Sociological Foundations - 2017

Unit summary

SOC10004

  • 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: Essay (45%) , Essay 1 - Academic Writing Skills Exerci (15%) - Learn more

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Domestic 2,608.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,858.00

This unit aims to provide students with an introduction to the foundations of the discipline of sociology. Successful completion of this unit will prepare students to undertake study in the discipline at more advanced levels through their understanding of the sociological imagination and central sociological theories as applied to a range of current events and issues.

This unit is part of the Social Science Pathway.

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Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Apply a sociological perspective to the social world around them
  2. Identify and differentiate between the major theoretical perspectives 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.
  • Essay (45%)
  • Essay 1 — Academic Writing Skills Exerci (15%)
  • Test 1 (20%)
  • Test 2 (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:

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

NumberTopic
1Sociology and the Sociological Imagination
2Sociological Theory
3Socialisation & Culture
4Family
5Gender & Sexuality
6Age
7Race & Ethnicity
8Environment
9Mass Media
10Health
11Globalisation (& Neoliberalism)

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:

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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.
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