Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


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The University of Kent has been a leading national and international centre for sociological teaching and research since its foundation in 1965.


Sociology is the study of modern human societies, seeking to explain how social relationships and cultural understandings shape the life chances, experiences, attitudes and actions of individuals and groups. The theories and methods that are central to this discipline enable us to examine the character and workings of the social institutions that govern people’s lives, and encourage us to critically question the social values we live by.

Growing levels of inequality and economic crises, religious conflict and nationalist violence, and rapid transformations to work, media and people’s personal identities are just some of the issues explored by sociologists. Our task is to understand these challenges and identify the conditions that enable the creation of humane forms of society.


Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 09/01/2018