Courses & Units

Sociology: Experiencing Social Life HGA102


This unit introduces students to central concepts and methods used by sociologists to study society. Like HGA101, this unit develops an understanding of sociology by examining the major social institutions and processes, and sociological modes of inquiry. The unit explores central sociological concepts and ideas with a focus on: inequality, difference, social and cultural institutions, crime and deviance. The unit provides students with (1) an understanding of sociological concepts, models and methods; and (2) an ability to apply these to processes in modern societies with special reference to Australia. This is a core unit in the Sociology major and introduces sociology. The focus of this unit is to develop your higher-level thinking by helping you to acquire the tools you need to develop a sociological imagination (including how reality is socially constructed) and the ability to develop a theoretical lens for seeing the world around you skills which lie at the heart of the Sociology major. This unit consolidates and develops your understanding of the central concepts and methods used by sociologists to study society. This unit also provides you with the initial skills and knowledges required for higher level studies in Sociology.


Unit name Sociology: Experiencing Social Life
Unit code HGA102
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Merete Schmidt
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain sociological perspectives on the structure and function of contemporary societies.
  • Analyse social inequalities using a range of sociological approaches.
  • Apply sociological concepts and theory to contemporary social issues and challenges.
  • Communicate sociological ideas clearly in written and/or verbal form.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly face-to-face workshops (2 hours).

Off Campus:
Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly online discussions/activities (2 hours).

AssessmentTutorial participation (10%)|Online quiz (15%)|Research essay (35%)|Final exam (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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