Bachelor Course Unit
SOSC3011 Contemporary Social Issues
Level: 3rd year
Credit points: 3
This unit is core and is studied in the final term of the course. The aim of the unit is for the student to critically and creatively apply the knowledge, skills and insights of social science studies and research in the evaluation of contemporary social issues. The student will be challenged to ask questions and seek solutions as to how sociological knowledge can be applied to explain the social dimensions and implications of substantive issues. The student will be challenged to further consolidate the content studied throughout the course, and to draw on the insights, skills, attributes and knowledge developed through their studies and fieldwork experiences. This unit will focus on critical contemporary social issues, challenges, and future trends. The student will be encouraged to identify what they understand their contribution to contemporary society may be and how their specialisation or area of interest may best be realised going forward.
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
describe and discuss a range of contemporary social issues, challenges, and opportunities
apply the theory and methodologies of social science to a range of social issues and challenges
apply theoretical and conceptual frameworks for the analysis of contemporary social issues
evaluate research data and information on a range of social issues and challenges
describe specific ways in which an individual, group or organisation can contribute to addressing contemporary social issues and challenges
evaluate the merits and limitations of programs dealing with social issues
Contemporary Social Issues: Topics and Contexts
Contemporary Social Challenges and Opportunities
Health and Wellness
Education and Training
Technology and Innovation
Work and Leisure
Welfare and the State
Media in Society
Sustainable Social Systems
The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.
Please refer to the document available here.
The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:
- Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
- Understanding of and the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
- Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
- The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
- The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients
Tepperman, L., & Blain, J. (2006). Think twice!: Sociology looks at current social issues. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology
Australian Journal of Social Issues
International Social Science Journal
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Journal of Social Issues
New Political Economy
Social Science Quarterly
The Australian Journal of Politics and History
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