Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Harry Ballis


Previously coded SCY2804


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%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Harry Ballis

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


ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802, or permission


ATS3733 , GSC2204, GSC3204, SCY2804, SCY3804