• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maria Hynes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course investigates key contemporary theoretical approaches in Sociology. To help students evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses, they are asked to see their own sociological investigation (thesis) from a different theoretical lens every week under the guidance of the lecturer.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical approaches
  2. Choose the most appropriate approach for a specific problem
  3. Apply theory as a tool for the investigation of social issues
  4. Develop an appreciation for theoretical pluralism.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly task of 500 words, running for 9 weeks (5% each for a total of 45%) LO 1-4

Each task will reflect on the readings/topic of the week in 3 parts:

  • what are the concepts and concerns of the readings?
  • how different/useful are they? And
  • how can I apply it to my topic?

Feedback on these weekly exercises will ideally be provided after 2 weeks.

Final essay (due in November) 5,500 words (55%) LO 1-4

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A 1 hour lecture and 2 hour seminar per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 17 hours of independent study, research and assessment per week during the semester (total 260 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Criminology (Honours), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts).

Prescribed Texts

The readings are chosen and updated each year by the convenor to reflect evolving theoretical debates in sociology.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5436
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $7752
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8988 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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