Sociology is concerned with the study of social life: the structural arrangements and cultural patterns that shape group behaviour at every level of social action whether local, national or global.

Sociology examines the forces that shape individual lives, the interactions between individual and community, societal unity, division and conflict. It develops an informed and disciplined way of thinking about self, identity, family, work, and the nature of institutions.

Sociology at La Trobe has a strong reputation both in Australia and internationally. La Trobe ranks 8th in Australia for Sociology subjects and in the top 150 universities internationally (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018). La Trobe also ranks ‘at world standard’ for research in Sociology (ERA 2015-2016 assessment).

Sociologists at La Trobe specialise in critical social theory and social policy, and the study of migration and mobility; emotions, intimacy and relationships; culture, ethnicity and religion; health, mental health and wellbeing; social inequalities, work and youth.

La Trobe offers a broad range of undergraduate sociology subjects. We have a thriving postgraduate program and a strong research culture with extensive national and international links. Staff and postgraduates provide editorial assistance to the international critical theory and historical sociology journal Thesis Eleven. Our staff also have a strong track record in attracting competitive research grants.

Sociology is home to two important centres:

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