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.
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.
Project: Welfare professional decision-making – discretion, principles and programs The purpose of this project is to understand the relation between discretion, principles, and programs in welfare…
Project: Health Risk Outlooks by Social Partners (HEROS) In this project, we analyse health and safety policy interventions regarding Covid-19 by social partner organisations at both the national and…
Project: Trust in Relations between Unions and Employers in Europe (True Europe) The purpose of the project is to explore and explain the bases, forms, and effects of trust in social partner relations…
Project: Digitalization, Automation and Decarbonization (Barmetal) The European research project Barmetal seeks to analyse the current situation and opportunities for strengthening collective…
Completed research projects
Doctoral project: Migration discourse in the Swedish mainstream and social media The project studied migration discourse in the Swedish mainstream and social media in the last decade. Using the…
Project: Digital competence and cutting-edge competence in Kronoberg This is a collaborative project with the intention of analyzing the need for digital competence and cutting-edge competence among…
Seed project: A platform to collect and analyze canoe/kayak training data The main objective for this seed project within Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA)…
Seed project: Analyzing state-of-the-practice for self-adaptive systems in industry using data analytics The main objective for this seed project within Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive…
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