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.

Availability

Session 2 (60)
Online
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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Assumed Knowledge
SOC101

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.

Syllabus

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SOC303 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Essay
50
2
Online test
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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