Social Enquiry

Course code EPHUMA310Units 20English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Intensive Social Enquiry introduces students to the discipline of Sociology, which represents the study of people and cultures in industrial societies. This course provides an understanding of sociological concepts for examining social structures and interaction in everyday life. In teaching how to use the sociological imagination, the complex dynamics of social interaction will be uncovered. The course will examine the impact of social 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. This viewpoint challenges the taken-for-granted, or commonsense, view of the world. It will also examine topic areas such as:
• Gender (how construction of masculinity and femininity varies across time and culture)
• Race & Ethnicity (appreciation of cultural difference and how people are affected by stereotyping and racial discrimination)
• Health (how health is not random but a culturally constructed experience impacted by class, ethnicity, age and gender)
• Education (how different theories provide different explanations for educational inequality)
• Media (how ownership and control influences content and how advertisements can be deconstructed)
• Social Research Methods (how social research is carried out in the social sciences)


Social Enquiry prepares students for tertiary study by teaching them to take a scientific approach to examining social life in contemporary society.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course introduces students to a range of approaches and methods which encourage them to develop a sociological way of thinking.
They will learn:

* How to examine social issues in a scientific way by applying sociological concepts to their analysis
* To articulate ideas both orally and in written form
* To research, plan, write and edit academic essays
* To work effectively independently and in groups
* To meet course requirements and deadlines
ContentTopics to be covered include:
• Sociological approaches and concepts
• Essay writing for the Social Sciences
• Gender
• Race & Ethnicity
• Health
• Education
• Media
• Social Research Methods
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1
Minor essay 1000 words.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2
Major essay 1200 words.
Examination: FormalFinal examination in the University examination period. Display a sound knowledge of sociological subject matter, be able to present an argument, address examination questions, cite evidence and write in an articulate manner.
Other: (please specify)Quizzes -
Multiple choice:5 tests/4 marks each.
Contact HoursLecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPHUMA310