Sociology involves the study of contemporary society. Its concerns range from the local to the global, from the everyday world we live in to the large scale questions about global processes and patterns of social life. Sociology provides theoretical and methodological approaches to investigate and analyse social, economic, political and cultural phenomena. The titles of the units we teach reveal the diversity of the fields of study in Sociology and Social Policy. We aim to provide students with strong conceptual and research training. We also emphasise historical and comparative approaches in understanding our globalising world.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours students in Sociology and Social Policy take two 2-hour seminars in Semester One, each involving 6000-8000 words of writing or equivalent, then complete a thesis of 18000-20000 words in Semester Two. The specific content of the seminars changes each year, but in general they are focused on practical methodology, theory construction, and professional socialisation. Final marks for the Honours year are computed as 20% of each of the seminar marks (40% total) and 60% of the thesis mark.

Related subject areas

Social Policy, Socio-Legal Studies

Our courses that offer this honours subject area