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. Jan. 20, 2022New Book Co-authored by Associate Prof. Jennifer L. Schulenberg

    Dr Schulenberg has co-authored (with Laura Huey and Jacek Koziarski) Policing Mental Health: Public Safety and Crime Prevention in Canada (Springer, 2022). Drawing on the results of two ethnographies on police practice, this book addresses the important question of why mental illness has become ‘police property’ and for decades the de facto response to a health and social problem.

  2. Dec. 1, 2021Professor Suzan Ilcan Presents at Western University’s Fall Colloquium Series

    On November 25, 2021, Professor Suzan Ilcan presented at Western University’s Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations as part of its Fall Colloquium Series. The talk, entitled ‘Syrian Experiences of Displacement and Precarious Living in Turkey,’ highlighted Syrians’ struggles and the ‘architecture of precarity’ shaping their lives.

  3. Nov. 4, 2021Please join us for the Fall 2021 Joint University of Waterloo–St. Jerome’s University Legal Studies Seminar

    Please join us for the Fall 2021 Joint University of Waterloo–St. Jerome’s University Legal Studies Seminar

    On Monday the 22nd of November, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST,

    DR. ARIADNA ESTÉVEZ will be speaking on the topic of 


    via Zoom (register here)

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