Sociology Department Seminar Series: [Hegemonic Transition? "America's Decline" and "China's Rise" in Historical Perspective]

A/P Ho-fung Hung from Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University examines this:

The US has been projected by many as declining global hegemony since the 1970s. Despite such decline, US military supremacy and its capability in defining the global economic orthodoxy remained formidable. This staying power of the US stems in large part from the "dollar-standard" in the world economy. The state-led and export-oriented development of China has been a significant supporter of the dollar standard in the last decade, despite the widespread expectation that China's rise could end the US-centered global order. read more

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

Open Positions

Open-rank positions (Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor), to begin in July 2015. read more

Recess Period for DERC

DERC will be on recess from 10 Jun 2014 - 03 Aug 2014.

Sociology Department Seminar Series: [The Global Diffusion of Inequality since 1970]

Salvatore Babones from Department of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sydney examines this:

Since 1970 income inequality has been stable or rising in almost every country in the world.  It has not, however, risen at the same time or at the same rate throughout the world.  This suggests the globalization, skills premium, and technological change explanations that prevail in the economics literature are likely incorrect, since all of these processes should in principle have relatively uniform global impacts, on 17 April 2014 (Thursday) at 3 pm. read more

Latest Publications

The Department would like to announce the publication of the latest working paper in our series, No. 194 Creative Communities Versus the Cultural Economy – The Vernacular City as an Alternative to Globopolis in Asia by Professor Mike Douglass. read more

Graduate Students' Seminar Series

The Graduate Students’ Committee of the Department of Sociology warmly welcomes participation in the Department’s Graduate Students Research Seminar (GSRS) Series III. read more

Website renovation

We are currently renovating the website to better represent the department. Some of the pages belong to the old version and they will gradually be upgraded to the new version. Some of the pages are still under construction. Please pardon the uneven virtual experience.

Professor Mike Douglass joins the department

Distinguished urban studies scholar Professor Mike Douglass joins our faculty! He is jointly appointed as the Research Leader of the Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute. The department is also proud to have Dr Indira Arumugam, Dr Saroja Devi, Dr Ho Swee Lin, Dr Jiwook Jung, Dr Magne Knudsen, and Dr Noorman Abdullah join us.

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

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