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.

Subject Title Credit Points
Choose 80 credit points from the following subjects:
Autumn session
HUMN 1057Doing Sociology10
Spring session
HUMN 1007Brave New World: Negotiating Social Change in the 21st Century10
Autumn session
HUMN 2027Health, Illness and Biomedicine: A Sociological Perspective10
HUMN 2028Identity and Belonging10
Spring session
HUMN 2065Self and Society10
HUMN 2025Families and Intimate Life10
Autumn session
HUMN 3049Home and Away: Ethnicity and Migration in Australia10
HUMN 3075Sociology of Religion10
Spring session
HUMN 3098Genders and sexualities: beyond the binary10

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