Courses & Units

Sociology: Experiencing Social Life HGA102

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2021. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


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 Ruby Grant
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Introductory


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an emerging sociological perspective and use of sociological concepts to understand contemporary life
  • explain the main sociological traditions and their application to contemporary issues
  • demonstrate knowledge of the relevance of sociology to contemporary australian society
  • communicate your ideas in written and verbal form.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090301 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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