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SOCI1000 – Introduction to Sociology: Understanding contemporary society

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Norbert Ebert
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Life in the 21st century is politically, economically and culturally fast-changing, increasingly diverse and technology-driven. In this unit, you will discover how sociologists understand society through topics such as culture and the economy, power and politics, gender and sexuality, self and identity, family and generations, social inequality and class, religion and race. It provides you with new and exciting ways to understand the contemporary world and your place within it. The skills and perspectives you learn will help you communicate complex ideas effectively and provide you with the analytical skills and perspectives you need to successfully navigate the politics, labour markets and diverse cultures in our rapidly changing world.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Describe key sociological concepts.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and vocational settings (reading and listening; critique; relational thinking; data collection and analysis; sociological observation; theoretical awareness; written and verbal expression)
  • ULO3: Summarise and apply basic works of sociology to the study of contemporary life
  • ULO4: Distinguish the sociological imagination from other disciplinary approaches to analysing social issues and trends
  • ULO5: Apply basic social research techniques.

General Assessment Information

LATE PENALTY:  Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

If you are unsure whether or not you need to submit a request for Special Consideration. contact the unit convenor or your tutor before submitting it.

Special consideration requests need to be submitted through https://ask.mq.edu.au/

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Participation. 20% No weekly
Quiz 30% No Week 4, 8 and 12
Final online exam 50% No Week13 (exact date & time tbc)

Participation.

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: weekly
Weighting: 20%

 

Graded active participation in tutorials, evidence of reading and lecture attendance, participation in learning assistance activities. External students are graded on online discussion boards - including a weekly summary and interaction in forums

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe key sociological concepts.
  • Demonstrate a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and vocational settings (reading and listening; critique; relational thinking; data collection and analysis; sociological observation; theoretical awareness; written and verbal expression)
  • Summarise and apply basic works of sociology to the study of contemporary life
  • Distinguish the sociological imagination from other disciplinary approaches to analysing social issues and trends

Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 4, 8 and 12
Weighting: 30%

 

Several quizzes based on readings, lectures and tutorials have to be completed.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe key sociological concepts.
  • Demonstrate a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and vocational settings (reading and listening; critique; relational thinking; data collection and analysis; sociological observation; theoretical awareness; written and verbal expression)
  • Summarise and apply basic works of sociology to the study of contemporary life
  • Distinguish the sociological imagination from other disciplinary approaches to analysing social issues and trends

Final online exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week13 (exact date & time tbc)
Weighting: 50%

 

A final exam based on all lecture material, the readings and tutorial discussions will be set at the end of the course.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe key sociological concepts.
  • Demonstrate a range of generic skills useful in tertiary education and vocational settings (reading and listening; critique; relational thinking; data collection and analysis; sociological observation; theoretical awareness; written and verbal expression)
  • Summarise and apply basic works of sociology to the study of contemporary life
  • Distinguish the sociological imagination from other disciplinary approaches to analysing social issues and trends
  • Apply basic social research techniques.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

All resources needed to complete this unit are available through or can be accessed via iLearn.

Online tutorials will be on Zoom for which we will post a link on iLearn.

For F2F tutorials, please check timetables to make sure you know the correct tutorial time and room.

If you are an OUA student we recommend you join one of the online tutorials on Zoom. Alternatively we will set up a weekly discussion forum where you can participate in writing.

Unit Schedule

A detailed outline of weekly topics can be found on iLearn.

Policies and Procedures

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Results

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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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