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We are a community of faculty, researchers and students who are passionate about learning more about the world we live in. We are fascinated by people and their relationships to institutions. We study life at the intersection of inequality. We imagine alternative futures.
The Department of Sociology & Anthropology acknowledges that we study, work and live on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples.
Our department provides an established and distinctive program of undergraduate and graduate studies that provides rigorous foundational and disciplinary training, in an environment that fosters critical thinking, creative pedagogy, experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. We offer one of the few truly interdisciplinary joint sociology and anthropology programs in North America, with our interdisciplinarity boldly displayed in the curriculum structure of both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Whether it is local, global, international, comparative or community-based, qualitative or quantitative, our research addresses contemporary issues and spans a wide variety of interdisciplinary themes common to the study of people and their relationships to institutions. We tie historically durable structures to people’s habits, thoughts and actions, and in the process track emergent conditions, new forms of sociality, and ways of imagining alternative futures.