Welcome to Social Development Studies

What is Social Development Studies?

Social Development Studies empowers students to pursue lives and careers dedicated to the promotion of individual and community well-being.  

Social Development Studies (SDS) is a Bachelor of Arts major offering courses in human and social development, including psychology, sociology, and social work. Students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal relations, leadership, civic engagement, and global citizenship. With a University of Waterloo degree and an SDS major, graduates attain an excellent foundation for graduate studies, professional programs, and careers in human and public service.
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  1. May 3, 2019Dr. Doug Cowan Honoured with University of Waterloo Research Award
    Professor Doug Cowan

    On April 24, 2019, the annual Arts Awards for Service, Teaching and Research were presented to faculty, staff and students who have made exceptional contributions the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. This year, Renison’s own Dr. Doug Cowan was recognized with an Arts Award for Excellence in Research.

  2. Dec. 5, 2018Denise Marigold talks about the power of compliments on PRI podcast
    SDS Professor and Chair Denise Marigold

    The podcast The Science of Happiness recently featured Denise Marigold, a professor of Social Development Studies at Renison, to speak about the power of compliments. An area of study for Prof.

  3. Apr. 24, 2018SDS Professor Christine Logel presented with Equity and Inclusivity Award
    Dr. Christine Logel

    There are so many people working to make Waterloo a more inclusive place that the Faculty Association’s Equity Committee presented four Equity and Inclusivity Awards this year instead of one.

    “We found that we had to break the tradition of selecting only one winner,” said Faculty Association president Bryan Tolson on behalf of Equity Committee chair Weizhen Dong at a reception on April 18. There were simply too many nominees whose “actions have made our community a better place.”

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