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Director's Message

Greetings and Welcome!

Allow me to introduce you to the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies, located in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Socio-Legal studies program builds upon the strengths of the Law and Society and Criminology programs and their traditions of critical, interdisciplinary research. The program aims to create an inclusive, student-centred environment that enables MA and PhD students to pursue their research interests in a community of like-minded scholars. The intellectual parameters of the program are broad and include: socio-legal theory; crime, law and governance; comparative and historical perspectives in law. These general areas allow students to pursue degrees that cover a wide range of issues including: law and public policy, international and domestic human rights, criminology, constitutional law, contemporary enslavement, authoritarianism, corruption and global illegalities, transnational law and policing, security, governance and biopolitics, racialization and law, citizenship and migration, indigenous rights, surveillance studies, global financial crime, moral regulation, and gender, sexuality and the law, just to name a few. Faculty members appointed to the program are leaders in their fields and are eager to mentor the next generation of scholars by helping them build upon the knowledge acquired in their previous studies. Both the MA and PhD programs initiate students into their studies through courses that guide students throughout the process of creating their research proposals so that they are off to a strong start.

Many of our graduates find careers in the social service, private, legal, government, and academic sectors. We encourage you to peruse the profiles of our faculty members to see if their research interests align with your own.

Feel free to contact us should you require additional information.

Claudio Colaguori—Graduate Program Director, Socio-Legal Studies

Natasha Kochar—Graduate Program Assistant

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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.