Our Sociology Program
Sociologists are interested in how humans form groups, whether for peace or war, cooperation or conflict, persuasion or domination, development or destruction. They investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.
Algoma University’s four-year sociology program provides critical skills for understanding and interpreting the social world. The program offers courses that address a wide variety of areas, such as contemporary media depictions of gender and the body, debates in the environmental movement, health policy analysis, critical assessments of law and social justice, and Canadian policy in relation to multiculturalism and Indigenous rights. Students will use a variety of research methods to gain a vital understanding of social movements, race and diversity, and gender and sexuality, including surveys, interviews, observational studies, polls, personal letters, and focus groups.
Upon graduation, students in Algoma U’s sociology program will have strong written, oral presentation, and research skills – invaluable skills highly sought after in today’s competitive work world and in institutions of higher learning. These refined skills set Algoma U grads apart from the rest. For those who choose to enter the workforce upon graduation, career paths options include: education (primary and secondary, colleges and universities), researcher, affirmative action counsellor, health and safety educator, health promotion, human rights worker, journalist, non-profit housing worker, policy planner or policy analyst, parks and recreation planner, urban planner, and many more.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
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Students will take part in the disciplined effort to understand society, social and cultural relations, the working of institutions, and the patterns of behaviour that characterize all social life.
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Honours thesis course
The Research and Critical Analysis course is a key element to the sociology program. Students will be guided by a thesis supervisor and are required to perform background research, analyze the collected research, and present and defend their findings at a public presentation.
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Develop Research Methods
Students will use a variety of research methods to gain a vital understanding of social movements, race and diversity, and gender and sexuality, including surveys, interviews, observational studies, polls, personal letters, and focus groups.
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Meet our Faculty
Our Sociology faculty are experts in the field. Get to know them!
Dr. Michael Graydon
Faculty Chair, Humanities, Assistant ProfessorView Full Bio
Assistant ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Deborah Woodman
Department Chair, Sociology, Assistant ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Paulette Steeves
Associate Professor: Canada Research Chair Tier 11 Healing and ReconciliationView Full Bio
Dr. Vivian Jimenez-Estrada
Associate Professor, Sociology and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Academic LeadView Full Bio
Dr. Nicola Shaw
Faculty Co-Chair, Humanities, Full ProfessorView Full Bio
“A lot of my program at York involved leading a seminar presentation on weekly readings. The presentations I made during my time in Sociology at Algoma helped prepare me for this. One of the greatest advantages was my ability to complete an undergraduate thesis. Going into my MA, I was already equipped with the knowledge of how to complete a thesis with original research … For me, this was a huge advantage.”
BA & MA, Sociology
“As a sociology student at Algoma U, I have gained insight into the social constructs that shape the world. I have engaged with peers and knowledgeable faculty to unpack the social inequalities that exist and explored the ideologies that influence oppression with the intention to create positive change. As a student, I have expanded my own awareness of intersectional identities resulting in self-growth.”