Welcome to Sociology

  • Sociology addresses changing social organisation and consequences for the life opportunities of individuals, families and groups. Sociologists examine class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disability – among other forms of difference – to understand and explain how people’s lives are shaped and how they think and feel about themselves and the world around them. Monash Sociology staff lead on research in five domains:


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Latest News

  • Victoria Police have shown great interest in Helen Forbes-Mewett’s research for the purposes of informing their Multicultural Unit on issues affecting international students and others from diverse cultural backgrounds. The focus of her ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship on  International Students and Crime has revealed new insights into the problem. Primarily, the overwhelming media driven perception that ... Read more
  • Do you want to contribute to the development of sustainable Asian cities? Are you interested in interdisciplinary research in urban water management? Engineering, Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary PhD scholarships in sustainable urban water management in developing Asian cities. Eleven (11) competitive scholarships are available to undertake full-time PhD research within the Department of Civil Engineering and the ... Read more
  • Helen Forbes-Mewett has been interviewed by SBS World News about efforts by the NSW police to create stronger policies and programs to work with multicultural communities, including international students. For more information see the SBS World News website. Read More... Read more

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  • This conference explores young people’s engagement with new modes of mediated communication, self‐expression and culture‐making across the Asia Pacific and beyond. It will map young people’s mediated lives in the region, consider implications for citizenship, ethics, political & cultural agency and social bonds, and generate debate about the ways emplacement, embodiment, and location shape youth ... Read more
  • In a recent piece in The Conversation, Dr Catherine Strong, Lecturer in Sociology and expert on cultural memory, gender and popular music, writes about the ongoing legacy of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of 90s grunge band Nirvana. See the full article from The Conversation here. Read More... Read more
  • Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett’s research focusing on international student safety and security has been featured in the Study Travel Magazine. Based in the UK, the publication is distributed to 32,000 international education agents in 125 countries. More information about Dr Forbes-Mewett’s research is available on her website: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/helen-forbes-mewett Read More... Read more
  • Are you interested in environmental sociology and water sensitive urban design? Would you like to explore community perceptions of street trees, as part of a broader study into stormwater harvesting for passive irrigation of street trees, to ensure their effectiveness in mitigating the urban heat island effect? In this project, you could apply any of a ... Read more
  • The public symposium, Young People and Mediated Sexual Communication was held on Friday, 29 November, 2013 at Monash University, Caulfield Campus. In Australia and overseas, concern about ‘sexting’ among young people has been widespread, and discussions have tended to focus on the ‘risks’ and issues new technologies are seen to produce. This symposium presented the findings ... Read more
  • In 2013, we celebrated 50 years of Australian Sociology, with Monash hosting the annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) held from November 25-28 at Monash’s Caulfield campus.. Monash University was proud to host the 2013 and 50th anniversary TASA conference, ‘Reflections, Intersection and Aspirations’ showcasing progressive and innovative research at the centre of sociological study. ... Read more
  • Monash Asia Institute and the Sociology Programme present Multiculturalism and ‘Asia’   Session themes: rethinking multicultural questions from East Asia, everyday multiculturalism and everyday racism, multiculturalism and the Asian century, media culture and multicultural subjects, transnational practices/mobility, performance, art and multicultural spaces, roundtable discussion with Ien Ang and Kim Hyun Mee 21-22 November 2013, room HB.32 (basement), building H, ... Read more
  • Congratulations to Alan Petersen and Renata Kokanovic, our Sociology staff in the research strength of health who have won two ARC Discovery projects in the most recent round of awards. Professor Alan Petersen and Professor Christine Parker will investigate anti-ageing treatment markets for their DP140100484 and uncover how expectations arise and function in this market ... Read more
  • Are you interested in social change & how it impacts on young people? Want to pursue your passion for Sociology and learn valuable analytic skills at the same time? The Our Lives project is currently recruiting a small number of talented & motivated Sociology graduates for its Honours research program. Potential applicants will have the opportunity ... Read more
  • HONOURS OPPORTUNITY IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY (led by Professor Rebekah Brown) Are you interested in exploring issues of water and sustainability in Melbourne? PROJECT DESCRIPTION Diagnosing transitions in Melbourne’s urban water system In the context of sustainability challenges, such as climate change, resource limitations, population growth and degraded aquatic ecosystems, there is growing international acceptance that traditional approaches to planning ... Read more