Course Title: Sociology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sociology 2

Credit Points: 90.00

Important Information:

You are expected to attend all classes for which you are enrolled. You must account for any absence and provide relevant documentation.

It is your responsibility to contact your teacher in person, by phone or by email to discuss any class you have missed.


Your level of attendance will be taken into account by your teacher when deciding whether or not you have met a Learning Outcome

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work.  This feedback also

includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student


Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Progressive results and attendance will be posted on Grades (access via CANVAS) and you are responsible for checking this regularly.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Course Coordinator: Analia Solis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4187

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday - Friday

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Sociology focuses on the study of human behaviour and social interaction to understand how societies are organised, develop and change. Sociology encourages you to become aware the everyday things that you tend to take for granted.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This study enables you to:

• understand the nature of sociology as a study of human groups and social behaviour

• apply key sociological concepts, theories and methods to social life in Australian society and global contexts

• develop an understanding of social institutions and change through comparative perspectives

• develop a capacity to undertake analysis and evaluation from a sociological perspective

• develop social awareness and an ability to contribute to contemporary debate.

This study enable you to develop the following key skills:

  • gather and use a variety of relevant source materials
  • evaluate sources and critically reflect on their own and others’ approaches to understanding the social world
  • define key sociological concepts and use them appropriately
  • gather and use a range of quantitative and qualitative source material
  • analyse data
  • explain and compare theories

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • analyse a range of sociological theories explaining deviant behavior and the impact of moral panic on those considered deviant
  • discuss crime in Australia and evaluate the effectivenes of methods of punishment in the judicial system for shaping human behaviour

Overview of Learning Activities

Activities will range from discussions and debates, group work, presentations, guest speakers, excursions, questionnaires/surveys and research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems such as Canvas and Google sites.

Textbook – VCE Sociology Units 1 & 2 (1st Edition 2017) – Maria Babelja, Despina Rentos, Analia Solis

Audiovisual – ABC iview, SBS On Demand

Overview of Assessment

The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on a decision that you have demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision will be based on the teacher’s assessment of your overall performance on assessment tasks designated for the unit.


For this unit you are required to demonstrate achievement of two outcomes. As a set these outcomes encompass both areas of study. Demonstration of achievement of Outcomes 1 and 2 must be based on your performance on a selection of assessment tasks.


Assessment tasks for this unit are selected from the following:

• an interview and a written report

• an essay

• a research report

• a written report

• a film analysis

• a representation analysis

• a review of youth or family specific journals or magazines

• an annotated media file

• a multimedia presentation.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.