About this unit
This online Understanding Social Problems unit examines the where, how and why of social problems and is highly recommended for professionals working within criminal justice, government policy and the community services sector.
Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, the unit closely examines social problems such as crime and forces students to reflect upon and rethink how social problems are defined.
The unit explores how social problems arise directly from the social and historical contexts of a society, and introduces students to different ways of thinking about social concerns such as illegal drug use, domestic violence, terrorism and environmental pollution.
By completing this unit, students develop skills in understanding and analysing a range of concepts, theories and perspectives on social life – a helpful set of skills that will enable them to make better informed decisions in their respective fields.
- Introduction to Sociology
Course pathwaysThis unit is a core requirement in the following course:
- Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
- What is sociology?
- Thinking about social problems 1
- Thinking about social problems 2
- Thinking about social problems 3
- Problems of health and well-being
- Family problems
- Crime and social control
- Poverty and economic inequality
- 'Gender', 'sexuality' and the problem of equality
- ’Race', ethnicity and marginalisation
- Environmental problems
- Conflict, war and terrorism
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.