SOCI 2013 - Public Scandals and Moral Panics II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code SOCI 2013 Course Public Scandals and Moral Panics II Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible GSSA 2109, GSSA 2109EXEX, GSSA 3005, GSSA 3005EX, SOCI 2013EX, SOCI 3011, SOCI 3011EXEX Course Description Media attention is regularly focused on individuals and/or groups who flout societal norms and/or advocate for change. In this course we explore the way these challenges are framed particularly within mass mediated public discussion and by using a sociological lens (scandal, moral panic, stigma and risk). Case studies include: terrorism, surveillance of civilians, gay marriage, drugs in sport, border protection, climate change, assisted reproduction and the application of gene technology. The course utilises contemporary sociological and gender studies approaches to analyse these and other public issues. In particular students will investigate the ways in which gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and class are mobilised within morally charged discourses (for example, surrogacy, abortion and same sex parenting) as well as in more objectively based concerns such as global warming. The course provides the opportunity to collaborate in small groups while learning how to apply social theory. Considerable student choice is available for the topic of the research assignment.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell
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Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Understanding of several key concepts in sociology and their application to contemporary events in Australian society;
Understanding of the role the media plays in fomenting moral panics in Australian society. Critically analyse and apply different methodological approaches to research;
Understanding of the way in which laws are made in response to moral panics;
Ability to prepare and deliver coherently and logically argued writing;
Ability to engage productively and respectfully with their peers;
Confidently engage with unfamiliar texts;
Ability to seek a range of resources available to support critical writing and research
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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)
1,2,3,6,7 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
1,2,3,6,7 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
4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,4,5 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
1 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThroughout the semester students will be required to attend a 1 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial each week. Each tutorial has a mixture of open discussion and structured activities. The teaching and learning also involves a number of contemporary media to provide further avenues for discussion of key themes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 * 2-hour tutorial per week
20 hours per semester
1 * 1-hour lecture per week
10 hours per semester
4 hours reading per week
5 hours research per week
2 hours assignment preparation per week
Meeting with group for class presentation
TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Moral Panic Theory
Workshops: Introductions and Presentation Signup
Case Study: ‘Ethnic Gangs’
Case Study: Children and Sex
Case Study: ‘NT Intervention’
Race & Ethnicity
Case Study: Asylum Seekers
Case Study: Muslim Others
Case Study: The ‘obesity epidemic’
Case Study: Abortion
Sex & Sexuality
Case Study: Sexting and Sex Scandals
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Formative and Summative
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Class attendance & Participation
Formative and Summative
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Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this course
Assessment DetailMinor Essay: Students will be required to write a 1000 word essay on the sociological definition of ‘Moral Panic’
Class Attendance and Participation: Students are expected to attend class, demonstrate that they have read at least one of the set readings, contribute to discussion based on the set readings, and engage in Discussion Board activities.
Major Essay: Students must write a 2000 word essay on a specific public scandal or moral panic.
The Online Quizzes are a weekly requirement.
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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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