|Faculty:||School of Graduate Studies
|Description:||Our Masters of Arts program is distinct in its focus on applied social research with an emphasis on social justice. By “applied” we mean research that focuses on current societal concerns and with a view to problem-solving, or more generally, research that has some practical utility. By “social-justice” we mean research that promotes social equality and people’s democratic right to participate in decisions that affect their own and other’s well-being.
Emphasis on applied social research and the opportunity to study in either of Canada’s official languages are the program’s distinguishing features. Students learn to investigate social relation from variety of methodological perspectives and using a broad spectrum of research techniques. These can include participatory action research, critical analysis of official discourse and social policy, political economy, feminist research, program evaluation, institutional ethnography, critical statistical analyses, historical sociological approaches, human rights indices and assessments, and social impact studies.
|Areas of Research:||Social and moral regulation; the social construction of race, gender, and sexualities; the sociology of aging; the sociology of the family; the sociology of childhood and youth; the sociology of health; globalization and underdevelopment; food insecurity and food sovereignty; woman and development; labour and trade union studies; state formation and state policy; the social organization of knowledge; and the sociology of education.