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|
|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|
|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|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- 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|
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Prerequisites(HGA101 - Sociology A OR HGA102 - Sociology B OR HGA138 - Society, Culture and Health)
|Assessment||Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (40%)|Assignment (10%)|Essay (40%)|Discussion Posts (online) and/or Tutorial Participation (10%)|
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|Required||Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.||Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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