All graduate students have shared office space in the Department.
The Department's Graduate Studies Committee has equal representation of current graduate students and faculty members. Graduate students have voting representatives on a number of other committees, and at Department meetings. The participation of students is confined to policy matters. Most Department meetings are open to all graduate student and participation in discussion is invited.
In addition, all graduate students in the Department automatically belong to the Sociology Graduate Students Caucus (SGSC).
The SGSC conducts monthly meetings to keep sociology graduate students informed of relevant issues, important events, and department business. The SGSC serves as a go-between for students and the Department, and is involved in planning social events for graduate students.
There is a Graduate Students' Association at the University and Sociology students are represented on its Governing Council.
Students are encouraged to make presentations on their thesis research within the Department, at University colloquia, or at professional meetings.
The Department holds, in March, a one-day Graduate Student Research Symposium, organized by students, and featuring papers presented by Sociology graduate students. Graduate students from other Social Sciences disciplines, and Sociology graduate students from other universities in Alberta, have also participated in these symposia.
The Department of Sociology has a major commitment to the use of computers in its teaching and research programs. Sociology graduate students have access to extensive computing facilities and consulting. A computer lab supported by the Department and the Faculty of Arts is housed within the Department. The Faculty also provides two large computer labs with hundreds of computers, and there are more than ten large-scale workstations campus-wide available to the Sociology students.
Graduate students can access a number of campus resources related to their research and teaching, including workshops on professional skills, teaching certificates from the Teaching and Learning Centre, and programs and events offered by the Graduate Students' Association. Graduate students gain experience in the classroom as teaching assistants and many advanced doctoral candidates hae the opportunity to teach their own courses.
The University Library supports an extensive data archive housing many Canadian and foreign data sets that are easily accessible for student and faculty research. The University is also a member of the Inter-University Consortium on Political and Social Research, providing ready access to thousands of data sets from countries around the world. The University Library is equipped with electronic cataloguing and information retrieval systems and is accessible through the web fro the university community. It is also a repository for Government of Canada documents.
Housed within the University Library, the Prairie Regional Research Data Centre (RDC) is part of an initiative by Statistics Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities research Council (SSHRC) and university consortia to help strengthen Canada's social research capacity and to support the policy research community. The RDC provides researchers with access to microdata from population and household surveys, which is particularly relevant for much sociological research.
The Journal of Comparative Family Studies is housed in the Department and edited by Department members.
Affiliations are maintained with Faculty of Arts research units on Canadian Ethnic Studies, Socio-Legal Studies and Public Policy Studies. Other affiliations include the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration, Institute for Managing Diversity, the Health Promotion Group, and the Population and Ethnic Studies Laboratory.
The Department maintains an internet website which is frequently updated. This website provides a variety of information about the Department including current research and publications by faculty members.