Explorations in Sociology

SOC10002, formerly LSS102 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 hours over the semester, normally 3 hours per week



Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to key concepts and debates in sociology and explores contempory issues in Australian society. We explore social identities, social inequalities and social transformations, and examine a range of substantive areas which may include youth culture, consumption, media, popular culture, health and illness, social movements, globalisation and sustainability. After completing the unit, students should be able to:
• understand basic sociological concepts
• think critically about contempory social relations
• apply sociological concepts to the analysis of current social issues
• analyse the ways in which social processes, movements and structures shape individuals, groups and identity in Australian society

Courses with unit

This is a prescribed unit of study in the Social Science Major/s. It may also be undertaken as a unit of study in any other Swinburne degree program, subject to the prerequisite and degree requirements.
Formerly known as LSS100 Introduction to Sociology and co-badged with PSS100 Introduction to Sociology (online)
As from Semester 1 2014, LSS102 will no longer be offered and will be replaced by HAS111 Sociological Foundations.

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.