Faculty Highlights

As Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, I am endlessly impressed by the scholarship, creativity, and widespread impact of our students, professors, staff, and alumni, so it is truly a pleasure to welcome you to our Faculty Highlights web page. Here, we collect the many and varied achievements of the members of our Social Sciences community in the areas of teaching and learning, research, service, and community engagement.

Scholars in the Social Sciences at Brock University repeatedly show their willingness to confront and address the needs of our society. They adapt to ever-changing circumstances, assess multi-faceted issues from multiple perspectives, and remain clear-eyed and determined when seeking explanations and solutions. In this corner of our web site, you will find a sampling of the experiences, accolades, and impact that we in the Faculty of Social Sciences have been celebrating most recently. We hope you’ll join us in this celebration.


Dean Ingrid Makus

Faculty facts

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Brock’s largest faculty.
We are home to the following Departments, Centres, and Programs:

Applied Disability Studies
Applied Linguistics
Child and Youth Studies
Communication, Popular Culture and Film

Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice
Geography and Tourism Studies
Labour Studies
Political Science

Social Justice and Equity Studies
Social Sciences
Women’s and Gender Studies

Faculty complement

Learning options

New offerings in the Faculty 2022-23

New in September 2022 is the PhD in Sustainability Science. Housed in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the program is the first of its kind in Canada and Brock’s 10th PhD program.

Coming in September 2023 is the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Earth and Planetary Science Communication, a cross-disciplinary program offered by the Departments of Geography and Tourism Studies and Communication, Popular Culture and Film in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science.

Award Databases

Recipients of awards, scholarships, and grant funding from across the Faculty of Social Sciences can be found in these searchable databases.

projector shines from the back of a dark, crowded movie theatre

This fall, students in Assistant Professor Jon Petrychyn’s Issues in Canadian Cinema course in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film will learn about the rich history of Canadian film festivals, pitch their own festival, and complete a mock grant application for funding using the expert advice of industry professionals, who will attend the class as guest speakers. Read more.

portrait of Heather Ramey

Assistant Professor Heather Ramey in the Department of Child and Youth Studies led the Canadian study at the heart of a new report from UNICEF, “It’s Difficult to Grow Up in an Apocalypse: Children’s and Adolescents’ Experiences, Perceptions and Opinions on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada,” released Wednesday, July 6. The work connects with a larger project, spearheaded by UNICEF’s Office of Research in Italy, comparing the pandemic’s impact in various countries around the world. Read more or watch Dr. Ramey outline key findings.

Cassandra Campanella on convocation stage after receiving award

At Fall Convocation, Cassandra Campanella in the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies received the Board of Trustees’ Spirit of Brock Medal, which is awarded for outstanding leadership, courage, and dedication to improving the Brock community. Read more.

Harm Reduction Forum poster

In early November, students and faculty members from the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies and the Department of Psychology helped organize a Harm Reduction Forum for community members in downtown St. Catharines. Harm reduction is an approach to public health (e.g. substance use, HIV prevention etc.) that aims to “meet people where they are at” and work with community members to reduce harms and promote positive change. The event included a keynote speaker who focused on an Indigenous approach to harm reduction, a panel on decriminalization and safer supply, and a series of afternoon workshops including one discussing a recent community-based survey in the Niagara region that asked people who use(d) drugs about their ideas for how to share their lived experience/expertise with others.           

In previous years, the Faculty of Social Sciences provided highlights in The FOSS Review, published annually each September.