Studying the Social: Contemporary Approaches in Sociology and Anthropology

Course code SOCA3500Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course is concerned with contemporary social theory and especially with how contemporary sociologists and anthropologists study the social. It is therefore both theoretical and methodological in orientation. In the first part of the course, students are introduced to a number of current social theorists. This is to consolidate and extend the work done in SOCS2200 and other SOCA courses. The second part of the course concentrates on issues of method and methodology and especially on the various methods contemporary sociologists and anthropologists mobilize to study the social. This necessarily involves a confrontation with how new approaches to studying the social have opened out fresh debates regarding the role of ontology, epistemology and ethics for the definition and status of the social sciences as a whole.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. An engagement with and understanding of a number of contemporary social theorists.

2. An awareness of the way in which debates in the social sciences concern contestation over the roles of ontology, epistemology and ethics in terms of the status and definition of the social sciences as a whole.

3. An understanding of the foundations of key methods used in contemporary sociology and anthropology.

4. An ability to present and critically reflect upon different theoretical approaches in the social sciences in an essay format and through class discussion.
Content• Contemporary theorists of the social sciences
• Debates about ontology, epistemology and ethics in the social sciences
• Key methods for studying the contemporary social
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSOCA1010, SOCA1020; SOCS2200
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment 1 (40%)
Written Assignment 2 (40%)
Quiz - On-lineQuiz: On-line Assignments 3,4,5,6 (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Forums: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA3500