Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.

Subject details

At the successful completion of this subject you should be able to:

  1. describe the basic principles of three sociological paradigms used to explain the social world;
  2. compare three sociological paradigms and explain their similarities and differences;
  3. analyse the importance of the "sociological imagination" in understanding the social world;
  4. apply sociological theory to an examination of social issues.
    • Sociological Imagination
    • Sociological Paradigms
    • Sociological Research
    • Society and Culture
    • Race and Ethnicity
    • Class and Social Stratification
    • Sex, Gender and Sexuality
    • Youth and Adulthood
    • Education and Employment
    • Family and Relationships
    • Crime, Justice and Deviance
    • Faith and Secularisation
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Introduction to Sociology.

This subject introduces students to the social sciences in a fresh local context, both in terms of the theories social scientists use to explain Australian society and the way in which those theories have an impact on social life.

Note: This subject is considered to be academically equivalent to CCJ18 Crime and Society.

  • Quiz (10%)
  • Reflective Task — Modules 1, 2 and 3 (90%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate GRF-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Art History
  • Major in Chinese Language
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Criminal Justice
  • Major in History
  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Literature
  • Major in Media Studies
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Screen Culture
  • Major in Sociology

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology

undergraduate SWI-BBS-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Behavioural Studies

  • Major in Psychological Studies
  • Co-major in Sociology