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. May 11, 2022Professor Suzan Ilcan Named University Research Chair by the University of Waterloo

    Congratulations to Professor Suzan Ilcan on being named University Research Chair by the University of Waterloo for a seven-year term. Her term will begin on 1 July 2022.

  2. Apr. 1, 2022TWO-YEAR, LIMITED TERM, FACULTY POSITION - Western University

    Building on our strengths in Social Inequality, Population Dynamics, and Quantitative Methods, the Department of Sociology at Western University (www.sociology.uwo.ca) invites applications for a two-year limited-term faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022 or as negotiated.

  3. Mar. 23, 2022Sociology PhD student Emerson LaCroix has book review published in the Canadian Journal of Education

    Sociology PhD student Emerson LaCroix had a book review published in the Canadian Journal of Education. Please see the entire review here.

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