Introduction to Sociology
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionDrawing upon sociological theories and concepts, this introductory course provides an overview of the processes of change affecting social life in Australia and abroad. Central to many of these trends is globalisation and we examine its impacts upon a range of issues at both the global and local levels. Topics include: class and inequality, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, health and illness, along with media, urban sociology and sociology of the environment.Course IntroductionWelcome to SOCY1050: ?Introduction to Sociology?. In this course we will encourage you to look at the social world around you in new and exciting ways. The course provides you with an understanding of what sociology is; the role of sociology in understanding social life; and draws on sociological theories and concepts to examine the dimensions and impacts of various changes taking place in Australia and globally. We live in a complex world and sociology provides important insights into the social meanings of natural and cultural phenomena; the social importance of time and space; and the contrasts between tradition and contemporary life.The course is offered over 13 sessions. The course begins with an introduction to the discipline of sociology, some of the classical sociological ways of understanding the world, how sociologists conduct research, as well as some key terminology and ideas to help with the remainder of the course. We then move on to some of the major ways of understanding culture and difference in the social world: Sex and Gender; Religion; and Race and Ethnicity. We then investigate the sociology of the world around us: the Environment; and Cities and Urban Life. Finally, we finish the semester with a final overview and revision.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
- Understand the sociological imagination and how it is applied to social problems
- understand the various ways that inequality is manifest in society
- understand globalisation its social effects
- have an appreciation for the way that sociologists ask and answer questions about the social world
- understand the influence of some of the major social institutions on everyday life
- write a well researched and argued essay on a sociological topic
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