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Sociology Courses

3000 Level Courses

AP/SOCI 3020 6.00 Classic Sociological Texts

The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the development of sociological theory from its origins to the present. Selected major theorists will be considered, and readings will be chosen from original works.

AP/SOCI 3030 3.00 Social Statistics I

This course introduces students to quantitative analysis in the social sciences and covers probability theory, descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling and univariate and bivariate analyses.

AP/SOCI 3040 3.00 Advanced Sociological Theory

This course provides an in-depth study of one or more major sociological theoretical paradigms, building on the overview of sociological theory that students have gained from AP/SOCI 2040 6.00. Both classical and contemporary theories may be represented in this course, with an emphasis on the centrality of theory to the discipline of sociology.

AP/SOCI 3060 6.00 Classic and Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology

This course explores classic and current approaches to social psychology. Topics include self, social process, social interaction, interpersonal influences and group processes. Student participation in experimentation, participant observation, group discussion, research and discourse analysis is expected.

AP/SOCI 3110 3.00 Collective Behaviour

This course will analyze forms of collective behaviour (crowd, mob, panic, fashion, cult) with a view to understanding their function in society. Factors conducive to the formation of such behaviour, characteristics of members, leadership and processes of social action will be considered.

AP/SOCI 3220 6.00 Cultural Sociology

An examination of recent developments in the study of culture as they affect sociological thinking about contemporary society, drawing on sociological as well as other theories and approaches. Includes case studies on gender, popular culture, multi-culture, aesthetics, nationalism, political economy of culture, ideology.

AP/SOCI 3310 6.00 Canadian Society: A Sociological Analysis

An examination of the nature of Canadian society from a sociological perspective. Concentrates on the social issues and problems of particular concern to this country. Also discusses the structure and power of Canadian legal, political, economic, religious and educational institutions.

AP/SOCI 3340 6.00 Globalization and Resistance

This course explores meanings of globalization as the master trend reshaping social life through global and local dynamics of both contemporary social change and resistance to it, exemplifying the increasing and contested influence of social movements within social life.

AP/SOCI 3355 3.00 Social Movements

Topics studied will include the causes, characteristics, processes and consequences of social movements; the appeal, ideology, organizational structure, strategies and tactics of social movements; and the process of becoming committed to a social movement.

AP/SOCI 3410 6.00 Social Inequality

Theories about social equality and inequality are analyzed, in industrial and non-industrial, democratic and non-democratic societies. The course considers the influence of differential privilege on social behaviour and institutions, and problems of upward and downward mobility.

AP/SOCI 3414 6.00 Work and the Workplace

This course will deal with the function and conditions of work and strategies for change related to it. Work and leisure, the organization of work, design of jobs, and the discontent of workers and the functions of management and unions will be discussed.


AP/SOCI 3420 6.00 Population and Society

Students will study Canadian population trends and policy debates in comparison to global population issues. Topics may include Canadian and global patterns of population growth; urbanization and urban reversal; fertility, family planning and abortion; famine, disease and mortality; social security and aging; international migration and ethnic composition.

AP/SOCI 3430 6.00 Ethnicity, Power, and Identity

This course introduces students to contemporary issues in ethnicity, power and identity in international perspective. Sociological and anthropological theories on ethnicity, race, culture and identity form the conceptual basis for this course.

AP/SOCI 3450 6.00 The Sociology of Race and Racism

This course offers a sociolgical critique of race and racism by examining both the concepts and practices in terms of social organization, discourse and history. Biogenetic and cultural racism are investigated in terms of knowledge frameworks involving gender and class.

AP/SOCI 3480 6.00 Organizations, Work and Society

Formal organizations such as social groups, such as businesses, governments, educational institutions and trade unions are established in a more or less deliberate manner for the attainment of specific goals. Focuses on topics such as institutionalization, leadership, change, rationality, bureaucracy, structure, power and technology.

AP/SOCI 3490 6.00 Formal Organizations

Among the topics considered are theories of bureaucratic organizations, the relationship between formal and informal structures, official-client relationships, the effects of organizations upon their members and the relationship of organizations to one another and to the community.

AP/SOCI 3550 3.00 Sociology of Aging

This course examines interpersonal, cultural, demographic and political aspects of aging and retirement. Gender, class and other major factors are discussed, along with familial, government and self-help responses to seniors' needs.

AP/SOCI 3600 3.00 The Sociology of Work and Industry

In this course, work will be viewed as a social problem. Topics include the meaning of work, the theory of alienation, evolving patterns of industrialization and labour relations, occupational cultures, the deskilling of work and solutions to alienated labour. The theories of post-industrial society will be examined.

AP/SOCI 3615 3.00 The Sociology of Occupations and Professions

The focus of this course is on occupational systems, careers and professions. The topics of occupational socialization, identity and subcultures, role relationships in work groups, the process of professionalization, relationships to clients, and the significance of organizational contexts will be explored.

AP/SOCI 3630 6.00 Sociology of Education

'The relationship of the educational system to the social structure is examined. Among topics to be considered are the role of education in social change, the school as a social system, and the school as an agency of socialization.

AP/SOCI 3640 6.00 Political Sociology

The social bases of political order and conflict in modern societies will be analyzed. Data will be drawn from studies of policy formation, voting behaviour, civic participation, collective protest, and political aspects of social change in old and new nations.

AP/SOCI 3650 3.00/6.00 Sociology of Religion

The course explores the persistence of religion in contemporary societies. Particular attention is given to the theories of the sociology of religion, such as Durkheim, Weber and Peter Berger.

AP/SOCI 3651 3.00 Policing and the Community

This course moves from the historical roots of Canadian policing into the present. Canada's unique policing structure is discussed and compared with international policing structures. Political and economic forces behind policing and the symbolism of the police are also considered.

AP/SOCI 3652 3.00 Corrections and Alternative Forms of Justice

The course explores the historical roots of corrections and alternative forms of justice. Topics include various philosophies of punishments and social control, as well as the influences that have helped to determine penal poliicies and practices, particularly in Canada.

AP/SOCI 3658 3.00 Crime, Science, and Technology

This course examines how science and technology have altered the terrain of criminal justice and criminology. It focuses not only on the ways in which criminology has been constructed as a science, but also the ways in which technology has created new crimes, new forms of identity (e.g. data doubles), and new spaces that need to be policed (e.g. cyberspace). Topics include fingerprinting, DNA testing, biometrics, surveillance technologies, the regulation of mobilities, the use of robots, and cybercrime.

AP/SOCI 3660 6.00 Families and Social Change

The course provides a wide-ranging and provocative analysis of the social forces and individual responses contributing to diversity in family life, emphasizing how social, economic and political changes in Canadian society have reshaped family forms and social policy.

AP/SOCI 3670 3.00 Sociology of Sport

Sport is used in this course as a medium for testing sociological theory. Topics will be organized around the effects of involvement in sport on those who "play," consume and produce it.

AP/SOCI 3690 6.00 Sociology of Gender

This course analyzes economic, social, cultural and political aspects of gender formation in a comparative context and in Canada. Emphasis is on the different ways in which femininity and masculinity are constituted in interaction with race, class and other factors.

AP/SOCI 3710 6.00 Environmental Sociology

This course explores sociological approaches to the interaction between humans and their bio-physical environment; the history of ecology and contemporary social ecologies; contending explanations for environmental problems; and the history of environmental movements and organizations.

AP/SOCI 3780 6.00 Communication and Ideology

A discussion of human communication and social life, including the role of ideology in clarifying, distorting or masking reality. Emphasis is given to the mass media, including construction of the news, entertainment and advertising as aspects of dominant ideology.

AP/SOCI 3810 6.00 Criminalization and Regulation

Crime and delinquency are examined from the perspectives of deviance theory, social psychology and social organization. The criminal justice system is examined in an international context.

AP/SOCI 3820 6.00 Sociology of Health and Health Care

Social factors related to health and physical and mental illness will be discussed, including comparative examinations of the healing process. The social organization of systems of health care will be explored, including recruitment and socialization of health care personnel, hospitals as social institutions, stratification in medicine, emergence of professional medicine and alternatives to it and development of the health promotion perspective.

AP/SOCI 3830 6.00 Sociology of Urban Life

An examination of the process of urbanization and its implications for regional rural-urban systems, the city as an information-processing system, and the experience of living in cities. Sub-groups within the city (e.g. neighbourhoods and social networks) and urban institutions will also be analyzed.

AP/SOCI 3850 6.00 Gender, Violence and Social Policy

Violence against women, children, and the elderly, examined in historical and cross-cultural perspective. Areas to be discussed include: emotional impact of abuse; racist and patriarchal ideology; sex industry and the media; treatment of abusers; legal practices and the state.

AP/SOCI 3860 6.00 Women, Work and Family

Women's challenges in the home and in waged work, including historical and cross-cultural analyses. Areas of discussion may include: household, the labour market, racism and the state; barriers to women's career success; single-parent families and parenting responsibilities.

AP/SOCI 3940 3.00/6.00 Sociology of Scientific Controversies

Contemporary controversies such as cloning, genetics and race, climate change, AIDS treatment and DNA fingerprinting are used to foreground the social and cultural processes which shape knowledge.

AP/SOCI 3950 3.00 Exploring Disability: An Introduction to Disability Studies

Drawing on traditional and contemporary theoretical frameworks for understanding disability, this course introduces students to the field of disability studies. Within a comparative perspective, the course explores legal frameworks, social policy, advocacy and rights movements, citizenship, identities and representations.

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