SOCI 3001 - Sociological Contentions
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code SOCI 3001 Course Sociological Contentions 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 Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Understand and critique the foremost arguments of key sociological thinkers.
- Describe a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within sociology
- Demonstrate a sociological understanding of the nature of social relationships, diverse groups and institutions as discussed in key sociological texts.
- 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
Required ResourcesRequired weekly readings will be available on MyUni
Recommended ResourcesReading lists, web-links, library resources, essay writing guides, study guides, referencing, IT support and TURNITIN will be available
Online LearningThe 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 ModesLectures 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.
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 SummaryWeek 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 ExperienceIn 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.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
2500 word book review
Formative and Summative
1, 2, 4
Formative and Summative
3500 critical essay
Weekly Quizzes based on readings & lectures
Formative and Summative
Seminar attendance & particicipation
Formative and Summative
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
1. The weighting for Individual Presentations has been reduced to 10%.
2. Weekly Quizzes now have a weighting of 25%.
3. Seminar attendance and participation is now conducted via Zoom and still has a weighting of 10%.
Assessment DetailBook 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.
Weekly Quizzes: Students will be required to complete a quiz each week. 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.
SubmissionThe two written assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
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
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