Introduction to Sociology - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (30%) , Non-Invigilated Exam - On-line Multiple Choice (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Develop your awareness of social science theory, with emphasis on the critical analysis of established theories that explain human experience. Through your studies, you will develop skills in social science methodologies. This unit builds theoretical debates concerning social inequalities based on class, gender, race and ethnic differences at the local, national and global levels. It uses such understandings to explain Australian society and the ways in which theory impacts on social life and the implementation of public policy.

Note: This unit is considered to be academically equivalent to CCJ18 Crime and Society.

At the successful completion of this unit you should have gained:

  1. An appreciation of the social sciences as a discipline;
  2. an appreciation of certain key authors and their seminal texts used within the discipline;
  3. understanding of numerous theories used as tools by social scientists to analyse various social phenomena;
  4. understanding of the multifaceted nature of issues evident in contemporary society;
  5. an ability to form your own social scientific evaluations of important issues in a way that deepens and broadens your own knowledge of society.
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — On-line Multiple Choice (20%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Research Essay (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Understanding modernity: themes and issues
2Identity and relationships
3Social structure: the local and the global

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Sociology Australia

    By:Bessant & Watts

    ISBN: 9781741750164


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