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
Office: DAWB 5-135
Chair: Dr. Lucy Luccisano, firstname.lastname@example.org
People at Laurier
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.