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Jump into the unknown

Yasmeen Ghebari says SoSA's philosophical and individual approach to social science helped her grow in her first year at university.

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The sociology of texting

In tutorials, students participate in hands-on activities that give them insights into human culture and behaviour - sometimes, their own.

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Halifax is your field of study

Hayley Franklin and Jean-Philippe Foster discovered Halifax by taking the course Living in Cities. They took to the streets and studied local culture in depth.

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Why statistics are good for you

Learn just how important crunching numbers can be to understanding society in Yoko Yoshida's quantitative methods course.

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Program snapshot

Top 9 reasons to study SoSA at Dal:

  1. Dynamism: Our program provides students with a rigorous, critical approach to studying the world we live in.
  2. Two disciplines in one: The Sociology and Social Anthropology program offers two distinct intellectual and methodological ways to look at people and societies.
  3. Want social change? We have a strong commitment to scholarship engaged in issues of social justice, inequality and power relations in society.
  4. Go local or go global: Our faculty immerse you in world cultures through their research in Canada, the Middle East, South America and Asia.
  5. Get personal: Students find SoSA gives them a critical context for their personal experiences and challenges the common beliefs we hold about the world.
  6. Improve your people skills: Our courses teach you how to observe, interview and write while being sensitive to bias and cultural difference.
  7. We teach freedom: Our Major and Honours seminars are self-directed and help focus your research interests.
  8. Big picture: SoSA examines societies in an interdisciplinary way, combining politics, economics, statistics, history and philosophy.
  9. Travels well: Our graduates practice social science in all sorts of industries: non-profits, government, media, health, politics and law - to name a few.

What will I learn?

Elizabeth Fitting’s Food and Activism course shows students another side of the food industry

Sample courses: In Elizabeth Fitting’s course, Food and Activism, you’ll discover how cultures around the world are challenging the current food system and engaging in alternative practices.

What can I do?

Dal SoSA alum Jenny Benson started her own non-profit organization while she was still a student.

Be a self-starter: Graduate Jenny Benson runs her own non-profit organization called the Aninga Project and works in Nova Scotia provincial politics.