Department of Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies

Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies are fields that help us think and question critically and empathetically about society, what changes, what remains the same and whether it is fair. 


Sociology scrutinizes everyday life, how society is organised and the social problems that arise. Criminology analyses crime and deviance. Gender Studies explores the way society is organised around gender.

  • Our teaching

    We teach students how to be critical thinkers and questioners. Our programs have a rigorous social science methods focus that provide the skills required to examine social issues through quantitative and qualitative research methods.

    Sociology covers a wide range of social issues, exploring the assumptions that lie behind key questions. Criminology focuses on understanding why people commit crimes and the social responses to it, including attempts at control. Gender Studies examines femininities, masculinities, and the ways in which gender intersects with other dimensions of power, privilege, and inequality, such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, and social class.

    STUDY sociology  Study Gender studies 

    Study criminology

  • Our people



    Dr Pam Papadelos

    Head of Department

    Undergraduate discipline adviser (gender studies)

    Dr Anna Szorenyi

    Lecturer in Gender Studies

    Postgraduate Coordinator (semester 2, 2019)

    Dr Dee Michell

    Senior Lecturer

    Social Sciences Student Support Academic Mentor

    Dr Nathan Manning

    Senior Lecturer

    Program Coordinator for Bachelor of Sociology

    Dr Russell Brewer

    Senior Lecturer

    Program Coordinator for Bachelor of Criminology

    Ruthie O’Reilly

    Lecturer in Criminology

    Dr Tanya Zivkovic

    Research Fellow

    Honours Coordinator


    Djordje (George) Stefanovic

    Senior Lecturer in Sociology

    Prof. Megan Warin


    Dr Tyson Whitten Lecturer
  • Our research

    The Department of Sociology, Criminology are involved in a range of high impact research.

    Staff in the Department of Sociology, Criminology are involved in a range of research projects including:

    • the cultural and institutional processes that shape everyday food and activity practices
    • experience of foster care in Australia from the perspective of those involved, including the children
    • obesity and other eating disorders
    • debates about refugees and trafficking
    • migration and Australian identity
    • political sociology including young people’s relationship with politics and manifestations of ethnic conflict
    • cybercrime, youth delinquency, crime prevention and policing
    • death, dying and end-of-life decision-making

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