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Sociology - unit set code MJ-A000019

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (Online)


Sociology is the study of society and social relations. Thinking sociologically allows the individual to step outside the taken for granted processes of everyday living towards examining the processes which create, maintain and change social groups in society.
On successful completion of the Sociology major sequence, students should have the following discipline-specific skills:

  • an ability to explain key sociological concepts such as socialisation, modernity, postmodernity, gender, social class, race and ethnicity; an ability to identify core theoretical understandings in sociology
  • an ability to apply sociological analysis to a range of contemporary issues such as health, family life, deviance and the media
  • an ability to understand conflict, cohesion and social change in societies
  • an ability to explain the systems, practices and technologies of control and their historical transformation in Western cultures
  • an ability to recognise the impact of social policy on social life
  • an ability to critically assess the work of other social researchers.

Level 1

Trimester 1

ASC101 Introduction to Sociology A  

Trimester 2
ASC102 Introduction to Sociology B  

Level 2 and 3

Select 6 credit points, including compulsory core units ASC308 and ASC250 and 2 level 3 units from the following:

Trimester 1

ASC346 Sociology of the Media and Popular Culture  

ASC308 Sociology and the Modern World  (core unit)

ASC211 Religion and Social Change  

ASC207 Consumer Society and Sustainable Futures  

ASC206 Sociology of Health  

Trimester 2

ASC304 Culture and Control: Boundaries and Identities  

ASC210 Youth Culture and Identity  

ASC233 International Migration and Multicultural Societies  

ASC250 Social Research: An Introduction  (core unit)

ASC287 Love, Sex and Relationships  


Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ASC321 Sociology Internship   **


Trimester 3

ASC320 Sex, Crime and Justice in An Electronic Age  *


* ASC320 is offered in the cloud (online) teaching mode - there will be no face to face teaching.

** ASC321 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

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