Details for Social Identity In Australia

This subject will provide an introduction to understanding Australian society from a sociological perspective. You will gain an understanding of the social and cultural influences on the formation of identity. Through a grasp of sociological theory applied to different features, structures, and institutions, you will be better equipped to understand Australian society, and the need for a broad-range of interventions in people’s lives that work in conjunction with psychological interventions. This subject will equip you to engage with the broader public and policy realms in which the practitioner will move.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC505
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Social Identity In Australia

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of sociological theory and develop a foundational theology and spirituality for understanding social change;
  2. Explain and explain and describe the ways in which how society,  social and cultural factors and institutions influence and shape people’s identity and use this knowledge to examine and articulate your own development; 
  3. Examine a broad range of social issues impacting individuals and the community with reference to interventions related to public and policy realms; 
  4. Identify and examine social differences and inequalities within Australia and areas where you can participate in social change for a more egalitarian society. 

Subject Content

  • Discussing sociological theories and theorists
  • The application of sociological theory to ‘real-world’ issues
  • How identity is shaped sociologically and culturally in contrast with biological and genetic views of identity
  • Key identity markers in Australia such as: gender, sexuality, families, age, ethnicity, religion, sport
  • Exploration of social differences and inequalities in Australia in areas such as: class, gender, ethnicity, race, crime
  • Understand social transformation
  • Develop a theology and spirituality  for understanding and working in and with society  
  • Explore ways each person can participate in social change for a more egalitarian society
  • Understand the need for a broad-range of interventions in people’s lives that work in conjunction with psychological interventions
  • Engaging with the broader public and policy realms

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Personal Journal(25%)
  • Individual Presentation (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Germov, J & Poole, M. eds. 2015. Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society. 3rd ed. Crow’s Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any texts