BA (Honours), McGill University
MA, University of Calgary
PhD, University of Alberta
“I tell my students they should be job-focused and career-oriented. College and university is preparation for the real world, so respect deadlines and take your studies seriously.”
Dr. René Gadacz-Gould teaches in several areas of sociology: criminology and criminal justice administration, family studies, health, work and industry, social stratification, and technology and culture. He has worked with a host of municipal agencies and government organizations including the Solicitor General of Canada, Alberta Economic Development and Trade, First Nations Resource Council, and the Victorian Order of Nurses. His research interests have recently focused on the new ‘culture wars,’ the product of postmodern social repositioning greatly enabled by social media. His concern is with the negative impact that extreme political correctness, cultural relativism, and identity politics have on free speech, freedom of expression, academic freedom, and the learning environment on college and university campuses.
Major publications include “Aboriginal Peoples in Canada” (Pearson, 2012, 9th edition, co-authored with J. Frideres, University of Calgary).
Ask me about: sociology, criminology, family, health and disability studies, Indigenous and First Nations studies, science and technology studies