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SY1001 - Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
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, Study Period 51, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes
Lecturer: Dr K. Thirumaran.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 16 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); (30%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 21-Jul-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes
Lecturer: Dr K. Thirumaran.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 16 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); (30%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Internal
Census Date 17-Nov-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 16 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); (30%).

Mackay, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
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%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Glenn Dawes
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Theresa Petray, 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%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Theresa Petray
Workload expectations:
  • 3 hours - Email and LearnJCU discussion board contact
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments (35%); take home exam (45%); (20%).

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.