Introduction to Sociology
Begin to see how gender, class, ideology and society influence the way people behave. Get a bird's eye view of the history of sociological study. Probe religion, family and ethnicity. Ask what tools are available to conduct sociological analysis.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- engage creatively with the relationship between the individual, society and the globe, using sociological thinking
- understand some tools of sociological analysis
- identify some of the thinkers who have influenced the discipline;
- recognise the relevance of sociology to everyday questions about contemporary issues in the social world. You will also have gained practical skills to demonstrate:
- enhance your research, reading and library skills as means to stimulate and support your sociological understanding;
- enhance your communication skills, especially your oral and writing skills;
- a capacity to be a self-directed learner and thinker and to study and work independently;
- tolerance and mutual respect in team discussions (online and in tutorials).
- 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
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MUR-SOC105 (Not currently available)
No additional 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.
This subject aims to introduce students to the richness of sociology by stimulating their curiosity about the relationship between the individual, society and the globe using sociological thinking. This unit will introduce students to the history of sociology and some of the thinkers who have influenced the discipline. It will encourage students to recognise the relevance of sociology to everyday questions about contemporary issues in the social world.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Poster (20%)
- 1500 word essay (30%)
- Contribution to discussions (15%)
- Presentation (35%)