SOCI 3001 - Sociological Solutions to Contemporary Problems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

In this capstone course for the Sociology Major we will examine the main strands of sociological thought and identify how the key thinkers, ideas and practices in the development of sociology can be used to address contemporary social problems. Lectures will focus on the writings of leading social theorists and sociologists, and their contribution to the development of a distinctly sociological theory and practice. Seminars will have a 'practical turn' as we consider the ideas and practices of these scholars and apply them to seeking solutions for contemporary social problems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SOCI 3001
    Course Sociological Solutions to Contemporary Problems
    Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 15 units of Sociology major courses
    Restrictions Available to students undertaking a Sociology Major only
    Course Description In this capstone course for the Sociology Major we will examine the main strands of sociological thought and identify how the key thinkers, ideas and practices in the development of sociology can be used to address contemporary social problems.

    Lectures will focus on the writings of leading social theorists and sociologists, and their contribution to the development of a distinctly sociological theory and practice. Seminars will have a 'practical turn' as we consider the ideas and practices of these scholars and apply them to seeking solutions for contemporary social problems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Understand and critique the foremost arguments of key sociological thinkers.
    2. Describe a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within sociology
    3. Demonstrate a sociological understanding of the nature of social relationships, diverse groups and institutions as discussed in key sociological texts.
    4. Drawing upon key sociologists be able to critically reflect upon the processes that underpin social change and social stability
    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)
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,3,4
    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
    1
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2,3,4
    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
    3,4
    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
    1,3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required weekly readings will be available on MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    Reading lists, web-links, library resources, essay writing guides, study guides, referencing, IT support and TURNITIN will be available
    Online Learning
    The MyUni site will contain some additional resources and materials. Each week after the lecture, the lecture slides and lecture recording will be uploaded. Announcements and a discussion board are activated for student queries and the passing on of course information.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures provide key information about particular sociologist/s. This information is then supplemented and supported by practical work in seminars.

    In each seminar students will work in groups of up to 6 students, to complete small group discussion exercises that require collecting information (from course materials and other sources), analysing problems, debating issues and making recommendations. They will share the results of their discussion with the rest of the class. 
    Workload

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

    1x1 hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester
    1x2 hour seminarl per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hour online discussion and posting per week 24 hours per semester
    9 hours reading per week 84 hours per semester
    9 hours research per week 84 hours per semester

    Total: 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 European Classical Theorists
    Week 3 The Chicago School & Urban Sociology
    Week 4 Marxism and Critical Theory
    Week 5 Black Sociology
    Week 6 Feminist Challenges to Sociology
    Week 7 Post-structuralism
    Week 8 Structurationist Paradigms
    Week 9 Sociology in Australia
    Week 10 Sociology in Asia
    Week 11 Globalisation
    Week 12 Concluding Thoughts
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    In each seminar students will work in groups of up to 6 students, to complete small group discussion exercises that require collecting information (from course materials and other sources), analysing problems, debating issues and making recommendations. They will share the results of their discussion with the rest of the class. The tutor will be available for assistance on request, and will work closely with at least one small group each week to provide further expertise, encouragement and guidance.
  • 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)

    2500 word book review

    Formative and Summative

    20%

    1, 2, 4

    Individual presentation

    Formative and Summative

    15%

    1,2

    3500 critical essay

    Summative

    35%

    1,3,4

    Fortnightly Quizzes based on readings & lectures 

    Formative and Summative

    20%

    Seminar attendance & particicipation

    Formative and Summative

    10%

    1,2,3,4

    Assessment Detail
    Book Review: students will be given a choice of key sociological texts and will be required to write a 2500 word review encompassing key arguments and critical reflections on the limitations – 20% weighting.

    Fortnightly Quizzes: Students will be required to complete a quiz each fortnight. Quizzes will be based on weekly set readings and weekly lectures - 20% weighting.

    Seminar attendance & participation: Students are required to attend weekly seminars during which they will work in groups to complete small group discussion exercises that require collecting information, analysing problems, debating issues and making recommendations – 10% weighting.

    Individual Presentation: Students will choose a topic to present in the seminar – 15% weighting.

    Critical Essay: Students will be required to write a research essay from a list of available topics to be circulated – 35% weighting.
    Submission
    The two written assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    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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