Welcome to the Department of Sociology in University College Cork. We are one of the top ranked Sociology Departments in Ireland, scoring 4.5 out of a possible 5 for overall quality, and 5 out of 5 for research in our most recent Research Quality Review, comparing us favourably with the top 15 sociology departments in the UK and the US.
Our Staff research and publish on major societal and global issues relating to health and illness; science, medicine and technology; social networks, drugs and violence; ethics; work and employment; religion and civilization; globalization and migration; climate change and sustainability; gender, sexuality and identity; borders and social justice; social pathologies, and criminology. We have particularly strong expertise in social theory and research methods. Our staff members are also all highly regarded teachers and we offer innovative research-led courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that will provide you with key skills and information that you need for your research, teaching and professional careers. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
News and Events
New book from recent PhD. graduate!
We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Paul O'Connor on his recent publication! Paul graduated from Department of Sociology, UCC in February 2017. He is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the United Arab Emirates University, where he specialises in cultural sociology.
His book, Home The Foundations of Belonging, elevates ‘home’ to the position of a foundational sociological and anthropological concept at a moment when the crisis of globalisation has opened the way to a revaluation of the local.Read Article