Political Sociology

Unit code: ASS3033 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


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 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.

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'.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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