Sociology engages with central dimensions of life in contemporary societies, from transformations in the life course, contemporary families, gender relations, ethnic, racial and sexual identity, and the body, through to media, new technologies, and globalisation. It engages with emerging patterns of social inequality and new forms of social problems, and the ways in which people and societies confront these new challenges. Sociology also explores emerging questions of action and identity – from new social movements to subcultures to forms of action evident in contemporary social transformations.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) should:
- demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
- apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts;
- act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force;
- communicate effectively;
- commit to continuous learning; and
- be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.