Sociology is a social science which focuses on understanding the patterns and operation of our society. A sociologist examines the social structures and processes that shape and guide human behaviour, so that we may better understand how we experience everyday life. Studying sociology helps us to make sense of issues such as social and economic inequality, globalisation and consumer lifestyles, racism and stigmatisation, health and ageing, and crime and deviance.
Our sociology program encourages students to critically engage with the political, social and economic conditions of everyday life. Studying sociology at Gippsland offers the unique opportunity to explore real-world issues with a particular emphasis on regional and rural concerns.
Our research is empirical, analytical, and comparative in nature, and we work closely with the various communities of Gippsland in order to examine regional concerns, especially around issues of resource needs and social and economic equity.
Sociology graduates often find employment in federal, state and local government departments, in non-profit organisations and research agencies, across the community service sector, and in private enterprises such as consultancy groups.