Analyse how social groups are formed, how they can implode and how they affect our social standing.


Study sociology at The University of Adelaide

Think critically about how social groups are formed and the importance that humans place on being in a social setting. Study a range of pressing social issues such as inequality, gender and how the media influences our lives. Sociology offers insights into the lives of individuals and the functioning of societies in a globalised world.

As a sociology student you will:

  • Study how class, wealth, race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability and religion shape societies
  • Examine the dynamics of power and inequality
  • Question the popular theories of social life
  • Research how societies function in different cultures
  • Gain insight on respectful interaction with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Develop critical thinking and analysis skills.

 As a sociology student at The University of Adelaide, you will be able to take a variety of courses addressing the major societal issues in our rapidly changing world.

Study Overseas

As a University of Adelaide student you will have access to over 100 overseas exchange programs around the world. The University of Adelaide has student exchange links with several universities including the College of William & Mary, Exeter, Hong Kong, Lund, Newcastle, Pitzer College, Simpson College.  As a sociology student you can study overseas for one semester or one year and gain credit towards your University of Adelaide degree.

Career Path

  • Youth worker
  • Media
  • Community development
  • International development
  • Public relations
  • Human resources
  • Public policy
  • Probation officer
  • Law enforcement
  • Researcher

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It can be confronting, but it’s reality. You look at issues such as poverty and domestic violence, and while sometimes the realness of it can be intense, it’s incredibly eye opening. I’ve been given the opportunity to be able to develop my own thinking, opinions and particularly research skills which I think will allow me to get a job that is meaningful for me. Emily Northey