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Sociology Units - 1996

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Sociology - Department of Sociology at Hobart

Sociology reveals the patterns of social life. It investigates the structures and cultures of different societies throughout the world and throughout history. It observes the everyday experiences of people in groups - gangs, students, hunters and collectors, business leaders - and tries to explain them. And it charts the trends that can help us to understand the dilemmas of modern life as we move towards the twenty-first century.
Students are equipped with the tools to research and understand such issues as: marriage, divorce and the stability of the nuclear family; wealth and power in society; sexuality and the body; third-world development and globalisation; childhood, adolescence and youth; racism and multiculturalism; health, illness and medical care; inequalities between women and men; new technology and the problem of unemployment; population growth and environmental degradation; popular culture and the mass media - rock music, fashion, the information superhighway, opera, the built environment, etc.; the new social movements - feminism, environmentalism, the peace movement, and gay rights; sport, leisure and tourism; deviant behaviour - drug use, criminality, sexual deviance and mental illness.
The Department of Sociology at Hobart assists students to develop their abilities by providing human and technological resources, a resource materials collection, three Macintosh computer laboratories for student use and teaching, a multimedia video lab, and a qualitative research methods laboratory.

The units
HGA100, Sociology 1, is a general introduction to the discipline, providing a foundation for students who may later proceed further in the discipline or for students who want a general introduction to modern society to supplement their studies in other social sciences and humanities.
Sociology units at levels 200 and 300 build on HGA100. With the exception of HGA256/356 (which is a full year unit weighted at 20%) and HGA257/357 (which is a one-semester unit weighted at 20%) all units are of one semester duration, weighted at 10%.
Sociology units are available in major, double major or minor sequences.
Students who entered the BA before 1 January 1993 will be governed by the departmental requirements which applied at that time.
BA Honours (400 level) and Coursework Masters (800 level) programs as well as research Masters and PhD degrees are available to students who wish to continue studies in Sociology beyond the BA. All programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis.To find out more about the Sociology courses: enquire at room 418 Humanities and Social Sciences Building, telephone (002) 20 2338.

Unit descriptions

First year (100 level)
Coordinator: Dr M Roe

HGA100 Sociology 1 - Principles of Social Organisation

Introduces the student to central concepts and methods used in analysing social action and society. The unit examines such substantive areas and processes as family, individual development, religion, education, political and economic organisation, social inequality, deviance, and social conflict. The approach is comparative and focuses on inter-institutional relationships and the development of modern society.

Special notes
teaching staff Prof R Crook, Dr R Julian, Dr T Scrase, and other staff
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern full year - 4 hrs a week (26 weeks)
mutual exclusions HWS101 or HWS102 (Launceston campus).
method of assessment (sem 1) test 1 (10%), test 2 (10%), (sem 2) 1,000-word exercise(s) or test(s) (10%), 2,500-word written assignment (20%), 2-hour exam in Nov (40%), tutorial performance and class exercises throughout the year (10%).
required texts, etc
recommended reading

Course: Bachelor of Arts (R3A)

Staff of the Department of Sociology
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