Understanding human behaviour to affect a better world is a complex and fascinating prospect. Sociology offers you the intellectual and moral tools to forge greater understanding of the bigger picture with regards to the social forces that underpin human behaviour of all kinds.
Our connections to groups, systems, institutions and networks ensure that we are engaged in complex and overlapping webs of exchange within environments of power, status, advantage and disadvantage. Individual lives are powerfully shaped by wider social forces, some of which we barely recognise in our day-to-day lives, yet need to recognise and understand to create a better and more just world.
The Sociology specialisation at ACU immerses you in the sociological consideration of Australian and global patterns and drivers of health, gender, religion, economic inequality, professional policy development, ritual, race and ethnicity, culture, and crime and deviance.
As an ACU Sociology graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation you will be able to:
- Understand how individual lives and experiences are mediated by the not so obvious social forces behind how societies work
- Analyse and apply a variety of social theoretical positions to forge greater understanding of the social world
- Appreciate the role of organisations, individuals and global processes in understanding and effecting lasting social change
- Engage the Sociological Imagination to discover innovative solutions to intellectual and social problems
- Comprehend the dynamics of complex processes of continuity and change associated with groups, systems and societies
- Apply professional research techniques to the practical study of real social problems and patterns
Where to from ACU?
- Our students have gone onto work for leading government departments, international organisations, NGOs, the private sector, and in research
- Our Sociology specialisation provides a pathway for further study at the Honours, Master’s and Doctoral levels
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the Sociology specialisation is an enriching pathway to becoming a secondary-school Sociology teacher.