SOCY110 Foundations of Society

Updated: 18 November 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 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) Cary Bennett (
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the foundations of society and culture. These foundational concepts are explored through classical and contemporary sociological accounts that consider changing patterns of society, cultural diversity, globalisation and global cultures, social groups and organisations, the social construction of everyday life, capitalism, work and consumption, political ideologies and systems, religion and belief, social change and the environment. Employing a global and comparative sociological perspective, this unit recognises that we live in an interconnected and interdependent world with wide social, economic and cultural effects on the lives of all people, regardless of geographic location.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the key concepts, theories, debates and approaches central to a sociological understanding of contemporary society at a foundational level;
  2. develop and apply critical-thinking skills through the formulation of questions that challenge common assumptions, the identification and evaluation of appropriate evidence, and the construction of reasoned and empirically sound conclusions; and
  3. review, analyse, identify and distinguish the tensions and contradictions within the discipline of sociology and its relationship with other social sciences.