sociology/ug-arts-sociology

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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences
School of Arts
School of Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, South Africa

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The sequence of units and units available differ between campuses. Refer to the individual campus entries below. Also available via off-campus learning, although some later-year units may only be available in on-campus mode.

Description

Caulfield, Clayton

Offered by the School of Political and Social Inquiry

The focus of sociological teaching and research is the study of contemporary societies in a global context. It involves the investigation of diverse human groups, communities, institutions and organisations, and the networks of meaning and association that link individuals and groups to the broader social structures of such societies. The wide range of units available is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore broad theoretical and methodological issues. Sociologists focus on social structures, cultures and processes of change. Sociologists examine class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand the differences in how people live, think and feel.

Sociology is a versatile major, providing useful background for students intending to work in areas such as social policy, research and journalism. Introductory sociology introduces students to a variety of perspectives and substantive areas of sociology: socialisation, deviance, the family, sexualities and gender, industrialisation and globalisation, class and social inequality. In later years, sociological theories and methods are examined in greater detail. A wide range of electives are available, manyof which give students an understanding of the diverse aspects of Australian culture in its global context.

Gippsland and off-campus learning

Offered by the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences

Sociology is the study of social life. Since all human behaviour is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organised crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the large-scale issues of global development and social change to the more immediate issues of everyday relationships within our family, friends and communities. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organisations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Its broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge makes sociology one of the most versatile and valuable university majors.

South Africa

Offered by the School of Social Sciences

Human behaviours and the context in which they are expressed are interesting to observe but complex to understand. The nature, structure and dynamics of human social interactions are the subject-matter of sociology. The sociological enterprise is to understand the flux and contradictions that characterise human societies and for this reason, sociology is not just a 'living' course, but also a dynamic and reflexive one. The reflexivity of sociology therefore, foists on both practitioners and students a unique opportunity to engage in an intellectual discourse to unveil the embedded matrix that mask the ever evolving complexity of human societies. This enterprise however, goes beyond the mere fulfillment of human curiosity; rather it is a genuine enterprise to contribute to the development of society by proffering perceptive solutions that will guide political leaders and policy makers. Students of sociology are therefore prepared to understand the nature, constituents, and structure of social institutions and how they interact to produce functional or dysfunctional whole. Specifically, students explore the broad issues of the family as a traditional institution and other alternatives; intimate relationships; the media and sexuality; power and gender relations; social justice; and the sociology of health and illness behaviour among other topics.

Units

Caulfield and Clayton

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in sociology must complete the following two units (12 points):

  • ATS1365 Introduction to sociology I
  • ATS1366 Introduction to sociology II

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in sociology must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including a minimum of one unit from List A.

A maximum of two 'additional elective' units (12 points) can be taken.

List A: Research options

*This unit is also a core unit for behavioural studies. Students doing minors/majors in both behavioural studies and sociology will need to choose another unit to make up credit points for both; a unit cannot be counted twice towards separate minors/majors.

Elective units

* This unit is also a core unit for gender studies. Students doing minors/majors in both gender studies and sociology will need to choose another unit to make up credit points for both; a unit cannot be counted twice towards separate minors/majors.

Additional elective units

Students can also choose a maximum of two units (12 points) from the following:

  • ATS2340/ATS3340 Introduction to peace and security studies
  • ATS2371/ATS3371 Magic, science and religion
  • ATS2376/ATS3376 Political Anthropology: Ethnic and national identitiies in the modern world
  • ATS2378/ATS3378 Development and the Third World
  • ATS2391/ATS3391 A world of sport
  • ATS2399/ATS3399 The self and others: Identity and the experience of difference in the 21st century
  • ATS2469/ATS3469 Victimology
  • ATS2560/ATS3560 Theorising sexed bodies: Contemporary feminist theory
  • ATS2563 Global consumption, sex and race
  • ATS2692/ATS3692 Progress and despair
  • ATS2889/ATS3889 Indigenous knowledge in cross-cultural praxis: Aboriginal community field unit
  • ATS3898 Special topics in sustainability
  • ATS3902 Geopolitics of climate change
  • MON2003/MON3001 Social inclusion internship: Working on migrant and refugee settlement in multicultural communities

Gippsland and off-campus learning

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in sociology must complete the following two units (12 points):

  • ATS1367 Sociological reflections on everyday life
  • ATS1898 A changing world: Globalisation and social change *

*Students who have already completed ATS1898 in a first-year-level sequence in history-politics can complete another first-year-level arts unit to meet course requirements. A unit cannot be counted twice towards separate minors/majors.

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in sociology must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including a minimum of one unit from List A and one from list B. A minimum of three units must be taken at third-year level.
List A: Research methods

One of:

List B: Theory

Note: Students who have completed SCY3815 and/or SCY3816 have completed the theory requirement and are not able to complete ATS2855/ATS3855.

Elective units

* This unit is also a core unit for psychological studies. Students doing minors/majors in both psychological studies and sociology will need to choose another unit to meet course requirements; a unit cannot be counted twice towards separate minors/majors.

South Africa

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in sociology must complete the following two units (12 points):

  • AZA1365 Everyday life in sociological perspectives
  • AZA1366 Families, relationships, health and the media

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in sociology must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including a minimum of one unit from List A. A minimum of three units must be taken at third-year level.

List A: Reseach options

Elective units:

  • ATS2737/ATS3737 Social justice
  • AZA2378/AZA3378 Development and the developing world
  • AZA2629/AZA3629 Beliefs, religion and spirituality: A global perspective
  • AZA2717/AZA3717 Medical sociology: Sociology of health and illness behaviour
  • AZA2719/AZA3719 Theoretical perspectives in political and social thought
  • AZA2720/AZA3720 Sociological perspectives on youth culture and social change
  • MON2001/MON3001 Social inclusion internship: Working on migrant and refugee settlement in multicultural communities

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts
  • 2552 Diploma of Tertiary Studies

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education
  • 4089 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4616 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts