"Why are women treated differently in the labour market? Why do people choose to work 16 hour days? Why do the same sort of people always end up in senior management roles? Why do some people choose insecure but autonomous self-employment over a more stable, possibly more secure corporate job? Why do we have ever better technology to help us get our work done but don’t seem to be able to enjoy more leisure time?
"These and many more questions made me seriously reflect on my own motivations, morals and life goals and made me develop a curiosity that I just couldn’t seem to be able to satisfy through work in a corporate job... I soon realized I didn’t want to spend my efforts on maintaining and optimizing the existing system. Instead I wanted to step out of it in order to study it, understand it and criticize it. This realization was like a revelation to me. I had discovered Sociology."
Doctoral researcher Isabell Loeschner, explains what brought her to Sociology, July 2015.
"What sounds like a natural given gift can be learned: sociology is a great trainer of empathy. Plus, it provides me with an analytical lense towards the world. Sociology = Empathy + Critical Analysis."
Mira Buerger, MSc student in the Department of Sociology, July 2015.
"All I can hope is that when future students come to study this discipline, they will realise that Sociology is not just in the words of books; it is in the real world, real people, every second of the day."
Perdita Blinkhorn, BSc Sociology student, July 2015.
These comments come from our students' blogposts on 'Why Sociology' on our research student-led blog, in which they discuss what studying sociology at LSE has meant to them. Read them in full: Researching Sociology.
The Department of Sociology at LSE provides up-to-date, research-led teaching by international experts in their field. Students benefit from an international student body, international staff and global perspective; the interdisciplinary environment of LSE, in which students can attend lectures, seminars and courses offered by any department or institute within the School; and excellent information and IT resources, including the extensive holdings of the British Library of Political and Economic Science, LSE.
LSE's central London location offers unequalled access to cultural activities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, financial centres, research institutes and library/information resources. London is one of the most stimulating world cities for a student experience.
Degree studies in the Department of Sociology provide a critical understanding of society and expertise in researching social processes, and build the basis for careers in (for example) politics, public administration, social and health services, media, marketing and advertising, non-governmental organizations and more.
This year a number of our faculty were nominated for LSE's annual Student-led Teaching Awards. Dr Janet Foster was Winner in the category of Award for Innovative Teaching, and Dr Suki Ali was Highly Commended in the category of Award for Research Support and Guidance. The annual awards are run by the Students’ Union, supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre and sponsored by the Annual Fund. This year they received 1362 nominations from students across the School, with nominations for 555 individual members of staff. The awards ceremony was held on 5 May, picture right of Suki Ali being presented with her award.
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LSE Sociology is consistently ranked as one of the best sociology departments in the country and best in London. The Guardian says in its profile of LSE:
"The LSE is the only university in the UK specialising in the study of social sciences and has a worldwide reputation in the field. The world's largest social sciences library is housed here. Of the 9,000 or so students, half are postgraduates and only about a third are from the UK, making for the largest proportion of overseas students at any university in the world. LSE students have a reputation for being academic and determined; the fact that the university library has a borrowing rate four times the national average speaks volumes. Graduates enjoy top employment rates and starting salaries." more
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