Rethinking the Social

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Rethinking the Social

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course is an introduction to sociological and anthropological perspectives on the nature of the social. It raises central questions such as What is the social? What is the relation between the individual and society? How is the social lived and experienced? How do we understand the everyday? Through themes such as biography and selfhood, love and care,identity and difference, sanity and insanity, seeing and knowing, power and freedom, nature and culture, memory and time, and state and nation we examine the limits and possibilities of the social. On completion of the course, students will have a general understanding of the key concepts underpinning sociological and anthropological perspectives to the study of social life. The course will provide opportunities to reflect on the relevance of these themes and topics to other disciplines of study. It is a Gateway course.

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.


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