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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Examines the connections between work and its various guises and the contemporary family in the context of late modernity. It profiles the family and the labour market, provides underpinning theoretical approaches and examines work/family issues and relationships, and their implications from a sociological perspective.

Unit content

  • Family (historical overview, definitions, structures, role)
  • Work (historical overview, definition, distribution, divisions of labour)
  • The work/life clash
  • Men, work and families
  • Women, work and families
  • Love and work (the implications of work for intimacy)
  • Changing conceptions of time (short hours, long hours)
  • Precarious work and care
  • Who cares? (the ethics of care)
  • The role of policy
  • Families outside the labour market (jobless families)

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate an understanding of work in its societal dimensions
2 analyse the changing nature and role of the family
3 display an awareness of the ways in which family and work impact upon each other
4 critically explore work/family issues from varying theoretical standpoints.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of work in its societal dimensions
  2. analyse the changing nature and role of the family
  3. display an awareness of the ways in which family and work impact upon each other
  4. critically explore work/family issues from varying theoretical standpoints.

Prescribed texts

  • Darab, S & Hartman, Y (Revised by S Darab & B Morris), 2014, Non-Standard Lives: Work and Family in Australia: Study Guide, 5th edn, Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.