Courses & Units

Sociological Analysis of Modern Society HGA202

Hobart, Launceston


Core unit for Sociology major


SAMS is a core unit for students completing a sociology major. It provides students with an understanding of the theoretical models and concepts developed by sociologists to explain the major social transformations of Western industrial democracies from the end of the 18th century to the present. The unit outlines the general patterns of social change, focusing on concepts and theoretical accounts offered by key social theorists. Throughout the unit students are provided with an opportunity to apply sociological concepts and theories to events and processes in contemporary (advanced) Western democracies.


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

Keith Jacobs (Hobart) and 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 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,037.00 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; Three 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 participation (10%)

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