The focus of sociological teaching is the study of contemporary societies in a global context. We investigate diverse human groups, communities, institutions, organisations and social phenomena. Our undergraduate units provide students with the opportunity to explore theoretical and methodological issues, and cover topics such as health, families, sustainability, gender, sexuality, youth, religion, the media, demography, social psychology and social research skills. The abiding aim of our teaching is to develop in students the skills required to critically analyse the social world from the perspective of sociology.

Sociology and Gender Studies staff are consistently recognised for their high quality teaching, and are the recipients of numerous teaching awards, commendations and citations. Many of our units are rated among the very best in the university. Our teaching approach is designed to create an exciting and dynamic learning environment, and we are Faculty leaders in seminar teaching and blended learning (in both educational technologies and face-to-face modes of teaching). All sociology staff are active researchers and this informs our curriculum design.

 Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate interest in a topic, to pursuing this in Honours, and then to postgraduate study. For more information about Honours, please see the following links: