The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

In this course students examine key topics and perspectives in the social sciences and apply these concepts to contemporary social problems and trends. The course covers theory and contemporary research on: class, culture and inequality; institutions and social control; concepts of identity including classed and gendered identities; the nature of embodied experience; globalization and social change; the relationship between science and society; and other topics to be developed in collaboration with students.


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 describe a range of social theories and research relevant to the Social Sciences.

2. Compare and contrast theories based on the relevant literature.

3. Apply the insights of social theory to professional practice in the Social Sciences.


Content

1. Concepts of ‘late modernity’ examining globalization, identity and social change.

2. The relationship between social inequalities and culture, including distinctions between, popular / high culture and consumption patterns in food, music and other areas.

3. The impact of institutional ideas on identities, including the role of expert ideas in the creation of identities and the practice of social control.

4. A focus on the body, including how society shapes the sensations and tactile experiences of social life.

5. A practical exploration of how sociological concepts apply to important social problems such as social inequality, unemployment, health and wellbeing, changing social and intimate relationships.


Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises (30%)

Essay: Essay (30%)

Report: Research Report (40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Ourimbah

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online

Seminar

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term