Sociology

Learn how we shape our world and how our world shapes us

Through the prism of politics, economics, culture, philosophy and psychology, explore social behaviour and the origins, organisation, institutions and development of the original social network: human society.

Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human society and the interactions between individual and community. It's about the structural arrangements and cultural patterns that shape group behaviour at every level of social action and interaction, whether local, national or global.

A major in sociology will let you explore the forces that shape individual character, the interactions between individual and community, and the reasons societies cohere or disintegrate.

In first year you'll be introduced to basic concepts in a range of topics that focus on contemporary society and Australia in a global context.

In second and third years you can select from a broad range of subjects including culture, family, gender, relationships, emotions, work, health, ethnicity, religion, community, cities and inequality.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2017 Handbook.

Where can Sociology take me?

Sociology prepares you for a career in a range of fields including education, immigration, human resources, community development, youth work, social research and market research.

Why La Trobe?

  • Be part of something significant: our sociology program is one of the largest and oldest in Australia and is ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject).
  • Study with academics who specialise in a range of areas including Australian society, southern and eastern Asia, globalisation, the labour movement, urban development, the family, deviance and social control, health and health delivery and overseas development.
  • Access La Trobe's Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology, home of our peer-reviewed social theory journal, Thesis Eleven. The Centre encourages a research culture and the development of social and political theory throughout the world.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a sociology major and a strong academic record, your Honours year awaits. Combine coursework and research in your specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Science or focus on Sociology.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates 

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

VTAC and UAC applications for 2016 are now closed.

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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