Course handbook


The Sociological Gaze: Theory and Concepts offers an introduction to the discipline of Sociology, which represents the study of people and cultures. This course begins by exploring historical changes in social, political and economic arrangements of cultural groups which provides a basis for understanding sociological approaches. It will examine the impact of social structure, roles, social functions, social inequality and class, on people's lives as well as what people do when they are interacting on a face-to-face level. Students will learn to develop a sociological imagination to enable them to view society and culture in a way that challenges the taken-for-granted, or commonsense, view of the world. This is an enabling course which provides students with techniques and strategies to prepare them for tertiary study by learning to take a social science approach to examining social life in contemporary society.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop academic research, referencing and essay writing skills

2. Be able to examine social issues in a social scientific way. Through these means the student will learn to take an analytical approach to the study of institutions and social structures which exist in everyday life.

3. Learn library research skills, how to plan, write and edit an essay.

4. Gain the ability to work effectively in groups as well as independently; meet course requirements and deadlines; learn to articulate ideas, and to develop problem solving skills.


Topics include:

  • Sociological concepts
  • Culture and societies


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Minor Writing Task

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Written Assignment: Major Writing Task

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks