Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment, general skills outcomes and content.
Units will be taught in a variety of modes including face to face, online, distance and blended modes. Delivery of this unit may be through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, seminars and online.
Written assignments 25 - 35%
Tutorial paper 15-25%
Examination 35 -45%
General skills outcomes
LSS201 Sociological Perspectives will provide discipline-based knowledge and professional capabilities and experiences contributing to students’ progress in attaining skills such as:
• team working capacities developed via collaborative activities in tutorials
• communicating and negotiating on a plurality of views on complex social issues to support managing diversity constructively
• tackling unfamiliar problems and applying contrasting perspectives to real world social issues
• working independently on challenging assignments requiring research capabilities and critical thinking
• applying conceptual frameworks to evaluate current social and organisational issues; social policy formulation, and the role of values on decision making
Topics and themes may include:
• The contribution of the Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment to the development of nineteenth and twentieth century sociological thought
• Changing Worldviews from the Middle Ages to Modernism and beyond
• The ideas of classical sociological theorists, such as Comte, Marx, Durkheim and Weber
• Contemporary sociological perspectives including Symbolic Interactionism, Structuration, Feminism and Postmodernism
• Recent challenges from post modernism to sociological paradigms of inquiry
- Reading materials and text books.
Ashley, D. & Orenstein, D. 2001, Sociological theory: classical statements, Allyn and Bacon, Massachusetts.
Best, S. 2003, A beginner's guide to social theory, Sage, London.
Farganis, J. (Ed.) 2008, Readings in social theory, 5th edn, McGraw Hill, Boston.
Ritzer, G 1997, Postmodern social theory, McGraw Hill, New York.
Wallace, R. & Wolf, A 2006, Contemporary sociological theory: expanding the classical tradition, 6th edn, Pearson Education, New Jersey.
Zeitlin, I. 2001, Ideology and the development of sociological theory, 7th edn, Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Ritzer, G. 2011, Sociological Theory, 8th edn. McGraw Hill, New York.