- Class Number 3421
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Maria Hynes
- Dr Maria Hynes
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course investigates key contemporary theoretical approaches in Sociology. It exposes students to classical Sociological theories and to more recent theoretical interventions. Students will be introduced to some of Sociology's founding themes and will gain an historical perspective on ideas such as 'society', 'the social', and 'social science'. We will also look at some contemporary characterisations of society as, for example, 'urban' or 'biopolitical', and will consider the question of how sociology today can demonstrate its relevance to the world at large, with a special focus on debates about Public Sociology.
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:
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various
- Choose the most appropriate approach for a specific
- Apply theory as a tool for the investigation of social
- Develop an appreciation for theoretical pluralism.
I have an enduring interest in social theory and its capacity to reinflect contemporary problems, which informs my teaching of this course.
Examination Material or equipment
There is no examination for this course.
There are no required resources for this course.
Essential Readings: Below is a list of essential readings that are available via Wattle (full referencing details via wattle):
- Max Weber, ‘Science as a Vocation’
- Emile Durkheim, ‘What is a Social Fact?’
- Peter Sloterdijk, excerpt from Stress and Freedom
- Hannah Arendt, excerpt from The Human Condition
- Georg Simmel, ‘Metropolis and Mental Life’
- Abdou Maliq Simone, ‘City of Potentialities’
- Theodor Adorno, 'Facist Propaganda'
- Sigmund Freud, 'Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego'
- Frantz Fanon, ‘The Negro and Language’
- Nick Stevenson, ‘Human Rights and the Cosmpolitan Imagination’
- Michel Foucault, ‘Society Must be Defended’
- Nik Rose, ‘The Human Sciences in a Biological Age’
- Maurizzio Lazzarato, ‘Immaterial Labour’
- Christina Scharff, ‘The Psychic Life of Neoliberalism’
- Mariam Fraser, ‘The Sociological Problem’
- Judith Revel, 'Resistances, Subjectivities, Common'
All necessary materials will be available via wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.
Referencing requirements: All referencing should be in the Harvard (in-text) style.
Recycling: Material submitted for this course may be incorporated into the assessment for THES410X with proper acknowledgement as outlined in the CASS 2016 Honours guide (p. 11). However, this should be discussed with the course convenor in advance.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Sociology: The Science of Society|
|3||The Idea of Society 1: Origins||Short Paper 1 due|
|4||The Idea of Society 2: Society in a Time of Individualism|
|5||Urban Society||Short Paper 2 due|
|6||Practice Oral Presentations|
|7||The Sociology of Mass Psychology||Short Paper 3 due|
|8||Multicultural Society||Oral Presentation Due|
|11||Sociology and the Future Subject||(Essay Question available)|
|12||Rethinking Sociological and Political Practice||NB: Essay is due during the examination period|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Short papers||30 %||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Oral Presentation||10 %||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Essay||60 %||?1, 2, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
There is no examination for this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
You will be expected to submit three short papers of 750 words each, to correspond to Learning Outcomes 1 to 4. The aim of the exercises is to encourage you to engage deeply with the readings and to think independently about sociological and specifically theoretical issues.
Papers are staggered throughout the first half of the semester, with an eye to getting students writing early in the course. Students can discuss only one of the readings for a given week or, if there is more than one reading, to put the readings into a dialogue with each other. For example, for week 4, you may choose to discuss Arendt or Sloterdijk, or to discuss them in relation to one another.
You will be expected to engage with the reading(s) by working through a problem of your choice. For example, if you were interested in the piece by Arendt, your question might be something like, ‘What tension does Arendt see between the notion of the political and that of the social?’ Or, you may prefer to engage critically with her work (e.g. ‘How relevant is Arendt’s thesis for us today?). Please ensure that you place the question that you are discussing at the top of the paper.
Feedback on these weekly exercises will be provided within 1 week of submission.
The total of the three exercises is worth 30% of the overall course grade.
We will discuss this assessment task in the first seminar.
Word limit (where applicable): 750words x 3 papers
Presentation requirements: While these papers are short, they should be presented in standard essay format, with Introduction, Body and Conclusion.
Estimated return date: Within one week of submission
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Oral Presentation of 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes question time, to correspond to Learning Outcomes 1 to 4 (10%)
The presentation should cover the following:
- An update on the student’s research problem and how it will be addressed, with a focus on its theoretical aspects
- A consideration of the relationship between theoretical perspectives presented in the course and the theoretical directions taken/to be taken in the thesis.
- A consideration of the relationship between the theories that are influencing the thesis to date and the methodological approach employed in the thesis
We will discuss this task in the first seminar and have a practice run in Week 5.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: ?1, 2, 3, 4
Essay, to correspond to Learning Outcomes 1 to 4, 5,000 words (60%).
This assessment task will involve responding to a single essay question, which will be given out precisely two weeks before the essay due date. The question will be of a general nature, asking you to reflect on a contemporary problem by drawing on the materials studied in the course. There is no ‘correct’ answer to the question. Rather, you may respond to the question in your own fashion, so long as you draw on a minimum of three readings from the course. We will discuss this task in the first seminar and at the time that the essay question is made available
Word limit (where applicable): 5000 words
Presentation requirements: The paper should be presented in standard essay format, with Introduction, Body and Conclusion
Estimated return date: Within two weeks of submission
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The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
No hardcopy submission
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Student work is to be returned via wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission of assignments is not permitted in this course.
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Embodiment and Affect, Resistance, Racism and Anti-racism, Art and Innovation, Biopower, Humour, Social Theory
Dr Maria Hynes