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 four domains:


    For information regarding Sociology staff and their research, teaching and supervision, see:


    For Course and Unit information, see:


Latest News

  • Dr Catherine Strong, Lecturer in Sociology and expert on cultural memory, gender and popular music, talks about the ongoing legacy of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in The Conversation. 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. 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? Read More... Read more

More News

  • The public symposium, Young People and Mediated Sexual Communication was held on Friday, 29 November, 2013 at Monash University, Caulfield Campus. Read More... 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 Peterson 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. Read More... 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
  • Jane Kotey, a second year PhD student, and recipient of the ‘Science in Society’ scholarship has been awarded a highly competitive application to attend a HDR forum in China. Jane is researching stem cell treatments in China, related to a larger ARC Discovery project focusing on stem cell tourism, led by Alan Petersen (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/stem-cell-tourism-research-project/). The ... Read more
  • Two Sociology academics have been awarded ARC Linkage grants for 2014.  Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic will lead a team investigating options for supported decision-making to enhance the recovery of people with severe mental health problems. The project will examine the views of people with severe mental health problems, carers and mental health practitioners concerning appropriate supports ... Read more
  • The Social Futures and Life Pathways (“Our Lives” project) is a longitudinal study of young Queenslanders who began high school in 2006, aged 12/13 years. As they grow older, the study investigates how participants’ values, aspirations, and future plans develop and influence their entry into the labour market, tertiary education, family life, and civic/political participation. The ... Read more
  • On May 29, 2013 we celebrated over 50 years of Sociology at Monash at Taste Baguette in the Menzies Building. It was a wonderful opportunity for current staff and students to come together with previous staff and students, members of the Sociologists at Monash research network and colleagues from Political and Social Inquiry. The Dean ... Read more