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Welcome to the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work.
People are the focus of our programmes.


Sociology is the study of humans as social beings – how we organise and participate in groups, and how these groups change over time.

Students critically examine areas such as social conflict, the dynamics of power, inequality, social division, and personal and cultural identity in social groups and how they change over time.

Find out more about our Sociology programme


How does gender shape our lives, and how do our lives impact on gender?

At work and in the home, in dress and movement, and even in what we eat and how we speak, the organisation of gender and sexuality continues to change.

Students address the beliefs and practices through which gender, sexuality and identity are created and how they are produced, reinforced and transformed.

Find out more about our Gender Studies programme

Social workers provide advice, advocacy and support to those with personal and social issues. They focus on problem solving and change for the better, and may work with individuals, families or whole communities.

The aim of social work is to enable all people to fulfill their potential and to have enriched lives without dysfunction.

Find out more about our Social Work programme