SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WELFARE
Social welfare and social justice are among the cornerstones on which Sociology as a social science is founded. Reacting to their observations of injustices and inequalities, the early architects of the discipline sought to understand how social order emerges from the social structures, institutions, organizations, processes and discourses of society. Sociologists across time and place have sought to develop and apply social science knowledge for the betterment of society. Their goal was in part to apply their understanding of social facts and put them into action in order to build a more equitable and just society.
The Sociology and Social Welfare Division supports a vision of a just society. We strive to bring the sociological imagination to bear on the study of social problems and issues, globally, nationally, regionally and individually. Our division’s mission is to develop and promote an understanding of and knowledge about the social institutions, structures and processes that create and perpetuate inequality, exclusion and oppression. Our goal is to support the dissemination of research and conversations that assist in the creation and development of public policies, affirmative actions and social services through the application of social science knowledge, perspectives, methods and technology.
Division mission statement was reviewed November 2018 by William Cabin, Temple University, Sociology and Social Welfare Division Chair, 2017-2019. No edits were made. Division mission statement was last edited in November 2016 by Linda Houser, Widener University, Sociology and Social Welfare Division Chair, 2015-2017.
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