Sociology

For more information on graduate courses offered by the Department of Sociology, please contact a program assistant.

Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
SOCI6001 Alternative Dispute Resolution This course fits in the critical area of Criminology, Law and Society and Human Rights Research and remains an essential platform in course offerings for graduate students who wish to study with faculty who specialize in this area. The course will be cross listed with the Alternative Dispute Resolution course ADR 6001: Enhanced disputant participation and equitable self-determinism are the primary objectives of effective dispute resolution. Explore the theoretical understandings of disputing and dispute resolution; the principles, skills, methods and models of dispute-resolution. Assess social policy research and practice. Learn effective strategies to prevent and to resolve conflict. 3 ch
SOCI6103 Sociological Theory (MA) Provides an overview of the shape and texture of contemporary theory, paying particular attention to its new as well as its unresolved problems. The analysis and interpretation of certain conditions of modern life and the role of Social theory in such investigations may be examined. 3 ch
SOCI6104 Sociological Theory (PhD) Provides an overview of the shape and texture of contemporary theory, paying particular attention to its new as well as its unresolved problems. The analysis and interpretation of certain conditions of modern life and the role of Social theory in such investigations may be examined. 3 ch
SOCI6112 Stats Pack

SPSS is a statistical software package largely used in the social sciences. If applied to analyze large scale secondary data, it provides 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 student and faculty and opportunity to learn about the software package, its tools, and its challenges independently from the content coverage on methods and statistics. While maintaining a substantial coverage of analytical and statistical topics, the course will focus on the how to design and implement data analysis with SPSS syntax commands rather than on teaching statistics. Also, the course will help users of SPSS who use drop-down menus to enhance the range of applications of the software package to exploit the full capacity of the SPSS capacity with the syntax of commands.

  • Pedagogically, this course will:
  • Familiarize students and new researchers to public use large scale datasets
  • teach how to approach and treat large scale secondary data and prepare them for data analysis
  • apply a variety of descriptive and inferential statistical methods to answer research questions
  • and show how to present and discuss the results of statistical analyses in academic and non-academic contexts
3 ch
SOCI6113 Sociology of Law This course will explore the interrelationship of law and society. Students will examine the evolution of socio-legal theories from classical to contemporary view points. 3 ch
SOCI6162 Resilience and Sustainability in Complex Adaptive Systems This course examines complex adaptive systems theory and its ability to illuminate a) the operation of social processes at a variety of levels (micro, meso/institutional, macro), b) the mechanisms interconnecting those levels and the resulting ability to c) explicate both stability and change (either gradual or dramatic). Particular attention will be paid to a variety of system characteristics (e.g., complexity, coupling, etc.) and the implications of these characteristics for the resilience and sustainability of the system. Substantively, the course will apply the ideas to a variety of different systems. Possibilities include: marriage and the family; technological systems such as nuclear plants, climate change, and social revolutions. Students will be expected to apply the theoretical ideas to a substantive area of their choosing. This course is suitable for graduate level students in a variety of disciplines and an active attempt will be made to recruit students from other disciplines (e.g. Psychology, Forestry & Environmental Mgt., Biology). 3 ch
SOCI6185 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Family Violence This course will examine current knowledge about family violence, as well as identifying important areas for future research. It will be open to graduate students from a number of different departments. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding family violence by integrating theory and research developed within the psychological, sociological, feminist, historical, and legal traditions. The course will look at various aspects of family violence such as wife abuse, abusive families, child abuse, abuse of the elderly, sexual violence within the family, dating violence and violence in rural areas. 3 ch
SOCI6203 Research Design (MA) Provides a critical examination of epistemological and methodological issues in Social science and the appropriateness of alternative research designs. 3 ch
SOCI6204 Research Design (PhD) Provides a critical examination of epistemological and methodological issues in Social science and the appropriateness of alternative research designs. 3 ch
SOCI6303 Multivariate Social Statistics (MA) Examines statistical techniques, such as multiple regression and path analysis and their relation to the general linear model. Emphasis is on the application and interpretation of techniques frequently used in Sociology. 3 ch
SOCI6304 Multivariate Social Statistics (PhD) Examines statistical techniques, such as multiple regression and path analysis and their relation to the general linear model. Emphasis is on the application and interpretation of techniques frequently used in Sociology. 3 ch
SOCI6323 Qualitative Methods in Sociological Research (MA) Advanced study of such topics as participant observation, naturalistic observation, interviewing, document analysis, and life histories, as well as issues such as those pertaining to gaining access to and maintaining relations with subjects, coding and classifying data, and the ethics of research. 3 ch
SOCI6324 Qualitative Methods in Sociological Research (PhD) Advanced study of such topics as participant observation, naturalistic observation, interviewing, document analysis, and life histories, as well as issues such as those pertaining to gaining access to and maintaining relations with subjects, coding and classifying data, and the ethics of research. 3 ch
SOCI6403 Socio-Economic Change This course lays the foundation for an understanding of the origins, development and characteristics of the modern industrial order. It examines the formation and changing operation of societies and economies. 3 ch
SOCI6404 Ethics in Research Explores historical and contemporary ethical dilemmas in conducting research, using Canadian and international settings. 3 ch
SOCI6513 Canadian Society This course will critically examine Canadian society. The objective of the course will be to familiarize the student with theory and research on Canadian Society. 3 ch
SOCI6523 Criminology Advanced analysis of contemporary developments in criminology, examining criminal behaviour and social control in the wider social and political context. 3 ch
SOCI6553 Environmental Sociology This course provides an overview of the sub discipline of Environmental Sociology. Potential topics include public environmental opinion, environmentalism as a social movement, human-induced environmental decline, social response to natural disasters, environment and conflict, environmental policy, and social dimensions of the built environment. Readings will cover both classic contributions and more recent academic research from a range of sociological perspectives. 3 ch
SOCI6599 Apprenticeship in Teaching (PhD) After completion of course work, the student (in conjunction with their Supervisory Committee) selects a Teaching Mentor. They select the (undergraduate) course to be taught. Normally, the course will be in the student’s area of research, and the Teaching Mentor already teaches a course in the selected area. cr
SOCI6603 Feminist Theory/Sociology of Women A critical examination of current debates, within feminist theory as these pertain to an understanding of women’s position in society. 3 ch
SOCI6611 Comprehensive Examination I (PhD) The first Comprehensive Examination in the area of sociological theories is a written-only exam that follows the successful completion of the course load and assesses whether students have general knowledge about the field of sociology and about research methodologies. Successful completion of the Examination will demonstrate that students developed knowledge and critical thinking in sociological theories and related debates. cr
SOCI6613 Sociology of the Family This course provides a critical examination of theoretical perspectives on the sociology of the family and their contribution to understanding family structure and change in society. 3 ch
SOCI6622 Comprehensive Examination 2 (PhD) The second Comprehensive Examination in a sociological substantive area of Communication and Media; Cultural Sociology; Demography; Domestic and Family Violence; and Health is a written-only exam that follows the successful completion of the course load and assesses students’ specific knowledge of their research area and of the specific research methodologies. Successful completion of the Examination will demonstrate that students developed knowledge and critical thinking in sociological theories and related debates specific of a substantive sociological area. cr
SOCI6623 Sociology of Religion Explores religion at a societal, group and individual level and examines sociological theory concerning religion and society. 3 ch
SOCI6633 Alternative Health Care This joint PhD/MA course aims to cover a broad range of perspectives and issues in the sociology of alternative health care, a growing area within the sub-discipline of medical sociology. Wherever possible the emphasis will be on examination of the nature and use of alternative health care in the Canadian context. We will also make use of research on alternative health care in the wider international context. 3 ch
SOCI6643 Selected Topics in the Sociology of Health and Health Care This graduate seminar will cover a broad range of perspectives and issues in the sociology of health and health care. While we will make use of research on health and health care in the wider international context, our focus in general will be on examinations of the nature and use of health care in Canada. While it is difficult in a one-term course to be comprehensive, this course is designed to cover as much of the area as possible to give students a sense of the scope of this area of sociological research. Topics covered within this course will include: theoretical approaches to the sociological study of health and health care; a variety of conceptual models of health; the social production of disease; health seeking behaviour; health care professions and the institution of medicine, as well as alternative and complementary health care. This course is designed to run on a seminar format where the emphasis is on student contribution to discussion of course material. Students will be responsible for presentation of articles assigned from the weekly readings and presenting students will take the lead role in facilitating discussion of the article(s) assigned to them. However, all students are required to come to seminar prepared to discuss all the assigned readings for each week, not only those they are responsible for presenting. 3 ch
SOCI6713 Society and Population This course explores the major population processes (fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization) and structures (male/female ratios and age composition) and how they both contribute to, and are outcomes of, other sociological phenomena (e.g., family structure, the roles and status of women, birth control, infant and maternal mortality, and ethnicity/racism). The focus of the course will include “more developed” countries such as Canada as well as selected “developing” countries. 3 ch
SOCI6723 Selected Topics in Cultural Sociology Offers an in-depth examination of one or more topics in cultural sociology. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, Foucauldian cultural theory, critical cultural studies such as thinking inspired by Stuart Hall's Birmingham school and Phenomenological/feminist understandings of 'culture'. 3 ch
SOCI6803 Special Reading Course A student may normally select one such course in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the approval of the Graduate Committee. 3 ch
SOCI6804 Special Reading Course A student may normally select one such course in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the approval of the Graduate Committee. 3 ch
SOCI6805 Special Reading Course A student may normally select one such course in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the approval of the Graduate Committee. 3 ch
SOCI6997 M.A. Thesis cr
SOCI6998 Ph.D Thesis cr