Sociology focuses in particular on understanding and explaining human actions and the cultural and social course of events and consequences that arise when people meet. These phenomena can be studied at individual, organisational, societal and global level.
For their studies, sociologists make use of a number of different methods – everything from ethnographic observations, interviews and studies of documents to questionnaire surveys, experiments, and analyses of so-called "big data" – in order to collect information and build knowledge about the phenomenon that is being studied.
Sociological knowledge questions our understanding of everyday life and provides new insights that can help us in our work to solve societal problems.
At Linnaeus University, you can study sociology both as single-subject courses and within the frame of degree programmes. Our courses and programmes range from first- to second-cycle level and we also offer third-cycle education within the subject.
During your studies in sociology you will, among other things, learn how to review and evaluate studies and investigations and to collect, compile and analyse information. These skills are in demand within many sectors on the labour market.
Thus, sociologists have the skills required to work with evaluation projects and to lead investigations and analysis activities within both the public and the private sector. In addition, sociologists often work with project management, reviewing commissions and organisation development – tasks that require both methodological and analytical skills.
If you choose to study sociology at Linnaeus University you will be part of an exciting academic environment. The first- and second-cycle education is inspired by and closely linked to the research carried within sociology at the department.
Courses in English
Cancelled Writing a scientific essay - genre and methods. A preparation for higher educationCourse 7.5 credits
- Summer 2019
- Bachelor’s level
Experimental MethodsCourse 7.5 credits
- Autumn 2020
- Master’s level
Social Network AnalysisCourse 7.5 credits
- Autumn 2020
- Master’s level
Research in sociology
The sociology research carried out at the department of social studies reflects the breadth of the subject. We work with qualitative ethnographic projects as well as quantitatively oriented questionnaire and experiment studies.
Our fields of research deal with, among other things, higher education, working life and labour market, age and life cycle, sustainable development, migration and integration issues, school and education, and youth and health.
Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Organizing in Fields of Tensions and Alliances (ELOSA) We are interested in leadership and organizing that embodies nontraditional enterprises and organizations. Our…
Center for cultural sociology The center for cultural sociology (CCS) strives to make living conditions of children and youth visible and understandable by relating individual and shared emotions to…
Forum for Research on Professions The basic concept behind the Forum for Research into the Professions is that by making use of a multi-disciplinary perspective, investigations will be carried out…
Centre for Ageing and Lifecourse Studies A life course perspective: Center for Ageing and Lifecourse Studies look at factors that affect persons to continue to be actively involved in civil society or…
Project: School success for newly arrived students: possibilities, obstacles, identities and collaboration This project will fill knowledge gaps about the situations of newly arrived children and…
Project: War anomie In this project, the obscure practices and rhetoric of the war is analysed, the emotions and moral of the war, human interaction during horrific captivity and escape but also the…
Project: War sociology – renewed analysis of ethnographic material from Bosnia This project analyses verbally depicted experiences of survivors from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Project: Successful collaboration. Described and observed experiences of youth care Previous collaboration research shows that problems and conflicts sometimes arise as a part of collaboration. This…
Project: Youth with war experiences in institutional care The purpose of the study is to analyse narratives by young people that have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and been taken into…
Project: Definitions of successful intelligence and operational police work This project will analyse how the police, border guards and coastguard define successful intelligence and operational police…
Project: School as a protection factor The aim of this project is to identify and analyse achievements, obstacles, collaboration, and identities in senior high school work with students who use…
Project: One-stop-shop business model for energy renovation of detached houses The goal of this study is to develop, implement and test a one-stop-shop business model for energy renovation of detached…
- Akwasi Osei Doctoral student
- Anna-Liisa Närvänen Associate Professor
- Anna-Maria Sarstrand Marekovic Senior lecturer
- Carolin Valizadeh Doctoral student
- Dan Maspers Lecturer
- Dino Viscovi Senior Lecturer
- Gergei Farkas Senior lecturer
- Giangiacomo Bravo Professor
- Glenn Sjöstrand Senior Lecturer, Head of department
- Gunnar Olofsson Researcher
- Håkan Sandström Lecturer
- Henrik Hultman Senior lecturer
- Jan Andersson Lecturer
- Jessica Hansen Senior lecturer
- Johan Vaide Senior lecturer
- Josefin Palm Lecturer
- Julia Rönnbäck Senior lecturer
- Kajsa Johansson Doctoral student
- Karina Petersson Lecturer
- Linda Hiltunen Senior lecturer
- Maja Opacak Doctoral student
- Mike Farjam Senior lecturer
- Ola Agevall Professor
- Per Dannefjord Senior Lecturer, Pro-Dean
- Sofie Krantz Lecturer
- Victoria Yantseva Doctoral student