Study Sociology & Anthropology

Study the Human Condition with Australia's First Sociology School

Studying Sociology and Anthropology at UNSW equips you with deep insight into the human condition. You’ll examine the realities, conflicts and challenges of social life in its many cultural forms. Renowned as the first Sociology School built in Australia, we unite two closely related subject areas to ensure that cultural diversity is central to our teaching. Ultimately, we provide you with a deep appreciation of the complexity of the lived experience.

Cutting-Edge Research Answering the Big Questions

What makes life meaningful? Why do we disagree, and why do we care? What constitutes social change? The study of Sociology and Anthropology seeks the answers to these fundamental questions. Together, our academics and students seek to understand the differences in how we live our lives and the way that cultural assumptions come to be realised in our everyday life.

We examine these theories and pursue our research using a variety of interpretative approaches. Consequently, we produce cutting-edge research that introduces fresh and innovative perspectives on the human condition.

A Strong International Reputation for Innovation

We have a strong international reputation for theoretical innovation, teaching excellence and training of Postgraduate Research students. The combined nature of our program creates a unique space that generates new perspectives on the diversity of social and cultural experiences.

Our academics and students undertake research through a wide variety of projects, including:

  • Cultural and social theory 
  • Indigenous Australia and identity 
  • Media sociology 
  • Work and technology
  • Ecology and post-humanism 
  • Visual sociology
  • Asia Pacific region and Australia 
  • Place, ethnicity, citizenship and globalisation 
  • Applied cultural anthropology and sociology 
  • Health, quality of life and life-cycle

Critical Perspectives to Broaden your Pathway

The study of Sociology and Anthropology focuses on how different social groups and cultures interact. This makes a sociology or anthropology major increasingly valuable in our highly globalised and interconnected world.

Our graduates pursue a wide variety of careers in the following fields:

  • Public sector
  • Teaching
  • Policy work
  • Non-for-profit organisations
  • Media industries
  • Marketing and research sectors

Study with Us

Sociology and Anthropology at UNSW is unique among New South Wales universities. We integrate both subject areas through innovative curriculum design and advanced teaching techniques. We also offer a diverse program of study in key areas such social theory; cultural studies; feminist theory; social anthropology; sociological approaches to communication and public media; political sociology; ethnic studies and policy-related studies.

Studying Honours in the School of Social Science offers a chance to develop your research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of new researchers. The research produced by an Honours student can set them apart from other graduates because of the skills developed, and the extended engagement in a relevant field of study.

Our Postgraduate Research students produce an original body of work, which is supervised by our leading academics. In Sociology and Anthropology, students can choose from a Doctor of Philosophy or a Masters by Research.

Our higher degree research students produce original research that may involve the following topics:

  • Indigenous Australia
  • Political communication and media sociology
  • Ontological ground of the ‘social’ and the ‘human’
  • Human rights and citizenship
  • Cinema and cultural sociology

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