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 media, etc.


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 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 public. 


Faculty do research in these areas:

  • Health, wellbeing, and ageing
  • Inequalities
  • Science, Technology, and Culture
  • Urbanization and Sustainability
  • Social Policy 

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 difficult world.   

Through 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. ​​​​