Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitSociology
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Jo Lindsay


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.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Sociology.