Australian Society - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 798.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,048.00

This unit was previously known as SGY110 Australian and Global Societies.

Commence your studies of society by learning about the sociological framework and establish skills for life. You will be introduced to many of the ways in which sociologists think about the most intimate aspects of life - such as sexuality, the family and gender - as well as to larger and often impersonal structural features, such as social class, the labour market and social policy. You will also have the opportunity to use social research techniques such as interviews and observation in the real world, as well as to uncover the secrets often hidden in other sources of information and data.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. be familiar with the key sociological concepts as they are applied to the study of Australian society
  2. be aware of existing patterns of social structure and the processes and nature of change currently taking place
  3. have developed a broad understanding of the nature and methods of social science
  4. be able to use basic social research skills to undertake some types of original, primary research under supervision.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 (35%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SGY110 — Australian and Global Societies

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is sociology?
2History of sociology and key ideas
3What is a social fact?
4Australian families
5Gender, language and domination
6The life course - growing up in the 21st century
7Religion and social change
8Media, race and ethnicity
9Class and inequality
10Work, employment and society
11Crime and society
12Globalisation: the world as social context

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

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