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Sociology (BA)


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Title Sociology (BA)
Course Code B1356
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Description In an increasingly complex global world, understanding social change and your part in this is of vital importance. With this in mind, Sociology provides you with knowledge that is academically sound, socially useful and vocationally relevant. Central to how we practice Sociology at Murdoch is our interest in developing pioneering ways of understanding the dynamic relationship between individuals and the global societies they are part of. On top of exploring the patterns, ideas and findings of Sociology in various texts you will be encouraged to think as an active sociologist.
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.
The Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch is a degree unlike any other in Australia. It embraces new directions in teaching and practice-based learning to train the thinkers and researchers of the 21st century. So many of the biggest and most vital issues we face today are about human society and the human condition. How can we understand who we are, how we want to live, or what kind of society we want to create, without the insights, knowledge and skills provided by the humanities? Our degree is different because we teach our students to put these into practice in a way that is recognised and valued by employers. Our graduates are empowered to be the agile and creative thinkers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world. They are able to think creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects, exercise highly-developed analytical and interpersonal skills, and they possess an in-depth knowledge of contemporary societal issues and trends. These are professional skills which are recognised and valued universally. In short, you can study what you love and get a job too!
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 of choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Major Learning Outcomes [1] Demonstrate substantive knowledge of sociology as an academic discipline in its social, historical and world context, including its principal concepts and theories.[2] Formulate clear and persuasive written and spoken communication of sociological ideas, knowledge and arguments suited to a range of different genres and audiences.
[3] Develop an understanding of the sources and techniques employed in sociological research.[4] Construct well-reasoned arguments by evaluating competing sociological explanations of social phenomena.[5] Discuss and debate the relationship between individuals and the wider structural and global context.
Course Learning Outcomes Students will:

LO 01 Possess broad and coherent knowledge of the content, theoretical perspectives, research methods and practices of a discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 02 Design and manage self-directed projects of increasing sophistication involving both independent inquiry and collaborative work.
LO 03 Construct critically reflective arguments that identify, analyse and evaluate complex issues, texts and data in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 04 Persuasively communicate complex information, concepts and problems through clear and accurate written work, creative artefacts and verbal presentations.
LO 05 Recognise and practice well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds.
LO 06 Develop innovative and imaginative approaches to the application of knowledge and skills in the arts, humanities and social sciences to a range of practical tasks and experiences.
Employment Prospects Sociology is uniquely suited to helping students develop skills needed for successful careers related to social life, social change, diverse communities, and their interactions. Studying sociology fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. It provides a foundation for understanding the globalising world and equips you with tools for imagining solutions to difficult social problems.

The breadth, adaptability, and utility of sociology mean there are numerous employment opportunities. The following list is illustrative and there are other career option: Advocacy; Case management; Childcare; Community development; Criminal investigations/justice; Elementary or secondary education; Human resources/Personnel; Research agencies; Law enforcement; Non-profit agencies; Police officers; Rehabilitation counselling; Social work; Sustainable development; Special Education; Youth/Elderly services; Urban Planning.
Recommended Double Majors Community Development; International Aid and Development; Sustainable Development; Tourism and Events
Recommended Minors Asian Studies; Australian Indigenous Studies; Modern History; Public Policy; Religion
Main research areas Social change and social equity, humanitarian work, food studies, social policy, gender inequalities, multiculturalism, diversity and inequality, (global) institutions
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

Course Core - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 9 credit points

Spine Unit - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Course Core Units - 6 credit points

ART101 Coming into Community - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 112 places) (closed), S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external


ART102 Inventing the Future - 6 points
Not available this year

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Spine Units - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

ART208 Presenting in Public: Writing and Performing for Professional Contexts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ART325 Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

AIS308 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU7-external, S1-external, W-external

Course Core Units - 9 credit points

ART201 Global Citizenship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ART202 The Weight of Data - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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

Major Units - 24 credit points

Options - 24 credit points

Select from any of the available Majors, Co-Majors or Minors

Major Structure - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 6 credit points

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

200 Level Units - 9 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

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

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

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

300 Level Units - 9 credit points

Course Core Unit - 3 credit points

SOC313 Healthy Lifestyles - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

COD214 Social Policy and Community Action - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD302 Creative Ways to Work with Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SUS207 Overseas Aid and International Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS310 Sustainable Urban Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL226 Sex and Gender Matters - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL246 Public Policy Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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