Research at the Department

On the strength of Canada's two major intellectual traditions, anglophone and francophone, the Faculty of Social Sciences stands as a centre of excellence in knowledge creation, research and training. Driven by both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, research at the Faculty is at once rich, innovative and varied, contributing to the depth and breadth of discussions on current issues here and elsewhere. And whether fundamental, theoretical, applied or action-oriented (action research), this research stems from proven expertise—most notably in Canada's Francophonie—and greatly influences individual communities and society in general.

In step with contemporary society on both the national and international fronts, the Faculty of Social Sciences fosters social innovation, creates and shares knowledge, promotes public policy development and builds research partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as community organizations.

Research Initiatives

World of Ideas Features

“No Drop Policies” Are Harming Some Women

Public policies addressing violence against women has changed dramatically over the last few decades in a way that may be harming some women. In the case of intimate partner violence there has been a shift from police and prosecutor discretion to no-drop policies in which police are mandated to lay charges against the aggressor and prosecutions go forward regardless of victims' wishes.

Author: Holly Johnson, Department of Criminology

Corps suspect, corps deviant

(in French) Bringing together many disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences, but particularly Criminology, this collective work takes a look at multiple social constructions of the deviant body, and on the female body in particular, revealing the interaction between dominant discourses and practices on the body.

Author: Sylvie Frigon, Department of Criminology

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