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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Dec. 5, 2016Professor Jennifer Schulenberg receives SSHRC Insight Grant ($200,000; 4 years)

    Policing innovation: An investigation of targeted interventions and responses to youth crime

    In partnership with police services across Canada, this will be the first Canadian study to focus on the operation and efficiency of youth specialization models and targeted police intervention strategies, particularly with chronic offenders. Police services with dedicated youth officers typically operate under one of three specialization models in markedly diverse communities.

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  1. Mar. 9, 2017Declare your major information session

    Declare your major in Legal Studies, Sociology or both!

    Join members of the Sociology and Legal Studies department for snacks, beverages and information on how to declare a major and/or minor.

    While first year Arts students are the primary audience for this event, all students are welcome to attend and may stop by to learn more about their options in Sociology and Legal Studies.

    Advisors will be on hand to assist you with completing Plan Modification Forms. 

  2. Mar. 18, 2017March Break Open House

    Join us for March Break Open House on Saturday, March 18th and learn what makes Waterloo one of Canada's top  universities.

    • Meet members of the department of Sociology and Legal Studies

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Meet our people

photo of Martin Cooke
Associate Professor | Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

PhD Sociology (Western)
MA Sociology (Western)
BA Honours (University of Winnipeg)