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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 (Fall/Winter 2015-2016)


  • Sociology graduate student Vivian Stamatopoulos is the recipient of the 2014-15 President's University-Wide Teaching Award in the Teaching Assistants Category.

  • Associate Professor Fuyuki Kurasawa is an inaugural Tier 2 York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship. His research will examine how the rise of digital culture is enabling laypeople and experts to collaborate in tackling some of the world's most pressing problems. Kurasawa will also examine how new technologies are reshaping practices of creation, evaluation, and dissemination of knowledge about such global problems.

  • 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) engages in the study of work, employment and labour in the context of a constantly changing global economy. The Centre is co-directed by Professors Stephanie Ross (Associate Professor, Department of Social Science) and Mark Thomas (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology). You can find out more about the GLRC, including their events, 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

  New Faculty

Professor Marcello Musto
is an 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.
arthur mcluhan Professor Arthur McLuhan
Arthur McLuhan is a sessional assistant professor whose research and teaching concern the sociologies of self and identity, subcultures, deviance, and everyday life, with an emphasis on developing more general theories and concepts of social processes that are empirically grounded in the ethnographic examination of particular social worlds.

  New Book Releases

       Arendt Contra Sociology: Theory, Society and its Science Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity   Book cover - Putting the State on Trial

  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.