four (4) short answers, totalling 100% of your final assessment

100960 Contemporary Society Summer A 2018 Deferred Final Assessment Due: Saturday 10th February 2018 5.00pm Weight: 50% Instructions Please read carefully before proceeding 1. This assessment is made up of four (4) short answers, totalling 100% of your final assessment. 2. The word limit for each question is 400 words (plus or minus 10%). The total word limit for the assignment is 1,600 words. You must only use the unit’s textbook (Sociologic edited by James Arvanitakis) and/or material taken directly from this unit’s weekly lecture pods, including direct quotations, which must be correctly referenced using Chicago. Do not use any Internet sources. Do not use any other scholarly texts or other texts of any kind. Marks will be deducted if you do. Think of this as an electronic version of a tutorial-based open-book exam. 3. Late penalties apply unless an extension has been granted, but late submissions will be accepted. Note that there is no late-submission Turnitin link. An extension must be requested via a completed Request for Extension form (available in Student Forms). For further details refer to the 100960 Unit Learning Guide. Answer all (4) FOUR of the below short answer questions: Question 1. Academic Jan Aart Scholte defined globalisation as ‘a reconfiguration of social geography marked by the growth of transplanetary and supra-territorial connections between people’. Using the concepts of supraterritorial, transplanetary and the Week 9 lecture pod to critically discuss how globalisation has reconfigured contemporary Australian society. Question 2. In her lecture pods on technology Associate Professor Sara Knox used the example of a baby-grow suit to explain the concept of Social Construction of Technology theory or SCOT. Provide a basic definition of SCOT and then critically discuss how this concept can be used to study the meanings and social interpretations acquired by a specific everyday artefact. Your answer must include at least one artefact as an example. Question 3. An ecological footprint is a way of measuring our demand on the Earth’s limited resources. Using the concept of interconnectedness critically discuss why we as individuals find it difficult to reduce our ‘ecological footprint’ in our daily lives. Your response must include a specific example and include the concepts of ideology, power and agency. Question 4. Using a specific sporting code as an example and key points from the Week 8 Lecture Pods, critically discuss why deviant underconformity and deviant overconformity behaviour is still accepted in contemporary Australian society.

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