Institute of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Institute of Social Sciences (ISS)
Quartier UNIL-Mouline
Bâtiment Géopolis
CH-1015 Lausanne
Téléphone : 021 692 37 00
Fax : 021 692 32 15

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The Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre that brings together four disciplines: cultural and social anthropology, social policy, social psychology and sociology. Social and cultural phenomena are analysed from a number of thematic angles (work, family, education, health, social policy, communication, culture, science and technology, identity and relationships between groups), and from various analytical perspectives (social stratification, gender studies, comparative studies, and life pathways). The ISS develops knowledge useful for the analysis of complex social and cultural phenomena in an academic environment nourished by interdisciplinary collaboration and critical exchanges.

The ISS offers all three cycles of higher education: Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees in social sciences with a range of specializations, and various types of doctoral programmes (disciplinary and thematic). It has six research laboratories that explore a wide variety of social and cultural phenomena. Through the scientific activity of the laboratories, the ISS is very actively involved in multiple local, national and international research projects, and develops innovative social science research methods. It also has three observatories and three virtual centres.
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