Welcome to Sociology and Legal Studies

Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo is a stimulating and expanding department, and consists of sociologists and socio-legal scholars engaging in innovative teaching styles and research programs.

Sociology is the study of social life and the social, economic, and political dynamics and dimensions of social relations and social change.

Legal studies is the study of law which is central to everything we do - how we carry on business, how we treat the environment, how we shape our governments and how we deal with other people.

This website gives an overview of the teaching and research in sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo.


  1. Feb. 23, 2023PhD Candidate Emerson LaCroix has Case Study Published in SAGE Methods Cases

    PhD Candidate Emerson LaCroix has recently published a research methods case study on member checking in qualitative research.

  2. Dec. 6, 2022Forgotten Casualties or Companions: Animals and War

    Please join us for the Fall 2022 Joint University of Waterloo–St. Jerome’s University Legal Studies Seminar

    On Tuesday the 13th of December, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST,

    DR. KATY SOWERY will be speaking on the topic of

    Forgotten Casualties or Companions: Animals and War  

  3. Nov. 25, 2022Housing resources

    If students are looking for temporary housing until they can secure a rental, there are a number of short term accommodations webpages, and some local hotels provide students with a special UW pricing which was mainly for quarantining, but in some cases has been extended to a non-Covid stay while the student finds more permanent housing.

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