Courses and Units

How to Study Sociology at UNE:

You can major in sociology in either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSci).

The BA is a broad-based Arts degree in which you can also study related fields such as history, human and physical geography, literature, linguistics, philosophy and politics.

The BSocSci is for students who wish to major in sociology and/or psychology plus a range of other social science majors.

In either degree program, you can choose sociology units such as:

  • Media and Society
  • Globalisation, Development and Social Change
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Health and Illness
  • The City and Social Thought

You will also be given a thorough grounding in social research methods and analysis.

A list of courses and units in sociology are found by expanding the tabs below:

Sociology Courses
Sociology Units
Undergraduate Units
Unit IDUnit Title
SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCY110 Foundations of Society
SOCY300 The City and Social Thought 
SOCY301 Changing Climate, Changing Lives 
SOCY302Working With and In Organisations
SOCY307 Media and Society
SOCY308 Contemporary Social Theory: Debates and Controversies
SOCY313 Social Policy
SOCY319 Global Societal Challenges
SOCY321 Sociology of Health and Illness 
SOCY332 Consumer Society 
SOCY336 The Family and Children in Society
SOCY340 Foundations of Modernity: An Introduction to Social Theory
SOCY345 Mixed Methods in Social Research
SOCY350Migration, Society and Diversity
SOCY354 The Sociology of Youth and Delinquency
SOCY356 The State, Power and Violence
SOCY360 Social Inequalities
SOCY374 Mental Health and Society
SOCY382 Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture
SOCY393The Body in Society
SOCY401H Sociology Hons Coursework
SOCY402H Sociology Hons Dissertation
SOCY501 Changing Climate, Changing Lives 
SOCY513 Social Policy
SOCY519 Global Societal Challenges
SOCY556 The State, Power and Violence
SOCY582 Sex and Pleasure in Western Culture
Sociology Honours

Take your learning, scholarship and career potential to another level with Honours in Sociology

The Discipline of Sociology offers two degree courses to internal and external students over a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) period:

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours; and
  • Bachelor of Social Science with Honours

The Honours Program is designed to provide an advanced learning experience to eligible students and the opportunity to further extend their specialization in various strands of Sociology. This will be achieved through advanced study, critical thinking and in-depth analysis of issues, both theoretical and applied, and the presentation of ideas and arguments in the form of a coherent dissertation.

Why an Honours degree in Sociology?

Studying for an Honours degree in Sociology will expand a student’s perspective on the world and the many social issues at stake. It will give him/her the opportunity to comprehend problems and look for appropriate solutions. One-to-one mentoring by experts in particular fields enables students to further sharpen their intellectual competencies.

Honours in Sociology involves two units: SOCY 401H and SOCY 402H.

SOCY 401H comprises the coursework part of Honours and is equivalent to 24 credit points.

SOCY 402H requires an original investigation into a specific sociological issue and is also equivalent to 24 credit points. The results will be presented in the form of a dissertation.

This degree may be a launching pad for an academic career (teaching and research) as it provides a pathway directly to further study at the PhD level, or serves as a solid foundation for any type of work requiring advanced conceptual, analytical, synthetic or research skills (e.g., management and administration, social policy analysis, diplomacy and foreign affairs, teaching, health, media, and roles such as human resource officers, social researchers, welfare officers, administrative managers, and international development practitioners).

How to apply for Honour

First contact the Honours coordinator, Dr Cary Bennett (email: to discuss the program of study offered and potential supervisors. Once you have established your topic and eligibility, you can then formally apply.

For details on the Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree, go to:

For details on the Bachelor of Social Science with Honours degree, go to:

To download PDF information about Honours click here (895kb).

If you are a prospective honours or postgraduate student looking for a supervisor, or a journalist looking for an expert, or an organisation looking for a research partner ...
see our Areas of Research and Supervision.