This online Understanding Social Problems unit examines the where, how and why of social problems and is highly recommended for professionals working within criminal justice, government policy and the community services sector.
Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, the unit closely examines social problems such as crime and forces students to reflect upon and rethink how social problems are defined.
The unit explores how social problems arise directly from the social and historical contexts of a society, and introduces students to different ways of thinking about social concerns such as illegal drug use, domestic violence, terrorism and environmental pollution.
By completing this unit, students develop skills in understanding and analysing a range of concepts, theories and perspectives on social life – a helpful set of skills that will enable them to make better informed decisions in their respective fields.
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 unit, the topics you will study include:
What is sociology?
Thinking about social problems 1
Thinking about social problems 2
Thinking about social problems 3
Problems of health and well-being
Crime and social control
Poverty and economic inequality
'Gender', 'sexuality' and the problem of equality
’Race', ethnicity and marginalisation
Conflict, war and terrorism
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Studying this unit will benefit anybody working in criminology, criminal justice, government and the community services sector, as the unit provides a comprehensive examination of how and why social problems arise.
With a deeper understanding of the roots of a number of social concerns, you will be able to:
Understand the key concepts in sociology and the study of social problems
Apply these concepts and perspectives to analyse problems of social inequality and social problems encountered in everyday life
Apply a sociological imagination to key issues within the field of criminology and criminal justice
Effectively research information
Clearly express yourself through the written language, and present your findings in accordance with university standards
Use positive and productive study skills, and have better time management skills
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Understanding Social Problems from Griffith 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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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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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
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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