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  • Objectives
    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * two compulsory subjects (25 points)
        * two elective subjects with no more than 12.5 points at first year level (25 points)

    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    191-004  Social Science Research Methods
    This subject aims to provide 2nd year students with a critical appreciation of different ways of approaching, undertaking and assessing research in criminology, sociology and political science, and the humanities generally. It emphasises the importan...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-300  Contemporary Sociological Theory
    The subject examines major approaches and debates within contemporary sociological theory, and the different research directions that emerge from these approaches. Beginning with an overview of the classical foundations of sociological theory, the su...     Semester 1     12.50

    Level 1 Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-130  Understanding Society
    This subject explores our contemporary society through sociological perspectives, which seek to understand the ways in which we are socially constructed through the complex processes of identity and social change. Students will be encouraged to devel...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-110  Law in Society
    Law in Society introduces students to theories and concepts of law and practices of law in contemporary Australian society. It will also provide a foundation both for socio-legal studies subjects in later years and for later subjects in disciplines s...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-101  From Graffiti to Terrorism
    This subject explores the motivations underpinning particular types of criminal behaviour. It begins with an overview of various definitions and ways of measuring crime and then looks at the causes of specific offences ranging through graffiti, to an...     Semester 1     12.50

    Level 2 Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    166-216  Terrorism: Shifting Paradigms
    This subject examines the various dimensions of ‘terrorism’ and its manifestations in various parts of the world. The various theoretical perspectives on terrorism are examined with particular reference to the historical, psyc...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-223  Order, Disorder, Crime, Deviance     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    166-209  Sociology of the Body
    For sociologists, the human body is not just a physical/psychological entity, it is a key site of the social. This subject will critically examine ways of thinking sociologically about the body in society. By outlining an historical context, this sub...     Semester 2     12.50

    166-032  Sexual Politics
    This subject introduces ideas developed in feminist theory about the social and political construction of areas of experience relating to the body, gender and sexuality. Issues analysed in the subject include transsexualism, reproduction, eating diso...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-277  Media, Politics and Society     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    121-017  Society and Environments
    This subject aims to think critically and rigorously about the relationship between social and natural worlds. Its primary purpose is to question the idea that the environment exists outside of, and independent from, the realms of science, culture, p...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-074  Modernity Revolution to Social Movements
    This subject is primarily concerned with the ideas about society that have anchored the disciplines of sociology and social theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. It critically assesses these ideas through an examination of the works of key social th...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-216  Science and Society
    The central focus of this subject is the relationship between science and society in our contemporary world. Science and its products are integral to our every day lives providing benefits but also risks and ethical dilemas. Understanding the relatio...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-015  Development and the Third World
    This subject is an introduction to a range of issues about development in the 'third world'. It will explore the basic concepts used in development literature in addition to the many ways that development is understood and applied. Concepts...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-060  Power, Ideology and Inequality
    This subject offers a comparative perspective on the distribution of inequalities in human societies over time and in contemporary cultures. The aim of the subject is to investigate the varied manifestations of interactions between power, ideologies ...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-073  Critical Theories
    The aim of this subject is to introduce students to and critically examine the major debates in contemporary critical theories from Western Marxism to postmodernism. These critical theories include the German Frankfurt School, French poststructuralis...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-210  Ethnic Nationalism and the Modern World
    Ethnicity and nationalism are of special concern to anthropologists, especially in instances where anthropology becomes part of nationalist discourse. This subject considers ethnicity and nationalism through the in-depth analysis of a case study from...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-076  Social Theory and Political Analysis
    This subject involves the study of theory and empirical research in social and political relations, culture and ideology, and human subjectivity and action. Students who complete this subject should possess an awareness of the ways in which social th...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-077  Psychoanalysis and Social Theory     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    191-211  Law, Justice and Social Change
    Law, Justice and Social Change examines the ways in which law can be seen as both an instrument of positive social change and yet also as a means of confirming existing social arrangements and resisting social change. It considers what access to just...     Semester 2     12.50

    Level 3 Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    191-302  Criminology and Public Policy
    Many criminology graduates find themselves researching, developing and applying crime policy in government, political and other contexts. This course helps prepare students for such work. As well as providing an overview of factors shaping policy in ...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-314  Crimes of the Powerful
    This subject analyses the crimes and harms of the powerful. It explores the types of harm: financial, physical and environmental that are perpetrated by government corporations and individual white-collar offenders. Various case studies of government...     Semester 2     12.50

    672-382  Sociology Internship
    In this subject a student, under academic supervision from the sociology program, undertakes a sociological research project in an organisation outside the university, such as a trade union, social movement, women's organisation, welfare service...     Semester 2     25

    166-391  Global Movements: Protest and the Planet
    This subject explores ideologies and actions associated with contemporary social movements that operate on a global scale and have attracted international attention: indigenous, labour, green, animal rights, radical Islam, anti-trafficking, women&amp...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-301  Law in Social Theory
    Law in Social Theory builds upon issues introduced in Law in Society, and Law, Justice and Social Change. It examines the theories of the function and role of law propounded by such writers as Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Habermas, Kennedy, Derrida and oth...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-311  Mass Media in Indonesia
    This subject focuses on the transforming power of communicative technology in social history, with specific empirical reference to modern Indonesia. Students will closely examine the profound social transformation brought about by literacy and mass p...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-312  Popular Cultures in Indonesia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-379  Quantitative Social Research     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-380  Sociology of Youth & Youth Policy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-383  Love, Family and Sexuality     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    672-365  Change & Conflict in Australian Society
    An introduction to the study of social movements and the general issues raised by the problem of social change and political conflict. How and why do political changes occur? If social movements did not exist, would societies need to invent them? The...     Semester 1     12.50

    672-385  Political Communication
    This subject examines the role of communication systems in the constitution of contemporary political and social life. It pays particular attention to the new modes and means of political communication given the developments in information technologi...     Semester 2     12.50

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