The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Introduces the sociological perspective through an exploration of contemporary social and cultural issues. Topics may include: socialisation and identity, sex and gender, race and ethnicity, class and social inequality, globalisation and work, deviance and social control, and media and popular culture. Key sociological concepts and theories are used to examine social patterns, social action and social change.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and explain a range of sociological perspectives, concepts and research approaches.

2. Understand and analyse inequality and power using sociological literature.

3. Plan sociological research using foundational information literacy skills.

4. Communicate sociological research findings.


Content

  • Course content will be drawn from a selection of the following topics:
  • What is sociology? Developing a 'sociological imagination'
  • An overview of sociological perspectives and social research
  • Socialisation and identity
  • Sex and gender
  • Race, racism, ethnicity and multiculturalism
  • Work and unemployment
  • Class and social inequality
  • Deviance and social control
  • Media and popular culture
  • Sociology and digital media
  • Societal-environmental interactions

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises (15%)

Report: Library research report (15%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

In Term Test: Examination (30%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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

Ourimbah

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks