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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Kirsten McLean



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


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.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain the key concepts and perspectives used in sociological analysis
  2. critically reflect on and analyse the structural factors that influence how people experience everyday life
  3. locate and evaluate scholarly sociological sources
  4. communicate ideas and arguments in a variety of formats
  5. use evidence to construct coherent and organised written assignments.


Within semester assessment: 65%
Exam: 35%

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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