GSSA 1001 - Social Sciences in Australia

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The social sciences are a group of disciplines which seek to understand the structure of society. Together they offer a range of approaches to investigating social problems and the dynamics of social change. This introductory course provides an overview of the ways that different social science disciplines contribute to an understanding of Australian society. The course utilises certain case studies of topical issues in contemporary Australia to introduce key concepts of: class/socioeconomic status, gender, youth, ethnicity, family, work, consumption and location as structuring aspects of society.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GSSA 1001
    Course Social Sciences in Australia
    Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Incompatible GWSI 1001, GWSI 1001EX
    Course Description The social sciences are a group of disciplines which seek to understand the structure of society. Together they offer a range of approaches to investigating social problems and the dynamics of social change. This introductory course provides an overview of the ways that different social science disciplines contribute to an understanding of Australian society. The course utilises certain case studies of topical issues in contemporary Australia to introduce key concepts of: class/socioeconomic status, gender, youth, ethnicity, family, work, consumption and location as structuring aspects of society.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Susan Oakley

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the role the social sciences play in critical discussions relating to Australian society specifically and more broadly on a global scale;

    2. Identitfy the characteristics of social science research, critical reading and analytical reading;

    3. Be able to locate, access and evaluate a range of resources available to support critical research and writing;

    4. Demonstrate a critical approach to ethical issues in the context of public discourses about contemporary issues and debates;

    5. Be able to confidently engage with unfamiliar texts;

    6. Be able to prepare and deliver coherent and logically argued written texts;

    7. Demonstrate productive and respectful engagement with their peers in group work.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,34,6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,3,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Social Sciences in Australia Reader can be purchased at Image and Copy Centre
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Throughout the semester students will be required to attend a 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial each week.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Public Holiday
    Week 3 Youth
    Week 4 Gender
    Week 5 Class
    Week 6 Consumption
    Week 7 Mid-semester break
    Week 8 Mid-semester break
    Week 9 Australian cultures
    Week 10 Whiteness/reconciliation
    Week 11 Work and family
    Week 12 Ethnicity and immigration
    Week 13 Where to from here
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial attendance Formative and Summative 5% 1, 4, 7
    Weekly exercises Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    Tutorial participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    Written assignment 1 Formative and Summative 15% 1, 4, 7
    Written assignment 2 Formative and Summative 45% 1-7
    Take home paper Formative and Summative 15% 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail

    Tutorials provide opportunities for students actively to explore some of the ideas, theories and examples contained in the readings and lectures in more depth.  All students will be required to have read the set readings and thus contribute in an informed way to the tutorial discussion.  While no written work is associated with the tutorial, an assessment component is attached to attendance and participation as well as weekly exercises that require preparation before the lecture.  To ensure that students demonstrate, not only that they have read the readings but can also contribute to an informed and critical discussion based on their knowledge of the readings and completion of weekly activities, a weighting of 15% of the course assessment is given.  A further 5% is weekly attendance, which is also required by all students.

    This subject attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and views.  We value that diversity and expect that our study together will encourage an attitude of mutual respect for the person and their experiences even if the views expressed are diametrically opposed to your own.  In criticising another person's views please attempt to be constructive and engage in debate with the argument or idea, not by negating or 'putting down' the person who has expressed that view.

    Attendance at tutorials and lectures: The weekly lecture discussions build on, contextualise and apply ideas found in the readings.

    Submission
    All assignments must be submitted online via the relevant MyUni course site.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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