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Cambridge has a strong and vibrant tradition of teaching and research in sociology. Some of the best-known figures in British sociology were formerly based in Cambridge, and some of the most distinguished names of twentieth-century sociology, from Talcott Parsons and Daniel Bell to Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, Zygmunt Bauman, Ann Oakley, Ulrich Beck and Bruno Latour, have lectured here.

For many years, sociology in Cambridge has been practised and taught in connection with other disciplines – we have particularly strong connections with politics, psychology, anthropology, economics, and history and, most recently, criminology.

In 1968 the University established a Social and Political Sciences Committee which brought together sociology, politics and social psychology into a single administrative unit.  In 1986 the SPS Committee became a fully-fledged Faculty of Social and Political Sciences which offered a one-year Part I and a two-year Part II. The formal establishment of the Department of Sociology dates from January 2004, when the Faculty was divided into three Departments. This lead to the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science (HSPS). While Cambridge sociology has always existed within an interdisciplinary context, it has also maintained a distinctive profile as a centre of excellence for outstanding work in social theory and empirical sociological research.

We offer a unique environment in which to study sociology, either on its own or in combination with other disciplines, and to pursue sociological research at the cutting edge of the discipline.

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A World Leader

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for teaching and research in Sociology, consistently ranked first in UK league tables by The Guardian, The Times, and the Independent.

Excellence in Teaching

Dr Mónica Moreno-Figueroa, Pilkington Teaching Prize Winner and Senior Lecturer in Sociology, explains why it is important to study Sociology and how she helps her students to engage with the course at Cambridge.

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