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Sociology

Major

Sociology is the study of human behaviour, beliefs and identity in the context of social interaction, social relationships, institutions and change. Learn how society shapes us, how we shape society, how the 'modern' world came about, and how it might develop in the future.

When you study sociology you will be introduced through our first year units to key ideas and concepts to help you understand social life and social change. You will also be introduced to methods and techniques that will enable you to undertake your own research. These foundational ideas will be consolidated in your second and third year where your knowledge will be broadened by the study of particular areas within sociology, such as religion, mass media, sport, environmental issues, and social movements. Key concepts will include inequality, class, gender, power, deviance, change, agency and identity.

You will engage with the various aspects of sociology in classroom situations but also in the real world. You will learn to write and think sociologically using essays, reports, oral group work, posters, debates and new social media.

As a graduate of this major you will have the necessary foundations to better understand and engage with the globalising world.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Aid worker 
  • Business and government consultant 
  • Community development officer 
  • Human resources officer 
  • Journalist 
  • Market researcher 
  • Marketer Policy analyst 
  • Public relations adviser 
  • Public service positions 
  • Recruiter 
  • Writer

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.