Sociology Departments in Australia
TASAweb, the website of The Australian Sociological
TASA is the peak organisation of sociologists throughout Australia. This website provides
information about TASAs main activities.
Australian National University
Sociology Program at La Trobe University
The Sociology Program at La Trobe University was established in 1967. It rapidly became
one of the largest and best known sociology programs in the world. Sociology is now home
for the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology and Thesis Eleven - the international
journal of critical theory and historical sociology.
University of Melbourne
Studying sociology at The University of Melbourne provides students with a strong
grounding in core areas of the discipline. Key subjects such as "Understanding
Society", "Social Science Research Methods", and "Contemporary
Sociological Theory" provide students with knowledge of key issues, approaches and
debates in the discipline.
Subjects are also offered in a more specific range of
cutting edge areas including the body, risk, terrorism, youth, and media, while students
also have the opportunity to take related subjects from other disciplines as part of a
major in sociology. We also offer a popular internship program, in which students have the
opportunity to apply the skills they have learnt to real life organisational contexts.
University of New England
Sociology and Criminology are closely linked. Sociology is the study of social life and
the way it is constituted by orderliness and organisation and by the way it is created and
re-created by people acting together. Criminology is the study of a subset of orderliness
and organisation that produces the idea of crime and deviance, along with associated
matters such as what particular activities are labelled crime, when are individuals
regarded as criminals, and how are the resulting 'crimes' and 'criminals' dealt with by
organisations like police forces and courts.
Flinders University Department of Sociology
The Flinders University Department of Sociology is one of the premier sociology
departments in Australia with an intensive research culture, eminent staff and an
international student body. Flinders Sociology has played an important role in shaping the
course of social research and policy in Australia. Now, at its 30-year anniversary,
Flinders Sociology continues its rigorous research culture and engagement with public
Sociology at Macquarie University
Sociology at Macquarie has earned a strong reputation for its research and teaching
programs. Our undergraduate program covers exciting areas that include: contemporary
Australian society, popular culture, the sociology of media, the sociology of work and
social policy, the place of intimacy in social life, social movements and social theory.
Sociology hosts the Interdisciplinary Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality program
Our postgraduate program provides students with additional opportunities to broaden their
intellectual and professional horizons. The Department offers Masters level opportunities
in social research and policy, and a thriving doctoral program.
The Department is made up of research-focused sociologists from diverse backgrounds who
have a wide range of strengths in social theory, research methods and social research.
Monash University - Staff in Sociology
Professor Alan Petersen
University of New South Wales
The School of Social Sciences and International Studies (SSIS) offers students the
opportunity to attain either a PhD in, or a Master of Arts by Research in Sociology.
Exploring the social and cultural realities of human life, Sociology is an area of study
for students with a special interest in human relationships and the networks of
cooperation, conflict and communication which constitute any society.
University of Newcastle
Sociology and Anthropology
Sociology and Anthropology both concern the study of society. They explore social and
cultural issues such as gender, the family, class and social status, ethnic divisions,
religion and culture. Sociology is the study of contemporary social issues, social
institutions, and social relationships to understand social order and social change.
University of Queensland
The sociology discipline at The University of Queensland has a longstanding tradition and
is widely recognised as a leader in sociological scholarship in Australia. It has been
further enhanced in recent years by the addition of a new program in criminology, which is
strongly underpinned by sociological theories into the study of crime and deviance.
University of Sydney
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
The University of Sydney's programs in Sociology and Social Policy are relatively new,
having both starting in 1991. The Department offers a unique and dynamic approach to each
field. The courses combine studies of theory, research and application of policies to real
world issues. The Sociology Program emphasizes a historical and comparative approach to
the study of social life and applies research and theory to contemporary social issues.
The Social policy program focuses on the history and contemporary institutions and
practices of Australian social policies, comparative studies of policies in other
countries, and the contested principles of social policy. The study of both Sociology and
Social Policy is rewarding and exciting, and is an excellent subject area for students in
the BA Degree, Liberal Studies, Art/Law, Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts
(Media and Communications), and other combined and specialist degrees taught by the
Faculty of Arts.
University of Tasmania
The School of Sociology & Social Work offers several undergraduate and postgraduate
degree programmes, including an active research and higher degree programme that includes
Masters and PhD studies. Our staff is fully committed to providing a high quality learning
Swinburne University of Technology.
Central Queensland University.