Understanding Contemporary Societies - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • 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 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as SGY370 Understanding Contemporary Societies.

Understanding Contemporary Societies offers students the opportunity to integrate and expand their sociological knowledge towards the end of their undergraduate degree. Students will gain an advanced understanding of sociological theories and concepts from across the discipline. Engaging with  theoretical and empirical approaches will equip students with refined sociological skills that will enable them to critically analyse and understand contemporary societies.

At the completion of this unit students will obtain:

  1. a solid understanding of the ambit of sociology and its various methodologies
  2. an understanding of the complex nature of contemporary society and the issues surrounding various classifications such as traditional, modern and postmodern, as well as more specific approaches such as work-society, individualised society, risk society
  3. a consolidation of knowledge acquired in previous studies in Sociology
  4. an acquisition of theoretical and empirical knowledge in Sociology that will serve as a foundation for Honours in Sociology.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Participation (30%)

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:

  • SGY370 — Understanding Contemporary Societies

SOCX325 Is a capstone unit that ties previous Sociology units together and must be one of the last unit taken for this field of study.

  • 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.

1Sociological thinking
2Applied Sociology
3Theory and method
4Culture and everyday life
7Policy and public life
8Economy and society

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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

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