• 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

  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; and

  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 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

SOCY1002 Self and Society (6 units)

SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology (6 units)

6 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

SOCY2038 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)

6 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

SOCY2040 - Classical Social Theory (6 units)

SOCY2161 - Contemporary Social Theory (6 units)

6 units from the completion of the following course:

SOCY3124 Transforming Society: Towards a Public Sociology (6 units)

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

CRIM2002 - Organised Crime: Understanding the Underworld (6 units)

CRIM2003 - Controversies in Crime Control (6 units)

CRIM2005 - Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences (6 units)

CRIM2006 - Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents (6 units)

CRIM2008 - Punishment and Society: An Introduction to Penology (6 units)

CRIM2009 - Corruption in Our World (6 units)

CRIM3002 - Corruption in Sport (6 units)

GEND2023 - Gender, Sex and Sexuality: An Introduction to Feminist Theory (6 units)

GEND2037 - Young People and Sex (6 units)

HIST2112 - Plagues, Pandemics and Public Health in History (6 units)

POLS2100 - Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

SOCY1006 - Society and Technological Change (6 units)

SOCY2008 - Risk and Society (6 units)

SOCY2010 - Going Public: Sex, Sexuality and Feminism (6 units)

SOCY2021 - Education and Society (6 units)

SOCY2022 - Environmental Sociology (6 units)

SOCY2026 - Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction and Drug Use (6 units)

SOCY2030 - Social Inequalities and Development (6 units)

SOCY2035 - Cities and Urban Transformation (6 units)

SOCY2053 - Imagining the Future: A Sociology of Utopias (6 units)

SOCY2055 - Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective (6 units)

SOCY2057 - Relationships, Marriage and Family (6 units)

SOCY2059 - Sociology of Resistance (6 units)

SOCY2060 - Mobile Societies (6 units)

SOCY2101 - Social Policy: Principles and Practice (6 units)

SOCY2157 - Surveillance and Society (6 units)

SOCY2162 - Sociology of Health and Illness (6 units)

SOCY2163 - Identity, Difference and Racism (6 units)

SOCY2165 - Media in the Public Sphere (6 units)

SOCY2166 - Social Science of the Internet (6 units)

SOCY2167 - Populism in Media, Culture and Society (6 units)

SOCY2168 - Special Topics in Sociology (6 units)

SOCY2169 - Online Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY2170 - Media, Technology and Society (6 units)

SOCY3001 - Research Internship (6 units)

SOCY3010 - Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

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