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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Studying society
    • Social theory and society
    • Inequality and class in Australia
    • Gender and Australian society
    • Ethnicity, immigration and multiculturalism
    • Australian society - Indigenous Australia
    • Health
    • Education
    • The sociology of law: deviance or difference
    • The nation and the state
    • The media and culture
    • Theory and research
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

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

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of specific events, personalities, terminology and values to be found in Australian society
  2. comprehend the development of Australia in terms of its complexity and the interaction of various factors and actors
  3. identify theories and methodologies to an understanding of a range of themes in Australian society
  4. Identify the various social, economic and cultural positions of Australians
  5. Discuss judgements made about Australian society, and debate their validity
  • Assignment 1 - 1500 words or equivalent (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - 900 words or equivalent (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - 2100 words (45%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Students will develop a broad understanding of the theories and methodologies relating to the study of Australian society and its culture. This will be achieved through investigating Australia's geohistorical setting, the demography of the Australian population,cultural diversity, communities, work and the welfare state, social inequalities, rural and urban life, employment, the Australian family, tradition and authority, social structures and sanctions, sociological themes, approaches and concepts, culture and leisure, spirituality, religion and belief, popular culture and globalisation.

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