The research and teaching of sociology in Xi’an Jiaotong University is accompanied with the process of reform and opening up in China. In June 2004, the department of sociology, affiliated to the school of humanities and social science, was independently established and authorized to confer master degree of sociology (second-level discipline).In October 2009, the institute for empirical social science research (IESSR) was founded and served as an important scientific research platform for the development of sociology. The department was authorized to offer master degree of sociology (first-level discipline) in 2010, interdisciplinary PhD program of social development and management in 2013, and professional master degree in social work (MSW) in 2014.
The department has now established an integrated talent cultivation system with bachelor, master and doctoral degree. Specifically, the department has right of degree-conferring for bachelor in sociology, master in sociology, professional master in social work, and interdisciplinary PhD in social development and management.Currently, the department has 27 faculty members: 8 professors, 10 associate professors and 9 assistant professors. Among those, there are 1 “leading talent” of the university, 3 professors crowned “Yangtze River Scholar Award”, and 1 “top young talent”. The department now has 10 doctoral supervisors and 12 master supervisors, and has signed the joint cultivation agreement of undergraduate and doctoral degree with a number of world famous universities, including Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Minnesota, the University of Manchester, the University of Saskatchewan, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The sociology team adheres to both theory- and policy-oriented empirical research, and faces international academic frontier directions, major national practical issues, key issues of regional development and social governance. In terms of the talent training and discipline construction, the sociology team focuses on developing directions of social network and relational sociology, social stratification and economic sociology, sociology of family and pension problem, social policy and social governance, and social psychology. Outcomes of teaching and research are among the domestic first-class level. Research fields such as social network and relational sociology, social stratification and mobility have stepped into the forefront of the country.
Empirical sociology is among the directions of “building world-class discipline” of Xi’an Jiaotong University. The IESSR has been among the first batch of social science popularization bases in Shaanxi province. The institute has also been accepted as one of three Chinese representative institutions of the international cooperation project for social research (ISSP) and one of the two Chinese research units of the east Asia social research cooperation project. In 2015, as a co-member of the center for collaborative innovation of social governance and social policies, IESSR was included in the first batch of key research bases of philosophy and social sciences in Shaanxi province.
For a terrace nine-storey high, it came from baskets of soil piled. One can enjoy a grander sight, by climbing to a greater height.The department of sociology of Xi’an Jiaotong University and IESSR are devoted to the development of sociology in western China.