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Want to make a real impact on social change?

Sociology is the study of human social activity, relationships, and social structures. Sociologists examine aspects of society such as race, class, criminality, legal issues, poverty and welfare systems, education and social change.

There are a multitude of career opportunities for sociology graduates in both the public and private sectors, media, community services, youth work and social policy.

If you have a deep interest in human behaviour and a desire to have an impact on social change, in Australia or abroad, UNE offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sociology, examining subjects like health, popular culture and consumer society, family social theory, youth studies, global social issues, sex and pleasure in western culture, and the city and social change.

Courses in sociology complement many of our other courses such as law, arts, social science, education, psychology and politics.

Explore our Sociology courses now. 

Courses by study level

Bachelor of Arts

Even though one of our longest-standing degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) is still relevant in today’s rapidly changing world. It equips you with the creative, critical and analytical skills in demand by employers, and is transferable across a range of workplaces.

Majors include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient History, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Australian History, Chinese, Classical Languages, Criminology, Cultural Heritage, English, French, German, History, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, Indonesian, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Music, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Physical Geography, Psychology, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studies in Religion, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

When you study a BA at UNE, you will become a specialist in a discipline of your choice, with the freedom to explore related subjects or a range of different topics.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Do you want to understand more about what drives human behaviour? Gain in-depth knowledge of the scientific study of human behaviour, as well as research and analytical experience, with UNE’s innovative Bachelor of Psychological Science. Delivered flexibly online or on campus, our accredited three-year undergraduate degree is designed to give you a balanced education with a psychology focus. With the freedom to choose electives from any unit offered by UNE, and opportunities to focus your study with a Counselling major or Criminology minor, our course allows you to future proof your career by developing transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace and opens doors to further advanced study in psychology.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

By studying UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science degree you will develop a comprehensive and valuable understanding of human societies and social thought, behaviour and relationships in their varied social, psychological and political manifestations, with potential for a rewarding career in social science related areas.  You will get a thorough grounding in sociology and psychology, plus you can choose from a broad range of majors including political studies, philosophy, international studies, and criminology to satisfy your interests, research and work. The skills you will learn in research, critical analysis and evaluation are transferable across a range of employment opportunities, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

As a high achiever, honours is an extra year of study after completing your undergraduate degree. UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science with Honours allows you to extend your studies in psychology or sociology, to build on knowledge and skills in social science theory while undertaking research in your chosen topic.

Honours is a valuable, additional qualification that improves career prospects, plus you'll have the option to proceed to higher degree studies — either a masters or PhD. With an honours degree, your skills in critical analysis and research will be transferable across a range of fields, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Are you a graduate looking to add new skills to your CV to reinforce or redirect your career? Perhaps you are keen to pursue a personal interest in the arts or humanities. Or maybe you are interested in completing a master’s but aren’t sure if you can commit to a full degree. If any of the above fits your situation, the Graduate Certificate in Arts may be the perfect course for you. It offers an extensive range of subject areas to choose from, to extend your knowledge.

Majors include: Archaeology, English and Writing, History, Geography, Languages, Linguistics, Media and Communications, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Sociology, Theatre and Performance, Water Sustainability.

In addition, you will be trained to discover and process information, think independently, communicate effectively, and exercise initiative – all skills that employers today are looking for.

Duration
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Adapt to an evolving workplace and open the door to new career opportunities with UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Whether you want to create more career choices, hone your specialist skills, or take a new career direction, we will work with you to customise a course to match your skills and aspirations.

Choose from a full breadth of subjects. Avoid getting bogged down in a lengthy, traditional course, and instead, play to your natural strengths, refine your skills and draw on your experience to prepare for the future. And do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor with 1:1 guidance from start to finish.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Design a bespoke course and prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace with the UNE Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whether you want to advance your career, hone your skills or embark on a new career direction, we’ll work with you to design a course to match your skills and aspirations. You will have the freedom to assemble your course from a full breadth of subjects, play to your strengths and draw from your experience to achieve your goals. Learn in a way that suits your timeframe and do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor — with one-on-one guidance from start to finish. You’ll be paving your pathway to the next stage of your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
Master of Arts

Employers value skills in communication, critical thinking and research — the core skills you’ll develop in the Master of Arts at UNE. A master’s degree can be a qualification to enable a career change or provide you with additional expertise to upskill in your current area of interest. At UNE you have the flexibility to choose a major from 26 specialty areas, dive into research, and tailor the course to suit your interests or professional direction. On completion, you will have developed the knowledge and skills that will better prepare you to deal with the diverse challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

High quality research and analysis allows us to better understand the complex issues we face in industry and society. With UNE’s Master of Philosophy by research, your original findings and insights will add to the body of knowledge and inform decision making in your specialist area.

You will work independently, with personalised support from recognised experts in your area of study every step of the way. Expand your expertise, hone your research skills, and immediately apply your knowledge in a research topic of your choice.

Duration
  • 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

What our students say

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The access you have to academics is a major benefit to studying at UNE.

Matthew Hilliar, Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduate and PhD student

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Where studying Sociology can take you

Sociology graduates may pursue careers in:

  • journalism
  • marketing
  • administration
  • community services and development
  • health and social policy
  • education
  • youth work
  • academia.

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What happens next?

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1. Decide on your course

Got any questions about a course you would like to study? Don’t hesitate to contact us, our Future Student team is standing by to help.

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2. Apply

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3. Receive an offer, enrol and start studying

Your start date is based on the study period you choose to apply for.