About the School

The School of Sociology, Philosophy and Criminology at University College Cork comprises the Departments of Philosophy and Sociology and the Discipline of Criminology. Philosophy and Sociology each offer programmes of their own at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and all information on their work and staff can be found on the Departmental websites for Sociology and Philosophy. The Department of Sociology hosts Criminology, its BA, MA and PhD. Staff in both Sociology and Philosophy have won huge praise, and indeed prizes, in recent years for both their teaching and research from their External Examiners, Research audits and colleagues overseas; and the BA Criminology, the first in Ireland, launched in 2014, is already recognized as a world-class degree, attracting many international partnerships.

The School is an administrative unit mediative between the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) and the Departments in the School. All teaching operations are conducted and managed within the Departments. The School has overall responsibility for the delivery of a high quality university education in its subject areas and is proud to still be achieving that through both teaching and research.

All teaching in the School is closely inter-related with staff research and devoted to communicating international, up-to-date, knowledge in an accessible manner within an Irish context. Most members of the School are also actiively engaged with both their intellectual communities and local or national communities, appearing regularly on radio and television.

Research is carried out by individuals and groups within the two Departments but also by Centres, Institutes and consortia driven by the efforts of School staff. The School houses two centres: the Irish Institute of Chinese and Japanese Studies (Philosophy) and the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society (Sociology).

The current Head of School is Professor Colin Sumner. A sociologist and former Cambridge criminologist and East London law school head, he is also the Programme Director for the BA Criminology and Editor of the online criminology magazine CrimeTalk. Author of major monographs on ideology and the concept of deviance, Colin co-founded an international journal with Sage, Theoretical Criminology, and edited the Blackwell Companion to Criminology. His work on social censure is the subject of Social Censure and Critical Criminology: After Sumner (2017 Palgrave MacMillan).

The School is committed to an ethical, peaceful and productive environment and endorses the Department of Philosophy's progressive policy on staff-student relationships.

All correspondence concerning the School should be directed to Professor Sumner at c.sumner@ucc.ie

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