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SY1001 - Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject introduces ways of sociologically exploring the social world, with a particular focus on the analysis of Australian society in an international context. It involves examining social patterns and structures; examining how these shape the world in which we live; and recognising and exploring social experience in the context of social change and global processes. Through examining a range of topics such as family life, work, the media and education, students will develop an understanding of major social and cultural changes taking place in Australia and how these impact on the lives of individuals, groups and communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply a reflexive and critical sociological perspective to the world around them;
  • gain an understanding of major theoretical approaches in sociology;
  • analyse social issues from a sociological perspective;
  • understand the ways in which individuals' lives are socially shaped;
  • examine social change within key social institutions such as work, education, family and the mass media.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (45%).

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Theresa Petray.
Workload expectations:
  • 3 hours - Email and LearnJCU discussion board contact
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: quizzes or tests (30%); multidraft Essays (40%); essays (30%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (45%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 20-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes
Lecturers: Dr K. Thirumaran, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (45%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 13-Nov-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes
Lecturer: Dr Carol Thirumaran.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (45%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Theresa Petray
Lecturer: Dr Carol Thirumaran.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (45%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.