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SOC1002 Building Social Capital: Love and Social Justice

Semester 2, 2022 Online
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


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.

Course learning outcomes

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 required to be purchased or accessed

Academic sources will be accessible through the USQ Library system.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 20 1,3
Assignments Written Quiz No 30 2,3,4
Assignments Written Essay No 50 2,3,4
Date printed 27 June 2022