Courses & Units

Australian Society HGA399



Uses a number of sociological concepts, such as (post)industrial society, democracy, individualism and modernity, as tools for understanding the changing character of Australian society. These tools are used to interpret new developments in such topical areas as class and work, citizenship and social movements, social identity and community, consumerism and globalisation. In analysing these key thematic areas, there will be an emphasis on the divergent ways in which social groups react to changing social conditions. Core aims of the unit are to teach the skills involved in using sociological concepts to make sense of social trends in Australian society, and in applying social data to assess the accuracy of sociological predictions about the direction of social change.


Unit name Australian Society
Unit code HGA399
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology


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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Nov Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Nov 6/11/2017 13/11/2017 22/11/2017 8/12/2017

* 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.

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

Web-based delivery across two weeks.   Material will be uploaded to MyLO at the start of each week


(1) On-line discussion questions and participation totaling 750-words over unit duration (30%);
(2) 500-word Case Study (30%);
(3) 2,500-word Essay (40%)

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