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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 Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Paula Wright


Previously coded SCY3070


This unit focuses on intimate relationships and the complexities of contemporary family life. We examine theoretical perspectives on personal life and put contemporary relationships and families in historical and cultural context. We analyse the social dynamics of romance, partnering and parenting, the division of labour, relationship diversity and relationship dissolution. 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 arguments about social change and relationships.


Class test (500 words): 10%
Report (1500 words): 30%
Final essay (2500 words): 50%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Paula Wright

Contact hours

One 2 hour seminar

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

Behavioural studies


A first year sequence in Sociology or permission