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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Department of Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life; it focuses on the linkages between individual experience and the wider society in which we live.

Sociology at Laurier is characterized by strengths in the areas of equity and social justice. The aim of this program is to help you gain a better understanding of contemporary social issues by providing you with the theoretical, methodological and writing skills to analyze and engage with these issues. This prepares you for careers, further graduate studies and post-degree programs in fields such as social work, education, criminal justice and law.

A new program feature is the Applied Social Research Option, which can be added to your Sociology Honours Degree.  The Option provides Sociology majors and non-Sociology majors with an opportunity to develop advanced research methods and data analysis skills.This option provides you with training in advanced quantitative and qualitative methods and develops skills that you can take into social science related jobs.

Applied Social Research Option

Brochure outlining the Applied Social Research Option
(Headline - Jun 09)

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Laurier launches Community Engagement Option
(Headline - Jun 07)
Sociology at the End of the World Film Viewing
(Headline - Jan 15)
SY102 Essay Prize awarded for 2015 SY102 Essay Prize awarded for 2015
(Headline - Nov 16)
Laurier Sociology Student Association Executive Laurier Sociology Student Association Executive
(Headline - Nov 06)
The LSSA and Department of Sociology Present: Meet the Profs
(Headline - Sep 16)
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Office:  DAWB 5-135
Phone:  519-884-0710, ext. 3402
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 pm (Lunch 12-1) unless otherwise posted.

Chair:  Dr. Lucy Luccisano,

Administrative Assistant:  Sandra Dalpe,

Undergraduate Academic Advisor:  Dr. Glenda Wall,

Graduate Academic Advisor:  Dr. Jeffrey Aguinaldo,

People at Laurier

Linda Quirke, Department of Sociology Linda Quirke is interested in how parents make decisions about their children's leisure activities, physical fitness, and diet. One part of her research agenda documents "expert" advice to parents, by analyzing the content of Canadian parenting advice articles from the mid-1980s to 2011. Dr. Quirke explores parenting magazine advice with respect to children's body weight, physical activity/fitness, and nutrition. She analyzes how advice literature socially constructs parents' "proper" role, and how this advice has changed since the 1980s.

Linda Quirke
Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology