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School of Social Sciences


The Sociology group encompasses teaching and research in the areas of sociology and social psychology. Staff have a reputation for carrying out nationally and internationally recognised research into a range of social issues such as sexuality and gender, social class, the sociology of work, migration and material culture, social movements, protest and activism, the sociology of health, the impact of technological change, and psychological issues such as mindfulness, spirituality, the after-effects of turmoil and trauma, transcendent experiences and psychoanalysis.

Undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses provide students with cutting-edge knowledge in the disciplines of sociology and social psychology. At undergraduate level, the Sociology degree is marked by its distinctive focus on student-centred learning and collaboration, as well as its high level of student satisfaction (97% overall satisfaction in 2015). The Social Psychology degree programme explores how the psychological dimensions of human existence are inseparable from the social. At postgraduate level, the MA Interdisciplinary Psychology is the only course in the UK to offer a combination of transpersonal, psychoanalytic and critical approaches to psychology. Professional development courses in mindfulness are also provided for external organisations.

Staff are engaged in a range of external activities. Dr Elliot Cohen and Dr Madeleine Castro, members of the Social Psychology course team, play key roles in the leadership of the Transpersonal section of the British Psychological Society, and Dr Steve Taylor is regularly included in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of the “100 most spiritually influential living people” thanks to the impact of his best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. Within the Sociology course team, Dr Chris Till is a convenor of the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Digital Sociology and Yorkshire Medical Sociology study groups, and Dr Darren Nixon is a member of the editorial board for Work, Employment and Society, one of the BSA’s flagship journals.