Courses & Units

Sociological Analysis of Modern Society HGA202

Hobart, Launceston


Core unit for Sociology major and minor


Sociological Analysis of Modern Society (SAMS) 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 Sociological Analysis of Modern Society
Unit code HGA202
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Prof Keith Jacobs (Hobart)

Associate Prof Vaughan Higgins (Launceston/Distance)

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International 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 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

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



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090301

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HGA101 or HGA102 or HGA138

Mutual Exclusions

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

HGA257, HGA357


Teaching Pattern

On campus (Hobart): Weekly lectures (2 hours); Fortnightly tutorials (1 hour).
On campus (Launceston): Weekly lectures (1 hour); Weekly seminars (1.5 hours).

Off campus: Weekly lectures (1 hour); Weekly discussion topics; Six 1hr online tutorials


On campus: Theoretical application task (500 words; 10%), Essay (2,000 words; 40%), Final exam (2 hours; 40%), Tutorial/seminar participation (10%)

Off campus: Theoretical application task (500 words; 10%), Essay (2,000 words; 40%), Final exam (2 hours; 40%), Discussion board and/or online tutorial participation (10%)

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