Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedGippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Karen Crinall


Previously coded SCW2311


This unit explores current social issues in Australian society, the interconnections and relationships between them and how the array of cultural, social, political, economic, legal and media influences shape our considerations of social problems. Students are encouraged to reflect on, and challenge, their own values and beliefs through utilising concepts offered by contemporary social theory.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have developed an understanding and knowledge of current social issues through an awareness of various discourses about

social problems and the links between these and how social issues are defined and addressed;

  1. Have acquired an understanding of the concepts of objectivity and subjectivity through critical examination of their

personal values and beliefs and the social ideologies which underpin them;

  1. Have developed their ability to research a social issue;
  2. Be able to distinguish between opinion and fact when processing information, conversing and writing about social issues.


Written work: 40% (2500 words)
2 hour Exam: 50%
Participation: 10% OR OCL students - Written: 50%
Exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

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


A first-year sequence in an Arts discipline or permission.


GSC1301, GSC2311, SCW2311