Sociology

Discipline

Thinking sociologically allows you to critically understand the processes that shape our society. As a sociology student, you'll explore key aspects of everyday life including ethnicity, religion, gender, consumerism, globalisation and youth culture.

Get work-ready

By studying sociology you'll gain valuable insights into personal and public issues in modern social life, giving you a well-rounded set of skills to take you into a range of industries. You'll have the opportunity to further develop your skills by undertaking a valuable internship. Coupled with overseas learning and exchange programs, you'll be well prepared for an exciting career.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

With excellent research and analytical skills, our graduates find work in:

  • business: consumer/social research, public relations, publishing, personnel work, training
  • community and non-profit organisations: administration, overseas aid and development agencies, social research, policy development, lobbying
  • criminal justice work
  • federal, state and local government sectors
  • group work with youth or the elderly
  • industrial relations
  • migrant and multicultural affairs
  • policy development and implementation
  • social services
  • teaching
  • urban planning.
  • policy development and implementation
  • social services
  • teaching
  • urban planning.

Study from a unique perspective

We teach students how to carry out research projects using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. And, we're the only social science discipline in the faculty that teaches these mixed methods.

Youth religion and spirituality in Australia

Associate Professor Andrew Singleton talks about his research on young people and religion in Australia.

Travel across the globe

Experience new cultures, create networks across the world and gain credit towards your degree with a global mobility experience. You could pursue opportunities like:

  • international internships
  • in-country language programs
  • international volunteering opportunities
  • social enterprise projects
  • study tours
  • trimester exchange programs.

Research with us

We’re serious researchers, skilled in qualitative survey research and digital research methods, with expertise in software like SPSS and NVivo. We teach these methods to our undergraduate and graduate students and encourage you to start mapping the social world.

Recent Deakin research

Worldviews of Australia’s Millennials' (2016–2018)
Dr Anna Halafoff and Associate Professor Andrew Singleton

This project aims to understand diverse young people’s understandings about religion and belief to inform debate about how education assists or impedes intercultural understanding, as well as enhance wellbeing and social inclusion.

Australian governments have invested in programs to promote respect for religious diversity and to counter violent extremism, yet there is no coherent, evidence-based understanding of young Australians’ perspectives on religions and non-religious worldviews. Knowing more about young people's perspectives and what influences them will facilitate development of appropriate educational responses – equipping schools to help young Australians to live productively in their diverse society.

Learn more about researching with us

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