Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Catherine Strong


Previously coded SCY1100


In this subject students will begin the process of learning about the concepts and approaches used by sociologists to analyse and gain an understanding of the social world. Students will learn how these concepts are used examine particular aspects of social life. The specific topics considered vary from year to year. These may include youth and popular culture, gender and sexuality, religion and multiculturalism.


After completing this subject, students will have:

  1. Knowledge of some of the key concepts and perspectives used in sociological analysis;
  2. Understanding of how sociologists approach the link between the individual and society;
  3. An understanding of how structural factors influence the ways in which people experience everyday life;
  4. Skills in presenting coherently argued and well organized essays on sociological topics.


Reflective marker (750 words): 10%
Annotated bibliography and essay plan: 10%
Major essay (2000 words): 35%
Participation: 10%
Exam (2hours): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One x 2 hr lecture/week
One x 1 hr tutorial/week

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