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Exploring Everyday Life and Culture
Become familiar with the sociology of intimacy. Unveil how people carve out space in their lives for friends, family and lovers. Touch on the real-world complexities that can sometimes affect these relationships. Explore the darker side of intimacy.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- understand key concepts, issues and contemporary debates in the sociology of everyday life and cultural sociology.
- analyse historical and contemporary practices of everyday life and culture.
- describe the social constraints and enabling mechanism of everyday life, such as class, gender and cultural background.
- demonstrate research skills in sourcing and analysing key arguments and debates in the sociology of everyday life and cultural sociology.
- conduct independent research.
- 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-SGY360 (Not currently available)
- MAQ-SOCX315-Love, Sex and Friendship (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
NCCW (pre-2020 units) SGY310, SOC322, SOC372, SOCX322 Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above NCCW(pre-2020 units): SGY310, SOC322, SOC372, SOCX322 NCCW (2020 and onwards) SOCI3025 Exploring Everyday Life and Culture
- 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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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
- SOCX315 The Intimate Sphere: Love, Friendship and Family
- SOCX3025 Sex, Love and Friendship
A rich sociological tradition as well as contemporary research highlight the extraordinariness of ‘ordinary’ life and culture. In all that we do social norms and cultural attitudes are entwined with structural conditions. But we are more than workers, economic actors, or citizens. We are also lovers and friends, children, siblings and parents. We spend time pursuing leisure activities, inhabit a range of private and public spaces, engage with a variety of media, find pleasure in eating and consuming. So, how do we negotiate our freedoms and constraints, individual agency and its limits, the tension between tradition and the new, the boundaries of self and other? This unit explores the extraordinary social accomplishment of ordinary life.
- Short essay (30%)
- Research Essay (50%)
- Participation journal (20%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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