Connect Lived Experience to Broad Social Issues
Studying Sociology and Anthropology at UNSW develops your capacity to connect lived experience with broad societal issues. You’ll examine the realities, conflicts and challenges of social life in its many cultural forms. By combining Sociology and Anthropology together in our program, we ensure that cultural diversity is central to our teaching. Ultimately, we provide you with a deep appreciation of the complexity and the possibilities of lived experience in a fast-changing world.
Cutting-Edge Research that Addresses 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 addresses these fundamental questions with conceptual rigour and practical insight application. Together, our academics and students seek to understand the differences in how we live our lives and the way that cultural assumptions are enacted, challenged and transformed in everyday life. This approach underpins how we communicate and interact in the world that equips students in their studies, and in their future work and research prospects.
A Strong International Reputation for Innovation
Renowned as the first Sociology program in Australia, we have a strong international reputation for theoretical innovation, teaching excellence and training 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.
We undertake research on a variety of topics such as:
- 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 Worldview
The study of Sociology and Anthropology addresses the tensions and interactions between different social and cultural groups. This makes the training you receive as a Sociology/Anthropology major increasingly valuable in our highly globalised and interconnected world.
Our graduates purse a wide variety of careers in fields such as:
- Public sector
- Policy work
- Non-for-profit organisations
- Media industries
- Arts practice
- International and multilateral organisations