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We live in an ever changing society where change is possible and is happening all around us every day. This makes it more important then ever to study Sociology.

Why Study Sociology?

Sociology asks the big questions and examines connections within society. We live in a world where big changes happen on a daily basis and by studying Sociology we can start to explore why some of these changes take place and what the implications are for the rest of our world.

Sociology also helps us to tap into the personal resistances we have towards examining or studying certain topics. Perhaps the topic is too big or uncomfortable to think about alone.

Studying Sociology at Cambridge provides the space to approach these wider issues. The course allows students to ask and answer these big questions in an open and appreciative environment, guided by experts in a diverse range of fields of reseach.


Mónica Moreno-Figueroa Explains...

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



Want to find out more?

Suggested reading list for prospective SOCIOLOGY students in HSPS:

  • Anthony Giddens and Phillip Sutton (2013)." Sociology. 7th edition. Polity Press.
  • Anthony Smith (2013) Nationalism. 2nd Edition.Polity
  • Jack Goldstone. ed. (1994) Revolutions: theoretical, comparative, and historical studies. Harcourt Brace College Publishers.
  • Kristin Surak (2012) Making tea, Making Japan: Cultural nationalism in practice. Stanford University Press.
  • Nira Yuval-Davis (2011) The politics of belonging: Intersectional contestations. Sage.
  • Patricia Hill Collins (2000) Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness and the politics of empowerment. Routledge.

  • R W Connell (2009) Gender (2nd edition); Polity.

  • Richard Sennett (2012) Together: The rituals, pleasures and politics of cooperation. Yale University Press.
  • Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2010) The spirit level: why equality is better for everyone. Penguin.
  • Safiya Umoja Noble and Brendesha M. Tyne (2016) The intersectional internet: Race, sex, class and culture online.  Peter Lang.

  • Zygmunt Bauman (2001) Thinking Sociologically (2nd edition); Wiley-Blackwell.

Browse through books that have won prizes by the American Sociological Association



Undergraduate Prospectus 2019

Undergraduate prospectus 2019

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.