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. Dec. 4, 2020Finding new ways to support students virtually

    The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies was featured in the December 3, 2020 Daily Bulletin article "Academic advising online: new ways to support Waterloo students". 

    With the University moving to online processes due to COVID-19, advisors got creative with how to better support students virtually and learn what strategies work best.

  2. Nov. 4, 2020Nature Photography Challenge and Scavenger Hunts for Thrive Week

    The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies is hosting two Thrive Week events from November 2 to 6, 2020: the Nature Photography Challenge and the Fall and Wellness Scavenger Hunts. Thrive is a series of events focused on building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff. We encourage the campus community to participate in Thrive events and focus on their wellbeing.

  3. Nov. 4, 2020Congratulations to Sociology alum Upama Poudyal on winning a Global Undergraduate Award

    The Department of Sociology and Legal Studies congratulates Sociology alumn Upama Poudyal on her essay being selected as "Highly Commended" in the "Social Sciences: Sociology and Social Policy" category of The Global Undergraduate Awards 2020 programme

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