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SCY3070

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Jo Lindsay

Synopsis

This unit focuses on intimate relationships and the complexities of contemporary family life. In the first part of the unit we examine theoretical perspectives on intimate life and put contemporary families in historical and cultural context. In the second part we examine romance, partnering and parenting, relationship diversity, relationship dissolution and the labour that families do. Throughout the unit we analyse everyday experiences, popular culture and social policy to understand the ways in which personal life is shaped by wider social forces.

Objectives

By the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. articulate a good understanding of the sociological imagination or perspective;
  2. analyse personal life, family life and examples from popular culture using a Sociological perspective;
  3. describe the ways in which wider social forces shape personal life;
  4. work with peers to discuss and refine analysis;
  5. develop and present an argument in both oral and written formats.

Assessment

Tutorial participation and presentation: 15%
Class test (1000-1500 words): 25%
Research essay (3000-3500 words): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jo Lindsay

Contact hours

1 one hour lecture and 1 one hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Sociology
Behavioural studies

Prerequisites

A first year sequence in Sociology or permission

Prohibitions

SCY2070