Introduction to Sociology

Unit code: ABA1003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This introductory unit seeks to give an overview of sociology - an introduction to how we might go about 'thinking society' in a systematic and disciplined way. This unit examines processes of social change and offers the opportunity to critically examine social issues and explore questions of social and cultural identity. It looks at how that theory might be applied to specific areas of investigation and research. The unit aims to equip students with the ability to distinguish a sociological approach from other possible approaches to information, social situations, issues and problems; to recognise and experiment with different theoretical frameworks within sociology; and to begin to apply a range of critical analytical skills to a variety of contemporary social arrangements and social issues.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the nature of sociological approaches to problems, as distinct from other forms of inquiry;
  2. Develop contextual understandings of contemporary life in a global community;
  3. Outline different theoretical approaches within the broad discipline of sociology;
  4. Apply theoretical tools and concepts offered within the discipline of sociology and to recognise and experiment with their applicability to problems and practices beyond the classroom; and
  5. Demonstrate a familiarity with academic conventions of documentation and referencing.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Short reflective writing exercises responding to class materials and activities (600 words).
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Short Essay (800 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Sociological Imagination Project (1200 words)

Required reading

All required readings for this unit will be made available via VU Collaborate or Library Reserve.

As part of a course

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