Courses & Units

Sociology: Understanding the Social World HGA101

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Tutorials begin in the second week of semester.


Sociology is essential for understanding the turbulence, change, diversity and mobility of the modern world. Sociology offers a precise way to understand, track and assess how ever-changing aspirations, technologies and economies impact on our social relations and cultures. In Sociology A we introduce students to the key elements of sociology including its central ideas, concepts and achievements. In doing so we provide you with a new perspective on how your experiences and world are shaped. It will sharpen your focus and skills through social theory, critical thinking and a grasp of relevant data.

We do this by addressing five questions:

  • What is sociology?
  • When, why and how did sociology emerge as a new perspective on change?
  • How can we explain human sameness, as well as social difference and conflict?
  • How do societies change - and where are they headed?
  • How do people experience key components of society in their everyday lives?

At the end of the unit students will understand how sociology informs a clearer perspective on our globally diverse and complex world and how this knowledge helps us to critically address and solve emerging tensions and problems.


Unit name Sociology: Understanding the Social World
Unit code HGA101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Professor Douglas Ezzy

Teaching staff

Professor Douglas Ezzy (Hobart), Dr. Nick Hookway (Launceston/Crade Coast/distance)

Level Introductory
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
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
not applicable

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Mutual Exclusions

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

HGA100, HGE101, HGA139, HGA135


Teaching Pattern

On campus: 2 lectures weekly (or equivalent); 1 hour tutorials (starting from week 2).

Off-campus: 2 lectures weekly (or equivalent; live-broadcast and recorded); weekly online discussion forums; 2 online study schools.


On-campus: 500 word essay or equivalent (15%), 2,000 word essay (35%), tutorial participation (10%), Final examination (40%)

Off-campus: 500 word essay or equivalent (15%), 2,000 word essay (35%), reflective writing (10%) Final examination (40%)

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