Humans live in organised settings called societies, and for this reason, humans are social beings. While they are first and foremost biological organisms, they are shaped substantially by the society in which they are born and nurtured. Hence, sociologists have as their fundamental assumption in their study that human behaviours are socially and culturally influenced rather than robotically programmed by their biological make-up. Thus, human actions, ranging from crime or political aspirations, to the desire for the primitive accumulation of wealth at the expense of the society, are all influenced significantly by the society in which the individuals live and the social processes that shape their values. To have a deeper understanding of human society, therefore, sociologists attempt to study how social institutions interact and shape social behaviour.
In the Sociology major at Monash South Africa, you can start the exciting journey of learning about your society and how you are shaped. It provides a platform for you to develop a quality of mind towards understanding not only how the society shapes humans but also how human actions collectively define the nature and character of their society. You will learn, from various sociological perspectives, how to analyse social problems in the society and how best policymakers may design appropriate interventions for the growth and development of the society.
You have the choice to choose from a variety of complementary units both in the sociology programme and other cross-listing units in Philosophy, Development Studies, Criminology, Communication, and other units in the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, as well as non-Social Science units.
To study Sociology at MSA, you can enrol for a Bachelor of Social Science degree with a major in Sociology. If direct access to this degree is not possible, you can explore entry through the Social Science stream of our Foundation Programme.
Following completion of your three-year Bachelor’s degree, you can articulate into a Bachelor of Social Science Honours, and subsequently, a research Master of Philosophy, both with a specialisation in Sociology.
To amplify your studies and shape your career of the future, choose to double major at no additional cost when studying a Bachelor of Social Science. Pair your Sociology major with Psychology, Development Studies, Criminology, and Political Studies, or a non-Social Science major such as Management.
Completing your Bachelor of Social Science at MSA, with a specialisation in Sociology, will help you build a successful career in the following career opportunities:
A postgraduate degree in Sociology also equips you to take up teaching and research positions in universities and other institutions of higher learning as well as research institutes such as the Human Science Research Council, among others.