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 adviser (gender studies)
Lecturer in Gender Studies
Postgraduate Coordinator (semester 2, 2019)
Social Sciences Student Support Academic Mentor
Program Coordinator for Bachelor of Sociology
Program Coordinator for Bachelor of Criminology
Lecturer in Criminology
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Dr Tyson Whitten Lecturer
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