Faculty of Arts


Issues and Themes in Sociology


This course introduces sociology as a way of seeing and understanding the social world. Using the "sociological imagination" we investigate how society forms us as individuals and we in turn act collectively to construct and maintain the societies in which we live. Topics include family, sexuality, religion, work, technology, mass media and emotions as well as the sociological concepts of class, ethnicity and nationalism, power, identity and globalisation. Students are introduced to the pleasures of understanding the social contexts in which we make our lives through examples drawn from many different societies and cultures. At the same time we explore why sociological analyses and common sense ideas about society are often quite different from each other.

NB: Semester 1 enrolment is limited to 675 students, and Semester 2 enrolment is limited to 400 students. Admission is on a first-come, first-enrolled basis.

Availability 2012

Semester 1, repeated Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Steve Matthewman
Dr David Mayeda


Coursework + exam


SOCIOL 100: 15.0 points


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