What is Sociology?

Sociology is an exciting and dynamic field of study that analyzes and accounts for key moments in our personal lives, our communities and our world. The sociological imagination is a unique and socially significant way of understanding society.

Specifically, it is a perspective in which we understand ourselves and the groups we are members of by studying how persons and groups are linked with the structure and culture of their society, and that of others in our increasingly global society, in a particular historical period.

The contemporary sociological imagination links the quality of mental and material life of individuals with memberships in local social groups and networks, memberships in groups with the culture and structure of their society, and their own society with other societies. Inequality, gender, racism, crime, immigration, health, sexuality, and family relations for example, can all be sociologically studied in this way.

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 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.