EEL445 The Individual in Society (8)

This subject introduces students to the concepts of society and the individual, and their interrelationship. A sociological and historical approach is adopted that emphasises the development of the modern industrial and post-industrial state and its complex relationship with social collectives and individuals. Emphasis is placed on the role of social institutions in shaping individual and collective difference. The subject introduces students to sociological theories and relates these to the particular adult and vocational education settings in which the students are working. It also focuses on 'dimensions of disadvantage' in both theoretical and practical contexts. Social justice and equity are also explored in the current Australian context.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEL445. 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 Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed EEC100 or EEL120 or EEL220 or EEL404.

Subject Relationships

EEL120 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

EEC100, EEL120, EEL220, EEL404

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand a variety of sociological theories relevant to the practice of adult and vocational education in Australia ;
  • apply these theories to analyse both themselves and their teaching environments;
  • understand the development of the modern industrial/post-industrial society and its impact on them as teachers;
  • understand the nature of individualism and difference and their construction by social institutions;
  • describe and explain the development of the Adult and Vocational Education sector with particular focus on the VET Capability Framework;
  • understand the role of Adult and Vocational Education organisations and practitioners developing, implementing and interpreting relevant policy in the context of economic and social development understand the principles of social justice and equity in education; and


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Writing for the Social Sciences
  • Adult and Vocational Education Policy
  • Historical understanding/context of Adult and Vocational Education
  • Rise of Industrial Society
  • Sociology and the Sociological Imagination
  • The Individual in Society
  • Family
  • Class
  • Globalisation
  • Education and Society
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Dimensions of Disadvantage
  • VET Capability Framework

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEL445 in Session 2 2020. 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
Value %
Introduction to sociology quiz
Understanding sociological theory
Online quiz b
Essay: policy to practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.