Undergraduate study in Sociology

What can you study in Sociology?

The study of Sociology includes four broad themes. By taking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology, you can move between these groupings and take the courses that interest you.

Cultural sociology

It explores cultural phenomena and how they shape and are shaped by societies. You can study the world of image and representation in areas such as the media.

Applied sociology and social policy

Social policy is concerned with systems of government and community response to perceived social problems, such as health, illness and wellbeing.

Power and resistance

Society has established frameworks for regulating and influencing human behaviour, but these frameworks are always contested. Some of the most important examples are sexuality, procreation and intimate relationships.

Comparative sociology and the global society

This approach compares societies globally, regionally, nationally and over time. Topics range from the development of regional organisations in the Pacific to understanding of death in different cultures.

Structuring your major in Sociology

You can take a major in Sociology as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Sociology. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Sociology major:

  • SOCIOL 310

Scholarships and awards

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