Sociology examines the way society works. Sociological understanding and research, are used by policy makers, community organisations, and business. Sociological understanding enables us to respond to social problems like poverty and street gangs. It helps us understand why MONA is so popular, and why we are so afraid of boat people. Sociologists examine these sorts of questions to help us to understand the dilemmas of life in the 21st century and in doing so, look beyond the individual as the sole cause of their problems and successes.
You'll learn to examine and explain social change in areas such as marriage and divorce, wealth and power, sexuality and identity, globalisation, youth, racism and multiculturalism, health and illness, inequalities between classes and between women and men. You'll also be equipped with the analytical and linguistic tools to challenge popular accounts of deviant behaviour such as drug use, criminality, sexual deviance and mental illness.
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Potential graduate career pathways:
Undergraduate courses with a specialisation in Sociology:
Study in Sociology is also a requirement for admission into the Bachelor of Social Work.
Sociology can also been undertaken as student electives from other courses across the University of Tasmania and is a complimentary area of study for students undertaking vocationally oriented degree programs such as Business, Law, Health Science and Education.
Postgraduate courses with a specialisation in Sociology:
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Arts
1 May, 2013