SOC308 Community Analysis (8)


The subject looks at community as a means of addressing social, environmental and economic problems in a globalising world which is seeing a strong social and political push for action to be taken by local communities. Starting from the perspectives of local professionals and active citizens, the subject applies sociological tools to community capacity in terms of social capital, interaction, organization, inequality, conflict and power relationships both within and beyond the community. We conclude by looking at the implications of globalisation and cultural change for local communities.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have successfully completed SOC3033 or SOC-3084

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand sociological ways of describing and investigating communities
  • be able to understand some of the sociological theories that have been developed to help us understand the variety of forms of community we have in our society
  • be able to explain sociological research about communities clearly in writing
  • be able to think critically about community
  • be able to apply sociological theory and concepts to real world cases of issues that occur in communities


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Part 1 - Introduction:
  • - Topic 1: Introduction to community analysis, questions the definition of community and what constitutes a community.
  • - Topic 2: Methodologies in community analysis, examines ways in which communities have been examined using quantitative and qualitative research strategies.
  • Part 2 - Sociological Theory of Community:
  • - Topic 3, Government and governance.
  • - Topic 4, Inequality and the paradox of community.
  • - Topic 5, Communion and cohesion.
  • - Topic 6, Social capital.
  • - Topic 7, Community participation and social change.
  • - Topic 8, Growth machines and economic development.
  • Part 3 - Case Studies and application of theory:
  • - Topic 9, Rural communities.
  • - Topic 10, Environment and communities.
  • - Topic 11, Work in and for communities.
  • - Topic 12, Virtual community - the influence of technology and the online age.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.