Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of York. In the Times Higher Education's ranking of Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Sociology at York is ranked first in the UK for research quality. With impressive credentials and a supportive atmosphere, our innovative Department is driven by excellence in both research and teaching.

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Events and Conferences


Tracing Urban Imaginaries: Literature, Photography, Art

Andreas Huyssen is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he served as founding director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society (1998-2003).


Locked out of Social Platforms: An iCS Symposium on Challenges to Studying Disinformation

After years of exalting rhetoric praising the democratisation of public discourse with the diffusion of the internet, informed observers have sounded a note of alarm about the scope for the distortion of electoral processes in democratic countries.


BSA Postgraduate Forum Event: The Promise and Perils of Researching Sensitive Issues

Research concerning sensitive and emotionally demanding issues is vital but challenging work in which the onus of care tends to be placed directly on the researcher. These issues may be internal or external, ethical or emotional, or concern the researcher or participant.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University holds a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award, showing that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Sociology @ York Video

Criminology @ York Video

In 2012, York celebrated 800 years of being a self-governing city. Watch the video to see how York has developed into a vibrant, exciting place to live, work and study

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Deport, Deprive, Extradite

Posted on Monday 9 April 2018

Nisha Kapoor examines extremism and the security state’s reaction to it in her latest publication

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