UJ SOCIOLOGY: #1 in South Africa, #187 Globally
Only two South African universities are ranked; UCT is the only other South
African University ranked, #196 (2020 Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS)
- Host the long-standing and most regular public seminar in the Johannesburg region,
- Produce regular accredited publications on research in their various areas of expertise,
- Critically train students at postgraduate level in social research methodology and in classical and contemporary sociological theory, with an applied and clinical base,
- Teach over 2000 undergraduate students per semester using contact education complemented by e-learning,
- Play leading roles in the South African Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association,
- Support UJ’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Marwala’s statement and stand in full solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter campaign
- Practice public sociology by actively engaging with constituencies beyond the academy.
- Please click here for an informative brochure of the department.
What is Sociology?
What does it mean to understand the world in which you live? What will your contribution be to this changing world? How do your own experiences and life chances compare to those of others?
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. Sociologists investigate how groups, organisations and societies function. Sociology encourages critical thinking and urges one to challenge preconceived ideas – traits that are highly valued by prospective employers. Sociologists study race, social class and gender division; issues in the family, the workplace, and the state; politics and sport; the meanings of decolonisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; causes and consequences of xenophobia, crime, gender violence, poverty, unemployment, religious cults, and social movements; the meanings of shared cultural beliefs and practices; and social divisions and stratification including gender and sexuality. Successful sociology students impress employers with their broader understanding of these issues and with their range of practical skills. Few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge
Please click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsca9m6hHoM&feature=youtu.be for a short video on UJ Sociology and what it is all about