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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Sciences


Dr Alex Asakitikpi


South Africa

  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html).


Students will begin the process of learning about sociological concepts and approaches and in so doing will gain an understanding of the social impact they have. Students apply these concepts to examine particular aspects of social life. Specific topics may vary from year to year and will address matters such as youth and popular culture, gender and sexuality, religion and multiculturalism. The unit introduces students to analytical thinking about everyday life, drawing significantly from African lived examples and the African local contexts in comparison with other contexts, e.g. Europe, America, Asia, Latin America.


After completing the unit, students will have acquired:

  1. An understanding of various key concepts and perspectives used in sociological analysis;
  2. An understanding of how sociologists understand 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;
  5. Capacity to undertake a comparative analysis between Africa and other religions in the world.


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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