Sociology is about you and your place in the world. Sociologists are interested in the connections between individuals and societies. They examine all sorts of societies and look at how and why they change.

Areas of study

There are four broad streams within Sociology and you are free to move between them. Our advice is to take the courses that interest you. Cultural sociology looks at images and representations in the media and takes a strong interest in popular culture. Applied sociology and social policy focuses on how governments and communities deal with social problems such as health, illness and wellbeing. Power and resistance examines how we are made to conform and behave by looking at the actions of the powerful and reactions to them, including issues like sexuality and intimate relationships. Comparative sociology and global society compares societies globally, regionally, nationally and over time. 

Our courses range from modern to historical issues on both national and international levels. We also cover the practical application of sociological concepts, as well as issues of Sociology and modern culture.

You can study Sociology in the following programmes:

What you will learn

In Sociology we study topics like identity, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, the media and the environment. At later stages you may have the opportunity to take courses in Criminology, which explores questions of crime, punishment, justice and law.

Topics range from the development of regional organisations in the Pacific to understandings of death and religion in different cultures.

Career opportunities

Sociology can help develop your analytical, writing and research skills.

Sociology graduates have found careers in a number of areas, including policy analysis, central and local government, charities, unions, the media and journalism, social, health and market research, business and teaching at secondary and tertiary level.

More information

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