As sociologists we seek to explain and interpret how people are shaped by social relations, and how society changes as a result of human interaction. The relationships between individuals, groups and structure are central. As are social change and development.
Sociology is a broad discipline - theoretically, methodologically and thematically. We study everything from meetings between individuals to global processes. What happens to a person's role when they become ill? Do all strata in society have equal access to higher education? What controls immigration in Norway? The whole spectrum of quantitative and qualitative methods are employed in this work.
We are ourselves a part of the society we study. Sociology's perspective and findings can therefore contribute to making great changes. This has been important, ever since the adoption of this discipline by Norwegian researchers in the 1950s. Great pioneering projects such as the political power report, women's research, lifestyle studies and working-life studies have delivered new germane knowledge and have been actively employed in the Norwegian political debate. All of these traditional research areas continue to be pursued at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.
Our research continues to cover a wide range of topics. We have five thematic core areas:
- Social inequality
- The welfare state
- Intimate relations
Active research is ongoing in this areas and many others. This produces the foundation for engaged and vital research-based teaching – from some of the country's leading experts in their respective fields.