We live in an increasingly dynamic world that is cut across by divisions between rich and poor, citizens and refugees, men and women, East and West, black and white, Christian and Muslim - the list is endless. Such divisions structure the web of our social relationships. Sociologists are interested in exploring these relationships and the many tensions that arise from them. Inequality, injustice, oppression, exclusion and change prompt social reflection and sociology has a crucial role to play in this process.
Sociologists are interested in mechanisms that seem to fix our ways of interacting with each other. Amongst these, the market and state stand out as key distributors of our modes of interaction and opportunities. However, we also alert to the various means by which people constantly renegotiate their relationships with one another and with various institutions and organizations.
This double perspective on societies, as sites where structures of interaction are both reproduced and contested, animates teaching and research in Sociology at Macquarie. Our work is strongly premised on the inseparable bond between observation and interpretation. Theoretical ideas about society inspire empirical work, and empirical work about society is articulated theoretically. On that basis, the Department of Sociology offers a diverse range of degrees, courses and research areas. The goal is to provide students and the wider public with well informed, vocationally relevant, understandings of the institutions, organizations and everyday experiences of individuals in ever-changing societies.