To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:
A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Sociology by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), three Year 2 topics (13.5 units) and three Year 3 topics (13.5 units) selected from the topics listed in the program of study below.
A student may complete a minor sequence of 18 units in Sociology by completing one Year 1 topic (4.5 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) plus one Year 3 topic (4.5 units) from the topics listed in the program of study below*.
A minor in Sociology is not available to students who commenced the Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts from 1 January 2019.
The minor sequence is not available to students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary) from 1 January 2020.
The aims of a major in Sociology are for students to:
- apply sociological reasoning in understanding social life
- comprehend core concepts and theories within sociology
- examine the relationships between individuals, groups and society
- appreciate the social processes associated with social change, social inequality and social conflict analyse a range of social evidence acknowledging the appropriateness of different research collection methods
- understand the ethical requirements involved in conducting social research
- identify the relevance of sociological knowledge for informing social and public policy.
Following successful completion of a major in Sociology students will be able to:
- identify key structural factors that shape the social world
- comprehend social change through classical and contemporary sociological approaches
- place personal and local issues in a larger societal context, in particular understanding the influence of social class, ethnicity, gender, capitalism, individualisation, nationalism and globalisation.
- explain how social problems are created and appreciate how social order is maintained and challenged
- develop a research question around a subject of interest and conduct an analysis of relevant data
- understand professional ethical norms and debates about conducting social research and safeguarding human subjects from harm
- argue for the role of sociology and social research in addressing social problems.
Program of study
The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Sociology and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.
Major - Sociology
Year 1 topics
9 units comprising:
SOCI1001 Issues in Sociology (4.5 units)*
SOCI1010 Sociology of Everyday Life (4.5 units)*
Year 2 topics
Select 13.5 units from the following:
PHIL2164 Humanity in a Global Age (4.5 units)
SOCI2002 Love, Death and Power: An Introduction to Classical Social Theory (4.5 units)
SOCI2025 Sociological Research: Design, Methods and Ethics (4.5 units)*
SOCI2015 Sociology of Deviance (4.5 units)
SOCI2021 Race, Power and Identity (4.5 units)
SOCI2028 Sociology of Gender: History, Culture and Meaning (4.5 units)
WMST2016 Indigenous Women's Voices: Race, Gender and Colonialism (4.5 units)
Year 3 topics
Select 13.5 units from the following:
SOCI3008 Knowing the Social World (4.5 units)
SOCI3009 Society in Question: Adventures in Contemporary Social Theory (4.5 units)
SOCI3047 Shaping the Future (4.5 units)
SOCI3052 Sociology of Art, Media and Culture (4.5 units)
SOCI3054 Sexualities: Identities, Power and Resistance (4.5 units)
WMST3014 Global Feminist Activism (4.5 units)
WMST3015 Media and Cultural Identities: Gender, Race and Sexuality (4.5 units)
* Students completing the 18 units minor sequence must select either SOCI1001 or SOCI1010 as the Year 1 topic, and select SOCI2025 as one of the Year 2 topics.
Refer to Honours - Sociology