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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010


This unit is a basic introduction to the concepts, theories and research developed in sociological studies of work and technology. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the fundamental influences work and technology have on societies. The influence of working life and technological development on the social careers of individuals will also be emphasised.


The objectives of the unit are to enable students to:

  • Identify the central issues in the sociology of work and technology;
  • Understand the input of technology and changing nature of work in contemporary society;
  • Develop a conceptual and theoretical framework for understanding work;
  • Critically review their own experiences of work; and
  • Present a well constructed argument which shows evidence of wide reading and an ability to explore alternative interpretations when forming conclusions.


Written work: 60% (2500 words)
2 hour Exam: 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

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

Australian studies


SCY1801 or SCY1802 or permission


GSC2204, GSC3204, SCY3804