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BESC1091 Social Systems

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: None

This is a core unit introducing the role and contribution of social systems in understanding the interrelationships and interdependence between the individual, the community and social structures. The unit provides an introduction to social systems, the various components which comprise the sociological concept of social systems and how these components shape and sometimes constrain opportunities and the wellbeing of individuals in contemporary society. Topics addressed in the study of this unit include the role of the family, media, education and the economy as social systems. These and other topics are explored through the lens of globalisation. The implications of social systems for the wellbeing of young people in society are analysed.  This analysis will enable students to identify the key trends and changes in social systems that are shaping contemporary society. It aims to provide the student with an appreciation of the role that social systems play in reshaping personal identities and relationships. Students, by applying the sociological concept of social systems to contemporary society, will able to understand and locate their own place in society.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Describe and define what is meant by social systems and explain the interrelationships and interdependence between individuals, communities and social structures.
  • Explain social systems of governance, globalisation, media, information communication technology, education, health, and how these shape and constrain opportunities and wellbeing of individuals in societies.
  • Identify the key trends of globalisation and individualisation that are shaping contemporary societies and analyse how these reshape personal identities and relationships.
  • Apply sociological concepts and thinking to contemporary social issues and everyday examples.
  • Reflect upon key changes in contemporary society, including their own place in society.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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