Courses & Units

Perspectives on the Social World HGA202

Launceston, Hobart


Core unit for Sociology major and minor


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 Keith Jacobs
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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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.
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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(HGA101 - Sociology A OR HGA102 - Sociology B OR HGA138 - Society, Culture and Health)


AssessmentExamination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (40%)|Assignment (10%)|Essay (40%)|Discussion Posts (online) and/or Tutorial Participation (10%)
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