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The Faculty consists of 10 Departments with national and international reputations. Use the links below to visit individual Department websites.
Applied Social Science
of Department: Dr Paul Iganski
The Department of Applied Social Science has a very strong record in applied social research in criminology, social work, social policy, health and welfare, disability studies and applied sociology. Considerable emphasis is placed on linking theory, research, professional practice and service development in the Department’s research and teaching activities. 95% of the Department’s research was rated as being of international standing in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
of Department: Dr Paul Ashwin
The Department has a world class reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. We offer innovative, specialist postgraduate programmes that are consistently rated as outstanding. For example, the Department was ranked 10th in the UK and top in the North West of England by the Guardian University Guide 2012. In terms of research the Department is one of the best in the Country. The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 put us in the top 20 education departments nationally, with 80% of our research activity judged to be of international standing, and 45% graded as internationally excellent and world leading.
English and Creative Writing
of Department: Professor John Schad
The Department of English and Creative Writing comprises staff whose wide range of expertise and interests in English literature and literary theory provide opportunities for research in all periods from the early modern to the twenty-first century. Integrated within the Department is one of the longest established creative writing departments in the UK which forms a stimulating community of writers across a wide range of literary forms. The Department was classified within the international categories in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
European Languages and Cultures
of Department: Dr Robert Crawshaw
The Department of European Languages and Cultures conducts research into the languages, cultures and societies of France, Germany, Italy, Spain (including Catalonia) and the countries of Central Europe as well as in European Studies. Whilst remaining in many cases specific to individual European countries, much of our work is trans-national in scope, being based on expertise which is both historical and theoretical.
Head of Department: Professor Andrew Jotischky
The Department of History offers a friendly environment, aiming to encourage undergraduate students to achieve their fullest academic potential. Its postgraduate programmes provide research training in political, social and cultural history, and individual supervision at both the MA and PhD levels ranges across the medieval, early modern, and modern periods. Its academic staff is actively involved in fostering the faculty's interdisciplinary culture.
Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (Art, Design, Film Studies, Music and Theatre Studies)
of Department: Dr Andrew Quick
The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts was launched on 1st August 2005. LICA is an exciting new venture, which houses Lancaster's excellent programmes in Art, Design, Film Studies, Music, Music Technology and Theatre Studies. LICA's joint (Art, Design, Music, Theatre, Film and New Media) multi-disciplinary 2008 Research Assessment Exercise submission classed 80% of its research as world (4*) or internationally (3*) leading. The Institute has the benefit of creative industry connections to Lancaster's public arts providers: The Nuffield Theatre, the Peter Scott Gallery and the Lancaster International Concerts Series.
of Department: Professor Sigrun Skogly
The Lancaster Law School has a thriving postgraduate programme which is principally characterised by a multidisciplinary approach to the study of law as a social phenomenon. Law is studied in a manner which is theoretically informed and practically relevant. Staff within the Law School believe in the need to address law in the light of European and international developments and combine these concerns with a learning environment where postgraduates and academic staff can work in an informal atmosphere conducive to open debate. The Law School runs a regular Research Seminar Programme to which outside speakers are invited and work-in-progress papers are given by staff and postgraduate members. Postgraduate students also run their own Colloquium at which they can present current research ideas and findings to their peers.
Linguistics and English Language
of Department: Professor Elena Semino
The Department is the largest of its kind in England, with a full-time lecturing staff of 31, some 25 Research Associates, and a strong community of around 150 PhD students. We have a thriving research environment organised around 4 Research Centres and 13 Research Groups. 85% of the Department’s research activity was classed as internationally recognised and 20% was judged world leading in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR)
of Department: Professor Robert
The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) was formed in August 2010 by merging the old Departments of Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Each of these departments had an excellent reputation for teaching and research (all three were ranked 1st in the Northwest in the 2011 Guardian University Guide). The new interdisciplinary unit is the only department of its kind in the United Kingdom. With over 35 academic staff producing internationally recognised research on a broad range of topics and offering a wide array of undergraduate, Masters, MPhil and PhD programmes, it is a uniquely exciting and interdisciplinary environment in which to learn, research and study.
of Department: Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski
Sociology at Lancaster is renowned for its creative and ground-breaking research. The Department has played a key role in shaping the discipline of sociology and is currently ranked 49th in the world and in the top five in the UK. As well degree programmes in Sociology at Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral levels, the Department now offers degree programmes at all three levels in Media and Cultural Studies. Lancaster Sociology is an excellent place to study or undertake research with its challenging courses and an intense and exciting research environment for research students, researchers and visiting scholars.
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