Sociology

Note: See beginning of Section F for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

Unless otherwise indicated, students must complete Sociology 1001 before taking any sociology courses at the 2000 level or above. Students are required to complete at least three term-courses of sociology at the lower level (1000–2000 courses) before enrolling in any third-year sociology courses. Students who are not majoring or honouring in Sociology will be admitted to a 4000 level course only if they have completed six term-courses of Sociology and have consulted with the instructor.

A minimum grade of C (2.0) is mandatory for all sociology courses required as prerequisites or taken to meet the Majors and Honours requirements.

SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3 ch (3C)

Surveys the basic concepts, theories and analytical methods of sociology and introduces students to sociology as a way of thinking. 

SOCI2007Introduction to Human Evolution and Social Anthropology3 ch (3C)
An introduction to the social and evolutionary anthropology of human diversity.Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2102The Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 3 ch (3C)
An historical introduction to the people, places and ideas that inform modern sociology that is elaborated with reference to contemporary social life. Emphasis will be placed on North America and Europe from the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries; although, some reference may be made to similar ideas to developed in other places and times.
SOCI2205Interpersonal Relations (O)3 ch (3C)
An introduction to a variety of perspectives designed to provide insight into social interaction on the interpersonal level. Attention is also given to some of the methodological problems involved in acheiving a better understanding of this area of social life.Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2251Film and Society Prior to World War II3 ch

This course examines the rise of the North American film industry, its organization and its current cultural influence. It investigates the history of early film, the rise of the studio system, the star as celebrity, the emergence of a number of film aesthetics, and it analyses how film has represented social issues especially those of class, gender and race.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2253From TV to the Internet (O)3 ch (3C)

This course provides a broad-based introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the sociology of the media. It explores the political, economic, ideological and organizational settings within which the media operates and charts its growing importance in many aspects of contemporary life.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2323Sociology of Work3 ch (3C)

Examines the changing nature and organization of work within the context of regional, national and international developments. 

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. 

SOCI2376Sociology of Health, Illness and Healing (O)3 ch (3C)

Examines the social nature and consequences of health, illness and healing and looks at medicine as a form of social control. Areas to be covered include the delivery of health care, social construction of medical knowledge, social inequality and its impact on health and disease.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. 

SOCI2413Canadian Society (O)3 ch (3C)

Examines the historical preconditions, current processes in and structure of Canadian society. This may include French-English relations, regionalism, native rights, Canadian mosaic and position in the world system. 

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2471Sociology of Western Civilization Pre-1500 (A)3 ch (3C)
Beginning with the cultures of prehistoric Indo-European speakers, this course examines the Gerco-Roman world, the Christian institutions of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation periods. Students will be required to evaluate and interpret these periods from a sociological perspective which focuses on how societies and cultures develop through history. One of the founders of this perspective was Max Weber, probably best known and most influential figure in sociological theory. Students will be expected to study some of Weber's writings on uniqueness of the West.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2501Introduction to Gender and Gender Studies3 ch (3C)

An introduction to gender and gender studies from a sociological viewpoint with some consideration of interdisciplinary perspectives. Examines basic concepts, approaches, and methods pertinent to understanding gender relations and divisions in a global and historical context.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. NOTE: Students who take SOCI 2501 may not receive credit for GEND 2001.
SOCI2533Social Movements and Social Revolutions (A)3 ch (3C)

An analysis of social movements and revolutions from a sociological perspective. Emphasis is on critical understanding of why they arise, why some fail and why others succeed.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2611Anti-Criminology (A)3 ch (3C)
Introduces students to the new sub-field of anti-criminology. Focuses on qualitative criminological developments since the pioneering work of Howard Becker. Emphases will be placed on interactionist, ethnomethodological, feminist and other micro-level analyses which constantly challenge and provoke the criminological canon.Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI2615Historical Sociology I (O)3 ch (3C)

Introduction to historical and sociological understanding of modern and post-modern societies. Particular emphasis will be placed on Canada and Europe.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
SOCI3000Sociological Theory6 ch (6C)

Surveys the origins of and development of sociological theory. Considers major classical theorists such as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, and selected modern and contemporary theories.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and three term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. 

SOCI3003Sociology of Economic Ideas (O)3 ch (3C)

Explores the relationships between the evolution of economic ideas and the prevailing socio-historical conditions. Also examines broader implications of economic ideas for the formulation of economic and social policy. 

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3104Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences3 ch (3C)

Introduces students to the logic and main stages of quantitative research, covering research design, sampling, measurement, data collection methods, and statistical analysis as well as research ethics. 

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3105Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences3 ch (3C)

Introduces students to the inter-disciplinary emergence of qualitative methods (e.g., feminist, interactionist, textual), with an emphasis on epistemological, philosophical and reflexive concerns as well as practical applications.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two-term course in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3214Sociology of Communications: Canadian Culture Through Film 3 ch (3C)

A sociological examination of the principal ways communications can be understood. The course examines how Canadian films have addressed issues of regional identity, electronic communications (McLuhan), and national identity.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001, or equivalent and two term-courses of lower level Sociology, with grades of C or better. ICS students: SOCI 1001, SOCI 2251 and ICS 2001, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3217Film and Society III3 ch (3C)
This course will investigate the relationship between film and society and will focus its attention on contemporary film.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001, SOCI 2251 plus 1 additional term-course at the 2000-level in Sociology, with a grade of C or better in all three courses, or permission of the instructor.
SOCI3251Film and Society from WWII to the 1960s3 ch (3C)

This course provides a broad-based introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the sociology of film. It investigates the relationship between film and society and focuses its attention on post World War II Hollywood Films, Italian Neo-realist and French New Wave films. 

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, SOCI 2251 and one additional and term-course in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. ICS students: SOCI 1001, SOCI 2251, and ICS 2001, all with grades of C or better. 

SOCI3257Film and Society from the 1960s to the Present Day3 ch (3C)
This course will investigate the relationship between film and society and will focus its attention on contemporary film.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001, or equivalent, SOCI 2251 and one additional term-course in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. ICS students: SOCI 1001, SOCI 2251, and ICS 2001, all with grades of C or better. 
SOCI3331Cinematic Rome (O)3 ch (S)

This course situates cinematic Rome in its cultural, urban, social and political settings. It focuses on films that treat the city of Rome as a protagonist as well as a symbolic cultural space that will be traversed, examined, contested, and reclaimed. The course will further examine how Rome is used in film as a site for the projection of modern romance, Cold War imperial political conflicts, sexual identities, decadence, and cultural anxieties. Course will normally be taught on site in Rome.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology all with grades of C or better. 

SOCI3386Sociology of Religion (O) 3 ch (3C)
This course will examine ways that religious groups and their members are affecting and being affected by changes in society.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3471Sociology of Western Civilization Post-15003 ch (3C)
Proceeding from the modern era, this course continues through the era of European exploration of the globe, the rise of the Galilean and Newtonian science, the Enlightenment, the American and French Revolutions, the mechanization of industry, nineteenth century nationalism, the First and Second World Wars, and concludes with a consideration of the rise and fall of the socialist/multicultural state in contemporary Europe. The focus of this course will be historical and sociological. Students will be required to employ sociological concepts so that they can gain a better understanding of historical phenomena.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3517Sociology of Culture (O)3 ch (3C)
Examines the historical emergence of contemporary western culture. Some cross-cultural comparisons will also be examined.Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3523Sociology of Globalization (A)3 ch (3C)
Surveys the process of globalization arising from the increasing integration and interaction of products and cultures in the world. Distinguishes between different ideologies of globalism: market or neoliberal globalism; jihad globalism, and cultural Marxist globalism. Examines the struggle for cultural and and ethnic preservation by ethno-nationalist movements against these ideologies of globalism.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3531Sociology of Multiculturalism3 ch (3C)
This course will examine the case for and against multiculturalism and mass immigration in Canada and the Western world.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3544Gender and Technology (A)3 ch

Explores the processes through which gender relations and assumptions about gender enter into the design and use of technologies, the extent to which the social relations of technology are implicated in the generation of gender inequalities, and the impacts of technology on the lives of women and men.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, one of either SOCI 2501 or GEND 2001, and one additional term-course in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3614Anti-Criminology II (A)3 ch (3C)
Advanced study in the field of anti-criminology. Focuses on developments in the field of critical criminology since the emergence of "The New Criminology" and "Discipline & Punishment". Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of our western systems of criminal justice.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, SOCI 2611 and one term-course in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3615Historical Sociology II (O)3 ch (3C)
Advanced study of socio-cultural and socio-historical transformations in Western societies. Emphasis will be placed on the critical literature in this field, and the detailed analysis of specific empirical transformations. Course topics change annually.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, SOCI 2615 and one term-course in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3822Sociology of Modernization (A)3 ch (3C)

Course explores the transition from traditional to modern society. Emphasis is on the structures of everyday life before and after modernization. 

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, and two term-courses in lower-level in Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI3843Sociology of the Arts3 ch (3C)
Investigates the social contexts of artistic endeavour and consumption of such art forms as painting, music, literature, theatre, film and architecture. Explores the role of both amateur and professional artists as well as their products and publics.
SOCI3889Sociology of Native Issues: Culture and Colonization (O)3 ch (3C)
Provides a socio-historical analysis of a range of issues facing Aboriginal people in Canada today, including an examination of the colonization process through a focus on treaties, The Indian Act, the reserve system, and residential schools.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two-term courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. 

SOCI3911Cinematic New York (A)3 ch (3S)

This course examines films shot in New York within the historical and sociological context of the city as well as within the body of work of a number of directors who made New York an important setting for their stories. The course will normally be taught on site in New York. 

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, and two-term courses in lower level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. 

SOCI3921Sociology of Knowledge (O)3 ch (3C)

This course examines the social construction of knowledge. Explores the social and historical processes by which we have come to accept certain claims to knowledge as valid. Also examines controversies about the progressiveness and rationality of knowledge.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. 

SOCI4014Designing Research Proposals3 ch (3S)

Under the direction of a supervisor, an Honours student develops a proposal which is approved by the Discipline.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, and SOCI 3000, 3104 and 3105, all with grades of C or better. CGPA of 3.3 or higher is required.
SOCI4015Honours Thesis3 ch (3S)
Under the direction of a supervisor, an Honours student carries out an approved project and completes and defends a thesis.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, SOCI 3000, SOCI 3104, SOCI 3105, and SOCI 4014, all with grades of C or better. CGPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
SOCI4023Special Topics in Sociological Theory (O)3 ch (3S)
Intensive study of a selected theorist or theory group or selected issues in sociological theory.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, SOCI 3000 and one term-course in upper-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI4263Discourse and Text (O)3 ch (3S)

Advanced studies in discourse and textual analysis. Topics may vary from year to year, but will typically cover a selection from the following intellectual schools: phenomenology, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, cultural studies, post-structuralism, deconstruction, and feminism. 

Prerequisite: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, SOCI 3105, and two term-courses in upper-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. 

SOCI4363Political Sociology (O)3 ch (3C)

A comprehensive historical study of the political routes the major countries of the East and the West took to reach modern industrial society. Emphasis is on the interrelations of state power, class, ideology, and industrialization.

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, and three term-course in upper-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI4503Research Seminar in Popular Culture3 ch (3S)

This course examines the daily cultural artifacts that surround us, their multitude of meanings, and their use by social actors. This course will provide a historical background for understanding contemporary popular culture, and will investigate current theoretical debates on mass culture, popular culture and postmodernism.

Prerequisites: Sociology students - complete SOCI 1001 or equivalent, two-term courses in lower-level Sociology, SOCI 3000 and one of SOCI 3104 or 3105, all with grades of C or better. ICS Majors and Double-Major students - ICS 1001, ICS 1002, ICS 2001, ICS 3001 and ICS 3003, all with the grades of C or better. 

SOCI4555Gender and Organization (O)3 ch (3C)
An advanced focus on how gender and organization(s) are mutually constituting, and how other sources of diversity (e.g., race, sexual orientation, class) intersect with gender, informing organizational structures and processes and our experiences with them. Examines feminist critiques of traditional approaches to organization; feminist conceptualizes of gender and organization; empirical studies of men and women in particular organizations (e.g., business, police, military, health care, educational organizations).Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, one of either SOCI 2501 or GEND 2001, one term-course in lower-level Sociology, and three term-courses in upper-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI4705Sociology of Civilization (O)3 ch (3C)

A comparative study of the cultural, political and economic heritage of world civilizations. 

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, and three term-courses in upper-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better.
SOCI4505Society and Sex Work (O) (Cross-Listed: POLS 4505)3 ch (3S)
Examines sex work as a social issue. Topics include radical, liberal and socialist feminist understandings of prostitution; sex workers' standpoints; criminological implications.Prerequisites: SOCI 1001 or equivalent, and two term-courses in lower-level Sociology, and three term-courses in upper-level Sociology, all with grades of C or better. Credit cannot be given for both SOCI 4505 and POLS 4505.