1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
4.5 Units of Level 1 topics
Course context
Associated major: Sociology

Bachelor of Social Planning; Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning; Bachelor of Media (Public Affairs); Bachelor of Media (Creative Arts)
Topic description
This course examines the ways that sociology can contribute to social change. Considering the role of 'public sociology' the course will consider what activism is, how we might get involved in it, how we might use it to promote social change and awareness. Using contemporary case studies the topic considers what might a just society look like and does so by centralising notions of social inequality, power and activism
Educational aims
This topic will:

Introduce sociological perspectives on social inequality, power and activism

Examine the social processes and structures through which ideas and images of equality and social change are produced, reproduced and transformed

Provide opportunities for the furtherdevelopment of skills, such as:
  • Critical analysis
  • Constructing a logical argument
  • Referencing
  • Self-directed and independent learning
  • Group-work
  • Constructive and informed participation in discus
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students will:
  • develop a social science understanding of key issues pertaining to modern assumptions regarding social change and activism
  • be able to apply and critique various sociological approaches to the construction of power and inequality
  • become familiar with the range of discourses surrounding activism, social change and power, and be able to evaluate their purposes
  • learn how to work independently and in teams