SOC218 Policy, Power and Social Action (8)

How can people change society? The subject examines systems of governance and the ways in which people can act within them. From a foundation of social power theory, it explores the policy apparatus and the points at which people and organisations make input to it. Major public issues concerning society, the economy and the environment are examined to illustrate the policy process. Particular attention is paid to policy fields in which social movements have brought change, such as feminism and environmentalism, and other areas in which the value of change is frequently contested from different perspectives, such as economic rationalism.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of sociological theories of power
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with models of governance
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of social movements and related theory
  • be able to critically analyse current issues in terms of the forces acting to bring change and their significance to democracy


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Perspectives on Power
  • Module 2: Political and Social Action
  • Module 3: Public Policy
  • Module 4: Democracy and Avenues for Social Action


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.