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Perspectives on the Social World HGA202


Perspectives on the Social World provides students with an understanding of the concepts and approaches developed by sociologists to explain major social changes in Western democracies from the end of the 18th century to the present. The unit is divided into three parts: the first examines the contribution of the classical social theorists – Marx, Weber and Durkheim – to understanding the emergence of industrial society; the second part considers the diverse perspectives, including symbolic interactionism and feminism, that remain influential for twenty-first century social theory; and the third part explores the relevance of contemporary social theory for understanding and addressing significant issues for society – neoliberalism, new technology, and climate change. Through learning experiences and assessment tasks focused on applying theory to real-world issues and problems, the unit equips students with the knowledge and skills to think critically about the world around them and to use different perspectives in their decision-making and planning.


Unit name Perspectives on the Social World
Unit code HGA202
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Professor Douglas Ezzy
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key theories and debates in sociology.
  • Apply sociological theories to contemporary social issues and problems.
  • Assess the contribution of different theorists and theories in making sense of contemporary social issues and problems.
  • Produce written work and/or oral work that communicates your ideas clearly, conforms to academic standards, and accurately acknowledges the work of others.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090301 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher


AssessmentDiscussion board and/or online tutorial participation (10%)|Theoretical application task (10%)|Essay (40%)|Final exam (40%)
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