Introduction to Sociology - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Poster (20%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

To what extent are we products of our social environments? How do gender, class, ethnicity, ideology, etc., influence how we think and act? What is power, how is it used, by whom and for what ends? What methods can we use to study society? Examine Australian society, using research and insights from sociological theories on the nature of social institutions, power and inequality and the possibility of social change. Have your assumptions challenged and your understanding of the world stimulated.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. engage creatively with the relationship between the individual, society and the globe, using sociological thinking
  2. understand some tools of sociological analysis
  3. understand the history of sociology
  4. analyse the work of some of the thinkers who have influenced the discipline
  5. recognise the relevance of sociology to everyday questions about contemporary issues in the social world
  6. use research, reading and library skills to stimulate and support sociological understanding
  7. use effective communication skills, especially writing skills.
  • Assignment — Poster (20%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Participation — Contribution to discussions (15%)
  • Presentation (35%)

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:

  • SOC105 — Sociology and Everyday Life

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is society?
2The individual, society and the world
3Foundations of sociology
4Studying society
5Ethnicity and identity
6Religion and ideology
7Health and society
8Family and gender
9Deviance, lWA, crime and sexuality
10Theories of power
11Work education and sociology
12Review of unit

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

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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.

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

  • Sociology

    By:van Krieken, Robert

    ISBN: 9781486023479


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