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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 encompasses Demography, 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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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2020

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

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2 in Australia
21 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 Development Studies

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1 in Australia
15 for Development Studies in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131143
CRICOS Code: 073987C

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131157
CRICOS Code: 074006D

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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1 in Australia
5 for Philosophy, 9 for Politics and 33 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 Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

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1 in Australia
5 for Anthropology & 15 for Development Studies in World*

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

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830002

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 Year PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M

Master of Anthropology

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1 in Australia
5 for Anthropology in World*

2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830003
CRICOS Code: 082265G

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

Key facts

1 in Australia
5 for Anthropology & 15 for Development Studies in World*

1-2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830084
CRICOS Code: 082267E

Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science

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1 in Australia
13 for Archaeology in World*

1-2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830009
CRICOS Code: 082270K

Master of Culture, Health and Medicine

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1 in Australia
5 for Anthropology in World*

1-2 years
Semester 1 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830082
CRICOS Code: 082283E

Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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1-2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830067
CRICOS Code: 082338F

Master of Social Research

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1-2 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830014
CRICOS Code: 082351J

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^

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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My program has opened my mind to multiple disciplines. I never thought that I would be studying international law, anthropology, strategic studies or sociology. I have enjoyed them all.

Trevor, Master of Globalisation

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