Department of Sociology

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Department of Sociology


Sociology is the study of the social world, and the behaviour of humans in a variety of situations. Several aspects of human behaviour are studied within the context of political transformation and globalisation, creating an understanding of society in a changing world. Sociology encourages critical thinking and urges one to challenge existing ideas. Sociologists study race and ethnicity, social stratification, social mobility, policy processes, education, poverty, organisations and bureaucracies, crime and social problems, family and religion; amongst a range of other social processes. UJ Sociology specialist areas include social identity, political sociology, research methodology and group dynamics.

Recent Submissions

  • Koen, Susanna Elizabeth (1988)
    An increase in the number of people living alone has been observed in various modern industrialised societies, paricularly over the last four decades. Despite this, very little is known about living alone, since until ...
  • De Waal, Margaretha (1990)
    The proportions which family problems have assumed in South Africa, led to an increased demand for research on variables related to the development of marital and family integration. The aim of this study is to conceptualise ...
  • Swanepoel, Marieta (1990)
    An analysis of the position of women in the labour field prior to the Industrial Revolution, indicates the important role she fulfilled and the active participation she had in the economic life of the community. The dual ...
  • Nkuna, Lucert Promise (2014)
    Identity construction amongst the youth is a vital process as it shapes who they are and what they want to be. Rapid social change contributes a great deal to the ways people create and shape their identities. This study ...
  • Roux, Pierrette Jeanne (1985)
    The basic assumption of this mainly exploratory study is that aging is a time of growth, creati vity and new opportunities. The aged person is an individual who has rights and experiences basic needs. The rendering of ...

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