SOSC1021 Social Analysis

Bachelor Course Unit

SOSC1021 Social Analysis

Level: 1st year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: none

Unit description

This unit is core and introduces the student to the study of social analysis. This unit provides foundational sociological perspectives to analyse, critique, and understand the individual, groups, and organisations within society. Contemporary social issues are examined through the application of theoretical frameworks such as functionalism, interactionism, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism. The unit expands these frameworks and applies them to key social categories and roles such as: the state, social inequality, the family, education, health, mass media, gender and ethnicity. Students are guided in the development of critical thinking and analysis to better understand themselves, others, groups and organisations within society.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • define and describe key concepts that underpin social analysis
  • critically reflect on contemporary social issues
  • explain the impact of inequality in terms of class, gender and ethnicity
  • describe the impact of the family on the individual, groups, and society
  • critique the various theories of power, the state, and globalisation
  • explore and analyse the impact of mass media on society
  • analyse, evaluate and assess complex social issues
  • relate social theory to contemporary society

Unit content

  • Analysing Society
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Durkheim and Functionalism
  • Marx and Western Marxism
  • Weber and Conflict Theory
  • Simmel and Symbolic Interactionism
  • Feminist Social Theory
  • Postmodern Social Theory
  • Queer Social Theory
  • Critical Race and Post-colonial Social Theory
  • Globalisation
  • Key Themes in Contemporary Social Theory

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary



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Graduate attributes

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

Recommended text

van Krieken, R., Habibis, D., Smith, P., Hutchins, B., Martin, G., & Maton, K. (2010). Sociology (4th ed.). Sydney, Australia: Pearson Education.

Relevant journals

Arena Journal
Australia and New Zealand of Public Health
Australian Mosaic
Australian Journal of Public Administration
Australian Journal of Social Issues
Australian Journal of Political Science
International Review of Applied Economics
Journal of Australian Studies
Journal of Economics & Sociology
Journal of Sociology
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
New Zealand Sociology
Politics and Society
Social Analysis
Social Forces
Social Indicators Research
Sociology Review
The Australian Journal of Politics and History

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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