• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Sociology
  • Minor code SOCY-MIN

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 sociologicallyinformed manner and formulate sociologically literate questions.
  2. Understand key dimensions ofsocial organisation and social experience as these are mediated by factors suchas ethnicity, class, race, gender, age, sexual preference, disability, religionand nationality.
  3. Apply sociological concepts and knowledge to theanalysis of real world social issues and inequalities.
  4. Evaluate the merits ofcompeting methodological approaches and theoretical explanations.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

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

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

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

SOCY1002 - Self and Society (6 units)

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

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

SOCY2021 - Education and Society (6 units)

SOCY2022 - Environmental Sociology (6 units)

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

SOCY2030 - Sociology of Third World Development (6 units)

SOCY2035 - Cities and urban transformation (6 units)

SOCY2038 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY2040 - Classical Social Theory (6 units)

SOCY2008 - Living in the Risk Society: Health, Crime, Climate and Disasters (6 units)

SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)

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

POLS2100 - Genocide in the Modern World (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)

CRIM2003 - Controversies in Crime Control (6 units)

SOCY3001 - Research Internship (6 units)

SOCY2164 - Research for Public Policy (6 units)

CRIM3002 - Corruption in Sport (6 units)

SOCY2165 - Public Sphere & Media (6 units)

SOCY2162 - Sociology of Health and Illness (6 units)

SOCY2166 - Social Science of the Internet (6 units)

SOCY2161 - Contemporary Social Theory (6 units)

SOCY2163 - Identity, Difference and Racism (6 units)

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

CRIM2009 - Corruption in our world (6 units)

SOCY2168 - Special Topics in Sociology (6 units)

SOCY2167 - Populism (6 units)

SOCY2169 - Online Research Methods (6 units)

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

SOCY3010 - Posthuman Bodies (6 units)

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