What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social relations, how they are formed and what their consequences are. Sociologists look at how cultures develop, how organizations function (or don’t), and how states and public policies shape ordinary people’s lives.
It is the broadest of all social science disciplines, as all spheres of social life—cultural, economic, and political—are open to sociological inquiry. Students learn to analyse social conditions that shape human lives, and confront topical issues in migration, poverty and inequalities, the climate crisis, ethnic relations, the changing face of religiosity, shifts in family forms, aging, mental health, welfare regimes and social policies, and science and technological disruptions.
Sociology at NTU
At 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, who come from different parts of the world, form a vibrant intellectual community. Over the years, we have shared our research with key stakeholders—policy makers, non-profit organizations, and the general public. 
Faculty conduct research in many areas, including:
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Migration and social integration
  • Urban sustainability
  • Social forces shaping science and technology
  • Ageing and mental health
  • Demographic changes and the sociology of the family
  • Social policy and state power
  • Gender, class and ethnoracial inequalities
  • Political economy of land and food
  • Religion and religiosity
  • Pop culture and social psychology
We take on questions about the present and future of societies, the wellbeing of persons through the life course, and the search for meaning and dignity in a difficult world.   
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 social phenomena and tackle the complexities of the contemporary world in 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. 

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