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SOC2022 Power and Society

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 January 2023


This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the explanatory potential of competing approaches to power in relation to injustice, exploitation and inequality on the one hand, and social movements resisting these on the other. Students will examine the way our understanding of power can itself facilitate or limit our capacity to exploit opportunities for resisting or overcoming injustice.

Power is a central concept for social justice studies and for all the social sciences, including sociology, politics, anthropology, economics, and communications studies. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of competing theories of power from the perspectives of these social science disciplines. This course contrasts the conventional concept of power as having its basis in coercion, dominance, and `control over'; with competing conceptions of power that treat as primary humans as social animals with a desire and capacity for cooperation. The examination of alternative concepts of power in this course provides the foundation for their application in the rest of the Social Justice major.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 28 January 2023