• 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 2021
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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. 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

Three short papers, 750 words each (10% each for a total of 30%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Oral Presentation, 15 minutes (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Final research essay, 5000 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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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 Development Studies (HDEVS), Bachelor of Criminology Honours (HCRIM), Bachelor of Policy Studies Honours (HPOLS), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy Honours (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.



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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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
2021 $6360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $9780
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3113 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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