- Code SOCY4009
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Sociology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Maria Hynes
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various theoretical approaches;
- choose the most appropriate approach for a specific problem;
- apply theory as a tool for the investigation of social issues; and
- develop an appreciation for theoretical pluralism.
- Three short papers, 750 words each (10% each for a total of 30%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral Presentation to Honours Cohort, 15 minutes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final research essay (5000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral Presentation to School of Sociology, 15 minutes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload260 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
The readings are chosen and updated each year by the convener to reflect evolving theoretical debates in sociology.
Completion of a cognate major.
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