Contemporary Trends, Patterns and Puzzles
Extend your studies while learning about advanced theoretical and empirical approaches to the sociology field. Unfurl the complex nature of society. Fold in policy and economy information. Build a foundation to pursue even more sociology studies.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of a range of sociological perspectives on social life from the 19th century to the present.
- apply key sociological concepts to the study of contemporary societies.
- analyse a contemporary social issue using sociological theories
- effectively communicate complex ideas in written form.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-SGY370 (Not currently available)
- MAQ-SOCX325-Understanding Contemporary Societies (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) SGY370, SOC325, SOC375, SOCX325 Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above NCCW (2020 and onwards) SOCI3090 Understanding Contemporary Societies
- Other requirements -
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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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 SGY370, SOCX325 Understanding Contemporary Societies.
Change, some people say, is the only constant in life. This unit provides essential skills and knowledge that enable you to understand trends, patterns and puzzles in contemporary societies. You will explore a variety of topics such as work, identity, relationship, politics, diversity and the private sphere. The unit has a strong focus on practical applications and prepares students to make sense of major social developments, which shape our lives and the world we live in.
- Research essay (40%)
- Final essay (40%)
- Active participation (20%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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