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. Mar. 1, 2021Sociology PhD researcher Ashley Ryan investigates what motivates someone to pressure others

    Ashley Ryan is a Sociology PhD candidate that focuses her research on crime and peer influence. To explore more of the topic she is researching, the motivations behind peer pressure and potential ways of decreasing peer pressure, the full story is covered on PhD researcher investigates what motivates someone to pressure others.

  2. Mar. 1, 2021Sociology PhD Candidate Damian Sycz is working with Canadian police services as part of his dissertation research

    Damian Sycz is a PhD candidate from the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies. Damian is working with the Canadian police services as part of his dissertation research for topics of why individuals decide to become police auxiliary constables and the ways in which police services can improve their recruitment tactics to target individuals with diverse backgrounds. 

    To explore more of Damian's research work, the full profile could be found on Damian Sycz

  3. Feb. 28, 2021Sociology PhD alumna Jenny Flagler-George's transition from an academic degree to workplace

    Jenny Flagler-George is a PhD alumina from the Department of Sociology who has joined the MA research assistantship studying hate crimes against African community members. From there, she then focused her PhD dissertation on the issues of immigrant women and their difficulties in accessing health care. Today, Jenny is the manager of planning for the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

    Read more of Jenny's journey on Jenny Flagler-George, Sociology PhD alumna.

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