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What is Sociology?

Sociology is an exciting and dynamic field of study analyzing and accounting for key processes and moments in our personal lives, communities and the world. It is a perspective that explains social life by examining the ways individuals and groups are linked with the structure and culture of their society, and the processes and structures within our increasingly global society. 

Discover what makes us tick as individuals and as a society by exploring social relations, interactions and various power dynamics. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural, economic, political and social structures. 

Sociology majors learn to study people and the roles they play in society, both as individuals and in groups. The discipline of sociology covers a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to: race and racism, crime and social regulation, social policy, family, work and labour, gender, aging, Canadian society, immigration, education, health and health care, social organizations, culture, poverty, social interaction, socialization, social demography and criminal justice systems. 

A sociologist embraces curiosity, imagination and critical inquiry. Therefore, becoming a sociologist necessitates a willingness to be a life-long student, making sense of the everyday world and connecting our everyday world to global events that may seem impossibly beyond our reach.”

— Sylvia Bawa, Associate Professor