Sociology is about getting
these frameworks or theories about the world and putting
them together with rich data, empirical data from the
world to help us understand how we’re organizing
our worlds, and how we might do it better as well. We get out there in the
world, we run surveys, we interview people. Increasingly we use new
digital technologies to collect information. And we bring all these
different sources of what we call data
together to create a picture of the world we’re living in. You’ll get a basic numeracy
to understand all the numbers that flow around that try
to make sense of our world, and to ask critical questions
about whether they’re helping us or maybe sometimes
are misleading us when we’re trying to make
decisions about the world. And with those key
skills, on the one hand theories and concepts to
understand the social world, and on the other a knowledge
of different types of data on what they can
and can’t do, you’re well-positioned for
all kinds of work, and work that’s
getting more and more important across the
public and private sector. You’re going to find
employers or, if you’re working for yourself, clients
who really want to make sense of the world they’re acting in. And you’re going to have
the tools to help them do that, the really key tools. One of the things that really
does distinguish our sociology program is we have some of the
country’s best sociologists that are looking
at the life course. So questions about
age and the transition to university, the relationship
between the generations, and also questions about
parenthood and aging, and how we might better
develop social policies to allow people to
live thriving lives in contemporary Australia. I see it as a discipline
that’s got something really interesting for everyone.