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

  1. Mar. 20, 2017March Break Open House 2017March break open house 2017

    March Break Open House (MBOH) 2017 took place on Saturday March 18.

    Sociology and Legal Studies student volunteers joined by Dr. Rashmee Singh, Dr. Suzan Ilcan and Porcellino. 

  2. Feb. 10, 2017Lorne L. Dawson (Principle Investigator) Awarded $256,950.46 Research Grant

    Lorne L. Dawson (Principle Investigator) 2017-2019 “Foreign Fighter Radicalization: Advanced Primary Data Acquisition and Analysis” (with A Amarasingam and D Ruths). Community Resilience Fund, Public Safety Canada, $256,950.46.

  3. Dec. 6, 2016Dr. Kate Henne awarded research grant, Australian Research Council - $357,000 AUD

    Kate is the principal and sole investigator on this grant which is entitled: Tackling a Silent Epidemic: Traumatic Brain Injury and Regulatory Science. It is a three-year research grant from the Australian Research Council in the amount of 357,000 AUD.

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Meet our people

Weizhen Dong

Associate Professor

PhD (Toronto)
MA (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
Female faculty member

Research and teaching areas

Research areas:

  • Social Policy
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Social Determinants of Health

Teaching areas:

  • Sociology of Health
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems
  • Research Design

Graduate Supervision: Social Justice and Equity, Health and Wellbeing, Healthcare Systems, Policy Analysis

Selected publications

  • Chen, J.; S. Chen, Q. Jiang, W. Dong, and L. Wang, 2016 “Research on the health related quality of life
    among rural residents in Anhui Province with EQ-5D-5L scale” Journal of Nanjing Medical University (Social Sciences), 2016(1): 19~23
  • Dong, W., "Migrant Workers' Healthcare Challenge and Workplace Intervention Strategy", American Review of China Studies, Fall 2015
  •  2015, Dong, W., "Migrant Workers' Healthcare Challenge and Workplace Intervention Strategy", American Review of China Studies (forthcoming)
  • 2015, Wang Y, W. Dong et al: "Nurses' Practice Environment and Their Job Satisfaction: A Study on Nurses Caring for Older Adults in Shanghai" PLOS ONE 10(9): e0138035.
  • 2014, Chen C., W. Dong et al: "Is Chinese Physicians' Prescribing Behavior Driven by Financial Incentives?" Social Sciences and Medicine, 05 033
  • 2013, Dong, W. "Healthcare Cost Escalation and the Burden of Disease". American Review of China Studies
  • 2010, Dong, W., F. Fung and Kar C. Chan: "Community Mobilization and Empowerment for Combating a Pandemic", Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Vol. 64, No. 2 Pp 182-3
  • 2010, J. Flager and W. Dong: "The Uncompassionate Elements of the Compassionate Care Benefits Program - A Critical Analysis", IUHPE - Global Health Promotion Vol. 17, No. 1 Pp 50-59
  • 2009, Public Health Sciences (ed.), Renmin University Press, P. 325.
  • 2009. "Public Health: Research and Development" in Public Health Sciences, Dong, W. (ed.), Renmin University Press, pp. 1-23.
  • 2009. "Cultural Competency in Health Care" (with M. Jovanovic) in Public Health Sciences, Dong, W. (ed.), Renmin University Press, pp. 137-263.
  • 2009. "Coping with Public Health Crisis" (with K. Fung and K.C. Chan) in Public Health Sciences, Dong, W. (ed.), Renmin University Press, pp. 288-302.
  • 2008. "Beyond SARS: Ethnic Community Organizations' Role in Public Health", Promotion & Education, No. 15 (4)
  • 2008 "Cost Containment and Access to Care: The Shanghai Health Care Financing Model", The Singapore Economic Review, Vol. 53 (1): 27-41.
  • 2008, "Rural Health" in Rural Sociology, Liu, H (ed.), Renmin University Press, pp. 215-243.
  • 2007, "Sociological Studies in Medicine and Health", in Sociology, Li, J. (ed.), pp. 209-235. Renmin University Press.
  • 2007, "Translating Research into Policy", in Sociology, Li, J. (ed.), pp. 357-381. Renmin University Press.
  • 2006, "Can Health Care Financing Policy Be Emulated? The Singaporean Medical Savings Accounts Model and Its Shanghai Replica", Journal of Public Health, Oxford Journals, UK, Volume 28, Number 3 Pp. 209-214.
  • 2006, "Non-standard employment studies and policy responses in Canada - A study on research-policy translation". Social Policy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
  • 2004: "Reform of Health Care Financing System in Shanghai". China Health Economics, Vol. 8.
  • 2003: "Health Care Financing Reforms in Transitional Society: a Shanghai experience". Special Issue on Health and Equity, the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. pp 223-234.  
  • 2002: "Social Network and Its Impact on International Migration" in Social Science Methodology in the New Millennium, J. Blasius, J. Hox, E. de Leeuw and P. Schmidt (eds.), Leske + Budrich Press, Opladen: Germany.

Other affiliations

  •  Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • Visiting Professor, The State Innovative Institute for Public Management and Public Policy Studies at Fudan University
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