York Sociology: A Public Sociology
Our department's contribution to the world of sociological thought and research is to offer our students a sociology of engagement; a critical approach to scholarship that challenges assumptions, and in so doing, aims for greater social justice and an appreciation that history – our own and that of others around the world – has a lasting impact on the present.
This commitment is evident in our faculty members' local and international work with communities and organizations,and in the public recognition of our faculty as experts in their respective fields. Our faculty members are passionately involved in innovative and meaningful research that addresses vital social issues of our time.
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- Thurs. May 9, 4:00-6:00pm ::: Book Launch, "Producing and Negotiating Non-Citizenship:
Precarious Legal Status in Canada," co-edited by Prof. Luin Goldring. NEXUS
Lounge, OISE, 12th floor, Room 12-130, 252 Bloor Street West. Read more
- Thurs. May 16, 2:00-5:00pm ::: Prof. Guida Man is discussant for Passage to Promise Land: Voices of Chinese Immigrant Women to Canada by the Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy. An Asian Heritage Month Book launch, Schulich Private Dining Room.
News & Announcements
- Budding sociologists play volleyball! Two of our undergraduate students, Melissa Monkhouse and Tisha Rouse, play in the 2013 Ontario University Athletics volleyball championships hosted at York.
- New job posting in Youth and Life Course Studies (Contractually Limited Position)
We are very pleased to welcome two new faculty members and a new staff member to our department this fall!!!
- Ms. Monica Sotter is our new faculty secretary in Sociology.
|Professor Alireza Asgharzadeh is a sessional assistant professor who works in the sociology of education, Middle Eastern cultures, social theory and social inequality.||Professor Philip Boyle, a sessional assistant professor, is a critical criminologist with a concentration on contemporary theories of risk, security and governance as applied to urban social problems.|
- Congratulations to Professor Michael Nijhawan who received a fellowship with the Max Weber Institute for Advanced Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany, from January to April 2013!
- Congratulations to Professor Luin Goldring, on her appointment as York University Director of CERIS-The Ontario Metropolis Centre!
New Book Releases
- Encyclopedia on Transnational Crime and Justice, edited by Margaret Beare
- Korean Immigrants in Canada: Perspectives on Migration, Integration and the Family, edited by Samuel Noh, Ann H. Kim, and Marianne S. Noh
- Direct Action, Deliberation, and Diffusion: Collective Action after the WTO Protests in Seattle, by Lesley J. Wood
- Social Movements 1768-2012, 3rd edition, by Charles Tilly and Lesley J. Wood
New Faculty Projects
Please visit our faculty page for a full list of our faculty members and their profiles
- Professor Pat Armstrong, "How does Gender Matter in Long Term Residential Care?"
- Professor Margaret Beare, "A Study of Police Integrity Commissions: Learning from International Policing Services."
- Professor Sheila Cavanagh, "Queer Bathroom Monologues"
- Professors Ann Kim, Luin Goldring, and others, "Insights from Canada's Settlement Industry: Exploring Agency Data on Temporary Migration."
- Professor Fuyuki Kurasawa, "Human Rights Activism in the Age of Web 2.0: The Possibilities and Perils of Social Media for Human Rights Groups."
- Professor Carmela Murdocca, "Incarceration in an Age of Reparative Justice."
- Professor Michael Nijhawan, "Predicaments of a Post-conflict Generation: A Comparative Study of Sikh and Ahmadiyya Diaspora Formations."
- Professor Rosemary Ricciardelli, "Masculinity and Risk in Canadian Prisons" and "Toward Developing an Assistive Technology Framework for Older Adults with Dementia: A User-centred Design Approach."
- Professor Glenn Stalker, "Climate Change and Pro-environmental Beliefs, Behaviours and Support for Policy: Evidence from a Survey of Canadians."
- Professor David Toews, "The Influence of Digital Media on Sociability and Unsociability."
Our curriculum is comprehensive and diverse, and it falls under 5 main areas:
Students can choose from a range of degree options.
One of the largest sociology graduate programs in the country, the Graduate Program is a center of critical and engaged sociology, and interdisciplinary scholarship.
Graduate students participate in courses, workshops, and colloquia, and draw on faculty from departments across the University.
Our more than 80 distinguished Full-time and Contract Faculty members and Professors Emeriti have won highly competitive research and teaching awards.