Sociological Foundations - 2016

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 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Major Essay (45%) , Essay - Academic Writing Task (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit aims to provide students with an introduction to the foundations of the discipline of sociology, with particular attention to issues of social stratification. Successful completion of this unit will prepare students to undertake study in the discipline at more advanced levels.

This unit is part of the Social Science Pathway.

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

  1. Apply a sociological perspective to the social world around them
  2. Identify and differentiate between the major theoretical perspectives and research techniques employed by sociologists
  3. Define and use a range of key sociological concepts to appraise the ways in which social processes and social structures shape individuals and groups in contemporary society
  4. Discuss and critique published work and communicate this through informed written argument;
  5. Undertake successful library-based research
  6. Identify and utilise the referencing style required by this discipline
  • Assignment — Major Essay (45%)
  • Essay — Academic Writing Task (25%)
  • Reflective Task — Reflective Essay (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:

  • PSS100 — Introduction to Sociology
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Sociological Imagination
2Culture and Socialisation
3Social Interaction/Social Structure
5Theories: Classic, Contemporary and Social Interaction
6Gender & Sexuality
8Race & Ethnicity
9Consumption and Identity
10Mass Media
11Spirituality, Ethics and Humanism
12Social Research

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

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

  • Australian Sociology : A Changing Society

    By:Holmes, Hughes, Julian

    ISBN: 9781486003310


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