Australian Society

Subject 166-111 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial a week
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Recommended Background Knowledge: *
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Prof Verity Burgmann
Subject Overview:

An introduction to the study of inequalities, which invites students to think critically about the nature and significance of social divisions. With Australian society as its focus, the subject examines the major dimensions of inequality, notably class, gender, race or ethnicity, and sexuality. It studies the principal ways in which inequality is experienced in the workplace and in the labour market, in the family, in local communities, in the health care system, in the housing market, in the education system, in systems of welfare and in the criminal justice system.

Assessment: An essay of 2000 words 50% (due mid-semester) and a 2-hour examination 50% (during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available.Australian Sociology (D Holmes et al), 2003
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;

  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;

  • be able to communicate written and oral knowledge ideologically and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;

  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;

  • be able to participate in team work through small group discussions.


Formerly available as 166-003. Students who have completed 166-003 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Formerly available as 166-103. Students who have completed 166-103 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development
Diploma in Arts (Australian Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Political Science)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Political Science)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Political Science)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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