Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    Introduces students to the sociological perspective through an exploration of contemporary social and cultural issues. Topics may include: socialisation and identity, sex and gender, race and ethnicity, class and social inequality, globalisation and work, deviance and social control, and media and popular culture. Key sociological concepts and theories are used to examine social patterns, social action and social change.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of sociological perspectives, concepts and research approaches.

    2. Critically appraise and discuss the sociological literature.

    3. Conduct planning of library research for assignments using information literacy skills.

    4. Research and write an academic essay.


    Course content will be drawn from a selection of the following topics:

    What is sociology? Developing a 'sociological imagination'.
    An overview of sociological perspectives and social research.
    Socialisation and identity.
    Sex and gender.
    Race, racism, ethnicity and multiculturalism.
    Work and unemployment.
    Class and social inequality.
    Deviance and social control.
    Media and popular culture.

    Assessment Items

    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises

    Report: Library research report

    Essay: Essay

    In Term Test: Examination

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
    Online Activity

    Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Students to chose EITHER 1 hr tutorial (face to face contact) OR 1 hr Email Discussion Groups (for online).

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.