How do you relate to politicians, celebrities, your teachers or your friends? How do you define yourself, your family and others? We explore the way society works, what connects people and what divides them.
We're in the top 50 sociology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings 2017) and top-rated in the UK for the quality of our research (REF 2014). We shape modern society today, advising the UN, government departments, think tanks and public bodies around the world on issues from the rights of indigenous peoples, to the regulation of the building industry, and organised crime and terrorism.
As one of Essex's founding departments, we've focused on how people think about major social issues such as poverty, inequality, class, welfare and the 'third world' from the very start.
So, if you want to be stretched and challenged, and make a change in society, welcome home.
"If you want to be challenged, see the world differently, and be taught in innovative and imaginative ways, welcome to Essex."
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