Department of Sociology

A Word from the Head of the Department

Asst Prof Mario Bara, PhD Head of the Department of Sociology

It is often said that sociology is a discipline that emerged and was shaped by the social, economic and political crises of the 19th century. Since it studies various fields of the dynamics of social life, social changes and factors driving and shaping society, sociology is a basic discipline within social sciences. Today’s modern society cannot be imagined without sociology. Given the new technologies, society develops at an accelerated pace and changes steadily through quicker interaction and ever more complex social networks. Sociology, like society, which is in a constant state of flux on both the micro and macro levels, is a dynamic science that focuses on every change in society as its object of research. Such speedy changes in society require adequate responses.

An example can be society’s responses to various crises (natural, health, environmental, economic, migration, etc.) occurring from time to time. The first response to a social problem is its analysis and understanding, as well as enabling different social protagonists to obtain the necessary information in order to make adequate public policies that impact all society’s structures. Given its object of research and methodological approaches, sociology is well placed to offer these responses. There is no aspect of social life which sociology and sociological research do not impact. Therefore, sociology is in constant dialogue with its related disciplines. A broad spectrum of basic sociological and elective courses in the study programme in Sociology at the CUC follows these trends.
The programme enables students to understand and analyse social phenomena and apply acquired knowledge in practice.
The study programme gives students both research and teaching skills enabling them to become good teachers. The course of study in Sociology offers a complete span of higher education (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate). An integrated university like the Catholic University of Croatia offers Sociology as a one-subject or two-subject course of study allowing prospective students to focus on specific knowledge. Ultimately, this can make a difference for them on the labour market. The University gives its students the opportunity to develop
further through a broad network of the Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP), other universities and scientific research institutions at home and abroad. This allows them to develop their affinities and grow in their profession.

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