Sociology and Anthropology as academic disciplines are concerned with the study of human life - how we are shaped by the world around us as well as how we shape and construct the social and cultural world in which we live. Using a range of theoretical perspectives and research methods, both disciplines seek to understand, explore and analyse social structures, social processes and cultural patterns in diverse human societies, past and present. These theoretical perspectives and research methods foster a more informed outlook and critical thinking to bear on contemporary social issues such as inequality and marginalisation, social and cultural transformation, globalisation, ecology and environmental issues, development and sustainability.
Guided by the universals of sociology and anthropology, while at the same time mindful of its specific location, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology aspires to become one of the leading centres for sociological and anthropological studies in the region, with focus on social transformation in Borneo. It aims to promote the disciplines through the teaching and learning of several undergraduate programmes, research and publication, and community engagement.
The Department aspires to:
The department has devoted its research and publication, as well as promotion of postgraduate studies in the following areas:
Anthropology and Sociology