• 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 First Semester 2017
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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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Workload

260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, and 24 hours of seminars; and, b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) (HCRIM), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

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.


Specialisations

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
12 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
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5712
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $8160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4993 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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