Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the 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.


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

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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).