Sociology (A/T/M)

Course information

Sociology explores the ideas of classical theorist through modern contexts and case studies in an attempt to explain society and how it behaves. Through the exploration of modern forms of communication such as social networks and mobile phones; students are promoted to question the extent of individuality in our society. Students also have the opportunity to design their own social research experiments in order to develop a greater understanding of group behaviour in different contexts.

Sociology can be combined with Psychology units to gain a major or double major in Behavioural Science.

Post-school pathways

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Workload expectation

Social and Behavioural Science subjects require regular and consistent revision of course content as well as detailed planning and research for assessment tasks outside of class time  in order to receive outstanding results.

Course pattern

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Cultural Icons

2

Identity

3

Sociology of Social Justice

4

Power and Institutions

A minor course requires any two of the above units. Major minor and double major courses exist by combining the above with Sociology units.

Unit descriptions

NOTE: Within each unit, teachers selects a minimum of two electives topics per unit. The general themes and topics are relevant; however, specific elective topics are subject to change.

Cultural Icons

This unit explores all levels of culture: the ideas, institutions and practices that define the ways we communicate and interact with each other. The electives in this unit provide students with opportunities to study the ways that ideas shape social life, from mass communication to everyday recreation activities.

Electives include: Popular culture; News Media; Sport and Leisure; Information and Communication; Youth and Age

Identity

This unit explores society on the individual level: the ways people define themselves and their relationships with others. The electives in this unit provide students with opportunities to study the myriad ways that society classifies and categorizes people at an individual and small group level, and how individuals can be constrained and empowered through their identification with such labels.

Electives include: Sexuality and Gender; Race and Ethnicity; Family and Relationships; Subcultures; Australian Indigenous Identity; Australian Culture and Identity

Sociology of Social Justice

This unit explores social issues that lend themselves to activism and debate: issues of equality, justice and fairness on a social scale. The electives in this unit provide students with opportunities to explore all sides of these issues, to develop the skills and acquire the information to make informed decisions about issues that affect them.

Electives include: Economic Inequality; Crime and Justice; Gender Inequality; Global Development; Environment; Urbanisation

Power and Institutions

This unit explores the superstructure of society: the social institutions and systems that determine the structure of society on a macro level, and in turn influence life on a micro level. The electives in this unit provide students with opportunities to study the ‘big picture’ of society, and explore the ways in which their lives are shaped by forces outside of their control.

Electives include: Power and Politics; Work and Labour; Education; Health and Medicine; Religion