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Sociological fields of study.

We offer an array of concentrations to meet even the most diverse intellectual interests.

Sociology of Work and Occupations

Discover the structure and process of work and occupations in modern society. This topic engages with theoretical and empirical work that addresses the study of changing economies, forms of inequality, and the social organization and structure of work.

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Marisa Young

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Toronto2013

Associate Professor | Canada Research Chair in Mental Health and Work-Life Transitions

Race, Ethnicity and Immigration

Study how racial, ethnic, and national identities are constructed and enacted. This area employs multiple theoretical frameworks to explore racism, intersectionality and colonialism with a particular interest in Canadian public discourse including multiculturalism and Indigenous-settler relations.

Gender, Sexuality and Family

Investigate the ways in which gender, sexuality, and family relationships shape individuals’ experiences and are, in turn, shaped by broader structural forces, like the nation-state and globalization. This topic studies gender relations and inequalities and their link to race, ethnicity, citizenship and class.

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Melanie Heath

Associate Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Sociology

Political Sociology, Social Movements, and Social Policy

Explore the nature, dynamics and interacting influences of culture, politics, protest movements, electoral institutions and policy options using both theoretical and methodological approaches.

Social Psychology

Focus on self-conceptions and identity and the ways that social structure and culture shape emotions, social cognition, the negotiation of meaning in everyday life, small group dynamics, as well as the personal consequences of social inequality.

Social Inequality

What are the causes and consequences of social inequality? The study of social inequality brings together work in health, education, incomes, gender and sexuality, families, race and ethnicity, organizations, and meaning-making to uncover the ways that inequality impacts society and the lives of individuals.