SAP101 Foundations Of Sociology And Politics

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SAP101 Foundations Of Sociology And Politics
SAP101 Foundations Of Sociology And Politics

Unit Outline Trimester 1 2023

SAP101 Foundations of Sociology and Politics for Community Service Workers

COURSE                                                               Bachelor of Community Services

LEVEL OF STUDY                                               1st Year

CORE/ELECTIVE                                                 Core

CREDIT POINTS                                                 15 Credit Points TOTAL COURSE CREDIT POINTS     360 credit points DURATION                                             One trimester

LEARNING MATERIALS                                    4-6 hours a week Concept videos, required texts

LEARNING ACTIVITIES                                     4 hours per week (focus questions, independent learning questions,

interactive online forums, and unassessed quiz TOTAL WORKLOAD PER WEEK             10 hours per week

PRE-REQUISITE                                                 Nil

CO-REQUISITE                                                   Nil

SAP101 Foundations Of Sociology And Politics DESCRIPTION

This unit introduces foundational knowledge in sociology and politics to underpin community service practice.

Sociological theory is introduced to explain the links between individual lives, social structure, and social institutions. The changing face of Australian society is substantiated. Inequality is explored through an examination of class, race, gender, and age. Poverty, problematic drug use, family violence, youth and adult mental health are presented as social issues that require political responses. Key processes and institutions of Australian government are investigated including areas of relevant social policy responsibility


Graduates of Stott’s College are expected to have Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) on three different dimensions. Each unit in the course contributes to the development of Stott’s College’s Graduate Attributes which you should demonstrate on completion of the course.

GA1Hold a body of knowledge relevant to their field of study that includes an understanding of theories, practices, and the scope of their discipline;
GA2Have the skills Essential to operate effectively within their chosen profession;
GA3Have developed an appreciation, tolerance and ability to work effectively across the entire diversity spectrum;
GA4Be able to work independently and collaboratively;
GA5Be able to set appropriate goals for ongoing intellectual and professional development;
GA6Be self-critical and identify shortcomings in their own knowledge, skills and abilities;
GA7Understand ethical responsibilities and behaviour pertinent to their chosen discipline and profession and practice the behaviour to the highest standards;
GA8Have developed a high level of oral, visual and written communication skills, across a range of communication technologies, relevant to their fields of study, and recognise the importance of maintaining these;
GA9Be able to identify the need for data, information and knowledge to solve problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts using appropriate media, tools and methodologies and be able to critically evaluate the information in terms of its validity, accuracy, currency against one’s own values;
GA10Be independent learners and thinkers with responsibility to acquire and evaluate new knowledge with the confidence to be analytical, creative and critical;
GA11Be able to understand, define, analyse, evaluate, investigate problems and make informed recommendations and decisions.


Foundations Of Sociology And Politics COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) for the Bachelor of Community Services are designed to align with the Australian Quality Framework specifications for bachelor’s degrees (AQF Level 7). On completion of the degree, graduates will have achieved these learning outcomes in the following dimensions:

CLO1Demonstrate broad knowledge of a range of community services theories and frameworks.
CLO2Develop an appreciation for the legal framework in which organisations and communities operate.
CLO3Demonstrate in-depth knowledge within specialist counselling areas, including alcohol and other drugs, youth, family and mental health.
CLO4Develop and apply an understanding of human diversity, including culture, gender, age, ability, class, religion and sexuality.
CLO5Critically review, analyse, and evaluate knowledge in community services theories and frameworks.
CLO6Integrate and apply knowledge of community services professional practice and competencies within appropriate ethical and professional standards.
CLO7Apply critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems in case management interventions.
CLO8Demonstrate advanced counselling and communication skills in dealing with clients and other professionals.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
CLO9Demonstrate applied research skills including projects.
CLO10Identify clients with complex and diverse needs and develop appropriate service provision.
CLO11Practice case management ethically and intentionally  within established legal, policy and professional frameworks and codes of ethics.
CLO12Integrate feedback from clinical supervision and cultivates the capacity for reflective practice, professional responsibility, and accountability.


LO1Define sociological concepts relevant to Australian community service practice
LO2Explain key Australian social structures, social institutions, and social issues
LO3Identify the Australian system of government and relevant policy responsibilities
LO4Illustrate academic reading and online learning skills



SAP101 is delivered fully online through Moodle. SAP101 aims to provide first year bachelor students with structured learning materials and learning activities for student engagement at a time that suits

students, within given timeframes. Each weeks’ learning materials and activities are designed to lead to the achievement of the unit assessments, which in turn lead to the unit and course outcomes and graduate attributes. Students engage in the unit in small campus-based workshop groups and have a dedicated trained tutor/facilitator to guide them to the assessment tasks. Students are provided with a face-to-face webinar in week one to help develop familiarity with the Moodle page and how to access its various functions.

Students in first year will experience a combination of online, blended and face to face units. The skills learnt in each of these learning interfaces will be transferable to direct practice on graduation. Much contemporary welfare work requires familiarity with a range of IT interfaces including concise written and asynchronous communication.

This fully online unit recognises that adult learners like to take responsibility for their learning within a supportive setting. This means that to be successful, learners will:

  • Have access to the minimum technology requirements for the unit.
  • Know and follow all academic policies and procedures.
  • Establish a consistent study pattern comprising 10 hours a week over two or three sessions that incorporates private study time and social engagement through forums with other students.
  • Ensure that there is enough study time allocated for all enrolled units
  • Focus on the assessment tasks and utilise each weekly activity to enable movement towards achievement of that assessment
  • Understand that undertaking the assessment tasks is the means of achieving the unit learning outcomes.
  • Take responsibility for knowing when the assessments are due and to hand them in on time.
  • Acknowledge that they and fellow learners require a safe and supportive space to test new understanding of ideas and concepts.
  • Follow instructions provided online and work through (in your own time) the learning materials (videos and texts, focus questions, moderated forums, and weekly unassessed quiz).
  • Ask for help using the general forums as soon as questions or problems arise.


Topics will include:

Foundational sociology, understanding people as social beings, weeks 1-4

  1. Introduction to sociology and community services work.
  2. Exploring Sociological Imagination
  3. Contemporary Sociology Theory 1
  4. Contemporary Sociology Theory 2

Dimensions of Australian society, and using a human rights and social justice lens, an exploration of key social issues. Weeks 5-8

  • Australian Social Issues – Understanding Family
  • Australian Social Issues – Class
  • Australian Social Issues – Race and Intersectionality
  • Australian Social Issues – AOD and Deviance

Political and policy processes that frame social issues into funded policies and programs. Weeks 9-12

  • Social Policy for social issues
  • Australian Government
  • Non-Government Organisations and Policy Change.
  • Pulling it all together -community service work, sociology, policy and politics.


Assessment questions must be directed to your Tutor. To pass this unit, students are to achieve an aggregate mark of 50% for all assessment tasks. Refer to the

Assessment Grades section at the end of the unit outline for important information regarding awarding of grades

 DescriptionTypeCLOsLOsWeightDue Date
1To ensure students understand how to use Moodle for learning early in trimesterOnline skills evaluatedGA8LO410% (2 x 5%)Week 3 and 8 Moodle contributions
22 x online quizOnline quizCLO1LO130%Quiz 1 Monday 13/03 – Monday
 Concepts from  LO2(2×15%)20/03 (week 6)
 weeks 1-5  LO3 Quiz 2 Monday 24/04 – Monday
 weeks 6-11    01/05 (week 12)
31000-word essay assessing sociological imaginationAcademic essayCLO1 CLO5 CLO9LO125%End of week 5: Sunday 12th March 11.59 pm
42000-word essayAcademicCLO1LO235%End of Week 11
 demonstratingessayCLO4  Sunday 23rd April 11.59 pm
 understanding of CLO6LO3  
 Australian society, social CLO5   
 problems, and policy CLO9LO4  
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( some small detail may change as the unit progresses and students will be fully informed)

WeekDatesTopicLearning ActivitiesAssessment
1Feb 6Intro to Unit Intro to online learning Sociology and CS work Theoretical frameworks for CS work Nature/ nurture and George What is a society?Read Unit outline Attend your timetabled webinar to learn how to use Moodle Watch introductory videos on Moodle What you already know about “society” Discuss nature and nurture influences on George’s life a case study 
2Feb 13Sociological ImaginationEssential text 
  SociologyGermov and Poole (2019) Ch 1 up to page 10
  Theories, concepts perspectivesEssential text Mills (2000) The Promise page 3-5
  Personal trouble public issueRecommended resources
  AgencyThere are many YouTube videos on various aspects of sociology particularly
  Social structureclassical sociologists. There are some for you to look at on the Moodle page
  Social institutionsWatch concept videos on Moodle week 2
  Classical theoristsContribute to online discussion
  Blind spots /LegacyShare your views on George using sociological language
  Sociology todayAdditional reading Germov and Poole (2019) chapter 2
  Globalisation and post traditionalismCommence essay 1
  Sociological questionsLearning to be self-reflexive in the classroom, self-disclosure in the
3Feb 20Contemporary Sociological Theory 1Essential textMoodle contributions
  Consensus theoriesGermov and Poole (2019)assessed this week
  Social interaction theoriesCh 3 pp 44-47 social interactionismStage 1, 2, 3 Salmon (2011) e
  Socialisationpp 48-49 structural /functionalismlearning
  I and meRecommended text 
  FunctionalismGermov and Poole Ch 5 (2019) broad overview of socialisation from 106-112 
  Systems theoriesBauman and May 2001 thinking sociologically chapter 1 oneself with others 
  Institutions andwatch concept videos for week 3 
   forum activities apply theory to self 
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4Feb 27Sociological theory 2 Conflict theories Structuration theory Feminism Southern theory Post modern sociology Enduring questions and issues in sociologyEssential text Germov and Poole (2019) Chapter 3 Page 57-66 Plummer (2010) in a world I never made   Watch concept videos on Moodle for week 4 Contribute to online activities to help make sense of conflict theory Discussion: how does conflict theory provide an explanation for who i have become? 
5Mar 6Australian social issues institutions and change Understanding ‘Family’ Family violence Functionalist view Social interactionist view Critical viewEssential text Germov and Poole (2019) chapter 7   Watch concept videos this week Discussion Reflect on your own family practises Gender and family  Essay 1 Sunday 12th March 11.59 pm (AEST)
6Mar 13Australian social issues Conflict theories Class and inequality PovertyEssential text Germov and Poole (2019) Ch 11 Class in Australia   Listen to the podcast on inequality and class Consider your experiences of class Community services work and class. Discuss final assignment Finding academic readings activity 1Quiz 1 Monday 13/03 – Monday 20/03
7Mar 20Australian social issues Racial and ethnic divisions in Australia Intersectionality young people leaving care as another example of intersectionalityEssential text Germov and Poole (2019) Chapter 14 Race and Reconciliation   Watch this week concept video Discussion how do different theories interpret racial division 
8Mar 27Australian Social Issues Social Explanations of Problematic drug use Deviance frameworks The social explanations of health Summary contested explanations of social issues in AustraliaEssential text Germov and Poole (2019) Chapter 16 Deviance and social control Watch concept videos on Moodle Consider the theoretical frameworks for the social issue you have selected. Using academic readings 2Second online in class contribution assessment Salmons (2011) stages 4-5
9Apr 3Social Policy for Social Issues Policy as political and rationalEssential text McClelland (2020) chapter 1 what is social policy Watch Concept videos of this week available on Moodle Questions and Discussion on Moodle putting ideas into policy Write draft introduction 
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10Apr 10Australian government and government departments the institutional contextEssential text Maddison and Dennis (2013) ‘Chapter 1: The policy context’ pp 17-33. The parliament in the Australian constitution https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_pro cedures/Constitution/chapter1 Watch Concept videos Respond to discussion questions on the Moodle page Identify level of government and government department in paper Identify a relevant policy 
11Apr 17NGOs Advocacy and policy changeEssential text McClelland and Chen (2020) chapter 4 the institutional context of policy change How community Service workers can engage in policy change.Essay 2 End of Week 11 Sunday 23rd April 11.59 pm
12Apr 24Summary understanding community service work, sociology policy and politicsNo Essential readingsQuiz 2 Monday 24/04 – Monday 01/05 (week 12)
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The unit uses the E books available in the AE library

The theoretical base for the unit is drawn from the Australian sociology text: Germov, J. & Poole, M. (Eds.) (2019). Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society (4th ed.). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

The following chapters provide the basis for the quiz. Ch 1, Ch 3, Ch 7, Ch 11, Ch 14, Ch 16. (Chapter 2 additional) can be downloaded as PDFs from the AE library.

Licence 3 copies and get up to 156 pages, use any PDF software, does not expire. The policy part of the unit draws from McClelland and Smyth

McClelland, A., & Smyth, P. (2014). Social policy in Australia: understanding for action. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Get up to 98 pages, use any PDF software, does not expire. The 2020 edition has more limited downloads but is also available to read online. Ch 1 and 4 are the basis for the quiz questions.

Maddison and Dennis (2013) ‘Chapter 1: The policy context’ in An introduction to Australian public policy theory and practice. 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, pp 17-33. Quiz questions.

Essential Journal Articles

Students are to search for their own journal articles through the AJCW and the ProQuest sociology search engine both on the AE library page to inform the final essay.

The Australian Journal of Community Work (AJCW) is the official journal of ACWA

APA requires that students source the URL of their cited journals, and we are keen for students to use sociologically informed literature in this unit.


There are other very good introductory sociology texts, if you can locate them as E books or second hand, they may be affordable. (A good sociology text can be used for years through your course and into your practice.)

Giddens A. and Sutton, P., (2021) Sociology, 9th edition, Polity Press, Cambridge CB2 1UR, UK is a very good introduction to sociology application. With Anthony Giddens as author one, it is superlative theoretically but its context is the UK. If you can find 8th or lower edition second hand it would be worthwhile.


ABS https://www.abs.gov.au/ AIHW https://www.aihw.gov.au/ ACOSS https://www.acoss.org.au/

About parliament https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament




This assessment is designed to identify students who need additional support to transition to online learning.

Each student’s Moodle forum contribution will be evaluated in weeks 3 and week 8

The assessment is based on the Salmon (2011) model of stages for online learning. The model is provided to students in week 1.

Week 3 assessment is based on:

Stage 1: access and motivation Stage 2: online socialisation Stage 3: information exchange.

Week 8 assessment is based on:

Stages 1-3

Stage 4: knowledge construction

Stage 5: development/critical thinking/

Each of those weeks will contribute up to 5% to student’s final grade.

In week 3 each student will self-evaluate. See the Moodle site for details Online activities that can be scored in week three

General forum

  1. Ask a relevant question in a general forum (1 mark) Weekly forum:
    1. Follow the instructions on timing, word limits and number of posts (1 mark)
    1. Appropriately follow a thread (1 mark)
    1. Establish a positive social space: (1 mark)
      1. Use a fellow student’s name in a post and /or
      1. Acknowledge something someone else has said and /or
      1. Use respectful/encouraging/friendly language and /or
      1. Help other students understand a new concept/offer information to others and or
    1. Begin to establish an online identity (1 mark)
  2. Appropriate sharing of life story in an academic setting
  3. Willingness to share relevant life experience to advance own and others learning Online activities that can be scored in week 8

Week 8

  1. As week 3 (max 3 marks for all 1-5 present)
  2. Have an online conversation with others to build understanding (1 mark)
  3. Reflect on personal experience using unit knowledge/ can identify change in own mental model (1 mark)


CriteriaWeighting 5%
Asked a relevant question in a general forum1
Followed the instructions on timing, word limits and number of posts1
Establish a positive social space: Use a fellow student’s name in a post and /orAcknowledge something someone else has said and /orUse respectful/encouraging/friendly language and /orHelp other students understand a new concept/offer information to others1
Demonstrated use of literature1
Begin to establish an online identity Appropriate sharing of life story in an academic settingWillingness to share relevant life experience to advance own and others learning1
  TOTAL  /5
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CriteriaWeighting 5%
Basics: Asked a relevant question in a general forumFollowed the instructions on timing, word limits and number of postsAppropriately follow a discussion thread (To score 1 all need to be present)1
Establish a positive social space: Use a fellow student’s name in a post and /orAcknowledge something someone else has said and /orUse respectful/encouraging/friendly language and /orHelp other students understand a new concept/offer information to others (To score 1 all need to be present)1
Establish an online identity Appropriate sharing of life story in an academic settingWillingness to share relevant life experience to advance own and others learning (To score 1 all need to be present)1
Have an online conversation with others to build understanding1
Reflect on personal experience using unit knowledge1
  TOTAL  /5%
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Assessment 2 comprises 2 quiz, 1 each for weeks 1-5 and 6-11

  • The quiz will include multiple choice and true and false questions drawn from the Essential readings and Essential video lectures and will assess understanding of key weekly concepts.
  • Preparation for the quiz will include the week’s readings and learning activities.
  • Each student will have one attempt at the quiz.
  • Each quiz is worth 15%
  • Each quiz will have 15 questions.
  • Each quiz is designed to be closed book
  • Each quiz will be available for a week, be time limited to 30 minutes and undertaken online
  • The quiz will be randomised so that students have different questions

Each Quiz will be available for 7 days from Monday 8.00am to the following Monday 8.00am. Quiz 1 (weeks 1-5 content)

  • Open Monday 13- Monday 20 March (week 6) Quiz 2 (weeks 6-11 content)
    • Open Monday 24 April – Monday 01 May (week 12)


Week Due: 5

Due Date: Sunday 12 March 11.59 pm (AEST) Word Count: 1000 words

Learning goals associated with this assessment

LO1     Define sociological concepts relevant to Australian CS practice LO4   Demonstrate reading skills

Consider the following statements.

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given, and transmitted from the past. (Marx, K 1852:1)

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.

(Mills C 2000 p.3)

The sociological imagination demands that we ‘think ourselves away’ from the familiar routines of our daily life in order that we may look at them from a new point of view which may appear strange, at least at first. (Giddens, A; Sutton, P. ,2021 p. 5)

Topic: Draw on two sociological theories presented in this unit to discuss how you are a social being and have become who you are today. Identify specific instances where agency and structure have been influential.

In this 1000-word essay, written in academic style, you will show you have read the Essential readings through demonstrating understanding of the key concepts in weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment Criteria

Demonstrated understanding of two sociological theories presented in this unit 25 Demonstrated understanding of agency and structure 25

Demonstrated use of the essential texts 25 Academic Style, writing, expression, APA 25

Total /100 weighted to 25%


CriteriaHigh DistinctionDistinctionCreditPassNN (Fail)
Demonstrated understandingEverything inHas selected twoHas selected 2Has selected twoDoes not discuss
of two sociological theoriesDistinction plus cancontrasting theories,theories from thistheories from this unit,theories used in this
presented in this unitdiscuss two theoriescan discuss theunit, is able tois able to distinguishunit. Even if the
 critically showing thetheories in relation toclearly define andbetween them, hasstudent tells a good
 different contributionstheir identitydiscuss the mainused at least onestory of their life, they
 these theories havedevelopment. Thefeatures. Hasconcept from eachfail this part if they do
 made to sociology. Hasdiscuss is rich withshown atheory Has attemptednot discuss theory.
 a complexexamples of differentrelationshipto draw a relationship 
 understanding ofinstitutions structuresbetween theirbetween identity and 
 identity developmentand theoreticalidentity and socialsocial structure 
Demonstrated understandingEverything inClearly defines agencyDemonstrates anDemonstrates anDoes not discuss
of agency and structuredistinction but has aand structure and hasunderstanding ofunderstanding of botheither agency or
 critical understandinga four or five richagency andagency and structurestructure
 of agency andexamples from theirstructure, clearlybut the examples are 
 structure and canlife that are correct.defines them, andweak or may not be 
 discuss the complexity can correctlycompletely correct 
 and nuances of agency identify one or two  
 and structure. examples in their  
Demonstrated                                  use                               of                                  theReferences all theReferences all theReferences all theReferences all theDoes not use the
Essential texts 25required literature inrequired literature inrequired literaturerequired literature inrequired literature
 weeks 1-4 and canweeks 1-4 and usesin weeks 1-4 andweeks 1-4 but doesn’t 
 critique the textseach text very well.uses at least 2 ofuse it as well as credit 
 appropriately. the required texts  
Academic Style, writing,All of distinction andGood APA includingUses APA with noUsing APA but someDoes not use APA or
expression, APA 25interesting to read.quotes and pageerrors. No errors insmall errors. Somewrites in a way that iis
  numbers and clearexpression anderrors in expression butnot comprehensible.
  expressionparagraphs are welland some messy 
   organised.paragraph structure 
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Due Date:            23rd April 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Word Count:         2000 words


This assessment stretches across three learning goals.

L02 Explain key Australian social structures, social institutions, and social issues

L03 Identify the Australian system of government and policy responsibilities for relevant social issues LO4      Illustrate academic reading skills

You are asked to show you understand that social issues are understood differently from different theoretical perspectives. This is a key skill in community services work because different theories are dominant at different times, and you will need to develop your practice theoretical framework to inform your practice.

Your paper will show you understand that there is never one complete explanation for social issues but there may be multiple explanations

The second part of the paper asks you to recognise that governments can act on social issues through policy responses. The constitutional structure of government in part shapes the response.

The essay therefore crosses sociology, politics, and policy. Essential reading and referencing:

This paper must be drawn from:


Topic The explanations for the problem can be identified through the Essential reading and/ or the journal articles.

The social issues can be framed in the language of your explanations but need to be covered in this unit; for example, poverty, inequality, family-based issues such as violence or harm to children, youth issues, mental health or problematic drug and alcohol use. You can also narrow down your topic by examining the issue in relation to a particular group based on for example, location (rural or remote), gender, age, non-English- speaking migrants, or Indigenous Australians.


CriteriaWeighting 35
Conceptual understanding of sociology and social problem theory25
Demonstrated understanding of government and policy25
Demonstrated literature search and use of all required types of literature25
Academic Style, writing, expression25
  TOTAL  /100
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CriteriaHigh DistinctionDistinctionCreditPassNN (Fail)
Conceptual understanding of social explanations for social problems     
Understanding of government and policy     
Demonstrated literature search and appropriate use     
Writing style and Referencing     
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Technology Requirements for Online/Hybrid Courses

All online courses require access to the Internet. Unless you will be traveling to a campus computer lab, you will need to have access to your own computer and a high-speed Internet Service Provider. A webcam and a headset or microphone for your computer is recommended and may be required.


You should be proficient in the following:

  • basic computer skills
  • working with Moodle (Learning Management System)
  • using Zoom Video conferencing (for live classes)
  • using a web browser
  • finding resources through search engines
  • downloading and installing software
  • familiarity with using browser plug-ins (e.g., PDF reader, video, audio)
  • using a word  processing, presentation software, or other productivity applications
  • experience/familiarity with a variety of file formats such as: .pdf “Portable Document Format”, .rtf “Rich Text Format”, .doc or .docx “Microsoft Word Document”, and .txt “Text document”
  • the ability to be self-directed in learning new technology skills (e.g., following a handout, a step-by-step tutorial, online video help, or access to support to learn necessary skills)



  • PC, Mac, Chromebook, or tablet
  • Speakers
  • Microphone
  • Webcam


  • Windows 10 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.14 or newer
  • The most recent release of Chrome or Firefox is Recommended

Internet Connection

  • High speed Broadband Internet Connection is Required

Moodle Unit Site

Important information, announcements, learning materials, learning activities and assessment specifications concerning this unit can also be found on Moodle, accessible via https://lms.stotts.edu.au/. Ensure to log in on a regular basis and undertake activities which are set on Moodle. The written assessments will also need to be submitted through Moodle unless the tutor sets other methods of submission.

Please follow the below link to activate your Moodle account:

1.   Type the URL:                             https://lms.stotts.edu.au/ Username:          Student Number Password:           Student Number

For example, your student number is 1037234. To activate your Moodle, you will:

  1. Enter your username:                     1037234
  2. Enter your password:                     1037234

Once you log-in, you will be Essential to reset your password. Please remember your password and store it safely.

Student Portal on RTOManager

RTOManager is your student portal. All enrolment details, fee records and results will be updated through RTOManager.

Please follow the below instructions to activate your RTOManager account:

  1. Type the URL:      https://ae.rtomanager.com.au/
  2. Username:          Student Number
  3. Password:           (will be emailed to you when your account has been setup, normally one week after your enrolment).

Once you log in, please click the Profile section, and update your details accordingly, i.e., address, email, phone number, etc.

(As part of your enrolment requirements, it is mandatory for students to provide your most up-to-date details in the system.)

You may also click on “Change Password” and reset the password provided to you. Please ensure that you do not share your login details with others.

Email Communication

Emails to the educators must be sent from the Stott’s student email account and vice versa. If students access their emails through a provider other than Stott’s, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that Stott’s emails are forwarded to the student’s private email address. Stott’s will use email communications as primary means of communicating important enrolment and study information to students.

Course Progress

Students should become familiar with the academic policies and procedures regarding course progress as found on https://ae.rtomanager.com.au/Publics/PublicsPages/DocView.aspx

To demonstrate satisfactory course progress, a student will need to achieve at least a “Pass” result in at least 50% of units undertaken in each trimester. Where applicable, the student must at all times be capable of completing the course within the expected duration as specified on the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

If the student fails to demonstrate this, they will be identified as a student who is “at-risk” of failing to complete their course within the expected duration. In order to avoid this and to ensure that the student’s study will improve in the subsequent trimester, the student will be Essential to attend an intervention meeting with the Academic Support Officer (or the relevant Stott’s College representative) to discuss their study needs and appropriate study support strategies. It is crucial that the student attends this meeting to avoid further actions being taken by the College that might seriously affect the student’s enrolment status.

If the student is unable to attend this meeting due to compassionate or compelling circumstances outside of the student’s control, the student will need to e-mail the Academic Support Officer (or Stott’s College representative) to organise an alternative meeting.

Individual and Group Assessments

All assessments will have clear guidelines on whether they must be completed individually or as a formal group assessment. While group discussion is encouraged, the final submission for an individual written assessment must be the student’s original work. All collaboration and assistance received must be clearly acknowledged. See below for information on Plagiarism and other forms of Academic Misconduct.

Assignment Extension of Due Dates

All written assessments must be submitted on Moodle by the due date and time the assessment is due. Written assessments should be submitted with the Assessment Cover Sheet and follow the Written Assessment Formatting Guidelines available on Moodle. Emails and hard copies will not be considered a submission. A duplicate copy of all work submitted must be kept by the student.

Permission to make a late submission of an assignment must be obtained from the tutor. Extension requests for up to 7 days must be submitted in writing to the tutor before the assessment due date. Having ‘work in other units’ will not be accepted as reasonable grounds for granting an extension. Additionally, excuses involving computers or printers will not be accepted as valid reasons for late submission. It is the student’s responsibility to organise their assessments so that all Essential work is submitted by the due date.

Where the student’s work is submitted after the due date and compassionate or compelling grounds cannot be established, there will be a penalty of 5% of the total weight of the assessment for each day (including public holidays and weekends) the submission is overdue. Late submissions will only be allowed up to 14 days after the original due date (minus the period for an approved extension, where applicable).

Due DateLength of ExtensionFormApproval
Before Due Date   Before Due Date After Due DateUp to a maximum of 7 daysIn writing, such as through an e- mailTutor
More than 7 daysApplication           for           Special Consideration    Form    (Student Portal)Course Coordinator
 Application for Special Consideration Form (Student Portal) Must be submitted within three days of the due dateCourse Coordinator
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Absence during Presentations, Exams and Invigilated Tests

If the student is requesting for an extension that is longer than 7 days or unable to complete an assessment (including a presentation or test) due to compassionate or compelling circumstances, the student must complete and submit the Application for Special Consideration Form to the Course Coordinator within three days of the assessment due date. Appropriate evidence and documentation must also be supplied to support the claim. Minor illnesses (such as headaches, colds and minor gastric upsets) and excuses such as timetable confusion or forgetfulness are not considered to be valid reasons for special consideration. The form is available on the Student Portal.

A deferred or a supplementary examination or online test may be administered as scheduled by the Department. Students will only be granted one opportunity to take a deferred test.

For students with life circumstances or personal limitations that may affect their course of study, it is recommended that they contact the Dean or Course Coordinator as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Plagiarism and academic misconduct

Stott’s College aims to produce graduates with attributes of honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour. Stott’s

College expects students to strive for the best results they can from their own efforts and to gain results that reflect their achievements. It is expected that students will avoid behaviours that are dishonest such as contract cheating, plagiarism and collusion. It is your responsibility to learn the conventions and become familiar with the policy and procedures relating to academic misconduct.

Contract Cheating

Occurs when a student submits work that has been completed for them by a third party, irrespective of the third party’s relationship with the student, and whether they are paid or unpaid (Harper & Bretag et al 2018).

The consequences and more information can be found in Stott’s College’s Academic Misconduct policy and

procedure at https://ae.rtomanager.com.au/

Results or Grade Review

If the student would like to request a review of their assessment results, the student must fill and submit the Application for Review or Remark of Assessment Form (Student Portal on RTOManager) within 20 working days to the Course Coordinator or delegate. Reviews after this date will not be heard. There will be a charge associated with this application, and any changes made to the results will override the original results and be final.

Student Support

The lecturers and tutors will be able to assist the student regarding unit specific questions or assessment queries. In addition to this, there are a variety of other academic and non-academic support services available to assist students in their study ranging from how to analyse assignment questions, researching for background reading, structuring answers to rewriting skills and citing and referencing correctly. Please contact your

Academic Support Officer in your campus or program for more details. There will also be workshops on library and study skills available throughout the trimester for all students. These workshops are extremely useful for study, and they can help students obtain excellent academic outcomes.


CodeGrade (Nomenclature)MarkInformation
HDHigh Distinction80- 100Outstanding comprehension and demonstration of Unit Learning Outcomes
DDistinction70-79Excellent comprehension and demonstration of Unit Learning Outcomes
CCredit60-69Sound comprehension and demonstration of Unit Learning Outcomes
PPass50-59Satisfactory comprehension and demonstration of Unit Learning Outcomes
PSAPass Supplementary Assessment50Awarded a Pass after successfully passing a supplementary assessment
NFailBelow 50%Fails to achieve Satisfactory comprehension and demonstration of Unit Learning Outcomes
RResit45-49Interim grade pending result of supplementary assessment. Success in the supplementary assessment will result in a PSA. If resulting in unsuccessful result, N. IMPORTANT: Only students who have attempted all assessment tasks in the unit may be eligible for a supplementary assessment.
NDDeferred ResultInterim grade pending result of a deferred exam
DNSDid Not Sit Exam0-60Completed some assessments of the unit but did not attempt final exam
DNADid Not Attempt Unit0Enrolled in unit, did not withdraw but did not attempt any unit assessments
QDid Not Make Terms0-100Failed unit for any other reason
WWithheld ResultResults withheld for non-payment of fees, outstanding library books other administrative reasons
CTCredit TransferUnit previously completed at another Higher Education Provider and deemed equivalent
RPLRecognition of Prior LearningAwarding of credit for unit other than Credit Transfer, i.e., completion of lower AQF level course and subsequent credit exemptions
SAP101 Foundations Of Sociology And Politics

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Version1 for Asynchronous Design (Version 1.1)
Study PeriodTrimester 3-2022
ReviewerTertiary Program Manager & Director of Curriculum Note to Educator/Trainer: The layout and structure of this document must not be changed. Any changes you make to the contents must be reported to the Head of Discipline before each study period. These changes will be recorded.
Date of ReviewNo reviews yet conducted
DesignDesigned and delivered according to the Acknowledge Education Digital Learning Design Framework (2021) and Salmon (2011, 2013), the unit was developed by Dr Dianne Cox in consultation with Arthur Spendier (Unit Coordinator) and Dr Narelle Whatley (Course Coordinator).
SAP101 Foundations Of Sociology And Politics

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