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SOC1000 Approaches to the Social Sciences

Semester 3, 2020 Online
Short Description: Approaches the Social Sciences
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090301 - Sociology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Gabriela Pohl

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


There is a growing need for people skilled in community consultation, needs assessment, policy analysis and development, program development and evaluation. These people require an understanding of society, together with consultative and critical appraisal skills. This introductory course offers students of the Social Sciences an overview of a range of social science theories and approaches to solving social problems, especially those encountered in the government and not for profit sector. These approaches derive from disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, psychology, socio-legal studies and indigenous studies. Each year a different selection of disciplines is explored.


Students will be introduced to a range of social science theories and disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, political science and history. The approaches will be theoretical rather than methodological. Students will apply these theoretical approaches each week to a variety of social issues. In addition, students are introduced to several important themes in modern social science such as social order, citizenship, consumerism and globalisation.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of the theories and practice of social science to develop and present clear and coherent logical arguments pertaining to particular social issues;
  2. evaluate and critique the theoretical approaches of a range of social science disciplines by autonomously engaging in debates and activities;
  3. apply a range of disciplinary approaches derived from the social sciences to a diverse range of social issues;
  4. critically evaluate multiple sources of evidence from different social science perspectives in developing individual viewpoints regarding complex issues.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to the Social Sciences 10.00
2. Introduction to sociology, economics, psychology etc 45.00
3. People, identity and behaviour 15.00
4. Social institutions and wealth 15.00
5. From culture to globalisation 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Woodward, K 2014, Social sciences: the big issues, 3rd edn, Routledge, London.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Desmond, M 2017, Evicted : poverty and profit in the American city, Penguin Books, London.
Diamond, J 2017, Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies, 20th Anniversary edn, W. W. Norton & Company, New York.
Giddens, A & Sutton, P 2017, Essential concepts in sociology, 2nd edn, Polity, Malden.
Gladwell, M 2002, The tipping point : how little things can make a big difference, 1st edn, Back Bay Books, Boston.
Levitt, S & Dubner, S 2009, Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything, HarperCollins, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ACTIVITY SET 1 100 25 14 Dec 2020
ESSAY 100 45 04 Jan 2021
ACTIVITY SET 2 100 30 25 Jan 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 12 February 2021