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Theorising Societies

Undergraduate | MAQ-SOCX2010 | 2024

Previously MAQ-SOCX222

Identify key characteristics of modern societies. See how capitalism, industrialism and individualism instruct social development. Get to know the writings of thinkers like Marx, Foucault and Nietzsche. Consider their insights and their shortcomings

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

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Theorising Societies

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you be able to:

    1. identify the distinguishing figures, topics and texts of Social Theory and Sociology as a field of study and investigate its points of connection and disconnection in contemporary society
    2. explain the origin, characteristics and complexity of modern societies
    3. articulate a coherent, developed account of what it means to live in modern societies
    4. analyse and critically assess a variety of primary texts within their historical, social and discursive contexts

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

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-SGYX222 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-SOCX222 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) SGYX222, SOC222, SOC232, SOCX222
Pre-requisite 40cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
SOCI2010 Theories of Modernity

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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.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

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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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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