The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Overview of Sociology at Kent
More than ever before, we need to ask such questions as ‘who are we’ and ‘where do we belong’? Sociology offers a critical understanding of how society works – What is the relationship between society, individuals, families, and groups? What kinds of social change have occurred in the last few decades and how can these be explained? Sociologists question ‘common-sense’ assertions about social life in contemporary society and challenge you to ‘look behind’ these assumptions in light of available research evidence
We are dedicated to understanding the complex global world in which we live, and the social forces, identities and media that shape our lives.
Kent is one of the best places in the country to study sociology. The Kent degree offers a rich and exciting mix of subjects and approaches and equips students with highly prized research and communications skills Sociology teaching at Kent was described by national assessors during their most recent visit as 'very impressive'. 95% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation. The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research has the highest national research rating available. You will be taught by some of the leading academics in the field. The Sociology group prides itself on its teaching and students in the School enjoy some of the highest rates of contact hours in the country.
Interested in studying Sociology with world renowned teachers? Contact Professor Tim Strangleman for more information, or view course details.
"The main attraction of this course was my fascination in understanding society and its social actors and how they relate with each other. I have found this course interesting and enjoyable as it has helped me to gain a better understanding of how things" in society function.
Mwai Mauluka-Jones, BA Hons Criminology and Sociology Student
Why choose SSPSSR at Kent
Sociology teaching staff are at the forefront of their field
They conduct research and publish on a wide range of social issues, and, importantly for you, their research informs their teaching. At Kent, you will be able to choose from a list of optional modules and these include the latest developments in Sociology. We also pride ourselves on offering a course that provides students with a wide range of critical research and communication skills. Sociology at Kent has consistently been rated amongst the very best departments in the Country.
We provide excellent pastoral care and listen to our students
Staff at all levels are friendly, approachable and deeply invested in the learning environment of our students. SSPSSR and the Kent of offer some of the highest rates of contact hours in the country.
We maintain an excellent staff-student ratio
This means you will always be taught in small groups and have real access to your lecturers. From your first week at Kent you will have an academic advisor who will guide you through your degree.
We have a vibrant research culture
We run weekly seminar series with outside speakers and regularly host international conferences. Both staff and students contribute to the lively discussions. Many of our students choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level after their initial degree.
We offer the chance to study abroad
We strongly encourage our students to consider a range of options for study abroad. We currently have links with universities in Hong Kong, Holland, Finland, Italy, Spain and France.
KENT announces its Doctoral Programme in Cultural and Global Criminology
As a result of the School's national and international successes in recent postgraduate activities, SSPSSR is pleased to announce that we will be awarding a substantial number of full time PhD Bursaries in the coming months for well qualified students.
Our Sociology Team
Dr Joy ZhangLocation: CNE202 School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Re...More information
Dr Dawn LyonLocation: G3-10 Gillingham Building Chatham Maritime Kent ME4 4A...More information
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Sociology is a discipline which develops your communication and analytical skills. Graduates do well in a wide range of positions, particularly those careers that require independent thinkers with a deep understanding of the forces at work in society.
In recent years, Kent sociology graduates have gone into a wide range of professions. They have become teachers, social workers or probation officers. Others have joined commercial organisations, working in marketing or human resources, or joined voluntary or charitable organisations to become field officers, administrators or campaign organisers.
The School received top ratings in both the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises. Our academics are recognised as world authorities, writing books and articles that define the fields in which they work, contributing to the formation and analysis of policy, and acting as leading commentators on contemporary social and cultural trends.