• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies, Health, Medicine and the Body, Social Research, Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gavin Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course introduces students to the key facets of the sociological imagination: a distinctive way of thinking about self and society. We will explore the complex relationship that exists between the individual and the wider society in which s/he is embedded. We will look at how people experience social life very differently as a consequence of where they live and what identity they embody and choose (or are obliged) to present. This means observing how social factors like sex, gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, health and socioeconomic status mediate the treatment people receive from institutions and organisations and operate to shape their everyday experiences.

We will contemplate how exposure to culture socialises individuals into adopting particular values, sentiments and belief systems, perceptions and understandings of the social world that inform the way people behave in various contexts. This focus invites us to think about the diverse forms of power that operate in society, in terms of who has privileged access to 'the truth' and to constructing and disseminating this knowledge, and who is marginalised or excluded from the process, and what factors account for this asymmetry.

 Overall, the course will provide a greater understanding of:
1. what sociology is (and does) and what makes it unique when compared to other disciplines like anthropology and psychology;
2. what types of questions sociologists ask, what research approaches they adopt and what kinds of social behaviour, events and problems they analyse;
3. how sociological knowledge impacts on society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Exercise the 'sociological imagination' by reflecting on the way that everyday life is organised in accordance with social forces (ranging from work and leisure experiences to domestic and personal life);
2. Question 'taken-for-granted' assumptions of how the social world functions and is structured;
3. Appreciate a wide range of theoretical perspectives and begin to use these to explain the nature of modern institutions and their impacts on the roles and identities individuals perform;
4. Evaluate the key methods used by sociologists to draw inferences about social life, including the use of census data, statistical samples and analysis, participant observation and interviews;
5. Think sociologically, read critically, source credible information and develop a logical argument that is supported by appropriate evidence.

Indicative Assessment

PreĀ“cis and analysis exercise, 750 words (15%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Research essay, 2000 words (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Seminar participation (15%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Synthesis examination, 3 hours plus reading time of 15 minutes (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 11 hours of student-led seminars; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2070 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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