Department of  Sociology

The UJ Department of Sociology is a team of seventeen sociologists who, together, 

  • 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,
  • Successfully train students at postgraduate level in social research methodology and in classical and contemporary sociological theory, including the scholarship of Africa and the South,
  • Teach over 2000 undergraduate students per semester using contact education complemented by e-learning,
  • The Sociology Department is ranked in the Top 150 in the world and is the only South African university ranked by the prestigious Shanghai Ranking’s GRAS system
  • with the Chris Hani Institute is hosting a colloquium on Sociology of Migration on the 1st and 2nd of July 2019
  • Play leading roles in the SA Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association, and
  • Practice public sociology by actively engaging with constituencies beyond the academy.

The specialist research and publication areas of these academic staff members are

  • Social identity, including Class, Race, Gender, Sexual orientation, Age, Religion, and Intersectionality among these,
  • Sociology of work, Labour studies, Organisations,
  • Political sociology, Citizenship, Biopolitics, and Social protection,
  • Gender, Family, Sexuality, Masculinity, and Health,
  • Urban Studies, Development, and Migration Studies, 
  • Clinical Sociology, Group dynamics, Whistleblowing,
  • South African Sociology and Higher education,
  • Bourdieu's capitals,
  • Research methodology,
  • and various of these in combination.
Students of the UJ Department of Sociology hail from all parts of the continent and the world. Since the coherent UJ Sociology coursework programme responds to the range of research and supervision areas listed above, a synergy exists between the teaching and research interests of staff members of the Department of Sociology. The department's programme encourages critical thinking and an analytical approach to social and organizational problems - skills that are highly sought after in the labour market. 

The weekly seminar run by the department for over fifteen years is now hosted in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies. The seminar has hosted numerous acclaimed international and local social scientists. The details of the most recent seminar, as well as an archive of previous programmes, can be found on the seminar pages. For pictures of other memorable events, please visit our events page. More details on academic staff members may be accessed by clicking on their names on the staff page. 

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Honours degrees – Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Urban Studies