The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook

Description

Intensive Social Enquiry introduces students to the discipline of Sociology, which represents the study of people and cultures. This course provides an understanding of sociological concepts for examining social structures and interaction in everyday life. In teaching how to use the 'sociological imagination', the complex dynamics of social interaction will be uncovered. The course will examine the impact of social 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. This viewpoint challenges the taken-for-granted, or commonsense, view of the world. It will also examine topic areas which may include:

- Gender

- Race/Ethnicity

- Health

- Media

- Social Research Methods

- Youth and youth cultures

- Environment

- Crime and deviance

- Consumption and lifestyles

- Cities, regions and globalisation

- Leisure, recreation and sport

Social Enquiry prepares students for tertiary study by teaching them to take a social scientific approach to examining social life in contemporary society.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply academic planning, research and referencing skills to academic writing.

2. Identify and evaluate social issues, institutions and social structures which exist in everyday life using a social scientific approach.

3. Use library research skills for academic research.

4. Critically analyse social problems using sociological theory in written and oral forms.


Content

Topics to be covered may include:

  • Sociological approaches and concepts
  • Essay writing for the Social Sciences
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Health
  • Media
  • Social Research Methods
  • Youth and youth cultures
  • Environment
  • Crime and deviance
  • Consumption and lifestyles
  • Cities, regions and globalisation
  • Leisure, recreation and sport

Requisite

This course is not available to students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPHUMA154 or EPHUMA254.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Minor Writing Task

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Written Assignment: Major Writing Task

In Term Test: Take Home Exam


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

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

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks