Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the ways in which social change happens at the global level and explores the ways through which different aspects of our social life are influenced and challenged by such changes. It helps students to understand the causes and consequences of major globalisation processes and the role of powerful agents behind these processes. Students investigate the root causes of new global risks and crises (such as global inequality, global poverty, global financial crises and environmental degradations). The course will critically review the mainstream theories of globalisation in terms of their ability to explain global social changes and problems.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SOCA3167. Students who have successfully completed SOCA3167 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA6120.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand a set of social processes, conceptualised under the title of 'globalisation', and the various impacts these processes are having on the lives of people in different parts of the world;

2. Examine the intellectual debates around current global changes and the theories of globalisation;

3. Critique the concept of globalisation, to examine conventional theories of globalisation and to think beyond global vs. local dilemma;

4. Analyse the relationships between the processes of global social change and the creation of the global south, global poverty, global inequality and different global crises;

5. Develop a sociological understanding of the tensions between local and global processes which shape our lives;

6. Review and examine new debates in globalisation studies such as the role of non-state actors, cosmopolitanism, alter-globalisation, post-globalisation, justice globalism etc;

7. Develop an appreciation of local cultures;

8. Develop an appreciation of the complexity and disorder that characterises globalisation studies;

9. Develop research agenda and projects for studying social issues which cut across geographical and cultural borders and therefore their capacity for collaboration with relevant international NGOs, research institutions and policy organisations.


Topics are likely to include:

  1. Contested meanings of globalisation: a buzzword or reality? Identifying the key issues, Historical background and ideological dimensions
  2. Theoretical overview: globalisation discourses and theoretical approaches
  3. Globalisation and capitalism: Neoliberalism, Global Capitalism and free trade
  4. Globalisation and national state: Issue of global governance, national sovereignty and democracy
  5. Globalisation, culture, identity: global hegemony, McDonaldisation, modern values, cultural diversity, clash of civilizations?
  6. Globalisation and global inequality: global North/global South, global inequalities, global poverty, development, etc.
  7. Globalisation, gender, and identity: implications of globalisation for women; global world of fashion, dichotomous positioning of the female body in a global competition of cultures
  8. Globalisation or empire? Imperialism / Empire in decline? US hegemony in the post-9/11 era; unilateralism and American exceptionalism: a nationalist agenda for governing global capitalism? Imperialism, Empire or Imperium?
  9. Global players: corporations, IFIs, and mass media
  10. Globalisation and environment: A shrinking planet? Ecological Imperialism?
  11. Globalisation from below? Global civil society, global social movements; transnationalisation of resistance
  12. Beyond globalisation: Alternative Globalisations & Alternatives to Globalisation? Four major global projects: global fundamentalism, justice globalism, de-globalisation, cosmopolitanism


This course replaces SOCA3167. If you have successfully completed SOCA3167 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree majoring in a Social Sciences or related disciplines

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Participation: Group/Tutorial Participation & Contribution