If you’re interested in working with people and communities, then sociology is for you. Sociology focuses on the study of human behaviour and social interaction to understand how societies are organised, develop and change. Graduates in sociology develop skills and knowledge applicable to a wide variety of jobs. These skills and knowledge include:
- an understanding of social and cultural issues
- high-quality written and oral communication skills
- research skills and a capacity for detailed observation
- the ability to work independently and in groups.
Graduates also develop more specialised skills and knowledge that are needed for the following types of employment:
- Work involving social groups and social processes: such as minority and ethnic groups, crime and substance abuse, youth issues, family matters, industrial relations, poverty, globalisation…
- Social research: devising surveys, collecting data, and conducting interviews and fieldwork; including the analysis, interpretation and presentation of the information collected
- Social policy and planning: community development, cultural resource management, social justice issues, social aspects of health care, migration…
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