Academic Calendar

SOCI – Sociology

SOCI 100
Introductory Sociology
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course consists of an analysis of the nature of society, the interrelationships of its component groups, and the processes by which society persists and changes. Society is analyzed in terms of its structure and culture, interrelationships between various institutions (e.g. family, religion, school, government) and the process whereby an individual is socialized into society.

SOCI 201
Canadian Society
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course analyzes major dimensions of Canadian Society including ethnic diversity (through historical immigration), Aboriginal rights, the evolution of Quebec nationalism, the economic, political and cultural dominance of the USA, multinational/transnational corporate control, and globalization. Regional differences within the country are also discussed (e.g. state policy, uneven development, and elite control) as well as the sustainability of Canadian nationalism. Note: Credit can only be obtained for one of SOCI 101 and 201.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 224
Deviance and Conformity
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course is an introduction to the study of deviance, conformity, and social control. The course will explore processes and factors which influence the definition of deviance and conformity. Theory and research on a wide range of specific topics will be analyzed, and may include topics such as sexuality, addiction, religion, youth, mental disorder, and physical appearance.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 225
Criminology
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

Criminology is the search for and explanation of general patterns or regularities characterizing the law-breaking behaviour of individuals. The course is an introduction to the sociological study of crime and a critical appraisal of theoretical explanations and methods of conducting research.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 232
Classical Sociological Theory
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course provides an in-depth analysis of the emergence and development of classical perspectives on society and human nature. Emphasis is placed on the sociological theories of important figures such as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, although the contributions of others may be discussed. Social theories are compared and assessed in terms of issues such as the individual versus society, idealism versus materialism, and conflict versus consensus. Note: Credit can only be obtained for one of SOCI 232 and SOCI 332.

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 237
Media and Society
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course addresses the relationship between media and larger social structures and processes. In addition to exploring patterns of media use, students critically examine the role of media in expressing social or political values, and constructing identities. Students further analyze media as a site of both the reproduction of dominant ideologies and social inequality, as well as social change and resistance.

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 241
Social Psychology
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course provides an introduction to the study of a variety of individual and group behaviours observed in social processes. In addition to addressing the nature of social psychological research, this course covers an array of topics including social cognition, social perception and the power of social influence. Furthermore, the course explores the development and processes of self-knowledge, self-evaluation, attitude formation, deindividuation, groupthink as well as other facets of social psychology. Note: SOCI 241 and PSYC 241 may not both be taken for credit.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100 or PSYC 104 or PSYC 105.

SOCI 251
Population and Society
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines population trends and problems in Canada and the rest of the world; social and cultural factors underlying fertility, mortality, and migration patterns, urbanization, population explosion, population theory, and policy concerns.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 269
Introductory Sociology of Globalization
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course introduces students to the processes and implications of globalization within a Canadian and international context. It emphasizes the key organizations and institutions at the centre of contemporary globalization, the implications of globalization in relation to political, economic, socio-cultural, ecological and ideological relations, and the role of globalization in the opportunities and constraints felt by individuals in society.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 271
Introduction to the Family
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course is a survey of sociological perspectives on, and research into families. While the emphasis is on current trends and institutional characteristics in Canada, marriage and families are examined in the context of cross-cultural and historical elements.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 100.

SOCI 290
Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course addresses the critical, sociological approaches to the study of health and illness, including relevant theoretical frameworks. Specifically, it details the social determinants that affect a person’s ability to create and sustain healthy lifestyles, and examines the social inequalities of health, illness, and healthcare in Canada. This course highlights the organization of health care delivery, and questions who is affected, and how, by contemporary standards. Moreover, it analyzes the biomedical frameworks that underpin contemporary western notions of health and illness.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade C- in SOCI 100 or equivalent.

SOCI 301
Sociology of Gender
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course analyzes some of the similarities and differences between men and women in Canadian society, with a focus on historical and cross-cultural contexts. The course examines gender in three key ways: explanations offered for the differences between men and women in society, lifelong socialization into gendered roles, and the effects that follow from that learning.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in at least one 200-level SOCI course.

SOCI 303
Contemporary Issues in Criminology
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines a substantive topic or topics of relevance to contemporary criminology. The topic for the course varies and is announced prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 225.

SOCI 310
Introduction to Social Statistics
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course focuses on the practical uses of statistics in analyzing the behaviour and opinions of individuals and groups, explaining the reasons for such behaviour and opinions, and gaining an understanding of the forces that influence social issues and concerns. Students learn about statistical reasoning and the main descriptive and inferential techniques used to examine sociological data. Descriptive statistics such as measures of central tendency and variability and graphic displays including frequency distributions, histograms, and bar charts as well as inferential statistics such as t-tests, f-tests, Chi-square tests, and Pearson's r are examined and their sociological relevance established. Restricted to Sociology majors or with permission of the Department of Sociology.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in any SOCI 200 level course.

SOCI 315
Social Research Methods
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines a variety of quantitative and qualitative social research methods. Social research methods are techniques used to obtain information that answers questions about the social world. Quantitative methods include experiments, surveys, and systematic observation while qualitative methods include interviews, ethnography, and various unobtrusive measures. Students learn how to formulate research questions, collect the appropriate data, interpret research findings and write research reports. Restricted to Sociology majors or with permission of the department of sociology.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in any SOCI 200-level course.

SOCI 320
White Collar/Corporate Crime Criminality
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines current legal, policy and theoretical debates over the regulation of various aspects of criminality identified as organizational, white-collar and/or corporate crime. Different theoretical perspectives on the nature, extent and cause of corporate crime and the role of the state in regulating corporate behaviour are covered.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 225.

SOCI 321
Youth, Crime and Society
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course is a survey of the understanding and treatment of youth in the Canadian criminal justice system. It examines the nature, extent and regulation of youth crime in Canada as well as historical and contemporary youth justice.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 225.

SOCI 325
Restorative Justice
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course is an introduction to the practice of restorative justice. It describes the theory and history of restorative justice as well as the challenges restorative justice poses to conventional forms of justice. The course uses a sociological lens to examine both the strengths and weakness of this approach.

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in SOCI 225.

SOCI 327
The Canadian Criminal Justice System
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course emphasizes the three components of the criminal justice  system: police, courts and corrections. Specifically, the course examines the roles and functions of the police, the evolution of law and public policy, models and templates of justice, the procedural court processes, as well as research dedicated to reforming our community and institutional based correctional system.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 225.

SOCI 329
Sociology of Law
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines conceptual, practical and philosophical relationships between law and society. The key emphasis is on processes by which legal rules are created, maintained and changed, and law as an instrument of social control and change.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 225.

SOCI 333
Contemporary Sociological Theory
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course follows the continued development of sociological theorizing since the mid-20th century. Theoretical perspectives to be analyzed may include symbolic interactionism, dramaturgy, neo-functionalism, critical theory, world systems theory, feminist theories, poststructuralist theory, postmodern theory, and more. The application of these theories to contemporary critical debates and societal issues is emphasized.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 232.

SOCI 361
Social Inequality in Canada
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course explores the structures and institutions within which Canadians reside and which determine relations of ruling and inequality. With a specific focus on power and resistance, students examine the ways in which people in particular social groups have power over those in other social groups. Issues of racism, sexism, sexuality and the economy are central in this course.

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in at least one 200-level course in SOCI .

SOCI 362
Organization of Work
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course explores the meaning and organization of work, with a specific focus on Canada. Areas covered include properties of work organization (division of labour and specialization), technology and working knowledge, and social inequality that results from a polarized labour force.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in at least one 200-level SOCI course.

SOCI 363
Mental Health and Society
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course offers a sociological approach to the study of mental health and illness. Topics may include:  sociological theories of mental health and illness, the organization of the Canadian mental health system, medicalization, power and the medical model, the pharmaceutical industry, and mental health social movements. Topics are examined through historical, legal and theoretical approaches and students are encouraged to work beyond the conceptualization and treatment of mental illness in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in any 200-level course in SOCI .

SOCI 368
Race and Ethnic Relations
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines the social construction of race and ethnicity, and the causes and effects of racial and ethnic inequalities in Canada and other nation-states. The historical, political, and social impacts of race and ethnic relations are explored in a global context, with an emphasis placed on how these relations impact national identities. Topics that are covered in this course may include the following: formation of ethnic and racial identities, theories of racialization, racism and white privilege, immigration trends and policies, multiculturalism, and national identity formations.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in any 200-level SOCI course.

SOCI 377
Youth, Culture and Identity
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course focuses on the comparative analysis of youth in various types of societies, with special emphasis on Canada. Analysis includes investigation of the ways in which youth experiences and identities are embedded within a network of social structures, social interactions, and cultural characteristics.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in at least one 200-level course in SOCI .

SOCI 387
Religion, Culture and Society
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines the interconnections between religion, culture and society from a number of sociological perspectives. Students explore the way in which religion influences society and society affects religion. The course covers a variety of different topics including the following: defining religion, individual and collective meanings, charismatic leadership, alternative religions, millenarianism, religious fundamentalism and secularism.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in a 200-level course in SOCI .

SOCI 393
Politics and Social Change
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course explores the process of social change, focusing on how institutions shape and are shaped by collective organization in an effort to bring about social change. Social change is broadly defined to include economic, political, environmental, and technological change. Students examine a variety of groups pursuing social change and their relationship to key social institutions, such as the media and the state.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in a 200-level course in SOCI.

SOCI 398
Independent Study
3 Credits          Total (0-0-45)

This course offers an intermediate-level student the opportunity to work with an instructor to explore a specific topic in depth through research or directed reading in primary and secondary sources. The student plans, executes and reports the results of their independent research or study project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. To be granted enrollment in the course, the student must have made prior arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise his or her project. This course can be taken twice for credit.

Prerequisites: Consent of the Department.

SOCI 400
Senior Seminar
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

A capstone course is one in which students synthesize and apply the knowledge they have acquired in theory, methodology, and substantive subject-matter, in preparation for advanced education or entry into professional careers. In Sociology, this synthesis of knowledge reflects the "sociological imagination" (C. Wright-Mills, 1959) - the ability to recognize the interplay between individual experiences and public issues. In this course, students use their sociological imaginations in self-directed analyses of current societal issues, social problems, or controversies, building a body of diverse work that illustrates the knowledge and skills they will be carrying into their future educational, professional, and/or individual roles within a dynamic, multicultural society.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in a 300-level SOCI course and consent of the department (Note: Preference will be given to students in the SOCI major and the Honours program).

SOCI 402
Special Topics in Sociology
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course provides an in-depth study of a selected topic in sociology. The topic for the course varies from year to year and is announced prior to registration. Possible topics include sport and gender, sociology of aging, sociology of religion, sociology of health and illness, critical media studies, and sociology of globalization.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in any 300-level course in sociology.

SOCI 403
Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course provides an in-depth study of a selected topic in criminology. The topic varies and is announced prior to registration. Possible topics include youth and crime, comparative criminology, substance use, issues around mental illness, and the effects of race/ethnicity within the context of the Canadian criminal justice system.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in one of SOCI 303, SOCI 320, SOCI 321, SOCI 327 or SOCI 329.

SOCI 416
Quantitative Research Methods
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines quantitative research methods in Sociology. Topics covered include: advanced measurement and design issues, probability sampling issues, ethical issues, systematic observation, survey construction, experimental design, secondary analysis of existing information, and unobtrusive measures. Restricted to sociology majors or with the consent of the sociology department.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 310 and SOCI 315.

SOCI 418
Qualitative Research Methods
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course examines qualitative research methods in sociology. Topics covered include: designing qualitative research, ethical issues, interviews, focus groups, ethnography, action research, unobtrusive measures, case studies, content analyses, and the use of triangulation in research.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 315 or (with consent of the instructor) PSYC 212.

SOCI 421
Sociology of Punishment
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course is an examination and explanation of the historical and contemporary social underpinnings of punishment and the criminal justice system. Topics may include: the social and historical context of punishment; the rationale, principles and goals of sentencing; and current trends in Canadian corrections.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 327.

SOCI 422
Aboriginal Peoples and Justice
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

The course is a survey of the involvement of Aboriginal peoples as offenders, victims and service providers in the Canadian criminal justice system at a variety of levels, including policing, courts, corrections, and aftercare. Special attention is given to historic pressures and consequent socio-demographic and political situation of First Nations which contribute to rates of crime and disorder in Aboriginal communities.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 327.

SOCI 424
Advanced Topics in Deviance, Normality and Social Control
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course provides an in-depth study of a specific topic or current issue related to deviance, normality and social control. The topic for the course varies year to year and is announced prior to registration. Possible topics include the following: sociology of alcohol; youth subcultures; medicalization of deviance; mass media and social control; sexuality; power and popular music; cults and, alternative beliefs; and genetic science, deviance, and social control.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in at least one 300-level SOCI course and a minimum grade of C- in SOCI-224 or consent of the department.

SOCI 428
Police and the Community
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-0)

This course explores the roles and functions of Canadian law enforcement agencies as the "gatekeepers" of the criminal justice system. The course draws on an interdisciplinary approach to contextualize community policing and offers a better understanding of the role of the police, offenders and victims.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 327.

SOCI 430
Gender, Crime and Social Justice
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course critically examines key concepts, issues and debates with respect to gender, crime and social justice. The key focus is on gender differences in crime, theories of women's crime and the treatment of women offenders and victims by the criminal justice system.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in SOCI 225 and SOCI 301.

SOCI 449
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course provides an in-depth study of two or three central topics in social psychology. The theoretical, methodological and applied issues in the selected areas are emphasized. The topics for the course vary from year to year and are announced prior to registration. Possible topics include social cognition, social perception, interpersonal attraction, social psychology and health, and social psychology and the environment.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in at least one 300-level SOCI course and a minimum grade of C- in SOCI 241 or PSYC 241 or consent of the department.

SOCI 463
Advanced Topics in Canadian Society
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course provides an in-depth study of a topic in Canadian Society. The topic for the course varies from year to year and will be announced prior to registration. Possible topics include colonialism and the historical development of Canada, regionalism, ethnicity and gender inequities, free trade issues, multinationals and globalization, capitalism, government policy, and/or issues relating to Canadian identity.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in at least one 300-level SOCI course and a minimum grade of C- in SOCI 101 or consent of the department.

SOCI 470
Advanced Topics in the Sociology of Families
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course provides an in-depth study of selected topics in the sociology of families. The topic for the course varies from year to year and is announced prior to registration. Possible topics include gender and family, comparative family systems, inequality and family, deviance and family, and family policy.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in at least one 300-level SOCI course and a minimum grade of C- in SOCI 271 or consent of the department.

SOCI 477
Advanced Topics in Youth
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-3)

This course provides an in-depth study of a specific topic or current issue related to the sociology of youth. The topic for the course varies year to year and is announced prior to registration. Possible topics include the following: youth subcultures; comparative youth systems; the social construction of adolescence; youth and inequality; and youth, gender, and popular culture.

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in SOCI 377 or consent of the department.

SOCI 496
Independent Research Proposal
3 Credits          Total (0-0-45)

This course offers senior-level students the opportunity to work with an instructor to design an empirical research project in an applied or non-applied setting, and prepare a research proposal for that project. Students learn to formulate research questions, select an appropriate methodology, plan specific procedures for data collection and analysis, prepare a research proposal, and if required, submit a research ethics proposal. To be granted enrollment in the course, the student must have made prior arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise the project.

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in SOCI 315 and consent of the department.

SOCI 497
Independent Research Project
3 Credits          Total (0-0-45)

This course offers senior-level students the opportunity to work with an instructor to conduct an empirical research project in an applied or non-applied setting. To be granted enrollment in the course, the student must have made prior arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise the project.

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in SOCI 315 and consent of the department.

SOCI 498
Advanced Independent Study
3 Credits          Weekly (0-0-0)

This course offers a senior-level student the opportunity to work with an instructor to conduct a critical or theoretical analysis of the existing literature on a specific topic. The student plans, executes and reports the results of the critical or theoretical analysis under the direction of a faculty supervisor. To be granted enrollment in the course, the student must have made prior arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise the project.

SOCI 499A
Honours Thesis I
3 Credits          Total (0-0-45)

Under the direction of a faculty member, students conduct an empirical or theoretical research project culminating in the Honours Thesis and formal presentation of research findings. Note: This course is restricted to, and required of, students in the final year of the Honours Sociology program. Students must complete both 499A and 499B in consecutive terms in order to receive a credit in this course.

Prerequisites: Consent of department.

SOCI 499B
Honours Thesis II
3 Credits          Total (0-0-45)

Under the direction of a faculty member, students conduct an empirical or theoretical research project culminating in the Honours Thesis and formal presentation of research findings. Note: This course is restricted to, and required of, students in the final year of the Honours Sociology program. Students must complete both 499A and 499B in consecutive terms in order to receive a credit in this course.