Social Enquiry

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.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017

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.

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

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Written Assignment: Major Writing Task

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

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