Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

Course 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.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises

Report: Library research report

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students to chose EITHER 1 hr tutorial (face to face contact) OR 1 hr Email Discussion Groups (for online).