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

Sociology is the systematic study of how society is organised and regulated. It also analyses the ways in which people experience and order social life. The discipline draws on diverse theoretical perspectives and research methods. Sociologists study a wide range of contemporary issues, including inequality and power, global environmental change and risk, embodiment and health, crime and surveillance, culture and identity, and citizenship and politics.

By studying sociology, students learn how individuals and groups influence and are influenced by their social world. Central to this sociological endeavour is a critical perspective which questions taken-for-granted assumptions about social reality. Sociology can prepare students to participate in wider intellectual debates about social issues, problems and injustices.


Completion of a sociology major will enable students to:

  • Understand key dimensions of social experience (such as ethnicity, class, race, gender, age, sexual preference, disability, religion, and nationality).
  • Use sociological theories and methods to analyse social issues.
  • Assess the merits of competing theoretical approaches to sociology.
  • Communicate sociological knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 



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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

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

Code Title Units
SOCY1002 Self and Society 6
SOCY1004 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 Qualitative Research Methods 6
DEMO2002 Population Analysis 6

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

Code Title Units
SOCY2040 Classical Sociological Theory 6
SOCY3014 Contemporary Social Theory 6
GEND2023 Gender, Sex and Sexuality: An Introduction to Feminist Theory 6

A maximum of 30 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2067 Doing Ethnography: Practicum on Applied Anthropology 6
CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research Methods in Crime and Criminal Justice 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
CRIM3001 Criminal Behaviour 6
DEMO2001 Population Studies 6
GEND2025 Gender, Health and Embodiment 6
GEND2026 Technoculture and the Body 6
POLS2096 Genocide Studies 6
POLS2100 Genocide - Post 1945 6
SOCY2008 Risks, Hazards and Disasters 6
SOCY2021 Education and Society 6
SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology 6
SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction, Drug Use and Gender 6
SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development 6
  SOCY 2032: Population and Australia
  SOCY 2044: Sex, Gender and Society
SOCY2053 Imagining the Future: The Social Origins of Utopias and Science Fiction 6
SOCY2055 Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective 6
  SOCY 2056: Sociology of Work and Employ
SOCY2057 Relationships, Marriage and Family 6
SOCY2059 Sociology of Resistance 6
SOCY2060 Mobile Societies 6
SOCY2061 Contemporary Chinese Society 6
SOCY2063 Corruption in our world 6
SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice 6
SOCY3021 Sociology of Health and Illness 6
SOCY3022 Identity, Difference and Ethnicity 6
  SOCY 3029: Food Environment & Development
SOCY3123 Research for Public Policy 6
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