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AZA1366: Families, relationships, health and the media

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

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Dr Tinashe Pfigu


South Africa

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




The unit builds on the skills and knowledge developed in first semester in the unit ‘Everyday life in sociological perspectives’. Students develop a greater understanding of important areas of sociological research and theoretical endeavour. These may include topics such as: sociology of health and illness, gender, popular culture and mass media; class and social inequality; poverty and social exclusion; population and society; and family.


After completing the unit, students will have:

  1. Knowledge of key concepts and perspectives used in sociological analysis;
  2. Understanding how sociologists understand the link between the individual and society;
  3. An understanding of how structural factors influence the ways in which people experience everyday life;
  4. Skills in presenting coherently argued and well organized essays on sociological topics.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Alex Asakitikpi

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Sociology – South Africa