What Langara's Sociology faculty strive to do in their teaching is to introduce their students to what is sometimes called the "sociological imagination" -- that is, to encourage them to see their own lives, and those of people around them, as part of wider social, cultural, and political contexts. People both create, and are moulded by, the societies of which they are a part, and so in our Sociology courses we try to educate our students to understand in depth, and to participate critically in, an increasingly globalized world -- whether we are studying the areas of ethnic relations, class, gender, families, popular culture, deviance, the environment, cyberspace, social movements -- or many other areas.
The backgrounds of faculty in this Department reflect a particularly broad cross-cultural perspective, and over the years Langara's sociologists, along with its anthropologists, have done research in, and/or conducted student field schools in, a wide variety of societies -- for example, from India and China, to Italy and Spain, to Kenya and Tanzania, to Mexico and Peru -- as well as in numerous locations, and among a variety of different communities, in British Columbia. We were also pioneers in the 1990's in being the very first college or university in B.C. to teach Sociology on-line (something that virtually all other post-secondary institutions in B.C. are now also doing).
The department has, since the inception of the college, been active in teaching and research. We are particularly proud of the fact that our field schools, both local and overseas, have allowed students to broaden their perspectives and, in many cases, literally changed their lives. We are also very proud of our former students who have continued their academic studies and are now in possession of Masters and Ph.D degrees as well as of those individuals who have informed us of how important our courses were in their personal development.