Course Descriptions

Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

SOCI: Sociology

SOCI 111 (3) Introduction to Sociology I
Studies how society influences human behaviour. How is society organized and structured? How does it affect the way we think and act? What is the relationship between individuals and society? What is our social nature? Why is there inequality in the world? [3-0-0]
SOCI 121 (3) Introduction to Sociology II
Theories and methods sociologists use to examine social life. Class, gender, race and ethnicity; families, education, work; media and technology; inequality, power, crime and deviance; population changes, the state, globalization, conflict, and social change. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 205 (3) Childhood and Society
Children's social experiences and the institutions that shape them. Historical evolution of childhood; families, schools, and socialization; violence against children; the state and social policy; street culture; the media. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 209 (3) Foundations of Sociological Thought
Foundational ideas in the historical development of sociological thought. Ways in which these ideas have influenced new generations of sociologists. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 212 (3) Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Key concepts and theoretical ideas of race and ethnicity; how race and ethnicity shape power, cultural expressions, identities, and resistance movements. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 216 (3) Media and Society
Critical and contextual analysis of the form and content of mass communication. Relationship between culture, social behaviour, and public channels of communication such as print media, advertising, television, film, and popular literature. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121.
SOCI 217 (3) Introduction to Sociology of Gender
How gender organizes and influences individuals, social interactions, and institutions such as families, media and work; how gender intersects with other structures of inequality. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121.
SOCI 219 (3) Gender and Work: Issues and Controversies
How gender informs and is informed by power in paid and unpaid labour in a globalized world. Theoretical and empirical studies on the intersection of gender and work; wages; sexual harassment; segregation; work on the margins; resistance to gender inequalities. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 219 or SOCI 295 when on the same topic. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111 and SOCI 121.
SOCI 225 (3) Adolescence and Society
Adolescents' social experiences and the forces that shape them such as media, families, schools, peers, and street culture. Historical development of adolescence; the state and social policy. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 226 (3) Work, Technology, and Social Change
Relationship between work, technological innovation, and social change. Emphasis on industrial and communications revolutions. Effects of technology on work, social stratification, family, gender identity, and politics. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121.
SOCI 228 (3) Sociology of the Anthropocene
Examination of the "Anthropocene" at the intersections of the environment, colonialism, racialization, gender, and species. Explores the drivers of the Anthropocene, the politics of naming and dating an epoch after humans, as well as environmental justice and Anthropocene futures. Credit will only be granted for one of SOCI 228 or SOCI 295E. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121.
SOCI 249 (3) Crime and Society
Introduction to crime as a social phenomenon. Changing definitions of crime in relation to social and political change; scope and nature of crime; criminalization; growth of criminology; institutional responses to criminal behaviour by the justice system. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 270 (3) Youth, Crime, and Deviance
Norm-breaking behaviour by youth. Study of victims and perpetrators; youth criminalization and social control; theories of crime and delinquency including intersections of class, race, gender and sexuality. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 271 (3) Statistical Analysis in Sociology I
Elementary statistics in the social sciences. Calculation and interpretation of basic measures of central tendency, variability, and association. Problems of measurement, sampling, estimation, and inference. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 280 (3) Sociology of Aging
Interplay of social, cultural, political, and individual contexts for older persons. Emphasis on the social construction of aging. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111.
SOCI 295 (3) Current Topics in Sociology
Examination of selected topics in contemporary sociology. Consult with the department for current offerings. This course may be taken more than once but with different topics. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: All of SOCI 111, SOCI 121.
SOCI 301 (3/6) d Sociology of Development
Theories of development and post-development. Emphasis on colonialism, globalization, neoliberalism, and resistance and liberation movements. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
SOCI 303 (3/6) d Ethnic and Racial Inequality
Classical and contemporary theories. Emphasis on racialization, racism, and critical analyses of ethnicity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121.
SOCI 305 (3) Sociology of Families
Theoretical and methodological approaches to family structures and relations. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121.
SOCI 309 (3) Violence in Intimate Relations
Social, historical, cultural, and political roots of violence in intimate relations. Primary focus on women, children and the elderly. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
SOCI 311 (6) Canadian Society
Critical analyses of social relations and structures in Canada. Topics may include politics, the economy, globalization, First Nations, social inequality, families, crime, welfare systems, immigration, racism, nationalism. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111 and third-year standing.
SOCI 313 (3) Advanced Studies in Sociology of Gender
Critical analysis of current debates on gender. Postmodern challenges; masculinities; femininities; inter-sectionality; bodies. Particular attention paid to institutions, such as sport, education, and media. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 217.
SOCI 320 (3) Cultural Studies in Sociology
How culture informs and is informed by social, political, subjective, and aesthetic concerns. Special emphasis on critical and post-colonial theories and methodologies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 330 (3) Sociology of Tourism
Critical analysis of the global tourist industry and the tourist experience; impact of tourism on communities and labour; relationship between tourism and leisure. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 355 (3) Community Studies
Organization of human communities with a focus on collective activities including families, work, neighbourhoods, formal and informal organizations. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 362 (3/6) d Social Inequality
Structural and interactional approaches to relations of power that (re)produce inequality with a focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexualities. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 371 (3/6) d Deviance and Social Control
The social construction of deviance. Perspectives on social control such as moral regulation, surveillance, and punishment. Theoretical frameworks will be stressed. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 373 (3) Sociology of Punishment and Captivity
The prison and its abolition analyzed from critical race, feminist, queer, trans, disability, animal studies, and environmental perspectives. Settler colonialism and slavery as foundational to punishment and incarceration in Canada and the United States. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121.
SOCI 376 (3) Classical Sociological Theory
Classical sociological theories and their relationship to methodological issues. Emphasis on the procedures by which sociological explanations are made. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 376 or SOCI 375. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 209 and third-year standing.
SOCI 377 (3) Contemporary Sociological Theory
Contemporary sociological theories and their relationship to methodological issues. Emphasis on the procedures by which sociological explanations are made.Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 377 or SOCI 375. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 376 and third-year standing.
SOCI 390 (6) Sociological Methods: Social Survey Design and Analysis
Introduction to quantitative research. Questionnaire design and interviewing techniques; statistical methods such as sampling and analysis of survey data using SPSS. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and one of SOCI 271, STAT 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 395 (6) Sociological Methods: Qualitative Research
Examination of methods such as ethnography, interviewing, historical and discourse analyses. Theoretical, epistemological, and ethical issues in social research and methods. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 411 (3/6) d Special Studies in Canadian Society
Advanced analysis of issues in Canadian society. Consult the department head for frequency of offering and course topic. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111 and third-year standing.
SOCI 415 (3) Feminist Theory
Development of feminist theories and their relationship to sociology. Social and cultural bases of feminism. Special attention to contemporary debates. [1-0-2]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 421 (3) Sociology of Fear
The role of fear in the production, control, and management of individuals and societies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 426 (3) Urban Sociology
Demographic, behavioural, and organizational aspects of contemporary urban structures, as well as urbanization in different societies and periods. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 429 (3) Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights
Human rights from a political economy approach. The role of the state and international institutions in economic globalization. Consequences of market-oriented policies on human development, with particular focus on problems related to working conditions and rights, land-grabbing, violence, migration, and human trafficking. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 429 or SOCI 496L. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121. Third-year standing.
SOCI 430 (3) Labour in a Global Economy
Relationship between globalization and international labour; impact of global change on the international division of labour; barriers to and possibilities of new organizational strategies for labour solidarity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 432 (3) Sociology of Food
How does food shape social relations (class, gender, race, age)? What is its role in the construction of meaning and identity? How does it connect to the political through civil society and social movements? How is it impacted by globalization? Credit will only be granted for one of SOCI 432 or SOCI 496 when on the same topic. [2-0-1]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111 and SOCI 121 and fourth-year standing.
SOCI 434 (3/6) d Directed Studies
An individualized directed reading and/or research project in sociology under the supervision of a faculty member. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: Permission of the department head and faculty member. Students must consult with the department head prior to registration.
SOCI 440 (3/6) d Sociology of Latin America
Social, political, cultural and economic dynamics of Latin America. Emphasis on the diversity and heterogeneity of the region. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 445 (3/6) d Sociology of China
Advanced study of Chinese society, including analyses of kinship; rural and urban social structures; concepts of nation and citizenship; stratification and mobility; religion; social and cultural change. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 446 (3) Sociology of Sport
Theoretical debates on sport and society; impact of sport on management and disciplining of populations; sport and capitalism; globalization, nationalism and identity; racialization and gender issues in sport. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 450 (3) Sociology of India
Historical and geographical overview of contemporary Indian society, including social institutions such as religion, community, family, education, and government. Emphasis on social divisions based on religious heritage, gender, region, language, caste, class, and political ideology. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 456 (3) Sociology of Elites
Examines theoretical and empirical studies of elites - who they are; what role they play in society; how they operate. Reviews research countering the prominence of elites in economic, social and political life. Focuses primarily on Canada. Credit will only be granted for one of SOCI 456 or SOCI 496 when on the same topic. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 111 and SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 463 (3/6) d Political Sociology
Social and economic basis of political power. State and inter-state relations; ideology and control; alienation and anomie; political movements and social revolutions; political violence and terrorism; the political economy of world conflict. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) SOCI 121 or (b) POLI 221 or (c) all of HIST 115, HIST 145.
SOCI 467 (3/6) d Social Movements
The origins, development, and impact of social movements in a globalized world with emphasis on current theoretical debates. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 468 (3/6) d Socialization and Education
Classroom socialization and curriculum; cultural and social capital; streaming, and credentialism; power and inequality with emphasis on the intersection of class, race, gender, and sexuality. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
SOCI 480 (3) Aging, Diversity, and Inequality: Global and Comparative Perspectives
Comparative examination of aging in an era of globalization with a social justice and intersectional perspective. Emphasis on ageism and issues of power for older adults. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 280.
SOCI 485 (3/6) d Sociology of Health and Illness
The social construction of illness; the medicalization of society; historical rise of medical power and biomedicine; epidemics; colonialism and medicine; gender, race, sexuality and health. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.
SOCI 492 (3) Surveillance and Society
Surveillance as a social phenomenon, involving differences in power and visibility. How surveillance is related to governance, control, and privacy. Theories and concepts from the interdisciplinary field of surveillance studies, with an emphasis on social relationships. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 492 or SOCI 496V. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121. Third-year standing.
SOCI 496 (3/6) d Advanced Studies in Sociology
In-depth examination of selected topics in sociology. Topic may change each time the course is offered. Consult the department for frequency of offering and current course topic. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: SOCI 121 and third-year standing.

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