Facts & figures
- #3 in Australia for Anthropology, Development Studies and Social Policy
- #18 in the world for Development Studies
- #28 in the world for Social Policy
- #28 in the world for Anthropology
- 2019 QS World University Rankings
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Our human behaviour, society and social justice coursework includes studies in anthropology, culture, diversity, gender, sociology, social work, social policy, human and community services and Indigenous studies. These disciplines will give you the skills and knowledge required to promote social change by empowering individuals, groups and communities.
Anthropology analyses what human cultures have in common and how they differ. Learn about contemporary lives and issues in the world today, including: healing systems; religious traditions; gender, the body and sexuality; forms of marriage and family; international development; and Indigenous cultures.
We offer three research degrees in Anthropology and you will need to have a substantial background in this area to be eligible to enrol.
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.
Cultural Studies is concerned with how we understand ourselves, others and our place in the world. Learn about the forms and meanings of everyday life, focusing on questions of identity, meaning, representation, policy formations and power.
Understand the challenges of sustainable human development on a local, national and global scale. This degree provides theoretical foundations and opportunities for practice-based understanding of development policy, programs and outcomes.
Diversity Studies offers you an applied understanding of cultural diversity in its many forms. Learn about the experiences of various groups of people, including Indigenous peoples, migrants, people of colour, women, and those of non-normative sexualities or identities.
Gender Studies allows you to explore how sex and gender are understood and lived. It provides an important framework for considering wide-ranging social issues, including marriage equality, new forms of intimacy, gendered forms of labour, violence, race and representational practices.
Studying human and community services involves a combination of policy, practice and research in the human and community services industry. It is designed to equip you with foundational knowledge and skills for entry into the Australian human and community services industry. It also offers you the opportunity to focus on specific fields of practice, including management, community work and violence against women.
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.
Develop a deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and knowledge systems, drawing on history, anthropology, sociology, literature, linguistics, film and health studies. Be taught by Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics from across the University and experts from the wider community, and develop your knowledge of the many voices, perspectives and priorities of Indigenous peoples and communities.
Peace and Conflict Studies focuses on the interconnections between peace, conflict, justice and human rights. From conflict transformation after mass violence to the role of the media in peace building, Peace and Conflict Studies explores the intellectual and practical challenges of attaining peace with justice.
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?
A degree in social work prepares students for employment in a complex, diverse and changing environment. According to the International Federation of Social Work definition of the profession, human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.
*A professional qualification that is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
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.
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.
*QS World University World Rankings by Subject 2019
**Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.
Our wide range of courses across the area of human behaviour, society and social justice can open the doors to inspiring and rewarding career opportunities.