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Society and culture

Understand people, behaviours, groups, environments and time
Gain knowledge of and insights into the various forces – political, social, religious, cultural – that comprise society, and understand how they interact.

These disciplines will give you the skills and knowledge required to promote social change by empowering individuals, groups and communities. 

Our study offering

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. 

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

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.

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.  

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.

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.  

Postgraduate

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. 

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.  

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. 

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  

Through Studies in Religion you will analyse the concepts that people and communities prioritise in their lives to explain their existence. Acquire the skills to understand the central role of religion in broader socio-cultural practice and investigate the ways in which humans have attributed value to their lives, societies, and other important ideals, from family to nation, individuality and the afterlife.

Undergraduate

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

Research

Why study society and culture with us?

  • We are ranked 28th in the world for anthropology.*
  • We offer a broad range of student placements, allowing you to gain hands-on workplace experience.
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines.
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible students.** 
  • We offer a  wide range of scholarships  and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement.

*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.

Where can studies in society and culture lead you? 

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.  

Career pathways:

  • Advocate for victims 
  • Anthropologist 
  • Correctional officer 
  • Counsellor 
  • Cultural heritage specialist
  • Equality and diversity officer 

 

  • Grants officer
  • Journalist
  • Legal aid lawyer
  • Roles withing human rights organisations and other not-for-profit organisations