Courses & Units

Sociological Analysis of Modern Society HGA202

Hobart, Launceston


Core unit for Sociology major


SAMS is a core unit for students completing a sociology major. It provides students with an understanding of the theoretical models and concepts developed by sociologists to explain the major social transformations of Western industrial democracies from the end of the 18th century to the present. The unit outlines the general patterns of social change, focusing on concepts and theoretical accounts offered by key social theorists. Throughout the unit students are provided with an opportunity to apply sociological concepts and theories to events and processes in contemporary (advanced) Western democracies.


Unit name Sociological Analysis of Modern Society
Unit code HGA202
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Max Travers (Hobart); Dr Susan Banks (Launceston and Off-campus)

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 090301

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



HGA101 or HGA102 or HGA138

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HGA257, HGA357


Teaching Pattern

On campus: 2 x 1 hour lectures weekly (alternating weekly on-line and on-campus), 1 hour tutorial fortnightly (13 weeks).  

Off campus:  Online lecture recordings, discussion forums and supporting materials.


On-campus: 500 Word assignment or equivalent (20%); 2000-word assignment (40%); 2-hour exam (40%)

Off-campus: 500 Word assignment or equivalent (20%); 2000-word assignment (40%); 2-hour exam (40%)

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