Social Enquiry 1


Social Enquiry 1 offers an introduction to the discipline of Sociology, which represents the study of people and cultures in industrial societies. This course begins by exploring historical changes in social, political and economic arrangements of cultural groups which provides a basis for understanding sociological approaches. It will examine the impact of social structure, roles, social functions, social inequality and class, on people's lives as well as what people do when they are interacting on a face-to-face level. Students will learn to develop a sociological imagination to enable them to view society and culture in a way that challenges the taken-for-granted, or commonsense, view of the world. This is an enabling course which provides students with techniques and strategies to prepare them for tertiary study by learning to take a scientific approach to examining social life in contemporary society.



  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Competence in academic research, referencing and essay writing skills

2. examine social issues in a scientific way and through these means the student will learn to take an analytical approach to the study of institutions and social structures which exist in everyday life.

3. learn library research skills, how to take lecture notes, plan, write and edit an essay

4. including the ability to work effectively in groups as well as independently; meeting course requirements and deadlines; learning to articulate ideas, both orally and in written form, and to develop problem solving skills.


Topics include:

  • Sociological concepts
  • Culture and societies


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Quiz: Quizzes

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks