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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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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
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- MUR-BAR100-Academic Learning Skills
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as SGY110 Australian and Global Societies.
Commence your studies of society by learning about the sociological framework and establish skills for life. You will be introduced to many of the ways in which sociologists think about the most intimate aspects of life - such as sexuality, the family and gender - as well as to larger and often impersonal structural features, such as social class, the labour market and social policy. You will also have the opportunity to use social research techniques such as interviews and observation in the real world, as well as to uncover the secrets often hidden in other sources of information and data.
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (25%)
- Assignment 3 (35%)
- Online Discussion (20%)