Sociology examines the processes of social and cultural life in human societies past and present, near and far. The sociological perspective is a unique way of conceptualizing society, where we seek to understand our social world by studying how persons and groups are linked with the structure and culture of their society in a particular historical period.
The sociological initiative ranges from local to global, linking the lives of individuals with participation in social groups and networks, linking such groups with the culture and structure of a society, and then exploring linkages between societies. Inequality among groups and populations, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, law and criminal activity, immigration, families, health and economic development can all be studied in a uniquely sociological way.
The mission of the Department of Sociology at UBC is to provide students with knowledge and skills that enable them to critically apply the sociological perspective to their own lives and to the social worlds in which they live. The Department offers Honours, Major and Minor programs in Sociology and a Minor in Family Studies.