|Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Short Description:||Identity Inqlty & Scial Justic|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Student contribution band :||2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1|
|ASCED code :||090301 - Sociology|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Gabriela Pohl
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
The purpose of this course is to address the questions that are widely recognised as central to a social scientific university education, namely what sort of inequalities exist within modern society, why they persist, and how they are ‘internalised’ within individual human beings. It therefore deepens the social scientific understanding that students will have gained from previous social science courses
This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine: the philosophical underpinnings of the concept of social justice; inequalities of social class through the lens of classical sociological theory; the need for an integrated analysis of class, gender and ethnicity; and the role of identity politics in the present day in challenging inequalities. Case studies may include migration and cultural diversity in Australia, inequalities in the criminal justice system, the role of the mass media, and the development of neo-nationalism. Students are encouraged to develop their own perspectives on these issues, while maintaining a critical reflexivity.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
- analyse the philosophical underpinnings of the concept of social justice and sociological perspectives on inequalities of class, gender and ethnicity;
- critically examine the role of identity politics in contemporary society;
- apply sociological, philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives to selected case studies of contemporary inequality, both in Australia and more widely;
- apply intermediate level library and information-retrieval skills, including an ability to identify sources on a given topic independently.
|1.||Theorising social justice||20.00|
|2.||Identity and identity politics||20.00|
|3.||Sociology of inequality: classical and contemporary||20.00|
|4.||Selected issues in society||40.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=SOC2000)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ACTIVITY SET 1||100||15||15 Mar 2021|
|ACTIVITY SET 2||100||20||26 Apr 2021|
|ESSAY||100||35||24 May 2021|
|OPEN EXAM - ONLINE||100||30||End S1||(see note 1)|
- This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.
Important assessment information
Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
External and Online:
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.
Requirements after S1, 2021:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Requirements after S1, 2021:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.
Requirements after S1, 2021:
Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at https://cmsauth.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/exams/supplementary-and-deferred-assessment.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.