School of Sociology and Political Science
School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University, established in July, 2010, currently consists of the department of sociology, the department of social work, and the institute of Anthropology and Folklore. It also has several research centers and institutes such as Sociology Division, E-Institutes of Shanghai Universities, Research center of China social transformation and social organization, Shanghai research center of social science survey, Shanghai research center of social development, Shanghai research center of political party, Shanghai school of social construction, and Shanghai school of social innovation. The School has a "National Key Discipline", a "211 Project" of key building discipline by national Ministry of Education, a "085 Project" of key building discipline by Shanghai Education Commission and Chinese journal of Sociology listed on the Famous Journal Project of Ministry of Education.
The school has 41 faculty members. 88% of them have doctoral degree, 30% of them graduated from foreign universities in the United States, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong, China. The school has first-level disciplinary doctorate-granting units and a complete training system from bachelor to master (professional master), doctor, post-doctor. The school has a total enrollment of 225 bachelor students, 141 graduate students and 152 doctoral students, as well as 10 post-doctoral researchers.
The School of Sociology and Political Sciences, formerly named Department of Sociology, was founded in 1923. Under the direction of its first head, Mr. Qu Qiubai, the Department of Sociology aimed to “training nation-building talents and promoting cultural undertakings”. The department emphasized combination of theoretical discussions and social practice, and trained a large number of social elites. The Department of Socilogoy Shanghai University, reestablished in April 1980 (formerly known as the Fudan University Branch Campus), was the first sociology department after the recovery of sociology discipline in Mainland China. The department advocates the development strategy of “basing in Shanghai, relying on the Yangtze River Delta, leading the discipline development, and nurturing school style”, and plays a leading role on some research areas such as social organization and management, social stratification, social network, community research, and new-urban sociology. More than 3000 students have graduated from the School of Sociology and Political Sciences since its first graduation in January 1983.