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SCY3815 - Structure and Analysis in Sociology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Darryn Snell


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit addresses the following issues:

  1. a developmental and comparative analysis of sociological theory, from its origins in eighteenth-century philosophy, through the classical works of the 'founding fathers', to contemporary social theory - with a focus on structural perspectives;
  2. the issue of fragmentation and synthesis within social theory;
  3. the relationship between sociological theories and research strategies. Students will also gain practical experience in putting together a research proposal.


Students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the development of sociological thought;
  2. Show an appreciation of how particular traditions and theories are historically and culturally grounded;
  3. Have acquired an understanding of sociology as a social science and the interdependence between theory and method; and
  4. Have mastered basic skills in proposal writing.


Assignment 1 (1000 words) : 25%
Research proposal (1500 words) : 35%
Exam (2 Hours) : 40%

Contact hours

2.5 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hours tutorial) per week


Two second-level sociology units (SCY2817 is highly recommended)