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. Sep. 15, 2021Understanding cybersecurity from multiple perspectives

    Understanding cybersecurity from multiple perspectives | Arts & Letters | University of Waterloo

    Professors Jennifer Whitson and Ian Goldberg developed an interdisciplinary course for graduate students to tackle the challenge of cybersecurity from humanities, social science and computer science perspectives.

  2. Aug. 12, 2021Turnbull, S. (2021) Racial Innocence, Liberal Reformism, and Immigration Detention: Toward a Politics of Abolition. In: K. Struthers Montford and C. Taylor (eds.) Building Abolition: Decarceration and Social Justice, 29-42. Abingdon: Routledge.

    This chapter examines how racial innocence is embedded in and shapes the parameters of reform efforts around immigration detention. Using the United Kingdom as an example, it considers the importance of race and racism—as these intersect with other social relations of power—for understanding the policy and practice of immigration detention and recent reforms.

  3. July 6, 2021Assistant Prof. Quinlan, Prof. Ilcan and Assistant Prof. Molnar Awarded SSHRC Insight Grants

    Assistant Prof. Andrea Quinlan, Prof. Suzan Ilcan and Assistant Prof. Adam Molnar have each been awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grants for their respective research projects.

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