Rebeccah Nelems

Trudeau scholar examines youth and empathy in Canada

Is empathy changing in a world where social media and globalization are rapidly transforming how we interact with others? The University of Victoria’s Rebeccah Nelems is investigating empathy and youth as part of a prestigious three-year scholarship announced today from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.

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Garry Gray talking with students in classroom

Combining Criminology and Fieldwork to assist in Missing Person Cases

Dr. Garry Gray and his Crime and Deviance (SOCI 306) students took part in a unique missing person crowdsourcing project as part of a CBC the fifth estate investigation into the 2012 disappearance of Emma Fillipoff.

Elderly woman with Neena Chappell

Faculty member helps people live long, live well

Faculty member Neena Chappell studies quality of life for seniors, caregiving, and the health care system and related policies. Through her exceptional ability to communicate her research, Chappell is influencing the public, the media and decision-makers in Canada and around the world.

William Carroll

Pursuing social justice in an institutional context

Dr. William Carroll was the founding director of UVic's interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Social Justice Studies. The aim of the program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the range of ways to address and engage with issues of social inequity and injustice in the contemporary world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

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Cecilia Benoit

Community-focused research

Faculty member Cecilia Benoit has improved the content and delivery of programs for people in her community who are outside the mainstream. Her research with at-risk youth, pregnant women with substance use issues and sex workers has found widespread application and benefits.

Welcome to the Department of Sociology

At UVic Sociology, we encourage our students to develop skills through practical involvement with actual research activities.

We also promote interdisciplinary research activities and public outreach, making the Department of Sociology a diverse and dynamic centre for applied sociological inquiry.

Our programs

We offer comprehensive undergraduate general, major, and honours and graduate (MA and PhD) programs, with courses in sociological theory and method, as well as in the general areas of social inequality, political sociology, social movements, health, aging, and gender studies.