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Introduction to Sociology

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    12 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

The Introduction to Sociology unit from Open Universities Australia, provided by Murdoch University, will prompt you to ask questions about society and its influences on individuals. You will be encouraged to question whether we are products of our social environment, how far gender, class, ethnicity and ideology influence our behaviour, and how power is used and by whom. You will be introduced to the research and insights of sociological theory, which you will apply to examine Australia's social institutions, power and inequality and the possibilities of social change.

At the end of the 12 weeks, you will understand the history of sociology and be confident in using the tools of sociological analysis. This unit will help you recognise the relevance of sociology in contemporary issues, analyse the work of past sociologists and engage creatively with the relationship between the individual, society and the globe. The Introduction to Sociology unit will require research, reading and library skills as well as effective communication and writing skills.

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You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following unit:

  • Sociology and Everyday Life

Course pathways

This unit is a elective requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this sociology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is society?
  • The individual, society and the world
  • Foundations of sociology
  • Studying society
  • Ethnicity and identity
  • Religion and ideology
  • Health and society
  • Family and gender
  • Deviance, IWA, crime and sexuality
  • Theories of power
  • Work education and sociology
  • Review of unit
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Career outcomes

Introduction to Sociology will prepare you for any career in the public service, politics or working closely with members of society. Everything you study in this unit relates to contemporary issues, meaning that this course will help advance you personally, intellectually and professionally by stimulating your mind and encouraging you to question the world around you.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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