Understanding the Modern World

SOC10007, formerly LSS101 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

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



Aims and objectives

This unit is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the social worlds in which they live and work. It provides a historical overview of the evolution of societies and examines the variety of cultural and institutional practices evident around the globe. The key features and central dynamics of modern societies are explored, and students are introduced to the sociological perpsective on human beings and their social creations.

On completion of this unit students should be able to:
• identify the key features of contemporary societies
• analyse the dynamics transforming social relations
• think critically about the historical forces shaping and reshaping social life

Courses with unit

Formerly known as LSS200 Difference, Deviance and Conformity.
NB: From Semester 1 2014, this unit will not be available and will be replaced by HAS120 Understanding the Modern World.


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