Why Do We Read So Much in Sociology?

Applied sociology expands your ability to  evaluate, organise & present new information quickly.

Applied sociology expands your ability to
evaluate, organise & present new information quickly.

When I was still teaching sociology, I was often bemused when some students complained that they had too much reading to do ahead of class. We typically set two journal articles or book chapters as mandatory reading each week (and of course there were additional suggested texts). This level of reading will serve you well throughout your career.

In fact, your applied sociological work is likely to involve lots of reading and synthesis of different materials. Your output may not necessarily mean writing up this information. In all likelihood, you’ll have to provide verbal summaries and visual presentations of what you read. All that undergraduate reading will be invaluable to your career.

How Sociology Class Discussions Benefit Your Career

A sociology degree provides critical thinking & persuasive interpersonal communication skills.

A sociology degree provides critical thinking & persuasive interpersonal communication skills.

As a student, did you ever wonder why we do so much group work in sociology classes? This isn’t a superficial way to discuss readings – you’re learning valuable skills that will serve you well in an applied career.

What is clinical sociology?

Clinical sociology  delivers health intervention. This includes: rehabilitation;  counselling; mediation;  community services;  case management;  social policy research;  & public health campaigns.

Clinical sociology delivers health intervention.

Clinical sociology is an applied practice that focuses on health intervention, such as working with medical practitioners, community health services, social policy and public health campaigns.

In this post, we’ll take a look at a definition of clinical work, as well as two case studies. First, we’ll see how clinical sociology is used in health and policy work by Work Cover, Australia’s federal medical program for industrial claims and workers’ compensations. Second, we’ll look at a clinical sociologist who provides career coaching through physical therapy. Finally, there’s a discussion of how you might forge a clinical sociology career. 

Career Advice for Sociology Graduates

Our most recent video discusses the careers panel that I sat on as part of the annual conference for The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). I focus on the panel discussion about how to translate theory into practice when you’re working outside academia. I also cover workplace ethics in the video, as well issues about managing professional identity outside of academia and the importance of networking. I was asked about how I manage my research consultancy business. I talk about how to market yourself and how to establish a professional reputation with prospective clients using social media.

Read further below for a summary of the video.

Networking at a Postgraduate Workshop

Sociology at Work: Networking for StudentsThis was article is a companion piece to our video Career Advice for Sociology Graduates. It recounts my experiences as a postgraduate student attending the inaugural Postgraduate Workshop hosted by The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). This article was first published in 2004 by Nexus (p. 16). 

Attending the inaugural postgraduate workshop of 2003 is likely to be one of the highlights of my PhD canditature [other than submitting my thesis and ending my long and glamorous career as a student, of course]. The reason for this is that the workshop was one of those rare times when I have been able to exchange ideas and share experiences with a large group of postgraduate students. One of the most often repeated lamentations that I have heard from postgraduate students is how the experience of writing a thesis can be an alienating one. I know that I have certainly felt this way at times. The postgraduate workshop is a positive initiative taken by the TASA executive, which goes some way to bridging the gap between postgraduate students who feel this sense of isolation.

Sociology Ethics in an Applied Workplace

Sociology EthicsI’m currently editing our latest video for Sociology At Work. I’ll be discussing some of the key questions that emerged from The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Postgraduate Workshop. I was invited to speak on a careers panel along with three other applied researchers. Students asked about issues like translating theory into practice, professional identity, and marketing a research business. I’ll speak to these issues in the video and I’ll add a few extras through our social media. This post relates to one of the students’ questions, which was about how to manage ethics when working outside academia.