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Unit description

Provides an overview of concepts and traditions in sociology, as well as using critical thinking to explore social issues. It moves from the early work of classical sociologists to contemporary theorists. The unit focuses on enduring topics of social concern in Australia, for example work, family, health, sport and information technology.

Unit content

Module 1: Switching on your sociological imagination - origins and founding theories
Module 2: Contemporary concerns - fragmentation, consumption, globalisation and inequality
Module 3: Applying stratification - gender, ethnicity and race
Module 4: Our changing world - technology and work
Module 5: Bodily experiences - health, age and deviance
Module 6: It's a wrap - research and future directions for sociology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify a 'social' issue
2use the skills of 'critical social thinking' to analyse a specific social issue
3apply social stratification concepts to such issues as social justice, power, identity, family, the workplace, religion, and technology
4understand key sociological ideas and their application to aspects of social organisation.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify a 'social' issue
  2. use the skills of 'critical social thinking' to analyse a specific social issue
  3. apply social stratification concepts to such issues as social justice, power, identity, family, the workplace, religion, and technology
  4. understand key sociological ideas and their application to aspects of social organisation.

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • Germov, J & Poole, M (eds), 2019, Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society, 4th edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: 9781760632540.
Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response40%
Essay60%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response40%
Essay60%
Notice

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Fee information

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