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ATS3855

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vaughan Higgins

Synopsis

This unit examines the different theories which sociologists use to make sense of the social world. We explore the classical works of the founding fathers (Durkheim, Marx and Weber) and the ongoing legacies of each. The unit also engages with contemporary perspectives and considers how sociologists grapple with important sociological issues such as power, meaning, inequality and social change.

Objectives

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Acquired a broad understanding of classical and contemporary sociological theories;
  2. The capacity to identify, and differentiate between, different sociological theories and concepts;
  3. The capacity to critically analyse the merits and limitations of different sociological approaches;
  4. Gained skills in the written presentation of an argument, including the ways in which sociologists incorporate and acknowledge the ideas of other writers.

Students studying the unit at third level will have:
  1. Gained experience in applying sociological theory to current social issues.

Assessment

Short essay (1000 words) 25%
Long essay (1500 words) 35%
Research Project (2000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Vaughan Higgins

Contact hours

One x 2 hr seminar/week

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

Sociology

Prerequisites

Two second level sociology units

Prohibitions

ATS2855, GSC3201, GSC3202, SCY3815, SCY3816