2020 Undergraduate Courses

Sociology Major | 2020 

Studying Sociology at UOW will prepare and enable you to understand, question and analyse human life and society, social processes, cultural and social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. You will develop an understanding of our diverse and rapidly changing world and identify the roots of and solutions to social problems. In an increasingly dynamic world, where divisions and inequalities are becoming more prevalent, this discipline provides invaluable analytical, research and intellectual skills and an in-depth understanding of our diverse societies and cultures. 

The Sociology program at UOW organises specific study areas thematically, allowing you to find your own path through the curriculum, and consolidate in areas of interest over the course of the degree. 

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the UOW Course Finder.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Understand and critically assess core ideas in Sociology and related fields of society
2 Design and report on independent sociological research projects, using appropriate sociological research methods
3 Critically assess and apply contemporary sociological theories to important current social issues

Subjects Required for Major Study

Students studying the Sociology major will complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1 Core - a minimum of ONE of the following:
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6
SOC 104 Investigating Society 6
Year 2 Core
SOC 207 Introduction to Social Theory 6
SOC 234 Social Research Methods 6
Year 3 Core
SOC 328 Sociology Capstone6

Elective List:

Plus a minimum of FOUR of the following. At least THREE must be at 300 level:

CST 244 The Secret Life of Policy 6
CST 245 Critical Thinking 6
CST 361 Cultures of Sex, Gender and Sexuality 6
CST 371 Race and Place 6
INDS208 Working with Indigenous Communities 6
SOC 208 Cities, Communities and Families 6
SOC 225 Youth Cultures 6
SOC 226 Activism, Change and Society6
SOC 227 Genders and Sexualities 6
SOC 238 Happiness: Investigating its Causes and Conditions 6
SOC 247 Punishment: Purpose, Practice, Policy 6
SOC 248 Everyday Interaction 6
SOC 251 Genetics, Biotechnology and Society 6
SOC 252 Revive, Resist: Belonging amidst Difference 6
SOC 280 Work Cultures 6
SOC 329 Globalisation and Social Transformation 6
SOC 344 Emotions, Bodies & Society 6
SOC 347 Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine 6
SOC 351 Men and Masculinities 6
SOC 352 Power, Resistance and Society 6
SOC 356 Cultures of Dispossession 6
STS 209 Science and Culture6
STS 216 Environmental Sustainability, Risk and Governance 6

Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject. To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Minor Study

A 24 credit point minor in Sociology is available. Information is available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Students cannot complete both a major and minor in Sociology.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Other Information

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020