Dr. Cecilia Benoit awarded a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Cecilia Benoit has been awarded a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship. The foundation fellowship will fund Dr. Benoit's work across Canada with sex workers in week-long transformative learning sessions held at local sex worker agencies for her project, "Beyond the 'Missing Women Inquiry': Empowering Sex Workers as Social Justice Advocates."

Masters oral examination announcement: Bryan Benner

Bryan Benner, MA candidate, will be defending his Masters thesis on Thursday September 14th, 2017 (11:30 a.m., Human & Social Development Building, Room A373). The thesis is titled "On the Criminalization of HIV Nondisclosure: HIV Vulnerabilities and Implications for HIV testing among Survival Sex Workers in a Qualitative Study from Victoria, Canada"

Doctoral oral examination announcement: Mohammad Nasser Jahani Asl

Mohammad Nasser Jahani Asl, PhD candidate, will be defending his Doctoral dissertation on Thursday, August 24, 2017 (10:00 a.m., Clearihue Building, Room B007). The dissertation is titled "Identity, Politics, Organization: A Historical Sociology of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the Kurdish Nationalist Movement".

Sociologist among nation's top gender equity champions

Recognized by Status of Women Canada for her work in gender equality, Dr. Cecilia Benoit has devoted 25 years as a researcher to advancing the social rights of marginalized populations, especially women. On October 18, Benoit and five other women were recognized with the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

Graduate School Information Session - Wednesday October 19, 2016

The Department of Sociology will be holding a Graduate School Information event on Wednesday October 19th, 2:30 - 3:30pm in Cornett A125. Come along to learn about the benefits of doing a Master’s degree and some of the resources available to graduate students. Information will be provided on the department’s MA program, along with practical advice on how to put together an application for admission. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. For more information, please contact the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Steve Garlick, at

Corporate power, fossil capital, climate crisis

This week-long course is open to social science graduate students from across Canada, May 8-12, 2017 at the University of Victoria. This course will be directed by Dr. William Carroll, but will feature presentations, guest lectures and extensive participation from members of the Corporate Mapping Project network, including representatives from environmental, social justice, labour and First Nations groups.

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English Conversation Cafe/ACCESS

Academic Critical Conversation in English Seminar Series for Students with English as anAdditional Language

Peer-review for teaching enhancement (Teaching Documentation and Recognition Series)

Are you considering inviting one of your peers to observe your teaching but are uncertain as to what is involved in the peer-review process? And you may be wondering what the specificobjectives are of the peer-review process. In this session, you will be introduced to the five stages of the process: planning, the pre-observation meeting, conducting the teaching observation, thepost-observation meeting, and submission of a written report. We will discuss what the expectations are throughout the process, both for the instructor and the peer reviewer. Further, you will engagein discussion about the purpose and objectives of peer review, such as how it can enhance teaching, encourage reflection, and, most importantly, improve student learning. Please register here.

Catholic Mass & Devotion

For Catholics the celebration of the Mass is the continuation of the Jesus' loving offer of himself and considered the source and summit of our faith.
Catholic Mass - Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Catholic Devotion - Monday

Noon Meditation - Staff, Faculty & Students

We start with a basic meditation instruction at 12:15pm followed by a 20 minute breathmeditation at 12:25pm. We are done by 12:50pm.

Pet Cafe

Missing your pet? Stressed about school? Come to the Interfaith Chapel to love-up someanimals. Enjoy free tea, coffee, and cookies while connecting with cuddly creatures. This is a drop-in program and anyone is welcome to attend.

LOL: Laughter Meditation

Come and laugh as softly or as loudly, for as long or as short a time as you like. Come laugh for no reason at all. Join in and notice how this unreasonable laughter spills over into your lifeduring the rest of the week.

Wine Before Supper: Ecumenical Communion Service