Sociology of Everyday Life - 2016

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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: SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Journal - Fortnighly Journal (10%) , Participation - Online Discussion (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as SGYX120 Sociology of Everyday Life.

This unit is designed to introduce students to key concepts in sociology through topics and debates in the study of everyday life. As the study of social behaviour and processes, the discipline of sociology has always paid close attention to the ‘everyday’ where its main concerns, class, gender, ethnicity, social relations, social inequality, power and identity unfold. In this unit, students will be introduced to social thinkers who studied the often mundane and taken for granted aspects of everyday practices, norms and rules. Through the analysis of everyday situations such as the home, the neighbourhood, the city, the shopping mall and various sites of leisure and entertainment, as well as the many tools and 'props' that we use to negotiate these activities (clothes, food, furnishing, communication devices, etc.); it aims to question the common sense assumptions of everyday life. The central theme will be that our participation in these activities reveals much about ourselves as it does about the social forces that shape our everyday lives.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. be aware of the role of history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life
  2. have developed a broad understanding of how the 'sociological imagination' can be applied to our everyday lives
  3. be able to read, summarise and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life
  4. be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnomethodology, semiotics, taste mapping and visual analysis used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life.
  5. have developed a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings.
  • Journal — Fortnighly Journal (10%)
  • Participation — Online Discussion (10%)
  • Quiz 1 (20%)
  • Quiz 2 (20%)
  • Research Essay (40%)

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:

  • SGYX120 — Sociology of Everyday Life (Previously SGY120)

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.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Making Something of Nothing?
2Life in a Day
3The Meaning of Everyday Life
4Theorising the Mundane
5Reading Week
6Everyday Ethnography
7Visual Sociology and Everday Life
8Gender and The Body
9Social Class
10Friendship and Intimacy
11Eating and Food
12The local and the Global
13Reading Week

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

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

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