CULTURE, MEANING AND SOCIAL LIFE

SOC3SOC

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What is culture? How do individuals and societies make meaning? Does culture shape social life or does social life shape culture? In this subject students are introduced to sociological engagements with culture. Our central concern is with culture as meaning-making. We begin by considering sociological analyses of cultural forms, such as art, literature, music and television, and we examine cultural production and consumption in the digital age. We then turn to cultural perspectives on meaning-making as embedded in every aspect of social life. Through close up study of a range of topics, such as happiness, trauma, memory and love, we look at meaning as the central driving force for individuals and for societies more broadly. 

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completed 30 credit points of 2nd-year subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects SOC2SOC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate theories and arguments in relation to cultural sociology

Activities:
Weekly reflective journal entries and the 2,500 word essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

02. Apply theories of cultural sociology to everyday life

Activities:
Weekly reflective journal entries and the 2,500 word essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

03. Display critical and reflective thinking on the nature and role of culture

Activities:
Weekly reflective journal entries and the 2,500 word essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

04. Present a complex sustained written argument in cultural sociology

Activities:
The 2,500 word essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaulina Billett

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Weekly reflective journal entries (1,500 word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03
2,500-word essay60 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Weekly reflective journal entries (1,500 word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03
2,500-word essay60 01, 02, 03, 04