Friendship, Family and Personal Life (SCLG2625)


This unit examines the nature of friendship, its place within theories of late modern society and its significance for changing conceptions of personal and public life. Students will learn how friendship transforms sociological understandings of family, kin, marriage, community, sexual intimacy and work relationships. Friendship's significance for the lifestyles of diverse social groups is considered and we investigate friendship's unique role within our own personal narratives.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd online personal journal (15%), 3x500wd small literature reviews (30%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), tutorial participation (15%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points from Sociology

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.