SOC212 Class: Images and Reality (8)

This subject examines the construction of class in contemporary society and the various cultural, social and economic processes involved. Sociological constructions of class are contrasted with 'popular' images and those perpetuated in the media, including representations of class in literature, film and on T.V. Attention is also given to the relationship between class and alternative sources differentiation, identity and action such as citizenship, gender, race, ethnicity and consumption. A final section focuses on current debates concerning the continuing relevance of "class" to any understanding of late twentieth century societies.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC212. 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

Assumed Knowledge
SOC101 or SOC102

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the construction and representation of social class in contemporary society in terms of the various cultural, social and economic processes involved.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- conceptualising class and status. - contemporary forms of class analysis. - conventional and alternative measures of social class. - class formation and social mobility. - class consciousness and action. - class and social identity. - restratification of contemporary society and the critique of class analysis.


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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.