235 Introduction to Politics and Government.



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