Political sociology is concerned with questions of social and political power, particularly as they pertain to the interaction between state and civil society. This unit (ASS3033) probes these central theoretical debates. This includes an examination of the ways in which class, racial and gender identities are constituted within a field of social differences and power.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse key theoretical frameworks of political sociology and distinguish key differences between these frameworks;  
  2. Contextualise the basis, and political significance, of writing on race, class and gender as problems; and  
  3. Reflect on the utility of political sociology as a way to understand social 'problems'.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Examination Take home exam interpreting a key theoretical frameworks 20%
Presentation Tutorial presentation and report 30%
Essay A reflective essay drawing on the concepts from political sociology to assess specific social and political issues. 50%

Where to next?

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.