Course Title: Sociology

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: HUSO5134

Course Title: Sociology

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Anthony Trevan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254512

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 68

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites

Course Description

This course explores the nature and development of Australian society, the major forces and historical events that have shaped Australian society, the nature and experience of inequality, the power structures and processes that influence and maintain inequality and some of the major theories that explain why our society operates in this way

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQM392 Sociology


01. Outline the cultural development of Australian society

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Define the terms ‘society,’ ‘culture’ and ‘ethnocentricity’
1.2 Describe the cultural background of early Australian settlers
1.3 Identify the main cultural beliefs of early Australian settlers
1.4 Describe the impact of European settlers on the Aboriginal culture
1.5 Identify the major characteristics of the Australian migration policy from 1900-1995
1.6 Explain the relationship between migration and cultural change in Australia


02. Outline the historical development of sociology

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Define the term ‘sociology’
2.2 Describe the relationship between philosophy, sociology and psychology
2.3 Explain why sociology is regarded as an ‘empirical science’


03. Outline the development of social theory

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explain how philosophical beliefs led to the development of social theories
3.2 Identify and outline four major social theories
3.3 Explain how social theories are helpful in understanding human behaviour


04. Describe the bases of power in society

Performance Criteria:

4.1 List the factors which influence power in a society
4.2 List the groups most likely to experience powerlessness in society
4.3 Identify aspects of social theories that explain why some individuals and groups do not have access to power in society


05. Identify major institutions in society and explain how they impact on power and inequality

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Explain the concept of an institution as an agent of socialisation
5.2 List the ‘primary agents’ of socialisation in society
5.3 Explain the relationship between education and power in society
5.4 Outline the role of the family in defining individual power and equality
5.5 Explain the function of work in society
5.6 Describe the relationship between social institutions and individual or group power


06. Explain how value systems, social roles and gender contribute the perpetuation of inequalities

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Explain how value systems are formed
6.2 Describe the relationship between value systems and inequality
6.3 Define the term ‘social role’
6.4 Explain how social roles are adopted
6.5 Describe the relationship between social roles and inequality


07. Describe how inequality affects particular groups in society and how this affects behaviours and experience

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Identify ways in which inequality impacts on the individual’s access to services and resources
7.2 Describe how limited access to services and resources affects behaviour and experience

Learning Outcomes

See Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area.

Teaching Schedule

• Week One: Introduction and Overview of subject, including assessment tasks

• Week Two: The History of Sociology and the Development of Social Theory

• Week Three: Defining the term sociology and the context of urban and indigenous societies

• Week Four: Australian Society, Cultural Values & Progressive Knowledge Test 1

• Week Five: Gender, social roles & Identity

• Week Six: Family & Education

• Week Seven: Media and Youth Culture

• Week Eight: Progressive Knowledge Test 2

Mid-Semester Break- 27th-31 August No classes

• Week Nine: Sports, Disability, and Ethnic groups
• Week Ten: Class, work & inequality

• Week Eleven: Video and in-class discussion

• Week Twelve: Power and the State: Social Policy & Progressive Knowledge Test 3

• Week Thirteen: Globalisation

• Week Fourteen: Project based activity- Major project Due

• Week Fifteen: Class Presentations Assessments

• Week Sixteen: Class Presentations Assessments

• Week Seventeen: Exam Review

• Week Eighteen: Final Knowledge Test-Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Students should purchase a copy of ‘Public Sociology’ ed. Germov and Poole form the RMIT City Bookshop in Little Latrobe St prior to the start of semester. Additional recommended readings can be downloaded from the Learning Hub or will be handed out in class.


Other Resources

Learning Resources
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 

The Study and Learning Centre provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. For information on their services and support, please visit the website

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of: participation in classroom and Learning Hub activities, a group work project, two presentations and a research report (TBC)

Assessment Tasks

There are 3 assessable assessment tasks in this subject, they are as follows:

1. Major Project (40%)

2. Class Presentation (30%).

3. Final exam (30%).
NOTE: All of the above assessment tasks must be completed satisfactorily

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:
HD 80-100
DI 70-79
CR 60-69
PA 50-59
NN 0-49

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in font style Aerial or Times New Roman.

Other Information

Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.

In accordance with RMIT policy, students may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
Students must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.
Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.
Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:
Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing
Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y
Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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