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Families, Relationships and Society (SOCI20018)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSOCI20018
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to students to the sociology of family life. The subject will start with a broad focus covering key theoretical perspectives on the family and personal life and examining the political and cultural context of family life. A key theme of the subject will be to identify the ways in which family life is changing and exploring the implications of those changes for individuals, society and social policy. The subject will examine social and demographic trends in marriage, fertility, cohabitation, singlehood and the organisation of paid and unpaid work in families and households. Other issues and topics that will be addressed including: gender and family life, dating and relationship formation, the impact of reproductive technologies, same-sex relationships, 'boomerang' kids and fatherhood.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Evaluate sociological debates about the definition of the family and household.
  • Develop a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of family sociology and family life in historical, cultural and political context.
  • Understand relationships between families and other institutions, such as the labour market and the state.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of selected substantive topics such as patterns of family formation and change, divorce, paid and unpaid work in families and households, and other issues in contemporary family life.

Generic skills

  • Oral communication; written communication;
  • Collaborative learning; problem solving; team work;
  • Statistical reasoning; application of theory to practice;
  • Interpretation and analysis; critical thinking;
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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


Additional details

  • Media based assignment 750 words (20%), Due Week 5 of semester
  • In class assessment (1,250 words) (30%), Due Week 8 of semester
  • Final essay 2,000 words (50%), Due During examination period

    Hurdle requirements: 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 2
    CoordinatorAni Wierenga
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours35 Contact Hours:1 x two hour lecture and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks. No tutorials in Week 1.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 20 July 2019