Social Theory

Major/Minor/Specialisation !B-ARTS-MIN+1007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Dr Dan Woodman



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Social Theory is an interdisciplinary field of critical inquiry from which social worlds can be explored and reflected upon from different theoretical traditions. The minor in Social Theory interrogates theoretical understandings and crosses bridges between such disciplines as Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Criminology, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies. Social Theory is therefore an appropriate choice for students with a critical interest in any of the social and human sciences.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of key theories about the nature of social relationships and institutions, patterns of social diversity and inequality, and processes that underpin social change and stability; and
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of social theory in its breadth and diversity, and in its social, historical and world context, including its principal debates and theories. ; and
  • demonstrate an ability to apply social theories and concepts to understand complex and changing social contexts; and
  • communicate social theoretical knowledge effectively using appropriate formats; and
  • demonstrate an ability to develop arguments by using evidence, evaluating competing explanations, and drawing conclusions.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Social Theory

Social Theory is available as a Minor Sequence, totalling 75 points comprising:

Six 12.5-point subjects;

Level 1 (25 points)

Level 2/3

  • 25 points of core subjects at Level 2/3
  • 25 points of elective subjects at Level 2/3

Total 75 points

Subject Options:

First year requirements

25 points of arts subjects, including one Arts Foundation Subject and one level 1 subject from any Arts study area

Level 2/3 Core Subjects

Miminum 25 points

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016

Level 2/3 Elective Subjects

Maximum 25 points

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Not offered in 2016
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts

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