What is Sociology?

Sociology is the systematic study of the diversity of ways in which life is socially organized. The discipline seeks to understand the structure and dynamics of society, and their connections to patterns of human behaviour and individual life changes. Sociologists attempt to make sense of the variety of ways in which the structure of social groups, organizations and institutions affect human actions and opportunities.

The overall objective of sociology is to systematically understand how individuals and groups create, maintain and change social relationships, social structures and institutions over time. As such sociologists are interested in grasping the dynamics of social change precipitated by the constant two-way interaction between individuals and social structures.

The focus of sociologists ranges from intimate interpersonal relationships, formal organizations and institutions, to large-scale global transformations. The range of issues and institutions studied by sociologists include: cultural diversity, popular culture, social identity, inequality, gender, deviance, politics, religion, race and ethnicity, family and kinship, education, development and social change, the economy, the population, the urban social environment, science and technology etc.

Unlike other social science disciplines, sociology is not restricted to a particular domain such as politics or the economy but seeks to unravel the interconnections between all aspects of social existence. Overall, sociology seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of their own location within a network of social interactions, organizations and institutions that simultaneously facilitate or inhibit social action and social change.

Sociology graduates are in high demand in a variety of occupations that require inquiring, analytical and critical minds. A sociology degree will impart you with the critical intellectual capacity of examining controversial issues from a variety of perspectives. These critical thinking skills are invaluable in an era of fast paced social change and will be an asset regardless of your chosen career.

Our sociology graduates have found employment in administration and personnel, information and research, community service, management, the media industry, teaching, uniformed services, marketing, and public relations among others.