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SCY3070 - Families, Labour and Intimacy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Jo Lindsay


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit focuses on intimate relationships and the complexities of contemporary family life. In the first part of the unit we examine theoretical perspectives on intimate life and put contemporary families in historical and cultural context. In the second part we examine romance, partnering and parenting, relationship diversity, relationship dissolution and the labour that families do. Throughout the unit we analyse everyday experiences, popular culture and social policy to understand the ways in which personal life is shaped by wider social forces.


By the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. articulate a good understanding of the sociological imagination or perspective;
  2. analyse personal life, family life and examples from popular culture using a Sociological perspective;
  3. describe the ways in which wider social forces shape personal life;
  4. work with peers to discuss and refine analysis;
  5. develop and present an argument in both oral and written formats.


Tutorial presentation and individual report (2000 word ) : 40%
Final Essay (2500 words) : 50%
Tutorial participation : 10%
Third year students are expected to demonstrate wider reading and more sophisticated analysis than second year students.

Contact hours

1 one hour lecture and 1 one hour tutorial per week


A first year sequence in Sociology or permission