Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Graduate Program in Socio–Legal Studies launched the PhD program beginning in September 2010–2011. York's PhD in Socio–Legal Studies is at the vanguard of a growing number of postgraduate programs in Europe and North America in interdisciplinary legal studies. Our PhD is the first such doctoral program in Canada not based in a law school. This exciting, interdisciplinary program builds on York's pioneering Law and Society and Criminology programs and its tradition of interdisciplinary research.
Become A Leader In
International / domestic
human and indigenous rights
Socio-historical approaches to law
Transnational policing and Immigration / border security
Global financial crime
Gender, race, sexuality and the law
Critical & Cultural Criminology
Immersive, Interactive and Intelligent Technologies
Cybersex, Virtual Intimacy, & Sex/Crime Porn, Media & Cultural Studies Criminal, Civil & Constitutional Law Censorship, Child Pornography & Freedom of Expression Queer, Feminist, & Critical Race/Whiteness Theory
Affect, Emotion & the Senses
Posthumanism & Poststructuralism
My graduate experience in the Socio-Legal Studies program has been a rigorous academic journey which has deepened my understanding of the relationship between law, criminology, society, and justice. Earning a Master of Arts at York University entails participation in an environment that ensures independent growth and a collaborative experience with fellow scholars and supportive classmates.
— Natalie De Luca
MA student in Socio-Legal Studies, 2021–2022
The Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.