Society and Culture

Society and Culture

A new elective for Year 11 students in 2020

Society and Culture is an exciting new offering at Barker College in 2020.

The main goal of the syllabus is to encourage students’ growth in social and cultural literacy and to develop a clear understanding of the interaction of people, societies, cultures, environments and time. In a fast-paced, increasingly globalised world, what could be more important?

Society and Culture draws on cross-disciplinary concepts and upon social research methods from anthropology; communication; cultural and media studies; philosophy; social psychology; and sociology; hence its value as a subject that encourages students to think out of the box, to inquire and to communicate effectively.

Contact

Head of Department: Matthew Lloyd
Email: mlloyd@barker.nsw.edu.au

Year 11

Society and Culture
The Preliminary Course studies:

Persons - the individual human; relationships with other persons and with society, culture and the environment through time

Society - human relationships from small groups to large systems

Culture - knowledge shared by members of groups and systems, reflected in their customs, values, laws, arts, technologies and artefacts

Environment - settings where people live and work, the interaction between people and their environment, people’s perceptions of the environment, and their actions to improve it

Time - its continuous passage; perceptions of the past, present and future

Power - ability to influence or persuade others to a point of view or action to which they would not normally agree

Authority - the rights to make decisions and to determine, adjudicate or settle issues and disputes

Identity - sense of self formed over time - personal, social and cultural

Gender - socially constructed differences between genders

Technologies - tools that we use to assist our interactions in society and

Globalisation - the integration and the sharing of goods, capital, services, knowledge, leisure, sport, ideas and culture between countries brought about by improved technologies.

The HSC Course consists of a Core with two components:

• Personal Interest Project and

• Social and Cultural Continuity and Change

and two Depth Studies chosen from the following:

• Popular Culture

• Belief Systems and Ideologies

• Social Inclusion and Exclusion

• Social Conformity and Nonconformity

Assessment Structure
Assessment in the Preliminary course is weighted as follows:

Knowledge and understanding of course content – 50%

Application and evaluation of social and cultural research methods – 30%

Communication of information, ideas and issues in appropriate forms – 20%

These facets will be spread across the three key topic areas of The Social and Cultural World, Personal and Social Identity and Intercultural Communication in three discrete assessment tasks.

 

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