Australian Families: A Sociological Analysis

Course code SOCA3165Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon 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.
ContentResearching 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
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces SOCA3870 and HUMA3165.
TransitionStudents who have completed SOCA3870 or HUMA3165 should not enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor Essay: due the week following the tutorial presentation and based on the tutorial question. 1,500 words, worth 20%
Examination: Formal2 hour formal examination, worth 50%.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial participation and attendance, worth 10% and based upon evidence of completion of assigned reading tasks, informed conversation on weekly topics, ability to present opinions relevant to critical analysis of the reading set for each week. 500 words equivalent
Presentations - TutorialTutorial presentation: due throughout semester and worth 20%.
A 500 word summary and handout is expected as part of the presentation.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term