Undergraduate study in Sociology

What can you study in Sociology?

There are four broad themes in Sociology. You can move between these groupings and take the courses that interest you.

Cultural sociology

Explores the world of image and representation in areas such as the media.

Applied sociology and social policy

Social policy is concerned with systems of government and community response to perceived social problems. We focus on health, illness and wellbeing.

Power and resistance

Society has established frameworks for regulating and influencing human behaviour, but these frameworks are always contested. Some of the most important examples are sexuality, procreation and intimate relationships.

Comparative sociology and the global society

This approach compares societies globally, regionally, nationally and over time. Topics range from the development of regional organisations in the Pacific to understandings of death in different cultures.

Undergraduate programmes in Sociology

You can study Sociology as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Sociology will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Sociology as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Sociology. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Sociology

For help with degree planning

Get in touch with the Arts Students' Centre.