Welcome to the Department of Sociology & Criminology at UCC! As a new or returning student we hope you will have a great experience here. Supported by the academic staff and professional services staff we know that you will enjoy world class research led teaching on a variety of topics that seek to both better understand our social world and make a difference. In undertaking your undergraduate or postgraduate programme with us you will develop your sociological and/or criminological imagination and in these times of accelerated social change this is such an important time to engage with social issues and social problems through a sociological or criminological lens. Our department is made up of academic staff, postgraduate researchers/tutors and professional services staff who are all working together to ensure you have an excellent experience as a student in the department and throughout the course of your degree programme. All academic staff have office hours and are available to meet by appointment too and our department office is open 9.00-5pm. We know you will have a great experience with us, develop many transferrable skills and especially critical thinking skills that will take you into your future careers and life. We also encourage you to engage with the wider opportunities that UCC has to offer such as the various clubs and societies and we wish you an excellent year ahead!
Professor Maggie O'Neill
Head of the Department of Sociology & Criminology
University College Cork
Sociology & Criminology at UCC is at the cutting edge of teaching and research on the intersection between society, economy, ecology, politics, crime and culture. Staff pride themselves in being leaders in frontier research on sociological, criminological and anthropological theory, participatory, ethnographic and creative methodologies, political and cultural transformation, social inequalities, gender, sexuality, identity, migration, crime, violence and social justice, climate change, sustainable development, health, cities and societies of the future. Embracing the University’s ethos of ‘independent thinking’, the department offers a unique platform to acquire theoretical and methodological skills applicable to a wide range of research areas. Placing a strong emphasis on academic freedom in the interest of community service, social justice and societal relevance, the department of Sociology & Criminology strives to maintain its distinctive profile as a centre of research and teaching excellence, enabling our students to understand our contemporary society in the light of social justice, ideals and core values, so that we may think our way through our present challenges and imaginatively reinvent ourselves.