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Modernity: Foundations of Sociology (SOTH20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSOTH20002
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is primarily concerned with the ideas about society that have anchored the disciplines of sociology and social theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. It critically assesses these ideas through an examination of the works of key social theorists. Students completing this subject should have developed an understanding of the central ideas of key thinkers in the social-theoretical tradition, among them, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and developed an understanding of some central issues and themes about society such as power, culture, structure and self through a critical engagement with the work of these thinkers.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Have knowledge of the major ideas and theories of classical and contemporary social theory;
  • Have background in the social theoretical traditions on which to base further research and study in the area;
  • Have experience of thinking systematically about difficult intellectual problems of an abstract nature;
  • Have practice conducting research, speaking articulately, writing clearly and reading with attention to detail;
  • Have experience with methods of critical analysis and argument employed in the social theoretical traditions, leading to improved general reasoning and analytical skills;
  • Develop an understanding of the central ideas of key thinkers in the social-theoretical tradition, among Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud;
  • Develop an understanding of some central issues and themes about society such as power, culture, structure and self through a critical engagement of the work of these thinkers.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

SOTH20002 Modernity Revolution to Social Movements

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • A literature review of 1000 words (20%) due early in the semester.
  • A short paper of 1000 words (30%) due at the end of semester.
  • A research essay of 2000 words (50%) due in the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAshley Barnwell
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 contact hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018