Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
York offers one of the largest, most productive and innovative communities of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary research and undergraduate and graduate teaching in sociology.
Sociology offers us the tools for understanding how society works. This program invites students to explore a wide array of social dynamics and problems, including cities, new technologies, consumption, racism, gender identities, migration, conflict, and families. Sociology helps us to understand organizations, economies and communities. It helps us to explain people's behaviour; beliefs, and identity. Probably the most important thing about sociology is that it enables us to make sense of the changing world. Perhaps most fundamentally of all, sociology enables us to understand ourselves. The way that we think, behave, and feel, indeed our very sense of identity, is socially produced.
In York's sociology program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. Develop excellent reading, writing and key critical and analytical reasoning skills. Learn research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life:
- Criminal justice system and social regulation
- Social class and inequality
- Organization, welfare or education reform
- Health care
- Race and racism
- Discrimination and law
- Gender relations
- Migration and how families differ and flourish
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