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.
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.
Dr Pam Papadelos Head of Department
Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, Gender Studies
Dr Russell Brewer Senior Lecturer
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Criminology
Dr Nathan Manning Senior Lecturer
Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, Sociology
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Sociology
Dr Dee Michell Senior Lecturer
Student Support Academic Mentor (School of Social Sciences)
Professor Susan Oakley Professor Dr Ruthie O'Reilly Scholarly Teaching Fellow
Undergraduate Discipline Advisor, Criminology
Dr Djordje (George) Stefanovic Senior Lecturer
Dr Anna Szorenyi Lecturer Professor Megan Warin Professor Dr Kirsty Whitman Scholarly Teaching Fellow Dr Tyson Whitten Lecturer Dr Tanya Zivkovic ARC Future Fellow
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