SOC303 Sociological Theory (8)

The subject explores theoretical analyses and explanations of contemporary societies. It covers multiple strands of social theory, contextualized within their historical development, to foster critical awareness of problems and issues in sociology.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SOC303. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Not for students who have previously complted SOC-3023 Sociological Methods and Theories 2

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding the various strands of social theory and their contributions towards explaining social structure and change;
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the intellectual problems and issues governing shifts in epistemology;
  • be able to develop and apply a critical awareness of social structures and processes in contemporary Western societies;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between sociological theory and research;
  • be able to undertake analytical thought by assembling ideas about sociological theory into coherent dialogue and written arguments;
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of how social theory can be used to create social change.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The process of theory
  • Structural 
  • functionalism
  • Conflict theory
  • Critical theory
  • Postmodernism
  • Feminist theory
  • Symbolic interactionism
  • Phenomenology and ethnomethodology
  • Rational choice theory
  • Structuration theory
  • Sociobiology
  • Valuing multiplicity
  • Critical theory 
  • The dimensions of social theory


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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.