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The faculty consists of russian lecturers and several visiting  professors including those from Germany and South Korea. Lecturers provide courses for the students of sociology, social anthropology, sociology and economic sociology as well as students of the Faculty of International Relations, Smolny Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Economics and the European University in St. Petersburg . Courses taught are oriented toward using comparative methodology in scientific research.

Employees of the department perform a number of research projects in the field of sociology of development, economic sociology , ethnic studies , and studies of social inequality.