Bachelor of Sociology

Use your voice to empower society

What divides us? What causes inequalities? How does the media influence our lives?

Sociology is the study of human activity in societies. It’s concerned with group interactions and their consequences. It’s about questioning the social world and how it fits together.

Sociologists research human experience and offer new perspectives. They explore diverse topics—from race and gender, to religion, love and war.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Sociology challenges you to think critically, promote positive social change and empower those in need. You will:

  • identify societal trends and power structures
  • debate and problem-solve around social issues
  • study influential thinkers throughout history
  • develop high-level research and analysis skills
  • investigate areas of interest such as crime prevention, social control, globalisation, cultures and subcultures.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to make an informed and constructive difference. You might end up working as an advocate for at-risk youth. You could push to connect vulnerable groups with health and support services. Perhaps you’ll advise on human rights policy or run for government yourself.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334011
2021 CSP ATAR 69.25
2021 CSP IB 25
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 25
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 66.2
Median ATAR to receive an offer 76.55
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 87.2
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 69.25
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 79.5
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 89.75
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2020). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334011

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
8 44.4%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 N/A
International students <5 N/A
All students 18 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

Many organisations and businesses employ sociologists to evaluate programs, diagnose problems and design solutions to influence outcomes on a range of issues that impact on society and humanity.

The Bachelor of Sociology is a qualification that opens up opportunities to work in policy development, project planning, legal submissions or strategic organisational management. Our graduates are sought after by government agencies both locally and nationally, the media industry, social and health research bodies, and business.

Careers include:

  • Advocacy
  • Charitable trusts
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Government agencies
  • Media Industries
  • Migrant/multi-cultural affairs
  • Policy development, analysis and research
  • Politics and political advisor
  • Public relations officer
  • Project management
  • Social marketing
  • Youth development
  • NGOs - housing, health service providers, disability advocacy and support and youth development

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Market Researcher, Ministerial Adviser, Communications Officer, Data Analyst, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Public Servant, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Human Resource Manager, Union Representative, Web Content Manager, Welfare Officer, Workplace Consultant, Diplomat, Social Media Strategist, Community Development Officer, PR Advisor, Community Outreach Worker, Social Inclusion Officer, Workplace Relations Officer, Youth Worker ...

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Areas of Specialisation

Students can take a major or minor in:
  • International Development
  • Management (minor only)
  • Politics
  • Psychology (minor only)

Example Study Plan

Study plans available on the Faculty of Arts website.

Testimonial

You look at issues such as poverty and domestic violence, and while sometimes the realness of it can be intense, it's incredibly eye opening.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021