Contemporary Society (Criminology, Demography, Social Research, Sociology)

What motivates people to behave the way they do? The systematic study of contemporary social life and culture helps us to better understand the causes and consequences of human behaviour as situated within their societal context. Contemporary Society explores socio‑cultural differences and similarities in a globalised world to discover how human interaction with organisations, economies, technologies, the built environment, media and religion influence our daily lives. At ANU, this encompassesDemography, Criminology,Social Research, Sociology, as well as the interdisciplinary area of Technology, Networks and Society. Students are able to learn about these fields from renowned scholars and industry professionals, many of whom cross these two realms in their daily practice.

Demography analyses the underlying structure of populations and how they change throughout time and space. Criminology focuses on crime, deviancy, policing and punishment, including definitions and representations of crime, addictive behaviours, victimisation, policing, the criminal justice system, transnational crime and restorative justice. Social Research explores a range of research methodologies and techniques which inform current debates in international relations, political science, sociology and criminology. Sociology analyses the processes that structure and transform social relations and how these are expressed at both the macro and micro level. It explores how identities and societies are formed by virtue of activity occurring in different social contexts. Technology, Networks and Society analyses the social impact of technological change, exploring topics such as social inequalities and stratification, identity and embodiment, social movements, production and consumption, and the nature of power, all in the context of technological transformation.

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Check the School of Demography website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

Check the School of Sociology website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24

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1 in Australia & 19 for Sociology in World* and
1 in Australia & 14 for Social Policy in World*

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

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3 in Australia
38 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B
Bachelor of Criminology

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3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131150
CRICOS Code: 078937F
Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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1 in Australia
9 for Philosophy, 8 for Politics in World* and
1 in Australia
35 for Economics in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131161
CRICOS Code: 076183D
Graduate Certificate of Demography

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0.5 Year FT
Semester 1 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830019
CRICOS Code: 108301A
Graduate Certificate of Social Research

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1 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830016
Graduate Certificate of Studies

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0.5 Year FT or 3 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M
Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science

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1 in Australia
8 for Archaeology in World*

2 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830009
CRICOS Code: 096399M
Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830066
CRICOS Code: 108330G
Master of Social Research Methods

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1 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830012
CRICOS Code: 108327B
PhD & MPhil

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2-4 Year FT or 4-8 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Hear from our students

My degree allows me to think critically, communicate effectively and conduct research independently.
Osman Chiu , Bachelor of Criminology

My brilliant career

The biggest positive to the criminology degree over all the other courses was the calibre of the lecturers and their ability to make every course feel like it was tailored and directed to me as an individual.
Matthew Musgrave , B Criminology '15

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Bachelor of Arts
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Bachelor of Criminology
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Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics flyer
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Criminology (major/minor)
Criminology discipline flyer
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Demography (major/minor)
Demography discipline flyer
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Geography (major/minor)
Geography discipline flyer
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Graduate Certificate of Demography
Graduate Certificate of Demography flyer
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Graduate Certificate of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
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Graduate Certificate of Social Research
Graduate Certificate of Social Research flyer
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Graduate Certificate of Studies
Graduate Certificate of Studies flyer
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Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science
Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science flyer
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Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies flyer
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Master of Social Research Methods
Master of Social Research Methods flyer
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Sociology (major/minor)
Sociology discipline flyer
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