Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences Department of Sociology
We conduct multifaceted research on interactions between individuals and social structures
Sociologists investigate interactions between society and individuals from multiple angles, while also exploring the structure and changes of the society. The discipline has a certain topicality to it, which distinguishes it from other humanities and social sciences. It tackles a wide range of issues, from the micro-level problems of the self to global environmental problems.
Our department emphasizes theoretical research (new approaches to theories by Max Weber, Talcott Parsons, Jürgen Habermas, Niklas Luhmann, and Ulrich Beck; information society theory; communication theory; theory of social movements; political sociology; etc.) and practical research (community research, research on environmental problems and disasters; studies on local health care, welfare, family, and gender; etc.). We provide extensive guidance both in theoretical training (which includes, for instance, reading sources in foreign languages) and in qualitative research of social phenomena based on field surveys. You can also gain social researcher qualifications, if you finish the designated courses. Our graduates use their professional education and training in many areas and workplaces, starting with mass media and municipalities.