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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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Courses Added and/or Extended to Non-Sociology Students (click below):

NEW:  Important Course Listing for Current Students (Summer 2015)

  • Congratulations to the 2013-14 winners of the John O'Neill Teaching Excellence Awards:
    • Michael Nijhawan (Full-time Faculty)
    • Randal Schnoor (Contract Faculty)
    • Alicia Tomaszyzck (Teaching Assistant)

  • The fine work of our Undergraduate Students Association, SUSA, has been recognized at the Faculty level. SUSA won the LA&PS Commitment to Student Experience and Alumni Engagement Award and SUSA's president, Fauzia Quddus, won the LA&PS Outstanding Student Leadership Award. Congratulations SUSA!

  Coming Events

  • 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.

    The Global Labour Research Centre would like to thank Professor Emeritus Tony Turrittin (Department of Sociology, York) for his generous donation of over 250 books in the Sociology of Work and Labour to the Centre. The collection will be housed in the GLRC's Resource Room, located in Ross Building N815. With texts from key figures in the field such as Robert Blauner, Barry Bluestone, Michael Burawoy, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Barbara Ehrenreich, Andre Gorz, Richard Hyman, Arne Kalleberg, and Seymour Martin Lipset, and including contributions from York faculty such as Pat Armstrong, Meg Luxton, and Ester Reiter, the collection will be an invaluable resource for those interested in the study of work and labour.

    You can find out more about the GLRC by visiting or by contacting Adam Charnaw, Centre Coordinator, at or 416-736-2100 x44704. You can also follow the GLRC on Facebook (glrcyork) and Twitter (@GLRC_York)

  SUSA Announcements

  • Coming soon!

  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 - Suffering, Art and Aesthetics

  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.

engaging research

David Toews Vivian Stamatopoulos Janelle Brady - Ontario Volunteer Medal Heather Garrett Eric Mykhalovskiy Andil Gosine Ratiba Hadj Moussa Peter Landstreet SUSA

Undergraduate Students discuss the program and the student club SUSA

Queer Bathroom Stories  the Play | Prof Sheila Cavanagh, LA&PS Did you know?
Two out of six of York's past presidents were sociologists. The first president of York University, Murray George Ross (1910-2000), was a sociologist, which speaks to the academic culture that was envisioned for York University.