Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is society?
    • The individual, society and the world
    • Foundations of sociology
    • Studying society
    • Ethnicity and identity
    • Religion and ideology
    • Health and society
    • Family and gender
    • Deviance, lWA, crime and sexuality
    • Theories of power
    • Work education and sociology
    • Review of unit
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. engage creatively with the relationship between the individual, society and the globe, using sociological thinking
  2. understand some tools of sociological analysis
  3. understand the history of sociology
  4. analyse the work of some of the thinkers who have influenced the discipline
  5. recognise the relevance of sociology to everyday questions about contemporary issues in the social world
  6. use research, reading and library skills to stimulate and support sociological understanding
  7. use effective communication skills, especially writing skills.
  • Assignment 1 - Poster (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - 1500 word essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Contribution to discussions (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Presentation (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MUR-SOC105

Special requirements

No special requirements

To what extent are we products of our social environments? How do gender, class, ethnicity, ideology, etc., influence how we think and act? What is power, how is it used, by whom and for what ends? What methods can we use to study society? Examine Australian society, using research and insights from sociological theories on the nature of social institutions, power and inequality and the possibility of social change. Have your assumptions challenged and your understanding of the world stimulated.

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