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Australian and Global Societies
Spot patterns in Australia's social structures. Look at the media, family, religion and class. Take advantage of sociological research methods such as observations and interviews. Begin to examine Australian society through a sociological lens.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- be familiar with the key sociological concepts as they are applied to the study of Australian society
- be aware of existing patterns of social structure and the processes and nature of change currently taking place
- have developed a broad understanding of the nature and methods of social science
- be able to use basic social research skills to undertake some types of original, primary research under supervision
- What is sociology?
- History of sociology and key ideas
- What is a social fact?
- Australian families
- Gender, language and domination
- The life course - growing up in the 21st century
- Religion and social change
- Media, race and ethnicity
- Class and inequality
- Work, employment and society
- Crime and society
- Globalisation: the world as social context
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-SOCX175-Australian Society
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- MUR-BAR100-Academic Learning Skills
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as SGY110 Australian and Global Societies and SOCX175 Australian Society.
This is an exciting and innovative unit about Australian life and global societies. It also provides new and engaging ways to develop your understanding of the deep social relationships that bind us together and which, at the same time, underlie the expression of conflict and inequality. We focus in the unit on key areas of social life such as family, gender and sexuality, religion, age, crime, media, work, globalisation and social policy. We also introduce you to sociology and the sociological research process and hope to raise your interest in the social problems and questions confronting Australian society. The unit gives you valuable vocational skills that enable you to enjoy interesting and varied employment in a variety of different commercial, government and non-government positions.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (25%)
- Assignment 3 (35%)
- Online Discussion (20%)
Sociology in Today's World
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