Sociology of Identity - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Key Papers Discussion (30%) , Open Book Exam (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,043.00

Discover the main sociological theories of identity. You will explore contemporary debates surrounding identity through various sites used for the generation of social identities, for example, consumption, sexuality, class and gender. Through your studies, you will also explore the different ways in which contemporary social conditions, for example, the internet, consumption, globalisation, global warming and terrorism, and social categories such as gender, ethnicity, race, religion and social class variously structure identity possibilities.

At the completion of this unit you will have acquired the following transferable skills:

  1. regular attendance, participation and organisation skills
  2. oral communication and group work skills
  3. written communication skills
  4. analysis and critical evaluation skills
  5. research skills.
  • Assignment — Key Papers Discussion (30%)
  • Open Book Exam (20%)
  • Quiz (20%)
  • Research Essay (30%)

You must complete Level 1 studies in Sociology before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Origins, construction & implications of identity

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
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

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  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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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