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Sociology (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Sociology (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr David Palmer | Email: D.Palmer@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2288

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description Sociology helps us to grasp the connections between the personal and the social in a global context. It helps us understand how changes in the structure of society, the material world (eg. Technology), the economy, cultural systems of beliefs and values, and access to power, influence us as members of society. Sociology is particularly interested in class, gender, ethnicity, and religion. Sociological knowledge and skills are increasingly important in a wide range of professions and occupations, and provide a broader perspective for understanding the world.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Skills in critical thinking, social research, policy analysis and project evaluation are crucial in numerous occupations. Sociology graduates are well suited to careers in local, state and federal public service, and in welfare, community, industrial and commercial organisations.
Recommended Double Majors Community Development; Community Development (OUA); Global Politics and Policy
Main research areas Social change and social equity.
Languages and Writing Skills Sociology students are strongly encouraged to include a writing unit in their selection of a general elective at either Part I or Part II. It is also recommended that students consider studying a language other than English, with Indonesian, Japanese, Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek all available at Murdoch.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

SOC134 Introduction to Sociology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD125 Introduction to Community Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 12 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

SOC209 Religion and Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

OR

BRD201 Food Matters - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SOC211 Sociology and the Modern World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SOC203 Youth Cultures - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

AST312 Anthropology, Society and Culture - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SOC313 Health and Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

AIS307 Indigeneity, Critical Theory and Social Justice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

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