Understanding the Social World (Previously Introduction to Sociology) - 2017

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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 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Online Discussion - Module 3 (40%) , Online Discussion 1 - Module 1 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to the social sciences in a fresh local context, both in terms of the theories social scientists use to explain Australian society and the way in which those theories have an impact on social life.

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

At the successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. describe the basic  principles of three sociological paradigms used to explain the social world;
  2. compare three sociological paradigms and explain their similarities and differences;
  3. analyse the importance of the "sociological imagination" in understanding the social world;
  4. apply sociological theory to an examination of social issues.
  • Online Discussion — Module 3 (40%)
  • Online Discussion 1 — Module 1 (20%)
  • Online Discussion 2 — Module 2 (30%)
  • Quiz (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Sociological Imagination
2Sociological Paradigms
3Sociological Research
4Society and Culture
5Race and Ethnicity
6Class and Social Stratification
7Sex, Gender and Sexuality
8Youth and Adulthood
9Education and Employment
10Family and Relationships
11Crime, Justice and Deviance
12Faith and Secularisation

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

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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

  • Think Sociology


    ISBN: 9781442539808


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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