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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences
School of Political and Social Inquiry
Campus(es)Clayton, Gippsland


The focus of sociology is the study of human society. It involves the investigation of human groups, communities, institutions and organisations, and the networks of meaning and association which link individuals and groups to the broader social structure of society. Sociologists are also concerned with the analysis of policy, for example, public health policy, and its impact on society and individuals. Sociologists have developed a range of research methods and techniques, and theoretical approaches,that can be applied to diverse issues and problems in social life. Coursework studies in sociology at Monash aim to provide the student with a broad range of relevant and widely applicable research skills and equip them for careers in social research, government, industry and the public service.

Research supervision is available in areas including:

  • applied social research
  • Australian society
  • childhood and youth studies
  • comparative sociology
  • demography
  • deviance
  • economic sociology
  • ethnicity and minority relations
  • gender studies
  • health
  • homelessness
  • mass media
  • migration, urban affairs and social cohesion
  • relationships, intimacy and sexualities
  • religion
  • research methods
  • social implications of new technology
  • sociology of family + social policy
  • social psychology
  • social theory
  • sociology of work.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.