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Introduction to Sociology (SOC134)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit aims to introduce students to the richness of sociology by stimulating their curiosity about the relationship between the individual, society and the globe using sociological thinking. This unit will introduce students to the history of sociology and some of the thinkers who have influenced the discipline. It will encourage students to recognise the relevance of sociology to everyday questions about contemporary issues in the social world.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the way that sociologists approach the study of the relationships between individuals and their social contexts as well as
1. stimulate your imagination and encourage you to engage creatively with the relationship between individuals, societies and the globe, using sociological thinking;
2. introduce you to some tools of sociological analysis;
3. introduce you to some of the thinkers who have influenced the discipline;
4. encourage you to recognise the relevance of sociology to everyday questions about contemporary issues in the social world.
You will also have gained practical skills to demonstrate:
5. enhance your research, reading and library skills as means to stimulate and support your sociological understanding;
6. enhance your communication skills, especially your oral and writing skills;
7. a capacity to be a self-directed learner and thinker and to study and work independently;
8. tolerance and mutual respect in team discussions (online and in tutorials).
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Assessment Poster
Aligned Learning Outcomes 1, 4, 5, 6 Value 20% Due Week 4
Essay
Aligned Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Value 30% Due Week 12
Presentation
Aligned Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Value 35% Due After week 4
Tutorial engagement and participation
Aligned Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 8 Value 15% Ongoing
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Sociology (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Sociology
Appears in these Minors Sociology
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.

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Unit Coordinator
SOC134
Dr Barbara Evers
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7356
e: b.evers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.053A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
SOC134

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Barbara Evers
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7356
e: b.evers@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.053A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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