Recess Period for DERC

DERC will be on recess from 02 Jun 2015 - 10 Aug 2015.

Singapore Families and Population Dynamics

This conference marks the official launch of the Center for Family and Population Research (CFPR) in the National University of Singapore. The event also commemorates Singapore's 50 years of nation building and the University’s 110th anniversary. It is organized by the Centre for for Family and Population Research and co-sponsored by the Singapore Research Nexus (SRN), Asia Research Institute (ARI) and Department of Sociology.

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Recess Period for DERC

DERC will be on recess from 10 Dec 2014 - 11 Jan 2015.

Joint Department Seminar: [The Value of Comparison]

Prof Peter Van Der Veer from Utrecht University examines this:

Anthropology is primarily an engagement with 'difference' and 'diversity' and focuses on problems of cultural translation. As such it offers a critique of the universallization of Western models and provides thus a basis for comparative historical sociology. Ethnographical data derived from fieldwork form a big part of anthropology, but the study of other kinds of materical, historical, textual, visual, also benefits from an anthropological perspective.

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Joint Department Seminar: [Who Participates in After-School Tutoring and Who Benefits From It? A Cross-National and Inter-Grade Analysis]

Prof Huang Min-Hsiung from Academia Sinica, Taiwan examines this:

As more and more students worldwide particpate in after-school tutoring to improve their performance in academic subjects such as mathematics and science, questions arise as to whether (a) after-school tutoring is used mainly by low-performing students for remedial purposes, (b) students from different socioeconomic backgrounds have equal access to these tutorials after school,

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FASS Class of '69 Sociology Alumni Bursary

In commemoration of their 45th year of graduation in 2014, the classmates of our pioneer Sociology Class '69 raised fund and setup the department's inaugural bursary, FASS Class of '69 Sociology Alumni Bursary. read more

Welcome to the Department of Sociology

You might want to know, if you do not already, that we have been ranked by reputation as the top sociology department in Asia and among the top 20 in the world, in 2012. That aside, you will find in this website details of the department’s faculty members, their fields of research and the modules they teach.

With more than thirty teaching staff, the department readily provides very comprehensive undergraduate and postgraduate programs that enable the student to tailor his/her education in sociology; modules taught ranges from sociology of lifestyles in popular culture and consumerism to social problems in deviance, health and inequalities to macro sociological concerns of history, economy and politics. The undergraduate and the Master programs are a combination of sociology and anthropology modules, while the PhD is differentiated into sociology or anthropology.

Although the department has the capacity to cover practically the entire terrain of undergraduate and postgraduate education in sociology, we also have the following areas of excellence: anthropology of Southeast Asia, comparative historical sociology, economic sociology and Singapore society in regional comparative perspective. These identifiable tracks of excellence provide students with identifiable pathways to their desired specialization in their choice of not only education but also future career and their preferred modes of life.

Whether you choose to make sociology your major field of study or as a minor field or even just accessing selective modules to round out your university education, we are certain that you will benefit from your enrolment in department.

Professor Chua Beng Huat

  • Emily Chua
  • Juyeon Kim
  • Adelyn Lim
  • Rose Liang
  • Xu Xiaohong