CULTURE, MEANING AND SOCIAL LIFE

SOC3SOC

2020

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 60 credit points Level 2 subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects SOC2SOC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand theories and arguments in cultural sociology

Activities:
Online quizzes, 1,200 assignment/s and 2,000 word research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Critically evaluate theories and arguments in cultural sociology

Activities:
Online quizzes, 1,200 word assignment/s and 2,000 word research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Display reflective thinking on the nature and role of culture and demonstrate a capacity to apply sociological concepts to everyday life

Activities:
1,200 word assignment/s and 2,000 word research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Present a complex sustained written argument in cultural sociology

Activities:
2,000 word research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 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*
Online quizzes (800 word equivalent)20 01, 02
Assignment/s (1,200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03
2,000 word essay50 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaulina Billett

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 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*
Online quizzes (800 word equivalent)20 01, 02
Assignment/s (1,200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03
2,000 word essay50 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 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*
Online quizzes (800 word equivalent)20 01, 02
Assignment/s (1,200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03
2,000 word essay50 01, 02, 03, 04

Mildura, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 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*
Online quizzes (800 word equivalent)20 01, 02
Assignment/s (1,200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03
2,000 word essay50 01, 02, 03, 04

Shepparton, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.5 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*
Online quizzes (800 word equivalent)20 01, 02
Assignment/s (1,200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03
2,000 word essay50 01, 02, 03, 04