Sociology, Major (0030)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0030

Previous Code: M1073.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

The major in Sociology provides students with a thorough training in the methods, theories and select leading areas of contemporary sociology. As well as subjects in which methods and theories are taught, through the social science core, students enrolled in the Sociology major will have opportunities to study a number of particular themes from a sociological perspective, including inequalities, deviance, identities, gender, religion, medicine and health care, ethnicity and migration, and the family, among other possibilities. A Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) with a major in Sociology will prepare students for both employment and a research higher degree.


Campus Mode Advice
Liverpool Campus Internal Professor Mary Hawkins
Penrith Campus Internal Professor Mary Hawkins

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points from the following subjects, with a minimum of 30 credit points at Level 3.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1057 Doing Sociology 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
HUMN 1007 Brave New World: Negotiating Social Change in the 21st Century 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2027 Health, Illness and Biomedicine: A Sociological Perspective 10
HUMN 2028 Identity and Belonging 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
HUMN 2025 Families and Intimate Life 10
HUMN 2065 Self and Society 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
HUMN 3049 Home and Away: Ethnicity and Migration in Australia 10
HUMN 3075 Sociology of Religion 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
HUMN 3098 Genders and sexualities: beyond the binary 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points90

Equivalent Subject

The subject listed below counts towards completion of this major for students who passed this subject in 2021 or earlier.

CULT 1005 - Crime, Deviance and Society, replaced by HUMN 1057 Doing Sociology