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Sociology

Sociology is the study of society. Sociologists take an interest in our social lives, how we interact with one another, and how our lives and social interactions change under different circumstances. Studying sociology offers an insight into the everyday, exposing seemingly mundane aspects of daily life to analysis and evaluation. This includes, but is not limited to, the family, friendships, education, work, gender, sexual orientation, intimate relationships, race, the environment, health and illness, crime and deviancy, youth and aging, poverty, subcultures, identity, immigration, religion and spirituality, and the internet and social media.

Sociologists draw attention to processes of social change and ask questions about social inequalities, which are essential to a range of occupations. The so-called ‘founding fathers’ of sociology in the 1800s focused primarily on class inequalities following the European industrial revolutions. However, contemporary sociology has become increasingly interdisciplinary and now embraces a range of ideas drawn from feminism, queer theory, indigenous studies, the health and medical sciences, sexology, postcolonialism, philosophy, politics, theology, criminology, psychoanalysis, and literary studies.

Career opportunities

Sociology is uniquely suited to helping students develop skills needed for successful careers related to social life, social change, diverse communities, and their interactions. Studying sociology fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. It provides a foundation for understanding the globalizing world and equips you with tools for imagining solutions to difficult social problems. The breadth, adaptability, and utility of sociology mean there are numerous employment opportunities. The following list is illustrative and there are other career options.

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Childcare
  • Community development
  • Criminal investigations/justice
  • Elementary or secondary education
  • Human resources/Personnel
  • Journalism
  • Law enforcement
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Police officers
  • Probation/Parole
  • Rehabilitation counselling
  • Social work
  • Special Education
  • Youth/Elderly services

Study options

Sociology at Charles Darwin University is specifically designed to complement many other units, courses, and degrees. At the postgraduate level, you can study a Master by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy, both of which allow you to choose your own research topics in conjunction with a supervisor.

Current units

SOC140     Sociological Perspectives
SOC145     Global Sociology
SOC242     Sociology of Deviance

More information

For general information about applying or registering at CDU, enrolling in units, and the different study options please visit the Study at CDU page. For more specific information about studying political science at CDU please contact:

Stephen Kerry
Lecturer in Sociology
T: 08 8946 6956
E: stephen.kerry@cdu.edu.au