Explore how changes in the structure of society, the material world, the economy, cultural systems of beliefs and values influence us as members of society.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
In this course, you’ll explore the connections between what is personal and social, in a global context. You’ll gain a greater understanding of the social world and your place in it, recognising that everyday life is filled by human beings interacting with one another, institutions, ideas and emotions.
A degree in Sociology will give you knowledge and skills that are increasingly important in a wide range of professions and occupations. You’ll gain a broader perspective for understanding the world as you learn to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively.
When you graduate, you’ll have developed skills in critical thinking, social research, policy analysis, and project evaluation that are crucial in numerous occupations. You could pursue a range of roles in local, state and federal public service, or in welfare, community, industrial and commercial organisations.
5 reasons to study Sociology at Murdoch
- Gain a strong understanding of social change and your part in it.
- Learn how changes in the structure of society, cultural systems of beliefs and values, and access to power can influence us as members of society.
- Gain knowledge that is socially useful and vocationally relevant, both very important assets to future employers.
- You’ll create an e-portfolio of your work to showcase to employers when you graduate.
- Combine your degree with up to two minors in Anthropology, Community Development or Australian Indigenous Studies. You could also study two majors in 3 years and graduate with 2 specialisations, further enhancing your career prospects.
What you'll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- the relationship between religions and society
- the way class, religion, gender, ethnicity and other factors impact on young people’s identity and sense of belonging
- the role of health and illness in society, and everyday life
- how social, economic and cultural factors underpin our global food system and our own food choices
- how the social world influences your personal identity.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
- Community Development
- Global Politics and Policy
- International Aid and Development
- Sustainable Development
- Law + Arts.
Your future career
A degree in Sociology will give you knowledge and skills that are increasingly important in a wide range of professions and occupations.
Careers could include:
- Community Project Officer
- Humanitarian Aid Worker
- Social Analyst
- sustainable development
- criminal investigations/justice.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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