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Introduction to Sociology (11246.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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Introduces students to sociological perspectives and concepts, as well as providing a basic understanding for social issues such as health, interaction, development, sex and gender, and nationalism through the lens of basic sociological theory.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the contributions of sociology to understanding contemporary society;

2. Identify and analyse some of the social processes that are constitutive of our social worlds and those of others, and how those social worlds interact with experience, self-identities and life-choices;

3. Apply sociological concepts to make sense of society and to develop confidence in thinking critically and reflexively about the social explanations and understandings we use and encounter;

4. Creatively use sociological imagination to explore, respond to, and negotiate complex social experiences where we are confronted by new freedoms but also by often bewildering social changes; and

5. Recognise, find, mobilise and critically engage sociological information and texts in your writing practice to sustain your own sociological argument.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 1.5 hour tutorial on campus per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

6607 Introductory Sociology

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