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SOC1002 Building Social Capital: Love and Social Justice

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Building Social Capital
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090301 - Sociology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Sarah Muller


Concepts of social capital and civil society are intrinsically linked to social justice and the development of social welfare, political stability, economic development, and governmental performance. Advocates of social justice require a commitment to building loving communities through the development of social capital. In the contemporary world, romantic notions of love are a booming industry however, love as a sustainable foundation of a healthy civil society has largely been forgotten. The concept of Love is a foundation of social justice and positive social change. This course prepares students to critically evaluate the value of love and its potential impacts on the successful development of social capital, in order to sustain healthy civil societies.


Through theoretical perspectives and practical exercises, this course introduces students to the broad concept of love as a sustainable foundation to building social capital. Students will develop their understanding of love beyond that of the romantic notion and examine how love can be utilised in the development of social capital, within the context of everyday settings. This course requires students to critically evaluate the importance of their role in building social capital and its relationships to individuals, social and economic development, and civil society.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. contextualise ‘Love’ as force to building social capital and social justice;
  2. delineate social capital’s major concepts and theories;
  3. appreciate how social capital impacts society and individuals;
  4. acknowledge how social capital is created, the benefits and potential negative outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Contextualising Love – a force of social justice and building social capital 25.00
2. Social capital - major concepts and theories 25.00
3. Social capital impacts on society and individuals – issues of trust 25.00
4. How social capital is created, its benefits and potential negative outcomes 25.00

Text and Materials

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Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Reference materials will be accessible through the USQ Library system and provided through the course study desk.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 28.00
Independent Study 137.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
REFLECTION 100 20 06 Aug 2021
QUIZ (ONLINE) 100 30 17 Sep 2021
PROJECT 100 50 15 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Arts and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 8 November 2021