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2014 HGA399 Australian Society

Unit Level: Advanced

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HGA299

Not Offered


Uses a number of sociological concepts, such as (post)industrial society, democracy, individualism and modernity, as tools for understanding the changing character of Australian society. These tools are used to interpret new developments in such topical areas as class and work, citizenship and social movements, social identity and community, consumerism and globalisation. In analysing these key thematic areas, there will be an emphasis on the divergent ways in which social groups react to changing social conditions. Core aims of the unit are to teach the skills involved in using sociological concepts to make sense of social trends in Australian society, and in applying social data to assess the accuracy of sociological predictions about the direction of social change.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


HGA299: (1) On-line discussion questions and participation totaling 750-words over unit duration (30%); (2) 500-word Case Study (30%); (3) 2,000-word Essay (40%)
HGA399: (1) On-line discussion questions and participation totaling 750-words over unit duration (30%); (2) 500-word Case Study (30%); (3) 2,500-word Essay (40%)


Summer: Internal delivery. Teaching dates: 14 - 18 & 21 - 25 January 2013. Times: 2 - 5pm daily (includes 1.5 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial daily)

Spring: Distance. Web-based delivery across two weeks; Week 1: 9 - 13 December 2013, Week 2: 13 - 17 January 2014. Material will be uploaded to MyLO at the start of each week.

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - H
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
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STAFF: Brendan Churchill

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