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SCLG1002: Introduction to Sociology 2

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

In a rapidly changing world, how do we make sense of current social and political problems effectively? By exploring sociological concepts in creative ways, this unit gives students the tools to analyse, research and respond to real world issues such as globalisation, crime, social justice, community breakdown, and racial, sexual and indigenous inequality.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SCLG1002
Academic unit Sociology and Criminology
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, beatriz.carrillogarcia@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Weekly discussion board posts
Post a short answer to questions posed weekly
40% Multiple weeks 10 x 150wd each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Mid term Essay
Essay answering questions based on first part of semester
20% Week 06
Due date: 10 Sep 2022 at 23:59
1000wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Final Take Home Assessment
Take home extended response
40% Week 13
Due date: 04 Nov 2022 at 23:59
2000wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

Mid term Essay: Students will choose from one of several options to respond to questions about topics from the first part of the semester

Weekly Discussion Board posts: Each week, a question will be posed on the Canvas Discussion Board. Students will write approximately 180 words in response, allowing them to reflect on the topic and ideas of the week. The top ten posts will be graded.

Final take home assessment: Students will choose from one of several options to respond to questions about topics from the second part of the semester

Detailed information about each assessment can be found on Canvas

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard.

Distinction

75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard.

Credit

65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard.

Pass

50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard.

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Sociology of Work 1: Precariousness and Insecurity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Sociology of Work 2: Service, Emotional Labour and the Future of Work Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Race 1: Racial Difference Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Race 2: Indigenous Dispossession and Exclusion Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Race 3: Ethnicity and Multiculturalism Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Gender and Sexuality: Gender Division and Diversity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Institutions 1: Law and Society Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Institutions 2: Science and Society - Biomedicine Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Social Policy 1: Health and Social Policy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Social Policy 2: Social Justice and Social Policy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Demography: The basic equation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Reading List link available in the Canvas site for this unit.

The textbook for this unit is below. It has useful summaries of many ideas in the unit. You may choose to buy your own copy or view the book online through the Library website. 

Holmes, D., Hughes, K. and Julian, R (2015). Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, 4th Edition. Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand a range of existing fields of sociological theory and research, and develop skills to expand knowledge and understanding about social life. In particular, you will: become acquainted with the basic concepts and methods of sociological inquiry and how to apply these in developing your own understanding of the societies in which you live; be able to acquire and evaluate new knowledge through independent research; be able to identify, define, investigate, and solve problems; think independently, analytically and creatively; and exercise critical judgement and critical thinking to create new modes of understanding.
  • LO2. find and use information effectively in a variety of contexts. In particular, you will: i. recognize what types of information you require for particular purposes; ii. become acquainted with the basic concepts and methods sociological enquiry and how to apply these in developing your own understanding of the society in which you live; iii. be able to use academic and non-academic information resources, with a particular focus on how to access both open and proprietary web interfaces; and iv. use information effectively in critical and creative thinking.
  • LO3. learn how to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. You will: i. become an independent learner who takes responsibility for your own learning; ii.set appropriate goals for ongoing intellectual and professional development, and evaluate your own performance effectively; iii. be intellectually curious, open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking, and able to sustain intellectual interest; iv. respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts; and v. work effectively in teams and other collaborative contexts.
  • LO4. develop personal values and beliefs consistent with your role as responsible members of local, national, international and professional communities. You will: i. understand and practise the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with the discipline; ii. be informed and open-minded about social, cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia and the world; iii. appreciate your ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community, and the environment; and iv. be aware that knowledge is not value-free.
  • LO5. develop the capacity to recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, interacting with others, and furthering your own learning. You will: i. develop your written, oral, and multimedia communication skills in a variety of learning tasks; ii. recognise the importance of continuing to develop your oral, visual, and written communication skills; and iii. be able to use appropriate communication technologies.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Responding to student feedback, we have modified assessments to engage students more deeply in the weekly discussion posts and associated tutorials.

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