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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Michael Ure


Previously coded SCY2100


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%

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