Why do people do the things they do?
Students of Sociology develop their sociological imagination - a way of thinking about the world that can help us to answer this question.
Sociology is the study of social organization in modern society. In exploring that social organization, sociologists believe it can't be understood by simply studying individuals. Instead, sociologists study social life in order to understand its complexity, especially patterns of human interaction and group activity. Students of sociology learn to think critically about social issues, challenging old ideas and assumptions about society. This awareness and understanding of the world can promote societal change.
Sociologists look at social structures and institutions and ask how things like race, gender, ethnicity and age affect social life. Students of Sociology can learn about many aspects of society, including families, socialization, deviance, social inequality, the impact of technology and environmental issues, among many others.
Training in Sociology can assist students in pursuing careers in non-profit organizations, the justice system, social services and policy development.
At Douglas College, the disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology are based in a single department within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Welcome to the Sociology Web site.