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
- Policy work
- Non-for-profit organisations
- Media industries
- Marketing and research sectors