Australian Families: A Sociological Analysis
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Provides an introduction to the sociological study of the political and cultural aspects of Australian families. It focuses on the diversity of family patterns, setting the discussion of the social construction of families against a background of their historical and socio-economic features. Other emphases are family in the context of gender; the family and early childhood; families in multicultural Australia, Aboriginal families; families, social policies and the state.
Upon the completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of a sociological approach to Australian families.
2. Ability to analyze and deal critically with different viewpoints on the family in Australia today.
3. Ability to understand the complexity and diversity of family life in Australia today.
4. Skills in writing an academic essay, in reading critically, and in doing research, appropriate to advanced undergraduate level.
Researching and writing about the family in Australia
* Sociological theories of the family
* Childhood and paradigms of socialisation
* Gender and the family in Australia
* Nuclear family, kinship and voluntary community as modes of the family
* Families in multicultural Australia and Aboriginal families
* Families, social policy and the nation state
* Family types, sexualities and the construction of gender
This course replaces SOCA3870 and HUMA3165.
Students who have completed SOCA3870 or HUMA3165 should not enrol in this course.
40 units of study at 1000 level
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term