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Applied Sociology Working For Social Change
Applied Sociology Working For Social Change

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As a third year undergraduate student in sociology, Dr Sue Malta completed an internship for local government focusing on ageing and social connectedness. This became the focus of her Honours research. Sue’s PhD was on the romantic and sexual lives of older adults. Sue discusses how she uses the theories and learning from her degree in her everyday work. She also gives advice to students who would like to find similar work on health and ageing research. She says: “I love my job… I’m passionate about what I do.”

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As a volunteer you’ll have various rich examples of having to work with clients and stakeholders in order to reach objectives. Did an issue arise in your volunteer work where a client was unhappy with the organisation or their personal outcomes? How did you address this? Did a conflict arise amongst the volunteers that impacted on morale or collective goals? How did you manage this? Volunteer organisations are typically (though not always) small, and they tend to lack adequate funding and resources. This means having to be creative with less and also making compromises without damaging the wellbeing of clients and workers. These are the types of professional skills that all employers highly value.

Read more about turning your volunteering into a paid career:

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Still, if you’re open-minded, contract work in applied roles offer exciting opportunities to boost your CV. These jobs can be a great way to gain experience, as they generally offer diverse tasks and responsibilities. This means you can gain additional skills in a short period of time.

So where to start looking for work?

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"People have come to appreciate the difference a sociologist can make in bringing about positive changes in an organisation and in launching a very new organisation into national, continental and global relevance."

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"My life and the lives of those around me are viewed through a sociological lens... and I view and tackle employment tasks in the same manner. I see social discourses, perceptions of risk, the nexus between gender and power, and the gendered division of labour as important issues that I try to incorporate into the way I think about my job and how I might affect social change."

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“Though the activities of clinical sociologists are diverse, their active interventions as change agents sets them apart from other practising sociologists. Like other disciplines that are engaged in intervention, clinical sociology is active, humanistic, and change orientated… Clinical sociology is distinctive in that it relies on sociology for its perspective and knowledge base”

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Visual sociology is both a set of theories and methodologies used to convey sociological ideas. This means that a sociologist must produce visuals (videos, pictures and so on) as part of their sociological critique, evaluation or analysis of social phenomena. Visual sociology must therefore deliver a non-text-based representation of a social problem as its main product or research outcome.

Find out how visual sociology can be used to manage dementia and other forms of visual therapy

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Dr Lea Campbell discusses her work as a researcher for a social welfare organisation in Australia. She seeks out to answer the question: ‘How do we bring students, parents, teachers and stakeholders together to have powerful and respectful conversations around the educational, social and emotional needs of students?’ Lea makes a case for constructive conflict in educational policies using applied sociology.

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Dr Stephen Leyden details his work as a Research Officer for a state agency serving consumer affairs. He discusses how he uses sociology to address business and legal concerns. Stephen says some of the rewards of job involve ‘adding to the organisation’s knowledge by demonstrating the social/historical factors that influence behaviour.’

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Gary Pattison provides advice for sociology students interested in becoming trade union officials, including how he moved into his profession and how sociology helps him achieve better conditions for workers. Gary discusses the challenges of bringing sociology into his job, but he notes the benefits are, ‘That I get to use my professional salary to challenge the state and capitalism. Seriously.’
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