1 x 1-hour lecture weekly 1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
Associated major: SociologyBachelor of Social Work; Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Issues in Sociology is designed to introduce students to the sociological study of society. Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of social interaction, social organisation, social institutions, and social change. Major themes in sociological thinking include the interplay between the individual and society, how society is both stable and changing, the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the social construction of human life. Understanding sociology helps discover and explain social patterns and see how such patterns change over time and in different settings. By making vivid the social basis of everyday life, sociology also develops critical thinking by revealing the social structures and processes that shape diverse forms of human life.
This topic aims to:
introduce sociological perspectives on social problems and moral issues of the contemporary era
examine the social processes and structures through which modern societies and contemporary culture is produced, reproduced and transformed
provide opportunities for the further development of skills, such as:
constructing a logical argument
self-directed and independent learning
encourage constructive and informed participation in tutorials
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
Show the relevance and reality of structural factors in social life
Place an issue in a larger social context (identify systemic elements; identify stakeholders; list unintended consequences)
Debunk individualistic explanations of social behaviour and identify social patterns
Identify and offer explanations for social inequality
Transform a topic of interest into a researchable, sociological question
Describe the elements of the scientific method in the social sciences
Distinguish levels of analysis
Show awareness of probabilities and contingencies
Describe the tension between the generalisation and stereotyping; social forces and determinism
Appreciate the role of human agency in social change
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
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