Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides students with a broad understanding of economic activity as a product of complex interactive social forces and social relationships, through which human agents structure socio-economic conduct among social actors. Encourages students to adopt a critical and exploratory approach to understanding the historical, structural, and ecological contexts in which social actors produce, reproduce and change social life.

Unit content

Introduction:   Economy, Ecology & Social Life
Topic 1:          Key concepts and approaches to the “Economic”
Topic 2:          Key concepts in “Political Economy”
Topic 3:          Society & Markets: Values, Prices and Competition
Topic 4:          Economic Growth, Economic Crises & Ecology
Topic 5:          Economic Systems & Social Inequality: Class, Income and Wealth
Topic 6:          State, Economy & Social Policy
Topic 7:          Global Corporations—Local Trade & Risks
Topic 8:          Work, Consumption and Quality of Life
Topic 9:          The Environment & Sustainability: Limits to Growth?
Topic 10:        Community, Social Movements and Democracy
Conclusion:    The Future of Market Society.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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