Department of Sociology


Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Sociology is the study of society, including the interaction between individuals, groups, and institutions.

The application of sociological thinking can lead to a better understanding of social problems and issues and suggestions about how these issues may be overcome in real-world terms.

By studying Sociology, you will gain insight into how people interact with one another and how values and beliefs both shape and are shaped by the structures and processes around us. The primary goal of the discipline is to stimulate sociological thinking—applying imagination and critical analysis to the many facets of social life.

Department Highlights

Dr. Trevor Harrison

Dr. Trevor Harrison, leading researcher in the study of populism, named winner of Speaker Research Award

Recognized as one of Canada’s leading sociologists, Dr. Trevor Harrison is renowned for his interdisciplinary approach to research that delves into many of today’s vital issues related to globalization, populism, immigration and political economy. The University of Lethbridge is proud to name Harrison as the winner of the 2022 Speaker Research Award.
“Dr. Harrison is well known for his work thanks to his unique ability and willingness to share his insights on key societal issues through public platforms including speaking events and media engagement,” says Dr. Dena McMartin, the University’s vice-president (research). “The research he shares in the public spotlight, connecting economics, history, politics and sociology, is unparalleled and sets him apart from his peers. He brings this diligent approach to the classroom and his students, who are encouraged to think deeply and critically about today’s issues.”
Harrison will be presented with the Speaker Research Award at Spring 2022 Convocation Ceremony IV, Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. in the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness.
Gulden Ozcan

Condolence Notice — Dr. Gülden Özcan

The University of Lethbridge expresses its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and students of Dr. Gülden Özcan, who passed away on Wednesday, May 11.

Originally from Turkey, Özcan completed a BA at Baskent University and an MA and PhD at Carleton University. She joined ULethbridge in 2018 as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. During her short time as a faculty member, Özcan distinguished herself as a tireless and unwavering leader who was dedicated to scholarly activism. Her work included involvement in radical theatre, with Scholars at Risk and in critical police studies. Özcan also worked at challenging and disrupting systemic and social injustice issues on campus. She was the first ever recipient of the SNAC+ (Support Network for Academics of Colour Plus) Excellence in Equity Award in January of this year. In addition, Özcan was an active member of the Equity subcommittee of the Canadian Sociological Association.

Dr. Özcan leaves behind her loving partner Özgür and her beautiful son Ekim.
See a message from The Dean of Arts & Science, Matt Letts, here


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