Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
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.
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.
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises
Report: Library research report
In Term Test: Examination
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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).
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.