SOCI 4001 - Honours Sociological Theory
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code SOCI 4001 Course Honours Sociological Theory Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit Major in Sociology or Bachelor of Sociology at a Distinction average or equivalent as determined by Honours Coordinator/Department committee Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This course aims to provide an advanced exploration of the key theoretical perspectives that shape the field of Sociology. Skills are developed to understand society and the patterns of behaviour and structures that shape what people do. Throughout the course students explore cultural identities, social differences, and organisations.
Course Coordinator: Dr Djordje Stefanovic
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. understand theory and practice of key concepts in sociology
2. critically evaluate contemporary debates around the key concepts;
3. demonstrate high level critical analysis and thinking skills;
4. apply high quality written and verbal communications skills;
5. explore the contribution that sociological theory can make to wider debates in the twenty-first century.
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, 5 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 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 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3, 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
2, 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING
1 x 2 hour lectures (includes small group work and seminar discussion 20
TOTAL = 20
WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
13 hours reading per week 130 hours per semester
8.1 hours research per week 81 hours per semester
8.1 hours assignment preparation per week 81 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
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Assessment SummaryCritical essay Summative 50%
Quizzes Summative 10%
Thesis proposal Summative 40%
Assessment DetailCritical Essay - Students will be required to write a 3,500 word essay addressing one of several questions about key theoretical debates (50%)
Quizzes - Students will undertake regular quizzes based around set readings (10%)
Thesis Proposal - Students will be required to write a 4,000 word thesis proposal which clearly describes the research project and robustly justifies the research project and the methods chosen to conduct it. (40%)
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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