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Introduction to Sociology: Understanding contemporary society

Undergraduate | MAQ-SOCX1000 | 2024

Previously MAQ-SOCX175

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.

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

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Introduction to Sociology: Understanding contemporary society

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to

    1. Describe key sociological concepts.
    2. Demonstrate a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and vocational settings (reading and listening; critique; relational thinking; data collection and analysis; sociological observation; theoretical awareness; written and verbal expression)
    3. Summarise and apply basic works of sociology to the study of contemporary life
    4. Distinguish the sociological imagination from other disciplinary approaches to analysing social issues and trends
    5. Apply basic social research techniques.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

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-SGY110 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-SOCX175 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units)
SGY110, SOC175, SOCX175
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
SOCI1000 Introduction to Society

Additional requirements

  • 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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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