This is indeed the essence of sociology: imagining that every individual’s life is given meaning, form and significance within historically specific cultures and ways of organizing social life.
Being part of the department of sociology at the University of Grete is an exciting experience for both students and staff, as it enhances our self-knowldege as individuals and citizens in Greek, European and global society, while also providing students with scientific knowledge and professional training in analysing and solving social problems.
The department of sociology offers a high quality programme of study that continuously evolves so as to keep up with the most recent developments in sociological thought and satisfy both the needs of students and of Greek society for competent scientific staff, not only in sociolgy but in the social sciences in general.
The department is organized around three unofficial units :
- Social theory
- Social organization and change
- Social Culture
Students make up their own programme by combining compulsory courses with optional courses and seminars. Courses are divided between (a) core courses and (b) area courses. The programme evolves around four areas of sociology:
a) Social Theory-Methods
b) Social development-Social Change
Students can also enroll in courses from other social science departments, as well as from other departments of the university. Students have the option to write a thesis for their degree.
Field work contributes in connecting theoretical knowledge with the empirical reality and the better understanding of both. The department supports these educational activities, as well as the involvement of students in programmes undertaken by research centres and local government organizations.
Student exchange programme
The department takes part in the ‘Socrates/ Erasmus’ Programme of the European Union that encourages the exchange of staff and students between European Universtities. As part of this programme the department recognizes courses undertaken in collaborating universities.
Two laboratories operate presently at the department:
a. The Laboratory of Social Analysis and Empirical Social Research
b. The Laboratory of Gender Studies
Technological Infrastructure and resources
The department is situated at the Gallos campus and is equiped with modern fascilities. Students have access to the computer lab of the School of Social Sciences, which provides computer terminals and internet connection.
Students also have access to the library of the university that is one of the best in the country and has a large collection of sociological books and journals. In addition it provides access to the European Centre of documentation.
The department offers a postgraduate programme in the Academic field of Sociology.