Sociology

Addressing world issues starts with understanding society from the inside.

We believe understanding who we are, what makes us different and how we work as a society is instrumental in solving many current global challenges. That’s why we offer Sociology at Swinburne.

Sociology is an opportunity to explore social identities, differences, structures and change in Australia and across the globe. We provide a theoretical and practical approach, so you’ll have expertise you need to understand and tackle urgent world issues. These challenges include diversities and inequalities; wellbeing and lifespan; social movements and social justice; and technological transformations. We also place a strong emphasis on career-focused skills, including research, persuasive communication, critical thinking and project management.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and skills to put your knowledge into practice. A wide range of careers can be found in research, community development, policy analysis and development, and more.

Joanne Hajjar accepting graduation scroll from Chancellor Graham Goldsmith

Take on a Grand Challenge

Is the Great Australian Dream of a quarter acre block dead? Will we be renters for life? How can we afford decent housing? In her final-year Grand Challenges project, Joanna Hajjar (pictured) wrestled with those questions and developed solutions alongside experts and fellow students.  

You too could dive into a Grand Challenge of your own, covering topics like sustainable cities or digital transformations in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Transitions.

The Swinburne Advantage

We turn knowing into know-how.

We believe an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness.

Starting in 2016, we’re expanding access to our Work Integrated Learning opportunities. It’s just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Choose from professional degrees, professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. There are also a range of other opportunities you can create.

You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence in knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation.

We think it’s an approach that makes the adventure worth taking. See for yourself.
The Swinburne Advantage. Available to all new undergraduate students from 2016.

Sociology lecturer Dr Vivienne Waller standing outside the ATC

Teaching success

Join the quest for a sustainable future

Not all heroes wear capes ­– take Sociology lecturer Dr Vivienne Waller. She’s researching the effects on- and off-site composting have on greenhouse gas emissions, which has led to the installation of an in-vessel composter at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.

When not saving the environment, Dr Waller is motivating others to join her pursuit. She recently co-authored a book and regularly inspires students through Sustainability Study Tours to Vietnam.

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