SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology

Updated: 18 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Christina Kenny (
Unit Description

This unit introduces sociology through exploring topics such as social identities, social differences and inequalities, and social change. Sociological ways of understanding the world are illustrated through analysing concrete examples from areas such as gender, class, race, media, health, power and globalisation.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Sociology in Today's World

ISBN: 9780170251808
Furze, B., Savy, P., Webb, R., James, S., Petray, T. and Byrm, R., Cengage 3rd ed. 2015

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 40% 1800
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Essay Plan 5% 400
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Online Quiz 1 5% 200
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1

Online Quiz 2 5% 200
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1

Compulsory Reference Assessment 5% 400
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the basic principles of some key sociological approaches, with the ability to transmit this to others;
  2. independently analyse and evaluate basic ways in which sociological theory can engage with aspects of empirical reality; and
  3. demonstrate knowledge of key issues in sociology as it applies to social inequality, global poverty, health, social research, power and the state, gender and sexuality, communication and the new media, race and ethnicity.