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Undergraduate | USA-SOCU1007-2023

Sociological Perspectives

Study the works of sociological theorists such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber, the Frankfurt School, Bauman, and Butler. Think critically about issues in their theories. Think about how theories apply in modern life.

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Entry requirements

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No prior study


10 weeks

Start dates

  • 09 Jan 2023
  • 26 June 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

By the end of this 10-week course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Provide an account of the main ideas of the sociological theorists studied in the course.
  2. Develop an understanding of the key developments in modern and postmodernist sociological theory.
  3. Identify the links between the social context in which the major sociologists wrote and their concerns and findings.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between perspectives, locations and theoretical and practical approaches to contemporary sociological issues.
    • The promise of sociology
    • Marx and Engels’ theory of class conflict
    • Durkheim’s theory of suicide as a social fact
    • Foucault’s power/knowledge in a disciplinary society
    • Understanding feminist standpoint theory
    • What is postmodernity
    • The culture of new capitalism
    • Power through the algorithm
    • Racism in society
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the key perspectives in sociology and apply them to contemporary social issues in our professional and social lives.

    Examine major sociological theorists including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, the Frankfurt School, Bauman, and Butler. Consider issues related to the theorists including the social construction of reality, feminism, and postmodernism, and apply the theories to practical issues and policies.

    In your assessments, you’ll be challenged to think critically and bring your own thoughts and ideas about social theories and how they apply in contemporary social life.

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    This is a first-year course from UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology degree.

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    • Continuous Assessment (55%)
    • Essay (45%)
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