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Diverse social relationships

Sociology looks at how social forces shape our lives and behaviour. As a student of sociology, you'll develop a sociological perspective or way of thinking about the world that provides an understanding of social behaviour as well as the society and world we live in.

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SOC 211 - Intro to Africa

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Sociology seeks to understand

  • how groups and group interactions influence human behaviour
  • how cultural, historical, socio-political, and economic factors influence group interactions
  • social phenomena such as sexuality and gender, crime and deviance, ethnicity, family and community
  • socialization, religion, social movements, aging, and social/global stratification

Sociological questions

  • Should drug use be decriminalized?
  • Why do humans form families?
  • What makes some obey the laws and what makes others break them?
  • What would a human be like who was raised in isolation?
  • What holds society together and why do societies change overtime?
  • Why are some people wealthy and others living in poverty?
  • Does gender really matter?
  • Is the family a dying social institution?
  • Is Canada a racist society?
  • Is the government dominated by big business?
  • Should same sex marriages be legally recognized?
  • Are Indigenous people oppressed in Canadian society?
  • Are rich people really smarter?

Part-time or full-time studies

You can take Sociology courses within one of our 2-year programs or as individual courses on a part-time basis. If you plan to take Sociology courses on their own, you will select University Transfer as your program option when you apply online to Camosun.

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The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden." Pierre Bourdieu

Contact information

School of Arts & Science

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Campus location

Fisher 104
Office hours: 8am-4:30pm

Location link

Lansdowne Campus



Peter Ove | Chair, Social Science


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