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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Karl Smith


This unit aims to introduce students to some of the key thinkers and themes in classical and contemporary social theory. The contrasting perspectives of the classical thinkers Marx, Weber and Durkheim are discussed, along with contemporary approaches to issues such as action, structure, power, culture and modernity.


Students who study this unit:

  • will acquire knowledge about a broad range of sociological theories, both classical and contemporary, as alternative and differing approaches to analysing social relations, and hence will gain an understanding of how sociological knowledge has developed over time;

  • will learn to critique certain accepted social theories and learn how to question dominant ideas and assumptions;

  • will develop their oral and written skills in order to analyse theoretical material.


Written work 45%
Exam 45%
Participation 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Karl Smith

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



A first year sequence in Sociology or permission