1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
1 1 first year topic in American Studies
1a 1 first year topic in Development Studies
1b 1 first year topic in History
1c 1 first year topic in Asian Studies
1d 1 first year topic in International Relations
1e 1 first year topic in Political Studies
1f 1 first year topic in Sociology
1g Social Admin & Social Work
1h 1 first year topic in Women's Studies
2 EDUC1120 - Teaching and Educational Contexts
2a DRAM1002 - Drama 1B: Bodies of Work
2b SCME1001 - Media and Society
2c SCME1002 - Convergence Cultures
2d ENGL1101 - Approaches to Literature
2e JUSS1000 - An Introduction to Justice and Society
2f LEGL1101 - Australian Justice System
2g LEGL1102 - Contentious Justice Issues
2h CRIM1101 - Crime and Criminology
2i CRIM1102 - Criminal Justice System
2j PSYC1101 - Psychology 1A
2k PSYC1102 - Psychology 1B
2l DSRS1201 - Perspectives on Disability and Rehabilitation
2m DSRS1209 - Human Diversity
2n HLTH1003 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
2o ENVH1702 - Our Environment, Our Health
2p HLPE1541 - Social Determinants of Health
2q NURS1003 - Psychosocial Perspectives of Health Care
2r LEGL1201 - Law in Australian Society
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g or 2h or 2i or 2j or 2k or 2l or 2m or 2n or 2o or 2p or 2q or 2r)))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SOCI3010, SOCI3031 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Students should be aware that third level sociology topics assume that they have attained knowledge and skills from first and second level offerings.
Course context
Associated majors: Sociology
Topic description
The topic will explore a range of problems which may include globalisation, identity politics, sexualities and cosmopolitanism. The topic will explore a range of global problems and their present and likely future impact in Australia, including inequalities of wealth and power; refugees; atrocities and genocides; climate change; diseases and global pandemics. How, why and by whom are such issues identified as 'problems' (or else are ignored and denied)? What social factors shape debates about the causes and remedies for such problems?
Educational aims
This course has four aims:

  1. To consolidate and deepen disciplinary knowledge, especially in relation to contemporary social contexts and issues.

  2. To consolidate and deepen skill levels in understanding and critically engaging with a variety of sociological perspectives, debates and literatures.

  3. To provide an opportunity for the consolidation and deepening of research skills in an academic context.

  4. To encourage student led discussion and informed participation in lectures and tutorials.
Expected learning outcomes
  • Understand how sociological perspectives can shape our understanding of and critical engagement with contemporary social issues

  • Understand the difference between a 'social problem' and a 'sociological problematic'

  • Understand and critically engage with a variety of sociological perspectives in relation to contemporary social problematics

  • Achieve a deepening and broadening of disciplinary knowledge and greater understanding of contemporary sociological debates

  • Consolidate existing and develop further skills for self-directed, autonomous research in an academic context.