Modernity Revolution to Social Movements

Subject 136-074 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and 1.5-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually 50 points of first-year subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr John Rundell
Subject Overview:

This subject is primarily concerned with the ideas about society that have anchored the disciplines of sociology and social theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. It critically assesses these ideas through an examination of the works of key social theorists. Students completing this subject should have developed an understanding of the central ideas of key thinkers in the social-theoretical tradition, among them, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud; and developed an understanding of some central issues and themes about society such as power, culture, structure and self through a critical engagement with the work of these thinkers.

Assessment: A literature review of 1000 words 40% (due early in semester), a class paper of 500 words based on tutorial discussion 10% (due at the end of semester) and an essay of 2500 words 50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be produced for this subject.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop skills in written and oral communication;

  • be able to conduct independent research;

  • be able to make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument;

  • be able to form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.


Formerly available as 136-251/351. Students who have completed 136-251/351 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is offered in alternate years.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Social Theory)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophyand Social Theory)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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