What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of social
conditions and relations—how they are formed and what their consequences are.
It is the broadest of all social science disciplines: all spheres of social
life—cultural, economic, and political—are open to sociological inquiry.
Students will learn to analyze the social conditions that shape human lives,
and confront issues in migration, social inequality, economic development,
environmental crisis, social policy, cultural diversity, racial and gender
relations, family, health, aging, technological changes, youth, pop culture and
NTU, our faculty are passionate about research and committed to teaching.
As sociologists in a public institution, faculty members are
committed to playing our part in the larger society. Our faculty members come from
different parts of the world. We form a vibrant intellectual community with
diverse and dynamic perspectives. Over the years, we have shared our research
with key stakeholders—policy makers, non-profit organizations, and the general
Faculty do research in these areas:
Health, wellbeing, and ageing
Science, Technology, and Culture
Urbanization and Sustainability
We take on questions
about the present and future of societies, about the wellbeing of persons
through the life course, and about the search for meaning and dignity in a
a wide range of courses, faculty members challenge students to rethink their
assumptions and prejudices about the world. We strive to give students
tools—lenses, language, logic, creativity—for critically evaluating various
social phenomena. Sociological knowledge enables students to tackle the complexities of
the contemporary world in dynamic, agile, and empirically rigorous ways.
Our students go on to an exciting range of careers—education, civil
service, business, marketing, media, the arts, non-profit work, and more.
Through our curriculum, we aim to forge in students the skills and confidence
for lifelong learning and social engagement so that they can continually adapt
to a complex and changing world.