Sociology

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Sociology examines individuals in their social contexts and provides insights into factors such as class, gender and age shape societies at the individual and institutional levels. This introductory course introduces you to key concepts and theories used in examination of and for understanding social action, social institutions, social structure and social change. This course seeks to introduce you to some of sociology’s central concepts, that describe and analyse critically the social forces shaping human behavior and attitude in contemporary social life. This includes examining the ways in which the social, economic and cultural creation of social groups influence their local, national and global environment. This course provides a systematic and critical understanding of the essential components in the structure of society, and examines the main conflicting social processes that create social instability and promote social change.

Course Instructors

Dr. Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy is a Senior-Lecturer in sociology at the University of Western Sydney. She is the editor in chief of the Journal of Sociology (2013-2016) as well as the co-creator of the Risk Societies Thematic Group within the Australian Sociological Association. Her recent work includes Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach (with Henslin and Possamai, 2013, Pearsons); as well as New Methods in Social Justice Research for the Twenty-First Century (with Gwyther, 2009, Taylor & Francis). Alphia is currently involved in ongoing research that focuses on risk society, religion, health and methodologies.

Course Description

What's it about?

Sociology examines individuals in their social contexts and provides insights into factors such as class, gender and age shape societies at the individual and institutional levels. This introductory course introduces you to key concepts and theories used in examination of and for understanding social action, social institutions, social structure and social change.

Sociology examines individuals in their social contexts and provides insights into factors such as class, gender and age shape societies at the individual and institutional levels. This introductory course introduces you to key concepts and theories used in examination of and for understanding social action, social institutions, social structure and social change. This course seeks to introduce you to some of sociology’s central concepts, that describe and analyse critically the social forces shaping human behavior and attitude in contemporary social life. This includes examining the ways in which the social, economic and cultural creation of social groups influence their local, national and global environment. This course provides a systematic and critical understanding of the essential components in the structure of society, and examines the main conflicting social processes that create social instability and promote social change.

What's involved?

Module 1The Sociological Imagination
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Inequality in the 21st century: Local and Global Stratification
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Social Structures
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4From the Concrete to the Elastic
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • What is the sociological imagination
  • How to connect your biography with society
  • What is social inequality
  • How inequality impacts on both the individual and the society
  • The institutions of our society and how they impact the individual
  • The social changes that are happening around us

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 4 hours 51 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

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Where could this lead me?

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  • Policy development
  • Administration
  • Teaching
  • Public service
  • Human resources
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  • Social research

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