Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction

Course code SOCA1010Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces students to the sociological perspective through an exploration of contemporary social and cultural issues. Topics may include: socialisation and identity, sex and gender, race and ethnicity, class and social inequality, globalisation and work, deviance and social control, and media and popular culture. Key sociological concepts and theories are used to examine social patterns, social action and social change.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of sociological perspectives, concepts and research approaches.
2. Critically appraise and discuss the sociological literature.
3. Conduct planning of library research for assignments using information literacy skills.
4. Research and write an academic essay.
ContentCourse content will be drawn from a selection of the following topics:
1. What is sociology? Developing a 'sociological imagination'.
2. An overview of sociological perspectives and social research.
3. Socialisation and identity.
4. Sex and gender.
5. Race, racism, ethnicity and multiculturalism.
6. Globalisation.
7. Work and unemployment.
8. Class and social inequality.
9. Deviance and social control.
10. Media and popular culture.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology or SOCA101C Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology may not enrol in SOCA1010 Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassExam: 30% Multiple-choice online quizzes based on lecture and prescribed reading material throughout the semester.
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial exercises: 15% 500 words. Tutorial exercises will focus on the application of sociological knowledge and the development of students' academic skills. Tutorial exercises involve the completion of prescribed reading and associated tasks that are to be presented in tutorials.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay: 40% due week 12 1,500 word essay chosen from a designated list of essay topics, which focus on key social and cultural issues identified in the course. The essay is designed to develop students' skills in research, writing and sociological analysis.
ReportsLibrary research report: 15% due mid-semester 500 word assignment designed to develop information literacy skills. It involves the preparation of an essay plan and the identification of relevant resources for the essay (assessment item 3).
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA1010