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Why Study Sociology?

The discipline of Sociology gives students the tools with which to take a fresh look at social life. It provides theoretical frameworks and language with which to understand, describe and analyse a broad range of human, social activity. Sociologist's findings and understandings are useful in many areas and because of their in-depth and broad knowledge of human social behaviour Sociologists are in a position to advise on many issues that confront countries and companies the world over.

What Is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society and sociologists are people who try to make sense of the social world - past present and future. The range of sociological interests is wide, however the focus for sociology is the same for every area of interest: exploring, understanding and explaining changes in behaviour and social relationships at different levels.

What Do Sociologists Do?

On one level, Sociology looks at the body and how peoples ideas about their physical self affect social practices. At another level, Sociology examines how people organise themselves, creating major social institutions such as the State. It also examines the dynamics of macro processes such as population change and globalisation.

What Skills Do Sociology Students Develop?

  • communication
  • critical thinking and conceptual skills
  • creativity
  • multi-disciplinary approach
  • reasearch

Where Do Sociology Graduates Work?

Employment options are diverse and exciting across both the public and private sectors.

  • Public sector:
  • Local Government:
  • Non Government Organisations (NGOs)
  • Education Sector
  • Journalism
  • Human resources
  • Business/financial sector/law
  • public relations

Further information can be found in the Cultural Anthropology and Sociology Career View (PDF 1012KB) and the School of Social and Cultural Studies website