SOCI 1003 - Introduction to Sociology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This introductory course provides students with the skills to analyse society from a sociological perspective. It examines a number of pressing social problems within contemporary Australian society and offers a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of sociology and its foundational theories. It aims to provide students with the skills to understand examine and explain broad social trends and their impact on the individual. Key sociological concepts covered include class/socioeconomic status, gender, youth, ethnicity, family, work, consumption and location.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SOCI 1003
    Course Introduction to Sociology
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GWSI 1001, GWSI 1001EX, GSSA 1001, GSSA 1001EX
    Course Description This introductory course provides students with the skills to analyse society from a sociological perspective. It examines a number of pressing social problems within contemporary Australian society and offers a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of sociology and its foundational theories. It aims to provide students with the skills to understand examine and explain broad social trends and their impact on the individual. Key sociological concepts covered include class/socioeconomic status, gender, youth, ethnicity, family, work, consumption and location.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Pam Papadelos

    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 Identify 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
    8
    9
    10
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3,4,6,7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,3,4,6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4,7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,4,7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A reader will be available to purchase through the Image and Copy Centre. The reader will also be available online via MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    All material for the course will be available through MyUni throughout the semester
  • 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.

    WORKLOAD
    WORK REQUIRED HOURS
    1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours
    1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours
    2 hours research per week 24 hours
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours
    TOTAL HOURS 156 hours 
    Learning Activities Summary

    WEEK

    LECTURE TOPIC

    1

    What is sociology?

    2

    Sociological Foundations

    3

    No Lecture or tutorial

    4

    Social Stratification: Class Inequality

    5

    Weber and Organisation Theory

    6

    Gender & Sexualities

    7

    Identity & Consumption

    8

    Aboriginality and Australia’s Indigenous Peoples

    9

    Culture, Ethnicity and Migration

    10

    Power/Knowledge

    11

    Conclusion

  • 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

    COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

    Tutorial participation

    Formative and Summative

    10%

    1, 4, 6

    Short Quiz

    Formative and Summative

     5%

     2,3

    800 word short critical assignment

    Formative and Summative

    20%

    1-6

    1500 word essay

    Formative and Summative

    45%

    1-6

    Multiple-answer test (online)

    Formative and Summative

    20%

    1-6

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to complete all assessment activities to be eligible to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial  participation 10%
    Facilitating discussion in one tutorial:
    For each of the topics, students will be assigned to lead a tutorial discussion through answering the set tutorial questions based on the readings. No presentation is required for this, it is simply a matter of being prepared for the class, being willing to speak first and encouraging others to contribute.

    Completion of tutorial exercises:
    Each week you are asked to complete additional preparation for the tutorial, for example locating a newspaper article or completing an exercise before you come to the tutorial. There is no make-up alternative to this exercise.

    Online Quiz 5%
    Multiple Choice Questions to be completed on-line within stated period.

    Small Written assignment 25%
    Respond to a set question in essay format - 800 words.

    Essay 45%
    Develop skills in producing, sustaining, and coherently presenting a written and persuasive argument, using evidence from academic and other sources.  Essay questions will be posted on MyUni.

    Online Quiz 20%
    Multiple Choice Questions to be completed on-line within stated period.
    Submission
    Online submission of all assignments
    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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