Department of Sociology

Dan Lett

Graduate student's research aims to uncover effects of surveillance

PhD candidate Dan Lett studies surveillance in public spaces in Canada. His dissertation focuses on the use of video surveillance cameras.

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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.

Manda Roddick

Scholarships help fund student research

Manda Roddick is a recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, which helped her to focus on her doctoral research into youth and global justice. Her travel experiences as a researcher and a graduate student has contributed to her growing concern over youth involvement in international development.

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.