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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Sociology is the study of human behaviour, beliefs and identity in the context of social interaction, social relationships, institutions and change. Learn how society shapes us, how we shape society, how the 'modern' world came about, and how it might develop in the future.

When you study sociology you will be introduced through our first year units to key ideas and concepts to help you understand social life and social change. You will also be introduced to methods and techniques that will enable you to undertake your own research. These foundational ideas will be consolidated in your second and third year where your knowledge will be broadened by the study of particular areas within sociology, such as religion, mass media, sport, environmental issues, and social movements. Key concepts will include inequality, class, gender, power, deviance, change, agency and identity.

You will engage with the various aspects of sociology in classroom situations but also in the real world. You will learn to write and think sociologically using essays, reports, oral group work, posters, debates and new social media.

As a graduate of this major you will have the necessary foundations to better understand and engage with the globalising world.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of Sociology and Social Policy.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Aid worker 
  • Business and government consultant 
  • Community development officer 
  • Human resources officer 
  • Journalist 
  • Market researcher 
  • Marketer Policy analyst 
  • Public relations adviser 
  • Public service positions 
  • Recruiter 
  • Writer
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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