Sociology

The Faculty of social sciences is home to sociologists from many different nations who are deeply committed to the development of sociological theory in the service of addressing fundamental sociological questions about the empirical world. Faculty and students are engaged in methods ranging from ethnography, in-depth interviews, comparative-historical analysis and archival work to advanced statistical modeling. Deep engagement with central social issues in various parts of the world tend to be of great concern for students and the faculty. Sociology crosses with many of our sister disciplines, but it is unique in its concern with the interrelation of social forces studied in isolation elsewhere. Economics and politics are common concerns of sociologists. Sociology is concerned foremost with social interactions. Sociology’s breadth seems particularly valuable in our increasingly global, interdependent world.

The specialization in Sociology (M.A./ Licentiate) prepares students for a variety of careers in social advocacy, research, teaching, social ministry and policymaking institutions. The program combines an emphasis on competence in social theory and research methods with opportunities for the development of each student’s own interest.

The aim of the Graduate Program in Sociology is to prepare students for scholarly and applied research and for teaching in sociology. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in building equitable, humane, and sustainable social institutions. They are trained in several sub fields of sociology in which the faculty has concentrations of expertise. A quick look at our course offerings will show the large number of subjects and perspectives covered in our school. Our faculty includes scholars who have expertise in immigration, criminology, political sociology, work, poverty, gender and family, social communication, peace and conflict resolution, urban issues, health and social policy, and culture.

In addition to the above mentioned objectives (research, teaching, administrative and political action) our program is attentive to pastoral activities that are relevant to social problems. Thus the program combines the acquisition of competences in social issues and methods with the intellectual and spiritual development of students.

Prof. Jacquneau Azétsop describes the relevance and characteristics of our program in sociology.