1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
Course context
Associated major: Sociology

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours); Bachelor of Social Work
Assignments; Tutorial participation; Examinations
Topic description
This topic introduces students to concepts and research approaches used in the

sociological study of everyday life. The underlying theme is that the mundane and

the small-scale is a good window on to things that are of larger social significance.

While the case studies will vary from year to year, students can expect to study:

group and crowd interactions; embodied actions and non-verbal behaviour;

behaviour in urban contexts; the role of food and drink in daily life; objects and

material culture; and why we sometimes seek to 'escape' our everyday routines

(e.g., holidays or seeking solitude).
Educational aims
  1. To provide students with a gounding in key sociological concepts and approaches to social life, and culture and eyeryday life more specifically.

  2. To demonstrate that cultue and everyday life are not incidental or superficial but tell us a great deal about the organization of societies, economies, and social structures more global or 'macro' in nature.

  3. To provide students with the necessary critical and communication skills in engaging with sociological literatures and debates on the topics of culture and everyday life.

  4. To cultivate in students the kind of 'sociological imagination' that allows them to make sense of their own experiences of culture and other everyday contexts.
Expected learning outcomes
Students completing this topic:
  • Will have a grasp of sociological concepts and approaches to social life and culture.
  • Will be able to demonstrate the importance of culture in the study of everyday life.
  • Will be able to think ctitically about contemporary issues and communicate findings clearly using their sociological knowledge of the analysis of culture and society.