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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
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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).

  • Established

    1965
  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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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.

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