Sociology Society, history and languages

Sociology Society, history and languages

We live in an increasingly dynamic world with divisions between rich and poor, citizens and refugees, men and women, East and West – the list is endless. These divisions structure the web of our social relationships, which are what sociologists explore.

At Macquarie you’ll gain the research design, methods and analysis skills required for a career such as government, public policy, social planning or industrial relations.

Careers in sociology

  • community education officer
  • human resources specialist
  • international aid worker
  • journalist
  • market/social researcher
  • media producer
  • policy analyst
  • program development officer
  • social planner
  • social services coordinator

Professional experience

Study the social impact of literacy programs in the classrooms of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

We believe in learning beyond the lecture hall. Our students work with communities in Arnhem land and undertake important research. PACE students, Andrew, Sarah and Aimee worked with Books in Homes Australia to support the continued funding of an innovative literacy initiative in a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory.

"PACE provides a wonderful opportunity to use the skills you've been acquiring at Macquarie," – PACE Alumna, Aimee Hinder

PACE activities not only prepare you for your future career, they provide opportunities that can make a difference in the world. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Student experience

Christopher Hellmundt

Master of Policy and Applied Social Research

"One of the greatest things about my degree at Macquarie was how practical it was...what that meant was that I could take those practical skills and implement them straight away at work."

Our expertise in sociology

Dr Ben Spies-Butcher

Dr Ben Spies-Butcher

Lecturer in Economy and Society 

Dr Spies-Butcher has a PhD in economics from the University of Sydney and his work centres on the political economy of social policy. He is a Research Associate of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, a Board member of Shelter NSW and is on the Policy Advisory Group for the Council on the Ageing NSW. He is also a ‘policy whisperer’ for the Power to Persuade research blog. He previously worked in the non-government sector in policy and project roles.

See Dr Spies-Butcher's full profile

Study social science and sociology at Macquarie

Sociology at Macquarie provides students with knowledge and skills that are academically rigorous, socially meaningful and vocationally relevant. Sociology combines well with studies in law, economics, psychology, human resources management, education, philosophy, political science and human geography.

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