SOC101 Introductory Sociology (8)

This subject considers the nature of society and how, as members of social groups, we are both shaped by and shapers of it. Sociology makes use of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies to generate knowledge and understanding of the social world. Issues explored by this subject are drawn from information details provided in the Syllabus.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts used by sociologists;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major schools of thought in sociology;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of how society and social institutions operate;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to evaluate contemporary issues and problems from a sociological perspective;


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction: What is Sociology
  • Class and Inequality
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Essay Writing
  • Identities: indigenous, national, ethnic and racial
  • Aboriginality and Australia's Indigenous People
  • Health
  • Education and knowledge
  • Leisure, sport, tourism and work
  • Family life
  • Religion
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Power and the State
  • Popular Culture and the Media
  • The Networked Society
  • Early Theorists
  • Beyond the Modernists
  • Globalisation
  • The Environment
  • Methods of Social Research
  • What do sociologists do?
  • Sociological Theory


For further information about courses and subjects outlined in the CSU handbook please contact:

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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.