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SOC 180 – Sociology of Everyday Life

2017 – S2 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Raj Velayutham
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
In this unit you are introduced to the analysis of everyday situations such as the home, the street, work, shopping, community, neighbourhoods, and various sites of leisure and entertainment. We also reveal and scrutinize the many tools and props that we use to negotiate these everyday activities (eg, clothes, mobile phones, automobiles, computers, furnishings etc) and explore the hidden social forces that shape our lives.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Film Reflection Essay 25% Week 5
Assessment Task 2 25% week 8
Online Quiz 30% week 13
Tutorial participation 20% ongoing

Film Reflection Essay

Due: Week 5
Weighting: 25%

Write a critical response to the documentary Life in a Day

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment Task 2

Due: week 8
Weighting: 25%

INTERNAL STUDENTS ONLY

Breaching experiment group task and individual report.

 

EXTERNAL STUDENTS ONLY

Undertake an observation of an everyday activity or space and critically analyze its sociological significance.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Online Quiz

Due: week 13
Weighting: 30%

Online quiz is based on course readings and lecture content covered in this unit.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Tutorial participation

Due: ongoing
Weighting: 20%

Students are expected to actively contribute to tutorial discussions.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Delivery and Resources

All lectures are available on ECHO360 via ilearn page.

Students must purchase a copy of the course reader from the university Co-op Bookstore and complete the weekly required reading before the tutorial.

Recommended readings are available through the library.

You must submit all assignments to complete the unit.

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Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Graduate Capabilities

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment tasks

  • Film Reflection Essay
  • Assessment Task 2
  • Online Quiz
  • Tutorial participation

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment task

  • Assessment Task 2

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment tasks

  • Online Quiz
  • Tutorial participation

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment tasks

  • Film Reflection Essay
  • Assessment Task 2
  • Online Quiz
  • Tutorial participation

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment tasks

  • Film Reflection Essay
  • Assessment Task 2
  • Tutorial participation

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment tasks

  • Assessment Task 2
  • Online Quiz
  • Tutorial participation

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment tasks

  • Assessment Task 2
  • Tutorial participation

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Be aware of the history and importance of the study of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a broad understanding of how the ‘sociological imagination’ can be applied to our everyday lives. - Be able to read, summarize and apply basic works in sociology and the sociology of everyday life. - Be aware of a range of research skills, such as ethnography and visual analysis, used to carry out research in the area of the sociology of everyday life. - Develop a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and in vocational settings. This includes reading texts, critically review arguments and evidence, relate between and across contexts, become theoretically aware, and articulate arguments through written and verbal expression.

Assessment tasks

  • Film Reflection Essay
  • Assessment Task 2
  • Online Quiz
  • Tutorial participation