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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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  What is Sociology? +/-

  Coming Events

  • Annual Lecture - Terrell Carver
    Proposed Title: "Why can't a woman be more like a man?" Feminism and masculinities in theory and practice. Profile
    Date March 11 2014
    Contact: David Toews -

    Terrell Carver is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol. Carver is a specialist in Marx, Engels and Marxism, taking hermaneutic, feminist and postmodernist approaches to his explorations of the classic canon. Carver's recent research is in the political theory of sex, gender and masculinities, with a specific focus on International Relations. Carver's work is global both in scope and in reach. He has researched aspects of UK, US, Asian, Australian and European politics and his work has been translated into five languages.

    More information including adbstract. (pdf)

  • Global Labour Research Centre Events
    The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC), based in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, was chartered in July 2013 to engage in the study of work, employment and labour in the context of a constantly changing global economy. The GLRC builds upon the two decades of research activity of York's Centre for Research on Work and Society to take a global perspective on the study of work. The GLRC is organized around four major themes: the impact of the changing nature of work and employment on labour rights; the interrelationships between migration, citizenship and work; gender relations at work and in labour movements; and the revitalization of workers' movements. The Centre is co-directed by Professors Stephanie Ross (Associate Professor, Department of Social Science) and Mark Thomas (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology).

    The GLRC has developed a full program of events for the 2014 year. Winter semester topics will include precarious employment and the enforcement of employment standards, the increasing use of back-to-work legislation, and labour migration and 'unfree labour'. The GLRC also hosts a monthly reading group for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and maintains a reading/study room for Centre associates (students and faculty). In addition to organizing various events, the GLRC Co-Directors are developing collaborative research initiatives on a variety of topics related to the Centre's mandate. You can find out more about the GLRC by visiting or by emailing to be added to our email announcements list. You can also follow the GLRC on Facebook (glrcyork) and Twitter (@GLRC_York).

  News & Announcements

New Important Note for Current Students
  • Talisha Ramsaroop, a fourth-year Sociology student, has won the prestigious Lincoln M. Alexander Award for her work as a mentor for students battling racial stereotypes in Toronto's urban core. Read more about Talisha's work.

  • Congratulations to three Sociology faculty members who were successful in their applications for the Fall 2012 SSHRC Insight Grants competition: Luin Goldring ("New and old fault lines in the Canadian labour market," $374,963), Ratiba Hadj-Moussa ("Riots in the Maghreb," $206,238) and Norene Pupo ("Women, deindustrialization and community," $147,839).

  • Samuel Tecle is an Urban Hero! A doctoral candidate in the graduate program, Sam was one of sixteen awardees celebrated for this contributions to the North York community. Sam is involved in different organizations such as the Success Beyond Limits Education Program. "For me, it was always an idea that where I lived and the community I was part of, that giving back was important. And for me, that was always through education," he said.

  • Annette Louise Bickford is this year's recipient of the President’s University-Wide teaching award in the Contract and Adjunct Faculty category. "I'm inspired by critical pedagogy and convinced that education is politically charged around issues of power and identity. I strive to foster egalitarian, collaborative educational spaces that challenge us to analyze and act upon social injustices, and to envision alternative, transformative conditions. My goal is to support students in their intellectual growth as people who think for themselves," says Bickford.

  • deborah davidson Deborah Davidson, along with a cross-disciplinary team of researchers, recently launched a memorial tattoo archive. "Memorial tattoos both embody memory and serve as a kind of translator of memory into a language readable by others - a way to hold and share memories," says Davidson.

    The project is funded by SSHRC. Read more about it, or find out how to share your tattoo stories.

  SUSA Announcements

  • Thanks to Azar Masoumi for presenting her research at the first in a four talk Graduate Speaker Series, Presented by S.U.S.A.! Next to present is Shelagh Ois. Thank you to Wendy Chappel and Melanie Ha for coordinating this joint grad-undergrad initiative! Please see the flyer for upcoming speakers.

  • For the second year in a row, the Sociology Undergraduate Student Association would like to welcome York University Sociology Students to join our "Falling In Love With Research" (FLR) Team as we work closely with one another, grad students, and professors to engage in a real research study using qualitative and quantitative methods! Learn how to get involved.

  New Faculty

We are very pleased to welcome four new faculty members to our department this fall!!!

Professor Sylvia Bawa
joins us as an assistant professor in Global Studies. Her recent work includes women's political participation and representation in Africa.
Professor Suzanne Cook
is a sessional assistant professor in Youth and Life Course Studies. A gerontologist and researcher on volunteering and older adults, she works with organizations, associations and government on healthy aging and social policy.
Professor Marcello Musto
is a sessional assistant professor whose work focuses on the analysis of Karl Marx's thought. He has been a recipient of German, Dutch, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Canadian, Chinese and Japanese research fellowships.
Professor Secil Erdogan
is a sessional assistant professor in Research Methods. She comes to us with considerable experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods in the area of Refugee and Migration Studies.

  New Book Releases

  Book cover - Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • To Right Historical Wrongs: Race, Gender, and Sentencing in Canada (UBC Press) Carmela Murdocca

  • Fearful Symmetries, edited by Riley Olstead and Katherine Bischoping
  • Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis, edited by Sheila L. Cavanagh, Angela Failler, and Rachel A.J. Hurst
  • Producing and Negotiating Non-Citizenship: Precarious Legal Status in Canada, edited by Luin Goldring and Patricia Landolt

  New Faculty Projects

Please visit our faculty page for a full list of our faculty members and their profiles

  • Professor Pat Armstrong, "Healthy Ageing in Residential Places."
  • Professor Margaret Beare, "Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Policing Models in Canada."
  • Professor Sheila Cavanagh, "Queer Theory and Psycho Analysis."
  • Professor Tania Das Gupta, "Split Families" Among Twice Migrated South Asian Families in Canada."
  • Professor Jacqueline Gibbons, "Child Emigrants to Canada, 19th Century: The Girls."
  • Professor Luin Goldring, "New and Old Fault Lines in the Canadian Labour Market: The Temporal and Institutional Dynamics of Citizenship, Legal Status and Work."
  • Professor Mark Goodman, "The Struggle for African-Am Economic Citizenship: 1938-1954."
  • Professor Ratiba Hadj-Moussa, "Riots in the Maghreb:A Socio-Anthropological Contribution of Dissenting Voices."
  • Professor Eric Mykhalovskiy, "HIV Prevention and the Criminal Law: An International Research Workshop on the Public Health Impact of Criminalizing HIV Exposure/Transmission."
  • Professor Norene Pupo, "Women, Deindustrialization and Community."
  • Professor Mark Thomas, "Labour and Populism in an Age of Uncertainty" and Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards for Workers in Precarious Jobs."

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program


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.

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