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Department of Sociology and Social Policy

The study of the organisation, institutions and dynamics of society
Our world leading academics produce searching analyses of society, including the dynamics of power and social justice.

We teach how to pose and answer relevant questions to gain a better understanding of how the features of social life are made and shaped.   

Our department includes two world-leading centres, the Sydney Asia-Pacific Migration Centre and the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building. The LCT Centre has built a framework for the study of knowledge and education now being used to analyse a growing range of practices across education, law, politics, art, and public understandings of science. 

Our study offering

Criminology is devoted to the study of crime and its causes, deviance, social control and the operation of the criminal justice system, examining topics such as policing, youth justice, prisons and punishment, surveillance, crime and media, Indigenous justice, forensics, and corporate and state crime.

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Human rights combines social, scientific and legal approaches and provides a holistic perspective on human rights and social change. The course addresses human rights violations at local, national, regional and global levels. 

Postgraduate 

Social policy is concerned with a range of questions including: How will wealth and wellbeing be distributed in the 21st century? Do social policies challenge or reinforce inequality? How does Australia compare to other nations on measures of welfare? 

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research  

Socio-Legal Studies is the study of legal ideas, practices and institutions in their social, historical and political contexts. It explores the ways laws are made and enforced as well as the impact of legal practices on our everyday lives and the organisation of society. You will learn to understand how the law operates across different societies, and gain research and analytical skills that are highly desired by employers in private industry, non-profit organisations, and the government sector.

Undergraduate  

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Sociologists study social life, institutions and social change, explore how the modern world came into being and how it might develop in the future. Studying Sociology will enable you to recognise, research and analyse the dynamics of power and inequality in our everyday lives and the organisation of society. 

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research  

Our research

We work on a range of specific research projects, commissioned consultancies and publications. The department's research focus is grouped into the following thematic clusters:

  • Migration and globalisation 
  • Economic sociology
  • Health and the biosciences
  • Social theory 
  • Human rights, democratisation and justice 
  • Social-legal studies and criminology 
  • Social policy, inclusion and inequality 
  • Identity, belonging and culture
  • Sociology of knowledge and education.

Our people

Events

For a full listing of our upcoming events, please visit the What's On Calendar.

When: Monday 17 September, 1-2pm

Where: Room 148, RC Mills Building

Speaker: Gyu-Jin Hwang

By fusing theoretically informed debate with its practical application to the field of public sector and policy reform, Dr Gyu-Jin Hwang's research advocates a closer synthesis of perspectives centred on ideas, interests, and institutions to further our understanding of processes of policy change. He is particularly interested in the areas of: comparative social policy; comparative development of welfare states; social policy in a development context; comparative analysis of welfare states in East Asia; policymaking processes and policy analysis; politics of social policy; institutional change and policy change; globalization and social policy. 

When: Monday 15 October, 1-2pm 

Where: Room 148, RC Mills Building

Speaker: Leanne Stevenson

Limitions to Recuperating the Missing from Franco's Crypt: Exhuming the Fascist Dictators to Generate New Meaning

Department Chair

Associate Professor Greg Martin

School of Social and Political Sciences

Phone
  • +61 2 9351 2650 
Email

Zaina Ahmed

Zaina Ahmed
Sociology student
“I was chosen by the department to participate in an informal exchange with the University of Tokyo, where I got to explore cultural differences in how cities are designed and built as well as how we think about urban spaces.”
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