Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. Sociologists investigate how societies are organized and how they shape human behaviour.
We study a range of issues from intimate family interactions, riots on city streets, organized crime and religious traditions to the divisions of race, gender and class, common cultural beliefs, and the social aspects of health, illness and aging.
—Dr. Sean Hier, Chair
While examining and attempting to understand current social problems, sociology stresses social justice, equality and tolerance. Our undergraduate and graduate students are involved in experiential learning opportunities and benefit from the faculty's interdisciplinary links to research centres and academic programs on campus and in Victoria.