Sociology Departments in Sweden
The Department of Sociology at Lund university is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences
and consists of three divisions:
Division of Sociology, Division of Social Anthropology and Division of Education
About the Division of Sociology.
Sociology is a social science that studies and analyse
social relations and processes of very different kinds everything from global
relations and historical changes in society to the everyday meetings, life stories and
identities of individuals. Sociologists do research on power relations, gender relations,
social inequality, ethnic conflict, youth culture, mass media, child development,
criminality, environmental matters, working life, housing and much else. The subject of
sociology also embraces specialities such as criminology and social psychology.
The research employs many different methods, such as
questionnaires, interviews, participatory observation and textual analysis. By developing
concepts and theories sociology seeks better and better explanations of human action and
societal relations. Sociology is to a great extent a critical and reflective science. It
has an important function of social criticism and often gives new and deeper insights into
things that we have previously taken for granted.
The Department of Sociology was founded in 1957 and is
today the home of 12 professors and has a total of 120 staff members including Ph-D
The department offers courses in Sociology, Social Anthropology and Education - both on
campus and on the Internet.
The Department of Sociology has eight research environments focusing on different areas
within the fields of modern Sociology, Social Anthropology and Education.
About The division of Social Anthropology
What is Social Anthropology?
Social Anthropology is one of the major internationally recognized basic research social
science disciplines. It was established following the turn of the Twentieth Century. The
unifying focus of anthropology is the study of mankind, its history, social structures and
cultural forms. In the United States the subject is divided into social and cultural
anthropology, archaeology, human biology and linguistics. In Europe this has not been the
case and social anthropology has remained a separate subject. In any case the scope of
anthropology encompasses issues covered by history, linguistics, archaeology and human
biology although the degree to which this occurs is variable from department to
department. The field has historically had a major influence on the other social sciences
since several major approaches, structural functionalism, structuralism, structural
marxism were elaborated very much within social anthropology.
The department at Lund university has been a significant contributor to what is referred
to as historical anthropology, and it has been the center for the development of global
systemic anthropology. Research and teaching in Lund has included the study of global
historical processes, the formation and disappearance of particular social and cultural
forms, the nature of personhood and social experience, the processes of cultural
production, the formation of ontologies and cosmologies.
Social Anthropology at Lund is internationally renowned for the development of that field
which is designated today as global systemic anthropology. This approach is based on the
necessity of accounting for global processes involved in the constitution of local social
organizations: i.e. the way in which social forms, from rituals to institutions, are
formed in the interaction between local and global processes. From the mid 70's we have
cooperated with researchers from other disciplines such as history, ancient history and
archaeology in numerous international publications on the nature and dynamics of world
SUDA, the Stockholm
University Demography Unit
SUDA is part of the Department of Sociology, offering training in demography through
individual courses, multi-disciplinary one- and two-year masters degrees,
and a doctoral degree in sociological demography.
These programs are the only comprehensive demographic training in Sweden and are well
connected with research schools throughout the world.
Our research concentrates on family dynamics childbearing, partnerships, households
and the cultural, social, economic, and political conditions that underlie
them. Most of the work we do is comparative, engaging data from countries throughout
Europe and the rest of the world. We are particularly interested in the
effects of social policy, gender relationships and attitudes or values on demographic
Introduction to Political Science in Göteborg
Political Science is one of the oldest and most distinguished social science disciplines.
The thinkers of ancient Greece, such as Plato and Aristotle, wrote books about the state
and politics. In Sweden, the worlds oldest chair in political science was created in
1622. The history of our department is more recent our first chair was established
Contemporary political science proudly carries on this heritage, while simultaneously
placing value on being a lively contemporary social science that is central to debate and
research on society and politics. The Department of Political Science at Göteborg
University consists of around forty researchers and instructors, thirty Ph.D. students and
ten administrators. Our undergraduate program contains around one thousand students each
We offer courses from the undergraduate to the Masters and Ph.D. levels in political
science. At the undergraduate level, we also offer courses in international politics,
public administration and social studies. The courses may be taken separately or be part
of a program of study (a major). We offer the opportunity to study abroad as part of the
degree. The department collaborates with a number of foreign universities within the
framework of various exchange programs (e.g. ERASMUS and Nordplus).
In the area of research, the department has an established profile in the area of
electoral behaviour and electoral studies. Regular surveys have been carried out with the
electorate since the 1950s. Other areas of focus include public administration and public
policy, international politics, Swedish foreign policy and the study of ideas.