Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Sociology is the study of society, patterns of social relationships, social interaction and culture of everyday life. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, acceptance, and change or social evolution


The vision of the Department of Sociology is to be a centre of excellence where students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to be active and critical agents of social justice and change at the family, community, national and global levels. The Department also envisions itself as a leading contributor to the treasury of scientific concepts, theories, insights and comparative perspectives with which South Africa and the African continent make sense of the changes and continuities that characterize their existence.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department is to actively pursue a sociological curriculum that is theoretically sound and that places emphasis on empirical research and analytical rigour.
Through the implementation of an excellence-driven curriculum at the Bachelor’s, Honours and Master’s levels and cutting-edge basic and applied social research at the Doctoral level, students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to become leaders in their chosen fields

The department of Sociology offers two undergraduate programmes, General Sociology Programme and Industrial Sociology Programme. General Sociology is offered on both Alice and East London Campuses while Industrial Sociology is currently only offered at the East London branch.