Learning Outcomes

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

Unit Description

This unit provides an introduction to basic sociological concepts and their use in understanding human behaviour, social change and development. Students will be introduced to various perspectives which theorise how human behaviour is influenced by social and cultural contexts. Various classical theorists may be introduced in order to investigate central sociological concepts such as: social and group interaction; socialisation; culture and institutionalisation; as well as social control and deviance.

The unit will also investigate the various institutions that comprise and hold together human society (for example, family, politics, religion, commerce) as well as the interplay of power, inequality and social stratification (for example, class, gender, ethnicity, poverty) that can emerge.

Of particular interest to this unit is the use of sociological perspectives in defining and critiquing social change and development - whether that be personal, communal, national or international. Students will be invited to integrate these insights with biblical and theological perspectives.

Teaching Strategies

Unit offerings

Face to face:

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.