Start Date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444411 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
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Year 12 (ATAR-based): 65.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,C
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Degree overview

  • Enhance your employment prospects by studying Sociology with a second major. Taking two majors will develop your capabilities to explore and understand diverse ways of thinking, which is highly regarded by prospective employers.
  • Gain international experience as part of the Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program or stay local and take part in the Professional Experience Program.
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study, including the Master of Teaching (Secondary).
  • Study at a university ranked No. 1 in SA for Learner Engagement in the Humanities1, and ranked above Word-Class for Research in Sociology2.
  • Join SA's No. 1 university for Creative Arts Campus Facilities3, and Learning Resources4.
  • Engage with industry partners and organisations as part of your studies through the optional Professional Directions Program

12021 Good Universities Guide –Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences (Undergraduate). 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 42021 Good Universities Guide – Undergraduate.



As a student studying the Sociology major you will investigate cultural, social and political trends and attain much sought-after skills in critical and creative thinking.

You will:

  • understand the complexities of contemporary social life, addressing social problems and examining issues of ethnicity, globalisation, popular culture and social movements
  • have developed both critical and creative thinking capabilities in order to identify trends, structures and social issues that emerge from cultural, political and economic change.
  • be able to undertake systematic methods of investigation and analysis of societal structures within professional contexts in order to contribute effectively to local, national and international initiatives.

You will also graduate with writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that can be transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The sociology major will explore social life, social change and social problems. You will develop an understanding of the complexities of contemporary social life; addressing social problems and examining issues of ethnicity, globalisation, popular culture and social movements.

You will develop the critical and creative thinking skills to identify trends, structures and social issues that emerge from cultural, political and economic change. You will graduate with a sound knowledge of:

  • social theory
  • contemporary debates
  • research methodology
  • cultures and sub cultures
  • migration
  • policy
  • family
  • global society
  • social movements

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with an in-depth knowledge of areas of interest to you. You can choose your second major from the following:

* Please note that this major is only available to students whose second language is English.

In addition to your two majors, you will also complete four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and two elective courses in an area of your interest.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Truth, Lies and Being Human HUMS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
The Social World SOCU 1003 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Sociological Perspectives SOCU 1002 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Understanding Globalisation SOCU 2017 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Sociology of Crime and Deviance SOCU 2021 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Social Theory for the 21st Century SOCU 3036 4.5
Contemporary Culture and Social Change SOCU 3038 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Migration, Diversity and Belonging HUMS 2038 4.5
Sociology of Gender and Intimacy HUMS 3034 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • individual and group presentations
  • critical analysis
  • essays
  • reflective journals
  • research assignments
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • online quizzes
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest. There is also the opportunity for you to study a portion of your degree overseas as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program. As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination.

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with one major and one minor Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

Real-world connections

The Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program is a great way to build global awareness, broaden your global and societal understanding, and build important industry networks and relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.  

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates from this specialisation find work in the public service sector and multinational firms. Career options include:

  • market researcher: plan, implement, control, analyse and report on data relating to what people and/or organisations want, need, buy, think or do
  • policy developer and analyst: study social problems and develop policies in order to solve them
  • public relations officer: use all forms of media to build, maintain and manage the reputation of your clients
  • youth worker: guide and support young people in their social, educational and personal development

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and my research is in professional and organisational communication, mainly in health settings. I hold a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from University of York, and an MA and PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University. My interests cover the humanities and social sciences. Before academia, I worked in Germany in software ergonomics, the wine industry, and later in education. Our Bachelor of Arts program develops each student’s interests, strengths and aspirations, enabling students to explore and prepare for a wide range of career and life goals. The unique double major structure combines theory and practice with real-world experience to develop strong interdisciplinary skills that are highly valued by industry, government and community.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director


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