OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Examines the connections between work and its various guises and the contemporary family in the context of late modernity. It profiles the family and the labour market, provides underpinning theoretical approaches and examines work/family issues and relationships, and their implications from a sociological perspective.

Unit content

  • Family (historical overview, definitions, structures, role)
  • Work (historical overview, definition, distribution, divisions of labour)
  • The work/life clash
  • Men, work and families
  • Women, work and families
  • Love and work (the implications of work for intimacy)
  • Changing conceptions of time (short hours, long hours)
  • Precarious work and care
  • Who cares? (the ethics of care)
  • The role of policy
  • Families outside the labour market (jobless families)

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Darab, S & Hartman, Y (Revised by S Darab & B Morris), 2014, Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia: Study Guide, 5th edn, Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

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