SOC212 Class, Global Capitalism and Social Change (8)

Australian culture tends to downplay the relevance, or even existence, of social class. Yet, class and global capitalism influence all aspects of our social world from everyday injustices to popular uprisings and climate change. This subject examines different ways of thinking about class and how it shapes personal identities, lived realities, communities, whole societies and the planet. Historical and contemporary examples of class formations, inequalities, power and conflict in Australian and international contexts will be explored. By learning how class is a major force of social change and resistance in a capitalist-dominated world, this subject empowers students to recognise and become social change agents.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC212. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

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 explain class and global capitalism from a sociological perspective;
  • be able to think critically about class in the context of historical and contemporary global capitalism;
  • be able to use sociological theory and concepts to explain how class influences social change in the context of global capitalism; and
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with key sociological research on class and global capitalism.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction theories of class and global capitalism
  • Australian class structure and representations
  • Intersectionality: class, gender and culture
  • Class and capitalism in North America
  • Class and capitalism in South America
  • Class and capitalism in Europe
  • Class and capitalism in Middle East and North Africa
  • Class and capitalism in Asia

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SOC212 in Session 3 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Group project
Revision tests

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.