Society and Culture

Society and Culture

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.

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Head of Department: Matthew Lloyd

Year 12

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

• Social Inclusion and Exclusion

Assessment Structure
Assessment in the Preliminary course is weighted as follows:
  1. Students complete an oral presentation and written task on a sociocultural issue
  2. Students conduct quantitative (questionnaires) and qualitative (interview) research on a comparative cross-generational study regarding socialization
  3. Formal written examination based on selected units covered in the Preliminary course