Sociology Internship

Subject SOCI30005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Weekly seminar and work with organisation
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Completion of 25 points of Level 1 Sociology, and 37.5 points of Level 2 Sociology (including 191-004/MULT200003), and 37.5 points of Level 3 Sociology (including 166-300 / SOCI30001). 166-300 / SOCI30001 and the Internship can be taken concurrently.

191-004 / MULT20003 Social Science Research Methods

166-300 / SOCI3001 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Recommended Background Knowledge: Sociology at Levels 1 & 2
Non Allowed Subjects:

672-382 Sociology Internship

166-013 Parliamentary Internship

166-044 Parliamentary Internship (Int. Students)

166-039 Public Affairs Internship (Int. Students)

166-043 Public Affairs Internship

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Thomas Davis


Dr. Tom Davis:
Subject Overview:

In this subject a student, under academic supervision, undertakes a sociological research project in an organisation outside the university, such as a trade union, social movement, women's organisation, welfare service provider, government or non-government organisation or business organisation. The project will be determined jointly by the student and the organisation concerned.

  • be able to design, carry out and produce a report of a sociological research project in a public sector or non-governmental organisation, integrating a range of sociological methods.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to successfully negotiate and work with stake holders in the design, implementation and reporting of a sociological research project.
  • be able to integrate issues of research ethics into an undergraduate research project.

A Research Report of 6,000 words (75%), and a Reflective Essay of 2,000 words (25%). Both pieces of assessment are due during the examination period.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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 research reports.
  • Be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through report writing, workplace discussion and presentations.
  • Be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through report writing and workplace discussion.
  • Be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading and the completion of work assignments and assessment.
  • Be able to participate in team work through involvement in internship placements.

Entry to this subject is by application as a quota of 16 students applies. Application forms are available from the Arts and Music Student Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences website during the course planning period.

The Sociology Internship is not available as a Breadth subject and is only available to students who are completing a Sociology major.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Socio-legal Studies Major
Sociology Major

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