Word from the Director

Welcome to the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa. It began in 1955, as a Sociology department; then in 2006, with the launch of our undergraduate Anthropology program, it became a Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Our MA in Sociology has been in place for over thirty years while our Ph.D. in Sociology has been offered since 2008. In 2010, we added an MA program in Anthropology and our PhD in Anthropology is now opened. We became a School in 2014 and we now also host the undergraduate program in Social Sciences in addition to the creation of a new option in African studies in sociology.  Our programs are generally offered in both French and English.

If Sociology is the study of social phenomena and attempts to come to terms with and explain their patterned existence, Anthropology, for its part, holistically studies human beings by taking account of their social and cultural dimensions. The diverse and dynamic environment of our School brings together an impressive range of expertise across the disciplines which allows us to address various contemporary social challenges. Each discipline engages its own scientific and pedagogical practices to address fundamental subjects such as environment, health, food, political and ethical issues, human rights, ethnicity, racism, social networks, life course… Thanks to our professors, our School offers a broad scope of geographical areas of interest such as Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, while focusing on Canadian and global Francophonie. In this context, our active participation to the general movement of decolonizing and indigenizing our curricula and programs is central ; through this work  we offer a respectful and fruitful space for dialogue and listening between students and professors in order to contribute to social equity and justice.

The School is made up of more than 30 full time professors. Many of our professors have global networks and undertake research across all the continents. Due to the diversity and the quality of our professors' training, we are able to offer courses that reflect the major sociological and anthropological traditions of both Europe and North America while including the perspectives from scholars rooted in the history and realities of other contexts. The school is committed to offering students solid theoretical and methodological training that address the current stage of knowledge and engages with contemporary issues.

To obtain more information send us an e-mail at socio@uOttawa.ca.

Nathalie Mondain
Director, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies

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