Department of Sociology

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    Edifici B

    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), created in 1985 as part of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, is a research intensive department offering high quality teaching in sociology in undergraduate courses and degrees, Master degrees and PhDs.

Since its creation in the middle of the 1980s, the Department has grown considerably in terms of teaching and research capacity. At present, the Department of Sociology has nine research groups working in areas such as immigration and ethnic minorities; education and youth transitions; analytical sociology and institutional design; feelings and emotions; infancy and family; religion, identities and culture; everyday life and work; education and social policies; women and gender.

In relation to teaching, the Department coordinates the Degree in Sociology, as well as the teaching of sociology courses in different faculties of the UAB. The Department is also in charge of two master programmes, one on Social Policy, Employment and Welfare, and another one on Education Policies for Global Development (Erasmus Plus), and organises a PhD programme in Sociology. This PhD programme, which started in the academic year 1986-87, enjoys the “quality award” of the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness since 2006.

With the aim of disseminating original research and theoretical work in sociology and other related disciplines in the social sciences, the Department publishes the journal "Papers. Revista de Sociologia", a leading journal in the field of sociology, especially in the Spanish-speaking context.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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