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Sociology and Anthropology Major

Study a Major in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle

The Sociology and Anthropology major gives you the intellectual ability to put any facet of modern society under the microscope by providing critical thinking and research skills. The benefit of studying Sociology and Anthropology courses is that students learn fascinating insights into how society works, by examining the way we live now, and the wide variety of different societies and cultures that have existed over millennia.

By 'making the normal look strange', Sociologists and Anthropologists interrogate the way traditions and inequalities reproduce within societies undergoing the processes of rapid change.

What is Sociology?

The study of Sociology illuminates human behaviour by looking for the links between individual experience and the social context in which we live, work and play. Courses within this major involve questioning common sense views and personal opinion by asking you to consider the social influences that shape our lives. A Sociological imagination questions the way things are, in order to think about the way things could be.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans and cultural differences, in both the past and present. To understand the full extent and complexities of cultures, and cultural understandings across all of human history, Anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences, the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of the Anthropology major is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

What jobs can you get with a major in Sociology and Anthropology?

A major in Sociology and Anthropology will provide you with key skills that are very attractive to employers in a labour market increasingly driven by communication technology, information and networks. These include research skills which build capacity in areas such as survey design and statistical interpretation; interview and focus groups; ethnography and observation; media analysis; and writing research reports.

By studying Sociology and Anthropology courses, you could explore a career in:

A sociology and anthropology major gives students an understanding of the dynamics of society and examines social order, social institutions and social change.

  • community development
  • human resources
  • policy analysis
  • advisory roles
  • program management and project coordination
  • education
  • research
  • marketing and PR
  • media, journalism and IT
  • statistics
  • health and welfare services

Suitable for arts and humanities students with:

  • An interest in grappling social and cultural issues, such as socialisation, identity, race and gender.
  • Goals to learn how to conduct a social analysis and apply their research to real world situations.
  • A commitment to ethically leveraging multiple social research methodologies.

What do you learn in a Sociology and Anthropology major?

Sociology and Anthropology is a diverse and stimulating major, which offers a variety of areas in which you could increase your perspective and understanding including:

  • gender, sexuality and family
  • class and social status
  • race and ethnicity
  • religion
  • education
  • the body and identity
  • power, normality and deviance
  • consumerism, work and the economy
  • social institutions and social change
  • social policy and social justice
  • globalisation
  • health and food
  • popular culture and media
  • the environment
  • youth transitions

In choosing the Sociology and Anthropology major, you will enjoy a comprehensive range of study options at our Newcastle campus.

Which degrees include a Sociology and Anthropology major?

The Bachelor of Arts and associated degree programs in the humanities allow you to study the Sociology and Anthropology major:

  • For more information about the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • For more information about the Bachelor of Arts program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • For more information about the Bachelor of Social Science program structure, please refer to the handbook.
  • To learn more about our expertise in Sociology and Anthropology, contact us.

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