Undergraduate major

Sociology

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.

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Murdoch code

MJ-SOCA

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Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

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.

3 reasons to study Sociology at Murdoch

  1. 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.
  2. You’ll create an e-portfolio of your work to showcase to employers when you graduate.
  3. 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

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.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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