School of Education and Sociology
The School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC) is home to courses and research in the fields of childhood, education and sociology. It's where we examine the world through the way we learn, and where we think critically about society, social structures and social inequalities. We're training the next generation of school and educational leaders and managers, early years practitioners, and the wider workforce working with children and young people. We also prepare our graduates for work in the civil service, in local government, policy and research roles in the charity and third sector locally and internationally. We also offer PGCE teacher training and undergraduate, postgraduate and research qualifications.
Within EDSOC, we're making a difference locally, nationally and internationally through our teaching, research and community engagement. Our research is embedded in our teaching and community engagement.
Our teaching areas
Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following areas.
In collaboration with Portsmouth City Council and local charities, we're researching mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, cyberbullying, and the social and emotional aspects of learning in schools and early years settings. We also undertake research in sociology on a range of topics linked to social inequalities, identities and lived experiences, engaging with the local and national effects of phenomena from citizenship to war-making.
We’ve worked with a range of organisations including the Imperial War Museum, Forceswatch, ichange21, Vegan Society, Friends Without Borders, Connect Futures, and Journeys Festival International. We're working with the armed forces as the lead provider for the ‘Further Forces’ programme, which develops forces leavers into further education teachers.
Outside the UK, we're working with North American schools to improve classroom attainment, and investigating women’s access to education across Africa.
Our Sociology research
Find out more about the work we're doing across our 4 areas of research expertise in Sociology.
We're asking questions around who we are, who is different from us, and who we want to be, to challenge structural violence and reduce inequality.
We're probing the link between culture and power, confronting societal issues, and looking at the ideological function of culture in naturalising them.
We're investigating the different methods, tools, and techniques for studying social phenomena and generating information and data about all aspects of social life.
Our Education research
Find out more about the work we're doing across our 5 areas of research expertise in Education.
In this area of expertise, we're exploring the experiences and opportunities that play a role in the development of young children.
Our work is identifying, exploring and engaging with forms of discrimination across gender and race in the education system.
Through our research, we're exploring the issue of mental health and mental illness in young people.
Explore our faculty
Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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