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: SSC513
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Catrina Henderson


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. Develop an understanding of sociological theory and its implications in Australian and global contexts;
  2. Critically analyse the intersections of social and cultural factors that shape the identity of individuals and communities;
  3. Examine a broad range of social issues, impacting individuals communities, with consideration given to local and national responses and interventions;
  4. Critically analyse social differences and inequalities within Australia and consider the impact of individuals on social change.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Social Identity & Sociology
  • How Sociology and Culture Shape Us
  • Social Transformation
  •  Differences and Inequalities
  • Christian Worldview
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Work Ethics
  • Cultural Wellbeing 
  • Consumption and Lifestyles 
  • Digital Society 
  • Families and Relationships
  • Youth Culture
  • Gender & Sexuality 
  • Sociology of Licit and Illicit Drugs
  • Addictions in Society
  • Mental Health in Australia 
  • Domestic and family violence (DFV)
  • Race, Ethnicity and Belonging
  • Refugees & Internally Displaced People
  • Indigenous Australia

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Critical Reflection (30%)
  • Personal journey from a Sociological Perspective (20%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Germov, J & Poole, M. eds. (2019). Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society. 4th ed. Crow’s Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts.