- Code SOCY1002
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 UGRD
- Dr James Chouinard
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to: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 AssessmentPre´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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Workload130 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.
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