Sociological Foundations

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Sociological Foundations unit from Open Universities Australia in partnership with Swinburne University is a great introduction to the field of sociology.

The unit teaches students the key concepts that underpin sociology and explores the contemporary issues currently facing Australian society. Students are taught everything from social identities, youth culture and social inequalities through to substantive areas like mass media, health and illness and social movements.

Complete this unit with a deeper appreciation of sociology as a field of study – a body of knowledge that is helpful to anyone working or studying in the fields of communication, arts, marketing and psychology.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following unit because it is considered an academic equivalent:

  • Introduction to Sociology

Areas of study

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

  • The sociological imagination
  • Culture and socialisation
  • Social interaction/social structure
  • Identity
  • Theories: classic, contemporary and social interaction
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Age
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Consumption and identity
  • Mass media
  • Spirituality, ethics and humanism
  • Social research

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

By completing this sociology unit you will:

  • Have the necessary knowledge to apply a sociological perspective to everyday problems and the world around you
  • Understand the various major theoretical perspectives and research techniques used by sociologists
  • Employ a range of sociological concepts to analyse social processes and social structures in contemporary society
  • Critcally reflect upon and discuss published work through informed written argument
  • Effectively carry out library-based research
  • Use the correct referencing system as dictated by the sociology discipline

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Sociological Foundations from Swinburne University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

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

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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