Subject details

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in sociology and the study of social problems
  2. Apply these concepts and perspectives to an analysis of social problems in everyday life, problems of social inequality and problems associated with globalisation.
  3. Demonstrate how a sociological imagination might be applied to key concerns within criminology and criminal justice
  4. Provide evidence of effective research and information searching skills
  5. Express yourself clearly in written language and present your work in accordance with appropriate academic standards
  6. Undertake positive and productive study skills and effective time management.
    • What is sociology? What is a social problem?
    • Thinking about social problems 1
    • Thinking about social problems 2
    • Thinking about social problems 3
    • Problems of health and well-being
    • Family problems
    • Crime and social control
    • Poverty and economic inequality
    • 'Gender', 'sexuality' and the problem of equality
    • 'Race', ethnicity and marginalisation
    • Environmental problems
    • Conflict, war and terrorism
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:


Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the importance of understanding social problems, such as crime, in social context. It addresses key questions about the society we live in and provides a critical analysis of the ways in which social problems become defined. This includes an exploration of the combination of objective and subjective criteria that vary across societies, among individuals and groups in society, and across historical time periods. In so doing, it will demonstrate that social problems may be seen as socially and historically constructed categories. Students will be introduced to different ways of thinking about social problems and these different perspectives will be applied to a variety of social concerns (for example, illegal drug use, domestic violence, terrorism, environmental pollution). Students will develop skills in understanding and analysing a range of concepts, theories and perspectives on social life. A key objective is to foster a critical and interpretive understanding of the dynamic relationship between the individual and society.

Note: Students who have already completed SGY14 Social Sciences in Australia as part of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice do not need to complete this subject. Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the subject offering.

  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Online Quiz (20%)
  • Essay (40%)

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Textbook information is pending.

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