AZA4110 - Sociology selected topics - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Dr Alex Asakitikpi

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit aims to integrate sociological theories, research methods, and specific research topics for students to develop both critical and analytical skills in their research areas of interest. The unit will concentrate on special or current debates in specific sociology areas and students will examine a variety of topics in line with their research focus which may include social class and social justice; gender, power, and inequality; the social dimension of health and illness; youth and youth culture; the sociology of communication and the media; youth, media and social processes; social justice. Students will be active learners through the presentation of seminars and will lead discussions and provide written review of topics that are related to their specific interests. The course delivery will incorporate all lecturers in sociology who will concentrate on their areas of expertise and interest.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of sociological theories in general and applying them to specific sociological topics.
  2. Integrate sociological theories into core research interest.
  3. Examine and discuss the underlying assumptions that underpin sociological ideas and research.
  4. Identify key areas in sociology and explain their relevance in understanding contemporary social formations.
  5. Engage in contemporary debate in selected areas of sociological enterprise.
  6. Develop a broad capacity to conceptualize an explanatory model for an honours thesis.
  7. Critically review the scientific literature relative to a defined research topic.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


AZA4450: Researching for social sciences and humanities

AZA4778: Social Science honours dissertation A

AZA4779: Social Science honours dissertation B