|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Dr. Nick HarriganLecturer
Dr. Adam Stebbing
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Major issues facing Australia and the world today - including poverty, food security, climate change, inequality, the platform economy, digital surveillance, cyber crime, automation, refugee resettlement, global health and more - invariably have a social dimension. How can we respond to these complex and important issues without understanding them? This unit searches for insights into contemporary issues by surveying the social sciences. This unit has three parts. The first part introduces social science as a field of inquiry, tracing pivotal historical developments and asking what it means to think socially. The second part explores a series of contemporary issues, highlighting the distinct contributions that the social sciences offer our understanding of recent transformations. And, by reflecting on our explorations of contemporary issues, the third part concludes the unit by drawing out the close relationship between theory, methods and analysis for social science practice today. From the three parts of this unit, you will gain an insight into social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues facing our society.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
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HD High Distinction 85-100
D Distinction 75-84
Cr Credit 65-74
P Pass 50-64
F Fail 0-49
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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.
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750 word written task
Participation in unit activities
1,500 word written task
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Lectures will be recorded and become available online via iLearn.
Online Tutorials will run via Zoom video conferencing software between weeks 1 and 12 of semester (inclusive) and be 55 minutes in duration. Please attend the tutorial class that you are enrolled in e-student.
The required textbook for SSCI1000 is The Quick Fix Guide to Academic Writing: How to Avoid Big Mistakes and Small Errors by Phillip C. Shon.
Other required readings are online available via Leganto (see below).
The following technologies are used in this unit...
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Important information about the weekly schedule, course readings and assessment are all available on the course iLearn page. If you do not have access, please contact IT help. You are required to check iLearn and your student email regularly for course updates and information.
All written assessments need to be submitted online via Turnitin only. A link to Turnitin is available via the Assessments tab on the iLearn page. Please contact the convenor if you cannot find it (do not leave it until the day of the assessment). There is no need to submit a hard copy of the assessment or to include a cover sheet.
Feedback will be made available online via GradeMark. It will take four forms (in no particular order): specific comments in the text of your paper; overall comments; a score on a qualitative rubric (that cannot be used to calculate your mark numerically); and a numeric score. Once you have received your assignment back, please make sure that you have access to these forms of feedback.
Leganto is the electronic system for accessing unit readings that can be accessed via the iLearn page. Readings are allocated via topic. As well as the required readings for each topic, you will find recommended and optional readings. The required readings are available in pdf or electronic format. If you are not able to access the readings, please contact the unit convenor via email.
Lectures and tutorials will be held from weeks 1 to 12 (inclusive). In weeks 1 and 2, we introduce the social sciences as a field of inquiry. From weeks 3 to 11, each lecture have two parts. The first half of each lecture introduces key terms and concepts of social inquiry, then the second half explains how these terms and concepts are applied in exemplary social science studies on contemporary social issues. In week 12, we conclude the lectures by presenting an overview of what we have covered and discuss implications for social science. Finally, in week 13, careers information and self-help resources have been made available for your perusal. The following table identifies the weekly topics for SSCI1000. More information can be found about the weekly topics and required readings on the unit iLearn page.
|1||Introducing Social Science / Introducing SSCI1000|
|2||A Potted History of Social Science / Thinking Socially|
|3||Social Issues & Public Policy / The Rise of the Gig Economy|
|4||Research Paradigms / The Cultures of Class|
|5||Disciplines & Interdisciplinary Social Science / Inequality & the Welfare State|
|6||Theory as Explanation / Understanding Global Pandemics|
|7||Between Concepts & Measures / Investigating Sustainable Cities|
|8||Research Questions & Hypotheses / Understanding Indigenous Cultures|
|9||Logics of Social Inquiry / Exploring Social Well-being|
|10||Qualitative Inquiry / Research with Marginalised Communities|
|11||Quantitative Inquiry / Researching Social Networks|
|12||Social Science Practice: Thinking About Theory, Data & Analysis|
|13||Careers in Social Science (online session only)|
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|11/02/2021||Updated weekly schedule|