Sociology of Friendship (SCLG2625)


This unit examines the sociology of friendship, its place within theories of late modern society and its significance for the individual. Students will gain a foundation in key debates about friendship across the social sciences and key theories in the field, both classical and contemporary. It explores the relevance of friendship to other sociological categories, including the public sphere, the family, community and the self. Students will learn to apply this knowledge to an understanding of society and social change.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


3x 500wd Literature analysis (30%), 2x 250wd Online journal entries (10%), 1x2500wd Essay (45%), Tutorial participation (15%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Sociology

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Non-award/non-degree study

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.