Sociology is the study of how society works. It examines how individual choices are affected by wider social forces and how they can be understood by placing them in their own social context.
It provides description and analysis of the patterns and structures in human relationships, and encourages us to see the world through the eyes of other people.
Sociologists study people in society, looking at small groups such as families, larger organisations such as workplaces, very large institutions such as the education system, as well as whole societies such as Scotland.
Find out more about the work of our Sociology department at www.sociology.ed.ac.uk