Understanding Contemporary Societies

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: Macquarie 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

Understanding Contemporary Societies employs a broad scope, drawing together theories and methodologies from across the discipline of sociology into an online unit that will reinforce key concepts and enable deeper understanding of the field.

Offered for online study by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, this unit unpacks the complexities of classifying and analysing contemporary societies, examining the labels modern, postmodern and traditional as well as a variety of more specific group-targeted approaches.

Using theoretical and empirical knowledge, you will explore concepts of gender, economy, public life and everyday life in the context of contemporary societies.

Eligibility

You must have successfully completed the following units before starting this unit: One of the following two units:

  • Australian and Global Societies
  • Sociology of Everyday Life

One of the following four units:

  • Power, Difference and Recognition
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Sociology of Media
  • Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age

One of the following two units:

  • The Sociology of the Public Sphere
  • The Intimate Sphere: Love, Friendship and Family

In addition to the unit prerequisites, students must have completed an additional level 2 sociology unit and an additional level 3 sociology unit.

Areas of study

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

  • Theory and method
  • Culture and everyday life
  • Policy and public life
  • Economy and society
  • Gender

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie 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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit refines and develops critical skills in sociological analysis that are indispensable for further study in the field of sociology. Foundational knowledge is consolidated in this unit, essential for those undertaking enrolment in an Honours program in sociology and wishing to find employment in the field.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Understanding Contemporary Societies from Macquarie 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 may be 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 a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, 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).

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