NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

SOCI1503Sociological Perspectives3 ch (W)

Introduces the basic concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches of sociology and their application to the study of society and the relationship between the individual and society. Specific topics used to illustrate these sociological perspectives will include some combination of issues concerning socialization, sex and gender, family, community, population and aging, urban life, religion, race and ethnicity, work and occupations, inequality, education, environment, globalization, politics and social movements, technology and social change. 

SOCI1513Picturing Society: Image, Meaning, and Memory in the Photographic Era3 ch (W)

How do photographs affect the way we think of ourselves (e.g., our body image) and of others (e.g., the "primitives" pictured in National Geographic)? How do photographs create desire (e.g., in advertising and pornography)? Why do people take photographs of friends and family but rarely photograph complete strangers? These questions explore the nature of a "picturing society", one where individuals are surrounded by photographic images and, as a result, the ability to capture realistic representations of the world around us influences image, meaning, and memory. The term "picturing society" also refers to the process of using visual information to understand the characteristics of society – social class and gender divisions, social structure, the process of social change, etc. Photographs from a wide variety of contexts – personal, commercial, scientific, artistic, and others – will be used to explore these aspects of picturing society.

SOCI1523Youth Culture and Society3 ch

Examine aspects of youth in contemporary Western societies such as identity and sub-cultures, sexual behaviour, music, consumerism, religion, education, employment, crime and violence; as well as other issues affecting youth and their transitions to adulthood. Highlight the sociological connections between an individual's personal world and the social world through sociological perspectives and approaches. 

SOCI1543Gender - Then and Now3 ch (W)

Explore how life is gendered from the moment of birth. Children are exposed to a variety of gendered messages through various media. The choices, opportunities, and obstables that we face as adults are in large measure built upon these messages. Strategies for identifying the gendered nature of work, leisure, advertising, parenting, and aging are discussed.

SOCI1564Social Determinates of Health3 ch
Introduces the relationship between social equality and health, the socioeconomic gradient in health outcomes, and the structural and social forces that predispose individuals to ill health and disease. Topics include gender and health, racialization and health, housing and health, employment and health, disability and health, environment and health, and stigmatization and health.
SOCI1593Hooked on Religion3 ch (W) (EL)

Whether it is a prayer said in times of sorrow, grace at a meal, a religious ritual to celebrate adolescence, fasting, advice from a faith leader, or a spiritual blessing for a long-term intimate relationship, contact with religion comes in many different forms. Some Canadians “believe without belonging” while others belong to religious organizations but are unsure of their beliefs. Topics include patterns of spirituality in Canadian society, new religious movements, gender and family issues within contemporary religions, violence, and the impact of immigration and multiculturalism on the journey of faith. The impact of changing socio-cultural conditions on religion in Canadian society will be highlighted. 

SOCI1603Introduction to Criminology (Cross-Listed: CRIM 1603)3 ch (W)
Explore the subject matter of criminology and its relationship to other academic disciplines. Examine concepts and terms commonly used in criminology, the relationship between theory and practice, the history and evolution of criminological thought, and methods of investigation into criminal behaviour. The practical applications of criminology and the foundations of a modern criminal justice policy are also discussed. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 1603, SOCI 1603 and SOCI 3603.
SOCI2001Introduction to Family Violence Issues (Cross-listed: FVI 2001)3 ch

Introduces current theories, research and practice in family violence issues. Topics include: themes of violence; dynamics of violence; gender relations; attitudes, myths, and realities surrounding family violence; public versus private nature of family violence. Research from various perspectives is evaluated. NOTE: Credits can only be obtained for one of SOCI 2001 and FVI 2001.

SOCI2003Interpersonal Cyberviolence (Cross-Listed: FVI 2003)3 ch (W)
Examine issues associated with cyberviolence, the crimes that fall under the umbrella of cyberviolence, and online intervention strategies. Cyberviolence is a growing means of perpetrating interpersonal, gender-based violence. Consider relevant theories, existing research and student experiences of online communication. Typically offered online. NOTE: Students may obtain credit for only one of FVI 2003 or SOCI 2003.
SOCI2009Human Trafficking (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2009, FVI 2009)3 ch
Situate human trafficking as a crime stemming from gender-based violence and intersecting structural inequalities. Critically reflect on positionality and experiences. Identify stereotypes as well as victim-blaming in media representations and public discourses. Learn about and assess state and community responses to human trafficking. Typically offered online. NOTE: Students may obtain credit for only one of SOCI 2009, CRIM 2009, or FVI 2009.
SOCI2014Racism3 ch (WEB)
Examine the idea of race and the roots of racism, the historical and cultural manifestations of racism, and the impact of racism on societies across the globe. Learn the intersectionality of race, class, and gender, and the phenomenon of racist violence. This is an online course.
SOCI2015Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2015)3 ch (W)
Introduces the Canadian Criminal Justice System (CCJS). The CCJS is comprised of various organizations of the federal, provincial and municipal governments that respond to crime. Follows the accused through the various instances within the CCJS: police, courts, prosecution, sentencing and corrections. Examines how the CCJS operates in the Canadian context and explores the larger functions it serves. The overall objective is to understand the role played by CCJS in Canada and to develop a critical analysis of responses to crime. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 2015 and SOCI 2015.
SOCI2022Introduction to Data in the Social Sciences3 ch (W)

This course is open to students from all faculties and disciplines who are interested in learning the very basic language and techniques of understanding, analysing, and reporting data in the social sciences. This course is equally divided between qualitative and quantitative approaches to different types of social science data. NOTE: This course is not equivalent to SOCI 3103 Research Design or STAT 2263 Statistics for Non-Science Majors.

SOCI2223Introduction to Mass Communications and the Media3 ch

A critical overview of mass communications within Canadian society: media institutions and audiences; processes and the impact of the media; media control and policy; social problems and the media; and social issues in an information society.

SOCI2303Sociology of Families3 ch (W)

Examines sociological perspectives on marriage and family life: changing forms and functions of the family in the context of the growth of capitalism and industrialism in Western society, women, liberation and the family, patterns and ideologies of family formation and dissolution, changes in family law, and future prospects and alternatives.

SOCI2313Sociology of Women3 ch

Focuses on the role of women within a historical and contemporary context, including women’s position in the family, and in educational, political, and economic institutions. The nature, perpetuation, consequences, and the ideology of sexism in capitalist and non-capitalist societies will also be examined.

SOCI2345Sociology of Aging3 ch (W)

An introduction to the basic physical, psychological, and demographic changes which occur in aging. Emphasis is given to understanding the everyday world of the young old, their participation in family life, personal life style and community activities after retirement, and with the restrictions created by limited financial resources.

SOCI2365Sociology of Dying and Death3 ch (W)

Explores how personal experiences with dying and death are shaped by societal, cultural, and institutional expectations. Students develop skills in critically analyzing theoretical and methodological issues to provide insights on how attitudes towards dying and death are influenced by social organizations, demography of death, care systems, and socialization at various stages of life. 

SOCI2375Sociology of Health and Illness3 ch (W)

Examine the social nature of health and illness and look at medicine as an institution of social control. Cover topics such as models of health, the social production of disease, stigma, and chronic illness/disability; the pharmaceutical industry; as well as issues impacting on health, including sexism and racism. 

SOCI2403Contemporary Canadian Issues3 ch

An introduction to current social issues in Canada such as social inequality, regionalism, unemployment, media concentration, the role of multinationals, and the state of the Canadian economy. The impact of these in shaping our everyday actions and beliefs will be examined.

SOCI2433Social Problems 3 ch (W) (EL)

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of various sociological approaches to the study of social problems and to focus on a selection of substantive issues such as the role of social movements in the construction of social problems.

SOCI2503Social Movements and Social Revolutions3 ch (W)

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

SOCI2533Information Society3 ch (W)

Investigates ‘the information society’ debate by focusing on the major contributors who argue that the information society is new and revolutionary. Other scholars accept the important role of information technologies in contemporary society but maintain that these technologies help broaden and extend existing social, cultural, economic, and political relations. 

SOCI2534Technology and Social Change3 ch (W)

Examines the relationship between technology and social change, such as the sources and effects of technical change, the control of technology, and the origin and nature of controversies involving modern technologies.

SOCI2563Violence and Society (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2563)3 ch (W)
Introduces a broad range of violent crimes from sociological perspectives. Includes a survey of political violence such as genocide, the holocaust, state and anti-state terrorism; analysis of hate crimes and various types of homicide such as serial murder, mass murder, and thrill killings; examination of various manifestations of violence against women such as mass and date rape; exploration of kinds of assault such as physical assault, spousal battery, and child abuse; and robbery. Note: Credit can be obtained for only one of SOCI 1563, CRIM 2563, and SOCI 2563.
SOCI2573Social Networks (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2573)3 ch (W)
Provides a conceptual introduction to the theories and methods related to the social scientific study of networks through an in-depth examinations of application(s) and insights related to issues such as health, crime/deviance, on-line social networks, corporations, social movements, terrorism, social support, and more. Social Network analysis is a research method that allows social scientists to understand patterns of relations between various actors and organizations. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, social network analysis examines relations, interactions, roles, and affiliations that influence the structure of organizations and behaviours of individuals using diverse methodologies. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 2573 and SOCI 2573.
SOCI2575Terrorism (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2575)3 ch (W)
Introduces the social-scientific study of terrorism, examining the theories, social dynamics, and historical contexts related to politically and ideologically inspired violence. NOTE: Credit can only be obtained for one of SOCI 2575 and CRIM 2575.
SOCI2603Sociology of Deviance (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2603)3 ch (W)

Examines the elements and patterns of deviance, basic principles of both normative and deviant behaviour, and the institutionalization of each. Examples of specific areas and types of deviance are studied in some detail. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 2603 and SOCI 2603.

SOCI2613Youth Justice (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2613)3 ch (W)

Examines the history of juvenile delinquency, its incidence, its causes, and the methods of investigation. Deals with agencies involved in the adjudication and treatment of juvenile and youthful offenders. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one  of CRIM 2613 and SOCI 2613.

SOCI2663Social Perspectives on Victimology (Cross-Listed: CRIM 2663)3 ch (W)
Provides an opportunity to explore different forms of victimization in the Canadian context, examines various groups of victims and vulnerable populations, and define who victims are. Explores victimization by the criminal justice system, which includes reporting to the police, the investigation, the court process, etc. Focuses on various types of victims in society, such as Indigenous peoples of Canada and vulnerable populations. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 2663 and SOCI 2663.
SOCI2703Introduction to Population Health3 ch (W)

Explores the basics of demographic trends for understanding patterns and causes of health and disease in different populations. Students apply this knowledge to analyze policy options to improve the health of populations.

SOCI2801Food and Culture (Cross-Listed: ANTH 2801)3 ch
Introduces theories and methods in the growing field of food studies. Few things are more important to human beings than food. Food is profoundly cultural, which makes it a topic of interest to social scientists concerned with the comparative study of culture and society across time and space. On the one hand, what is considered edible, what is seen as good to eat, and how it all embeds in changing ways of life all varies depending on cultural, social, economic, and political contexts. On the other hand, thinking about nutrition, energy, diet, and what is left behind opens a valuable window on societies, past and present. The course goal is a practical guide to the study of food, its core ideas, and its methodologies, with the goal of bringing order and insight to the diverse relationships between people and what they eat. NOTE: Credit can only be obtained for one of ANTH 2801 and SOCI 2801. 
SOCI3004Theoretical Foundations of Sociology3 ch (W)

A critical review of the first and second generations of sociology in Europe and the United States, with special emphasis upon the ideas of thinkers such as Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead, Cooley, Merton, and Parsons.

SOCI3006Intervention Strategies and Programs for People who Batter (Cross-Listed: FVI 3006)3 ch (W)

This course will examine the major theories related to violence in intimate relationships and explore the different intervention strategies and programs which have evolved from these theories. Credit cannot be obtained for both FVI 3006 and SOCI 3006.

SOCI3007Religion and Family Violence (Cross-Listed: FVI 3007)3 ch (W)
This course examines issues pertaining to violence in religious families and the role of faith communities (and their leaders) in responding to violence in the family context. It will consider relevant data, theories, and strategies for change. Normally taught online. Credit may be granted for only one of FVI 3007 or SOCI 3007.
SOCI3014Major Developments in Contemporary Sociological Theory3 ch (W)

Examine the major developments in late 20th century sociological theory: the critique of functionalism and the rise of conflict theory; feminist theory and the critique of male-stream sociology; the revitalization of interpretive sociology; the emergence of neo-functionalism; and the debate over post-modernism.

Prerequisite: SOCI 3004

SOCI3103Research Design 3 ch

Provides students with the skills to design a variety of research projects. The focus is on the components that make up a research project, including access to data sets, recruitment of research participants, choosing methods of data analysis, and research ethics review. Note: This course is not equivalent to SOCI 2022 Introduction to Data in the Social Sciences.

SOCI3115What Works? Introduction to Program Evaluation3 ch
Cover approaches to the processes and outcomes of program evaluation and initiatives. Emphasize the development and design, practical and ethical programs, and politics of evaluation research. NOTE: Students who received credit for SOCI 4115 my not receive credit for SOCI 3115.
SOCI3223Ethnic Relations in Canada 3 ch (EL)

Examines the interactional and institutional processes involved in ethnic and intercultural relations. Focuses on group experience, status and identity, communication and language, and the historical and contemporary conditions of social change, tension, and conflict.

SOCI3243Sociology of Culture3 ch

Studies cultures as ideas and value systems. Examines how cultural meanings are interpreted and used by individuals and groups in the course of everyday living.

SOCI3253Sociology of Media3 ch

Examines the place of media (such as film, television, and newspapers) in contemporary social life. Analyzes how media have emerged and developed, the organizational forms they have taken, and how they reflect and influence shared social experience.

SOCI3262Sociology of Sport3 ch
Examine how sport operates as a site of social relations shaped by structural forces rather than simply as an arena of play. Emphasis is placed on how inequalities (i.e., gender, race, sexuality) and labour exploitation are produced and reproduced in athletic contexts. No background in sociology is necessary.
SOCI3312Political Sociology (Cross-Listed: POLS 3312)3 ch

Examines the relations between society and the state by comparing traditional political sociology with the contemporary approach. Issues include the nation state as the center of political activity, how power is exercised through institutions, social groups, class, the production of identity or subjectivity, how globalization and social movements decenter state political activity, the impact of these changes on citizenship and democracy.


SOCI3335Religion, Gender and Society3 ch (W)

An examination of the relationship between religion and gender in various interpersonal and societal contexts. Emphasis is placed upon understanding how modern religion both contributes to and challenges traditional notions of masculinity and femininity.

SOCI3364Chronic Illness and Disability3 ch (W) (EL)
Develop a sociological understanding of issues and challenges related to living with chronic illness and disability in contexts such as the family, education, health care, and the workplace.
SOCI3371The Institution of Health Care3 ch (W) (EL)

Examines the institution of health care with particular emphasis on the Canadian health care system. Topics covered include theoretical approaches to the sociological study of health care; the history and development of Canada's Medicare system; the pharmaceutical industry; alternative/complementary health care; the socialization and legitimation of health care professionals; and the patient/practitioner relationship. 

SOCI3373Sociology of Science and Technology3 ch (W)

This course explores the complex interaction among science and technology in contemporary society.

SOCI3383Punishment and Prisons (Cross-Listed: CRIM 3383)3 ch (W)
Explore theories of punishment, the history of prisons, and the rise of risk managment. Critically examine patterns and experiences of punishment and their intersections with class, gender, racism, and colonialism. Consider the social, political, and economic effects of institutionalized and community-based punishments. With a focus on the Canadian context, examine contemporary issues and topics such a abolitionism, the school-to-prison pipeline, and privatization. NOTE: Credit can only be obtained for one of CRIM 3383 or SOCI 3383.

Recommended prerequisite: 3 ch in Sociology or Criminology and Criminal Justice.
SOCI3385Sociology of Policing and Security (Cross-Listed: CRIM 3385)3 ch (W)
Approaches the field of policing and security studies from a critical interdisciplinary perspective. Examines key theoretical perspectives and debates about policing and security and their roles in shaping social, political, and economic relations. Surveys the historical emergence, organization, and practices of the police institution in the context of nation-state formation and interlocking systems of capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy, and racism. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 3385 and SOCI 3385.
SOCI3403Individual and Society3 ch

Examines social interaction and communication in society as it occurs in social encounters and gatherings. Explores the presentation and projection of self in everyday life.


SOCI3523Sociology of International Development3 ch (W)

Examines the process of social transformation to promote development. Learn of the ties between countries at different stages of development, patterns of industrialization, urbanization, and changing class structure including its relation to the state.

SOCI3533Social Inequality3 ch (W)

Examines the nature of social stratification from both a historical and a comparative perspective. Attention is given to current controversies in this area.

SOCI3543Sociology of Gender Relations3 ch (W)

Examines the social construction of masculinity, femininity, and changes in gender relations over time and in different societal contexts.

SOCI3553Sociology and the Environment 3 ch (W)

A sociological examination of the way humans perceive and relate to their physical environment. Potential topics include: environmentalism as a social movement, the social dynamics of environmental controversies, and public policy toward the environment.

SOCI3563Global Perspectives in Environmental Health3 ch (W)

Explores the broad conditions that shape environmental health, with special emphasis on both sociological analysis and political ecology.  We will examine questions of science, public policy and social justice.  This course will bridge the gap in understanding between policy and social perspectives and examine emerging strategies, from community-based monitoring to international negotiations concerning health and environment.

SOCI3605International Human Rights 3 ch (W)
Explores the theory, politics, and practice of international human rights. Examines power structures and the policies and practices of state and non-state actors in the international arena. Some of the issues discussed include the effects of globalization on human rights, the threats of genocide and torture, human trafficking, racism, environmental human rights, women's and Indigenous peoples' human rights, and the human rights to food, health, and peace.
SOCI3613Theories and Perspectives in Criminology (Cross-Listed: CRIM 3613)3 ch (W)

Examines the historical development of criminological theory and the causes of crime. Deals with criminal causation theories and with an evaluation of the theories and purposes of punishment. Note: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 3613 and SOCI 3613. Students who have completed SOCI 3610 or its equivalent may not receive credit for SOCI 3613.

SOCI3623White Collar Crime (Cross-Listed: CRIM 3623)3 ch (W)

Provides an analysis of the organized abuses of institutionalized power, particularly on the part of corporations and governments. The problem of controlling corporate and governmental deviance is also discussed as organizations pose prevention and control problems which are different from those involving individual deviants. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 3623 and SOCI 3623.

SOCI3634Violence Against Women (Cross-Listed: CRIM 3634 and FVI 3634)3 ch

Examines issues pertaining to violence against women in Western society, including gender socialization, gender dynamics in dating and family relationships, private versus public, the contributions of social institutions (e.g., sports, the media, schools, the workplace, the military, the medical system, and the legal and criminal justice systems), and the special vulnerability of women in marginalized groups. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 3634FVI 3634, and SOCI 3634.

Prerequisite: 3 ch from any SOCI course.
SOCI3635Conflict Resolution3 ch

The course explores the nature of social and professional responses to conflict and conflict resolution. It critically assesses, contrasts, and compares theoretical literature and research studies on processes such as adjudication and arbitration, negotiation, restorative justice, circle sentencing, and mediation in the context of gender, culture and social-economic power. Students will have an opportunity to explore how conflict resolution processes, and the skills and techniques associated with them, affect how conflict is perceived and resolved.

SOCI3636Restorative Justice (Cross-Listed: CRIM 3636)3 ch (W)

Examines the paradigms of both restorative and transformative justice. Reviews criminal justice systems in post-industrial societies with a focus on punishment as the principal response to crime. Contrasts restorative justice with the current paradigm of retributive justice. Discusses victims, offenders, and the community within the context of the failure of the retributive system in meeting its responsibilities towards them. Critically analyzes prisons, limitations of restorative justice models and programs, and Indigenous traditions in community justice. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 3636 and SOCI 3636.

SOCI3662Understanding Genocide (Cross-Listed: CRIM 3662)3 ch (W)
Violence is central in society, and genocide is one of its most destructive manifestations. Genocides are perpetrated to exclude or remove a group on the grounds of ethnicity, race, or political or religious affiliations. Genocide is a crime against humanity, and it manifests itself around the world. Using the Genocide Convention of the United Nations, this course explores different types of genocide (biological, physical, and cultural). The overall objective is to understand what factors lead one group of people to the killing of members of another particular group. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 3662 and SOCI 3662.
SOCI3666Icons of Non-Violence I (Cross-Listed: CCS 3666)3 ch (W)

Examines the religious, philosophical and ethical justifications from the perspectives of different religious traditions for non-violence as a tool for social change in the contemporary world. We will study the concepts and theories of non-violence that may include the selected writings of L.N. Tolstoy (Russia), M. Gandhi (India) and R. Menchu (Guatemala) within their cultural, social, historical and religious traditions. 

Prerequisite: 30 ch or permission of the instructor.
SOCI3667Icons of Non-Violence II (Cross-Listed: CCS 3667)3 ch (W)
Examines the religious, philosophical and ethical justifications for non-violence as a tool for social change in the contemporary world from perspectives of diverse religious traditions. We will study the concepts and theories of non-violence that may include selected writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, Cesar Chavez and Wangari Maathai in their religious, cultural, social and historical backgrounds. NOTE: Credit can only be obtained for one of SOCI 3667 and CCS 3667. 

30 ch or permission of the instructor.
SOCI3668Women, Creativity, and Nonviolence I (Cross-Listed: CCS 3668)3 ch (W)
Examine the creative contribution women make to the resolution of conflicts through nonviolent means. Discuss their achievements and their tactics, by drawing on intersectionality as an important methodology in the analysis of the work of many outstanding women from diverse countries such as Yemen, Russia, the USA, Chile, Liberia, Nigeria, and Brazil among others. Focus on the creative impact of women and their success in building peace through nonviolent means, and study how and why gender matters in the contemporary world. NOTE: Credit can only be obtained for one of SOCI 3668 and CCS 3668.

Open to students who have completed 30 ch of university courses or by permission of the instructor.
SOCI3669Women, Creativity, and Nonviolence II (Cross-Listed: CCS 3369)3 ch (W)
Explore the contributions, activism, and methods of outstanding women who have had an impact on creating more peaceful communities and nations through their involvement in the arts, society, and culture. From Liberia (Leymala Gbowee) to Yemen (Tawakkul Karman) and Kashmir (Bracha Ettinger), examine the theme of peace from different worldviews. NOTE: Credit can only be obtained for one of SOCI 3669 and CCS 3369.

Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed 30 ch of university courses or by permission of the instructor.
SOCI3714Introduction to GIS for the Social Sciences3 ch
Teaches students from all backgrounds and abilities how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze spatially located data in social sciences and a variety of research areas, such as public health, history, criminology, economics, emergency planning, environmental studies, and political science. The course targets beginner students and participants who do not have any previous knowledge of Geography or Geomatics. It provides students with an overview of methodologies and techniques to use location-based information in datasets and improve analysis and patterns' visualisation. The course offers an easy, hands-on introduction to spatial analysis.
SOCI3733Sex, Gender and Population Health3 ch (W)
Learn to recognize and thoughtfully interpret the distinct concepts of sex (as a biological factor) and gender (as a social determinant) in population and health studies. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of theory and data for considering when biological differences as well as society create differences.  NOTE: Some background in the basics of quantitative and qualitative data for social research is advised.
SOCI3801Food Studies (Cross-Listed: ANTH 3801)3 ch (W)

This course provides students with a general understanding of the role of food in contemporary societies by exploring the socio-cultural aspects of food production and consumption in a cross-cultural context. It also analyzes the economic and political landscape of farming in an international context by examining food politics over regulatory measures in food labelling and safety, genetically modified food, organic and sustainable agriculture, and the future of the world food system. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of ANTH 3801 and SOCI 3801.

SOCI4004Pathways in Social Theory3 ch (W)

This course conducts a systematic analysis of important readings in social theory relevant to both the social sciences and the humanities. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to, such areas as the historical development of social theory (e.g. the Ancient Greeks, the Enlightenment), the theoretical foundations of research methodologies (e.g. positivism and constructionism), key debates in sociology (e.g. subject/object, agency/practice/structure), or in-depth focus on the approaches of major social theorists.

Prerequisites: SOCI 3004 and SOCI 3014, or by the Instructor’s permission.
SOCI4011Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences3 ch (W)

This course offers an in-depth learning experience with qualitative methodological approaches and qualitative research methods in the social sciences. It introduces students to qualitative methodology and its usage in the field and highlights important ethical considerations and concerns. Students will explore how to develop qualitative research designs; how to define a research question and how to answer it by developing a research protocol. This course offers students the ability to learn how to choose analytical methods for their data and how to interpret the results obtained from it.

Prerequisite: Students must have passed an introductory research method course prior to enrolling in this course, or have the Instructor’s permission.
SOCI4021Critical Issues in Health3 ch
Synthesize knowledge and practice transferrable commuication skills through creating and presenting a research poster of a critical issue in health that demonstrates understanding of this issue from the perspectives of at least three different disciplines, using information learned in upper-level Sociol-Cultural Studies in Health courses. NOTE: This course may only be taken for credit by students enrolled in the Socio-Cultural Studies in Health program.
SOCI4022Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences3 ch (W)

Experience in-depth learning of quantitative research methods in the social sciences. Develop quantitative research designs to answer a research question. Learn about sampling; primary data collection with standardized instruments; and data analysis with descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Prepare a standardized questionnaire and interviews; choose between statistical analytical methods for primary and secondary data; and interpret and write about the results.

Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete SOCI 2022 or an equivalent introductory statistics course before taking SOCI 4022 or must first obtain permission of the instructor.
SOCI4122Answering Questions with a Statistical Package for Social Sciences3 ch

SPSS and Stata are statistical software packages largely used in the social sciences. If applied to analyze large scale secondary data, they provide students and researchers with a powerful tool to answer critical questions on phenomena, trends, and relationships in a variety of disciplinary areas. Most textbooks and courses at the undergraduate and graduate level tend to combine the teaching of substantive topics in methodology and methods with practical applications of this software package. This course tries to contribute twofold. Practically, it aims at offering students and faculty an opportunity to learn about one software package (either SPSS or Stata), its tools, and its challenges independently from content coverage on methods and statistics. While maintaining a substantial coverage of analytical and statistical topics, the course will focus on how to design and implement data analysis with SPSS or Stata syntax commands rather than on teaching statistics.

SOCI4253Social Media and the Digital World3 ch (W)

Examines the social and cultural implications of communication via computer networks, with particular emphasis upon the similarities to and differences from other forms of electronic communication (e.g., television, telephone, radio). 

SOCI4263Sociology of the Body3 ch (W)
Using a variety of teaching methods, including lecture, seminar discussion, and video exercises, this course provides students with a sociological understanding of the body in both historical context and contemporary society.
SOCI4264Health Care in International Context3 ch (W)

Explores the nature and delivery of health care in a variety of international settings. Emphasis will be placed on comparative analysis of health care systems in relation to prevailing patterns of health and disease as well as the broader socio-cultural contexts in which they are delivered.


SOCI4266Special Topics in the Sociology of Health and Healthcare3 ch
Covers a broad range of issues in the sociology of health and healthcare. The focus is on the major sociological paradigms of structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, conflict theory, and critical postmodernism as they pertain to analysis of issues in health, illness, healthcare, and health policy.
SOCI4267Critical Study of Public Health3 ch
Explores how the culture of public health and biomedicine and broader social structures may influence policy, practice, lay conceptions, and patient experiences. Students learn to critically analyze disparities in health by examining how intersecting social locations, stigma, and historically-embedded power relations affect health. Students also assess public messaging and programs in their effectiveness at reifying, reproducing, or repudiating existing inequities and the embodiment of structural disparities.
SOCI4301Topics in Criminology & Socio-legal Studies (Cross-Listed: CRIM 4301)3 ch (W)
Engages in an advanced in-depth analysis of topics in the field of criminology, and their social and political implications. The focus of the course will vary from year to year. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 4301 and SOCI 4301.
SOCI4323Religion and Culture3 ch

The sociological study of varied world religions at both societal and interpersonal levels. Topics may include new religious movements, conversion, gender issues, and the relations between Eastern and Western belief systems.

SOCI4334Education and Society3 ch

Studies critical social and educational processes and structures, and the rapport of educational institutions with other social institutions, using comparative concepts and theories of sociology.

SOCI4336Families, Law and Social Policy3 ch

A critical examination for advanced students of theoretical, legal and policy issues related to selected aspects of changing patterns of families and familial relationships in Canadian and other Western societies.

SOCI4337Legal Responses to Family Violence (Cross-Listed: CRIM 4337)3 ch (W)

Explores the successes, challenges, and failures of legal responses to domestic violence. Why has the legal system had difficulty responding effectively to domestic violence? Does it have something to do with the nature of law, the nature of gender, and the nature of social science and social change? What happens when law is confronted by changing social conceptions of gender, of children, of the roles of men and women? Does culture matter? Do new multi-disciplinary, collaborative judicial initiatives offer promise or peril? Students will review legal cases and socio-legal research in order to search for answers to such questions. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 4337 and SOCI 4337.

SOCI4338Family Law and Family Violence (Cross-listed CRIM/FVI 4338)3 ch (WEB)

Examine the challenges faced by victims of family violence in family law processes, the protections in place for victims of family violence, and the options available for resolving legal disputes when family violence is present. Consider the unique needs of vulnerable groups and the importance of collaborative approaches to safety for survivors of family violence. Offered online only across all course codes.  

Prerequisite: 3 ch in Family Violence Issues, Sociology or Criminology. NOTE: Students may obtain credit for only one of CRIM 4338, FVI 4338, or SOCI 4338.
SOCI4339Intersecting Violences: Global Perspectives (Cross-listed CRIM/FVI 4339)3 ch (WEB)
Explore how gender, power, and violence are linked. Discover root causes and social factors that contribute to gender-based violence. Analyze macro-level power constructs such as colonization, systemic racism, and misogyny alongside micro-level expressions of interpersonal violence. Learn aobut community-based efforts to end cycles of violence and implement dynamic approaches to individual and community healing. Offered online only across all course codes. Prerequisite: 3 ch in Family Violence Issues, Sociology or Criminology.  NOTE: Students may obtain credit for only one of CRIM 4339, FVI 4339 or SOCI 4339.
SOCI4355Sociology of Law (Cross-Listed: CRIM 4355)3 ch (W)

Provides a sociological analysis of law in modern society, including discussion of legal theory, sociological and feminist criticisms of law, law as a means of social control and change, socio-legal research into the processes used by the legal system and its alternatives (such as mediation, restorative justice models, victim-offender reconciliation programs) to resolve disputes, and the abilities of the legal system and its alternatives to offer justice to the disadvantaged. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 4355 and SOCI 4355.

SOCI4383Colonialism, Racism, and Law3 ch (W)
Examine the relationships between colonialism, racism, and law through an interdisciplinary engagement with critical race, anti-colonial, Indigenous, and feminist perspectives. Interrogate the role of law as a mode of governance in constituting colonial, racialized, gendered, classed, and sexualized subjectivities. Explore debates around the possibilities and limitations of law as a means of justice and decolonization.

Recommended prerequisite:
3 ch in Law in Society, Sociology, or Criminology and Criminal Justice.
SOCI4513Inequality and Social Justice (Cross-Listed: CRIM 4513)3 ch (W)

Provides a sociological examination of current perspectives, responses, and debates about the meaning of equality and the just society. Possible topics include the shift from individual rights to collective rights and competition and cooperation at a macro and a micro level. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 4513 and SOCI 4513.

SOCI4573Social Network Analysis (Cross-Listed: CRIM 4573)3 ch (W)
Provides instruction on the core methodologies skills related to the social-scientific study of networks as well as familiarity with social network analysis software. The methods used to conduct social network analysis (SNA) focus on gathering and applying data on relations, interactions, flows, roles, and affiliations, which are then used to conduct sociometric tests that provide insight into the overall influence and structure of social networks, groups embedded within networks, and how individuals fit within networks. Focuses on the applied knowledge of social network analysis. A mathematical or statistical background is not required. NOTE:Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 4573 and SOCI 4573.
SOCI4585Organized Crime (Cross-Listed: CRIM 4585)3 ch (W)
Takes a sociological and criminological approach to understanding core concepts and theories of organized crime. Provides familiarity with, and a conceptual overview of, the various forms and incarnations of organized crime, ranging from street gangs to highly complex and sophisticated transnational criminal organizations. NOTE: Credit can be obtained for only one of CRIM 4585 and SOCI 4585.
SOCI4703Social Consequences of Population Dynamics3 ch (W)
Examines how demographic challenges and opportunities have important implications in all aspects of the world in which we live. Explores the key theories and measures to understand population dynamics, including changing population needs for health, education, and social services.
SOCI4803Independent Study in Sociology3 ch (W)

Course study to be of an advanced topic in sociology chosen jointly by student and instructor with the permission of the Department Chair.

SOCI5000Honours Thesis6 ch (W) (EL)

Produce a 40- to 60-page Honours Thesis that must be approved by the Department of Sociology. This reading and research course is open only to research-based Honours students. Permission to take this course must be sought from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology in agreement with the supervisory professor in the desired area of study.