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SOC220 Living in a Global World (8)


This subject explores the different ways in which our everyday lives are connected increasingly to global events and processes. Through the study of topics such as consumption, work, crime and terrorism, migration, and environmental degradation, students are introduced to different sociological perspectives that assist in making sense of why global transformations are occurring, and the consequences for how we understand and experience the world. The subject engages with important questions 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? What are the challenges and prospects in creating a more socially just and environmentally sustainable world?

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have completed at least one first level sociology subject before attempting this subject.

Enrolment restrictions

Students should have completed at least one first level sociology subject before attempting this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to recognise the different ways in which sociologists make sense of a globalising world.
  • Be able to apply sociological concepts and theories to issues of global concern.
  • Be able to analyse ideas and debates concerning the evolution, dynamics and social impacts of globalisation.
  • Be able to demonstrate skills in academic writing.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Making Sense of a Global World
  • Module 2: Global Experiences
  • Module 3: Global Social Divisions
  • Module 4: Global Challenges


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.