Sociology

The focus of sociological teaching and research is the study of contemporary societies in a global context. We investigate diverse human groups, communities, institutions and organisations. Sociologists focus on social structures, cultures and processes of change. We examine class, gender, ethnicity, power and culture to understand the differences in how people live, think and feel. Our wide range of units is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore broad theoretical and methodological issues.

Sociology is available as a major or a minor. The Gender Studies stream  in Sociology is also available as a major or minor.

What is it?

The Monash Sociology program is one of the largest sociology programs in Australia and there are more than 80 sociologists working throughout Monash. Monash is currently ranked among the world’s best Sociology departments for our research. Our stimulating undergraduate units are taught by award-winning lecturers and our units regularly rank among the very best at Monash for quality and interest.

The Natural Home of Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary field of inquiry broadly concerned with questions of gender, sexuality and culture.

The Sociology major has a Gender Studies stream, the only dedicated program of its kind at Monash. Students can complete a stream in Gender Studies by taking gender-focused units at each year level.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

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Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad  at a university of your choice.

You can study Sociology overseas for a semester, or even a year, at well-known institutions such as Pennsylvania State University and the University of California in the US, and the University of Warwick in the UK. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

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What We Offer

Sociology is a versatile major, providing important training for students intending to work in areas such as social policy, social research and journalism. Our first year units introduce students to key perspectives in sociology.

In later years, sociological theories and methods are examined in greater detail. A wide range of electives is available, many of which give students an understanding of the diverse aspects of Australian culture in its global context.