• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Sociology
  • Major code SOCY-MAJ

Sociology analyses the processes that structure and transform social relations. It explores how identities and societies are formed by virtue of activity occurring in different social contexts. Sociologists examine a wide spectrum of behaviours and they evaluate how and why different social problems and inequalities emerge, how they are experienced, and how they are responded to. The discipline draws on a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and methodological techniques to study the social underpinnings of key concerns, including climate change, surveillance, local and global conflicts, and health and education inequalities.

Students develop a 'sociological imagination', a way of thinking that enables them to (a) problematise taken-for-granted assumptions; (b) ask critically informed questions; (c) engage in systematic research; and (d) formulate in-depth analytical understandings of social behaviour and relations. A sociology degree provides students with a cognitive and transferable skill set and it empowers them to participate in wider intellectual and policy debates about key social issues. It is therefore a recognised and valued qualification in a range of careers.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Think in a sociologically informed manner and formulate sociologically literate questions.
  2. Understand key dimensions of social organisation and social experience as these are mediated by factors such as ethnicity, class, race, gender, age, sexual preference, disability, religion and nationality.
  3. Selectively draw on methodological tools to research the social world and collect and analyse primary and secondary data.
  4.   Apply sociological concepts and knowledge to the analysis of real world social issues and inequalities.
  5.   Evaluate the merits of competing methodological approaches and theoretical explanations.
  6. Communicate sociological knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  7. Generate tools with which to make a transformative impact on social events and societal change.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level
A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
SOCY3124 Transforming Society: Towards a Public Sociology 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SOCY1002 Self and Society 6
SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6
SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SOCY2040 Classical Social Theory 6
SOCY2161 Contemporary Social Theory 6

A maximum of 24 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2136 Piracy: Property Wars from the High Seas to Anonymous 6
CRIM2002 Organised Crime: Understanding the Underworld 6
CRIM2003 Controversies in Crime Control 6
CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders 6
CRIM2005 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences 6
CRIM2006 Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents 6
CRIM2008 Comparative Criminology: Punishment in Australia and Across the Globe 6
CRIM2009 Corruption in our world 6
CRIM3002 Corruption in Sport 6
DEMO2001 Population Studies 6
DEMO2002 Population Analysis 6
GEND2023 Gender, Sex and Sexuality: An Introduction to Feminist Theory 6
GEND3001 Posthuman Bodies 6
  POLS 2096: Genocide Studies
POLS2100 Genocide in the Modern World 6
SOCY2008 Living in the Risk Society: Health, Crime, Climate and Disasters 6
SOCY2021 Education and Society 6
SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology 6
SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction and Drug Use 6
SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development 6
SOCY2053 Imagining the Future: A Sociology of Utopias 6
SOCY2055 Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective 6
SOCY2057 Relationships, Marriage and Family 6
SOCY2059 Sociology of Resistance 6
SOCY2060 Mobile Societies 6
SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice 6
SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society 6
SOCY2162 Sociology of Health and Illness 6
SOCY2163 Identity, Difference and Racism 6
SOCY2164 Research for Public Policy 6
SOCY2165 Public Sphere & Media 6
SOCY2166 Social Science of the Internet 6
SOCY2167 Populism 6
SOCY2168 Special Topics in Sociology 6
SOCY3001 Research Internship 6
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