ATS3726 - Self and society - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Mark Davis


Associate Professor Mark Davis

Not offered in 2019


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.




This unit examines the historical, social, interpersonal and psychological forces which shape how we think and feel about ourselves, our relationships with others, and social life in general. Examples of topics include: philosophy of self in historical context; narrative perspectives on identity, memory and imagination; self and social relationships in digital media; and emotional experience. The unit is relevant to students from the social sciences, media, psychology, social work, education and the helping professions.


On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and describe key perspectives on the social construction of self, identity and lived experience;
  2. apply critiques to assumptions about self, identity, and individual experience which circulate in popular culture;
  3. critically reflect on social factors which enable and constrain individual action;
  4. evaluate the contribution of theory and research to knowledge on the self and society interface;
  5. identify implications for social science inquiry and the professions.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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