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Foundations Courses

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Social Science will not be offering in-person classes this semester.

When registering in our courses, you will be presented with the following options: 

  • Online courses. All elements of these courses will be offered online without any fixed meeting time. You can do them at the time of your choosing (Asynchronously).
  • Remote courses. These courses will be delivered in real time via Zoom or other videoconferencing platform at the times indicated in the York Courses website (Synchronously). Some of these courses will have both real-time and non-real-time components.

The aim of General Education courses is to provide a breadth of study in order to give students knowledge of the major disciplines. These courses are designed to provide interdisciplinary knowledge and critical skills training. Tutorials also help students build skills, where students meet weekly in small groups with a tutorial leader to discuss concepts & assignments in depth. Six-credit courses feature a two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial. Nine-credit courses feature a two-hour lecture & two-hour tutorial. Two-hour tutorials designed to assist in the acculturation process of transitioning from high school to university.

AP/SOSC 1000 9.00

Introduction to Social Science

The course considers the distinctive characteristics of modern society including the impact of modernization on the family, religion, economic behaviour, politics and belief systems. It ...

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AP/SOSC 1009 9.00

Introduction to Social Science (ESL)

The course considers the distinctive characteristics of modern society including the impact of modernization on the family, religion, economic behaviour, politics and belief systems. It ...

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AP/SOSC 1012 9.00

Understanding Social Theory

This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the emergence of social theory from political theory, philosophy and economics. It presents the roles in this process ...

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AP/SOSC 1140 9.00

Self, Culture and Society

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding “self”, “culture”, and “society”. We will look at contributions from anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology ...

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AP/SOSC 1185 9.00

Women and Society

This course examines images of women and explores women's experiences in the family, at school and at work. It considers issues of violence and sexuality, ...

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AP/SOSC 1341 9.00

Introduction to the Social Economy

This course introduces students to the social economy (including co-operatives, credit unions, worker-owned firms, non-profit social service organizations, etc.). It investigates the history of the ...

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AP/SOSC 1350 9.00

Gender and the Law

This course explores the role of gender within the context of the legal system. Current issues that highlight the relationship between gender and law are ...

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AP/SOSC 1430 9.00

Introduction to International Development Studies

This course introduces students to the field of international development studies, which has emerged as a result of efforts to bring about development in Third ...

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AP/SOSC 1439 9.00

Introduction to International Development Studies (ESL)

This course introduces students to the field of international development studies, which has emerged as a result of efforts to bring about development in Third ...

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AP/SOSC 1510 9.00

The Future of Work

This course studies the emerging patterns of work in Canadian society. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the post-war work world, the causes of its ...

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AP/SOSC 1520 9.00

Markets and Democracy: The Development of Industrial Society

The development of industrial capitalism has entailed profound changes in ways of living. The course will consider the spread of the market economy, the industrialization ...

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AP/SOSC 1700 6.00

Women in Canada

This course will provide an overview of Canadian women's evolving roles and their response to these roles as both cause and product of changing economic, ...

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AP/SOSC 1710 6.00

People in Society

A consideration of the theoretical and empirical contributions of anthropology, psychology and sociology to the understanding of people as related to their environment. Topics will ...

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AP/SOSC 1731 9.00

CyberCities: The Community and Communication in Changing Urban Areas

Technology's impact on cities is examined, with emphasis on institutions and landscapes. Changes of metropolitan form, issues of community formation, and emerging patterns of work, ...

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AP/SOSC 1733 6.00

World of Cities: Journey Through Urban Space and Time

This course considers our contemporary urban and urbanizing world. For the first time in history, more than half the world's population lives in cities. How ...

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AP/SOSC 1800 6.00

Childhood and Society

An historical and current analysis of what happens to children when they are socialized. Among the questions considered along with the meaning of socialization, are ...

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AP/SOSC 1801 6.00

Health Controversies: Issues of Health, Illness and Society

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to critical controversies in health and society. Health controversies provide an interesting and effective way to study the political, ...

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AP/SOSC 1880 6.00

Social Change in Canada

An analysis of the problem of change in Canadian social structure. Topics to be covered include recent trends in social institutions, the politics and management ...

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AP/SOSC 1900 6.00

Sexuality, Gender and Society

This course examines how the meaning and significance of sexuality, family, work and public life have varied historically for men and women. It is particularly ...

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AP/SOSC 1910 6.00

The Global South, Human Rights, and Development

An examination of the historical relationship among human rights, economic equity, and the idea of development in the global south; attempts of selected countries to ...

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AP/SOSC 1920 6.00

Male-Female Relationships

This course explores some of the basic issues which influence male-female relationships and experience in Western society. Property, sexuality, socialization and culture are considered with ...

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AP/SOSC 1930 6.00

Health and Equity

Examines the interrelationship of disease, health, and medicine and the link of these in turn to socio-economic structure, political and cultural context, and physical environment. ...

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AP/SOSC 1940 6.00

Ontario: Problems and Prospects

An introduction to the social sciences through a study of problems that face Ontario in the twenty first century. Included is an examination of policy ...

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AP/SOSC 1950 6.00

Prospects and Perils in the 21st Century

Examines from a social science perspective the prospects of technology, bioscience, and information management, versus such perils as environmental degradation, terrorism, organized crime, and pandemics ...

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AP/SOSC 1960 6.00

Indigenous Resistance in Global Contexts

Examines the stories of how Indigenous communities around the world resist assaults on their lands and cultures, both historically and at present. With an interdisciplinary ...

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