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What Is Sociology? An Introduction

Examine perspectives on society, and the cultural issues facing society. Apply sociological theory to researching social groups.

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What Is Sociology? An Introduction
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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This course is part of the program Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Find out more.

Discover the fascinating field of sociology

How can society be analysed? And what are some of the contemporary cultural issues in society? Get answers to these questions and more with this introduction to sociology course.

On the course, you’ll learn about the basics of sociology and discover sociological theories. You’ll explore topics including class, social inequality, globalisation and the media. You will also learn how to do your own sociological research, and present your findings.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is sociology?
  • What is sociological theory and why is it important?
  • Sex and gender

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the difference between sex and gender and the terms binary and spectrum.
  • Explore the dominant narratives of femininity and masculinity.
  • Produce a glossary of sociological terms.
  • Investigate your own assumptions about popular culture.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in sociology, cultural issues in society, or the workings of society more broadly. It would also suit those looking to develop their critical thinking or research skills.

Who will you learn with?

Steven Threadgold's research focuses on youth and class.

I am a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle. My research focuses on youth and young adults, pathways into home ownership, and the sociology of time.

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle Australia

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).

  • Established1965
  • LocationNewcastle, Australia
  • World rankingTop 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

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How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts.