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Sociology, Faculty of Arts

SOCI: Sociology

One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102 is prerequisite for most 300- and 400-level SOCI courses.


SOCI 100 (6) Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to problems in the analysis of social structures and processes. Basic sociological concepts will be introduced and their application demonstrated in various areas of sociology. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 100 or both SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 101 (3) Social Interaction and Culture
Culture, identity, social interaction, relationships and socialization. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 101 or SOCI 100.
SOCI 102 (3) Inequality and Social Change
Inequality, institutions, social structure and social change. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 102 or SOCI 100.
SOCI 200 (3) Sociology of Family
An introduction to contemporary family forms and relations.
SOCI 201 (3) Ethnic Relations
An introduction to the study of the relations between ethnic groups and of the interplay between ethnicity and other social factors.
Equivalency: ANTH 201.
SOCI 210 (3/6) d Canadian Social Structure
Descriptive and analytic survey of such features as demographic characteristics, class structure, ethnicity, and regional variation in Canadian society as a basis for understanding current social issues.
SOCI 217 (3/6) d Research Methods
Introduction to research designs and methodologies.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 220 (3) Sociology of Indigenous Peoples
Sociological perspective of Indigenous peoples and issues both internationally and within Canada.
SOCI 240 (3/6) d Introduction to Social Interaction
A general introduction to research on social interaction, with an emphasis on group (as opposed to individual) processes and behaviour. Topics include: status, power and prestige, distributive justice, marginality and social control, authority relations, and group structure and membership, all to be studied in the context of a variety of groups (such as families, formal organizations, communities and friendship groups) and cultures.
SOCI 250 (3/6) d Crime and Society
Crime as a social phenomenon, with emphasis on the changing definitions of crime in relation to social and political change in Canadian and other societies. The scope and nature of the crime problem, the growth of criminology as a science and profession, and relationships between components of state criminal justice systems.
SOCI 260 (3/6) d Technology, Work and Society
The social forces responsible for changing patterns of technological innovation and work organization in modern industrial societies. Emphasis on the organization of work and the labour force. Topics may include division of labour, professionalization, labour movements, management techniques and bureaucracy, the social context of research and development initiatives, the effects of new technologies (e.g., automation) on the work place and social aspects of technological development in the Third World.
SOCI 285 (3) Citizenship and Identity
The concepts of citizenship, identity, and human rights as social processes shaping individuals and communities (both local and global).
SOCI 301 (3/6) d Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment
Processes of social change in the Third World and other developing countries. Major themes stress the relationship between urbanization and industrialization; modernization and ethnic conflict; imperialism, neo-colonialism, and foreign aid; and intra-national modernization problems such as regional underdevelopment in industrial societies.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 302 (3/6) d Ethnic and Racial Inequality
A critical examination of classical and contemporary theories and research evidence concerning ethnic and racial inequality at the societal and interpersonal levels.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 303 (3/6) d Sociology of Migration
Sociological approaches to the movement of peoples and its impact over time.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 310 (3/6) d Canadian Society
Social organization of Canadian society: relationships between social institutions and social processes (e.g., economics, education, family, law, media, and politics); including issues of ancestry, ethnicity, gender, region, and social class.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 312 (3/6) d Gender Relations
The nature of gender relations, their social and cultural expression, and theories of gender inequality.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 320 (3) Diversity in Family Forms
An examination of diversity within and between families and of diverse family forms.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 324 (3) Sociology of the Life Course
Individuals and families through the life course.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 328 (3) Social Statistics I
The testing of sociological theories using quantitative data analysis techniques on numerical data from social surveys, experiments and official statistics. SOCI 328 excludes credit for a number of other statistics courses in various departments. Please consult the Science Credit Exclusion List (www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414) before registering.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 342 (3) Consumers and Consumption
The structure and culture of consuming and consumption.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 344 (3) Sociology of Aging
Demographic, economic, and social trends associated with aging, ageism, and aging populations. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 344 and SOCI 444.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 352 (3/6) d Organization of Work
The meaning of work and leisure. Properties of work organization: division of labour and specialization; technology and working knowledge; means of coordinating work, such as cooperation, authority, and exchange. Research problems concerning work in households, offices, and industry, division of labour by gender, industrial democracy and the relation of work and social inequality.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 354 (3/6) d Community Studies
Study of the organization of human communities; a focus upon collective activities including family, work, neighbourhood, and formal and informal networks.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 360 (3/6) d Sociology and Natural Resources
Sociological perspectives on property, resource industries (such as agriculture, fishing, forestry and mining), resource development, and resource communities. May also include examination of social aspects of resource development in the Third World.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 361 (3/6) d Social Inequality
Tendencies toward equality and inequality; manifestations of inequality (occupation, education, gender, ethnicity, income, power) and their consequences; caste and class features of major stratification systems; theories of social class; stratification profile of contemporary industrial societies.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 364 (3) Built Environments
Physical, social, and economic aspects of built environments, including housing and community planning.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 369 (3/6) d Sociology of Sexualities
Historical and social construction of sexual identities, desires, communities, and politics in the twentieth century.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 370 (6) Sociological Theories: Classical and Contemporary Approaches
An examination of selected traditions, conceptual problems, and current topics in the field of sociological theory. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 370 or both SOCI 371, SOCI 372.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 371 (3) Classical Traditions in Theory
An examination of selected traditions, conceptual problems and topics in the foundational theories of sociology. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 371 or SOCI 370.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 372 (3) Contemporary Directions in Theory
A survey of theories in contemporary sociology. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 372 or SOCI 370.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 380 (3) Sociological Methods: Survey Research
Questionnaire design, interviewing, sampling, and analysis of survey data.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102 and SOCI 217 and SOCI 328.
SOCI 381 (3) Sociological Methods: Experimental and Mixed Methods
Experimental methods in sociology integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches. Emphasis is on research design to inform policy and decision making.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102 and SOCI 217.
SOCI 382 (3) Sociological Methods: Qualitative Research
Examination of the different traditions of qualitative sociological inquiry and the associated methodological features used to study the interpretive practices and meanings in the everyday lives of individuals.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102 and SOCI 217.
SOCI 383 (3) Sociological Methods: Historical Research
Methodological problems and research strategies associated with the interpretation of socio-historical data; contributions of classical and contemporary approaches to historical sociology and social history.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102 and SOCI 217.
SOCI 387 (3) Drugs and Society
Social dimensions of the causes, consequences, regulation, and treatment of substance use from Canadian and international perspectives.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 410 (3-12) d Selected Topics in Canadian Society
Selected areas of study relating to Canadian society such as BC Studies; French Canada's demographic problems; rural communities; social welfare and community programs in Canada. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 414 (3/6) d Feminist Theory
The emergence of feminist theory, its relationship to sociology, and the major theoretical schools of thought. The social basis and development of feminist thought from critiques of scholarship and research to contemporary debates will be addressed.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 415 (3/6) d Theories of Family and Kinship
Theoretical approaches to the study of the family and family forms.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 416 (3-12) d Selected Topics in Sociological Theory
An in-depth examination of selected sociological theories. Consult the department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 418 (3/6) d Social Statistics II
Primary emphasis on applications of statistical techniques to data in Sociology.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102 and SOCI 328.
SOCI 420 (3/6) d Sociology of the Environment
Sociological approaches to the study of environmental conflicts, issues, movements, impact of changing technology, economic development on the environment.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 423 (3) Sociology of Food
Cultural, economic, and political aspects of food production and consumption, including connections to class, ethnicity, and gender. Food-related social movements will be included.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 425 (3/6) d Urban Sociology
Demographic, behavioural, and organizational aspects of urban structures and of urbanization in different societies and periods.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 430 (3) Global Citizenship
Sociology approaches to global citizenship, including its contested nature and intellectual lineage.
SOCI 433 (3/6) d Directed Studies
General reading and/or a research undertaking, with the agreement, and under the supervision, of a Department faculty member selected by the student.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102. And permission of the Department.
SOCI 435 (3/6) d International Service Learning
International field placement normally for eight to ten weeks; pre-departure seminars (eight to twelve seminars or equivalent) with student presentation seminars upon return from the field.
Prerequisite: SOCI 430. Or equivalent.
SOCI 440 (3/6) d Economic Sociology
Analysis of economic actions and institutions using the concepts and methods of sociology.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 441 (3) Society, Economy and Family
The study of family in social and economic contexts. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 441 and FMST 440.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 442 (3) Families and Work
The effect of combining family and work roles. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 442 and FMST 442.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 444 (3) Sociology of Aging
Demographic, economic, and social trends associated with aging, ageism, and aging populations.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102, SOCI 200.
SOCI 449 (6) Honours Tutorial
Requires the presentation of at least one research paper. Restricted to students in the Sociology Honours program.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 461 (3/6) d Political Sociology
The social and economic bases of political power. May include studies of the state and interstate relations, ideology and control, alienation and anomie, political movements and social revolutions, political violence and terrorism, and the political economy of world conflict.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 464 (3/6) d Social Movements
A study of the sources, stages, and effects of social movements in developing and modernized societies.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 465 (3/6) d Sociology of the Arts
An examination of the arts as social practices from the standpoint of the relationships among artists, critics, patrons, and public; and the social institutions through which these relationships are structured.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 466 (3) Sociology of Education
Examines the role of schooling in modern society including links with inequality, knowledge production, socialization and the economy.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 469 (3) Queer Theory and Politics
Empirical expressions and political possibilities of queer theory.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102 and SOCI 369.
SOCI 470 (3/6) d Sociology of Crime and Justice
Critical examination of specific forms of crime and delinquency in relation to the criminal justice system including law, enforcement, and corrections. Issues selected for study will be further scrutinized within the cultural framework of ethics, morality, and social justice.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 473 (3/6) d Sociology of Mental Illness
A sociological approach to the meaning of mental illness; the organization of psychiatric treatment; problems in the explanation of the distribution of mental illness in a population.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 479 (3/6) d Social Determinants of Health
Relationships between social phenomena (e.g., personal beliefs, lifestyle practices, social support, socio-economic status, social class, gender, and ethnicity) and the health of human populations.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 480 (3/6) c Urban Ethnographic Field School (UEFS)
Approximately 50 hours of volunteering and fieldwork based in community organizations with theoretical approaches to urban spaces. Students will engage in collaborative research while considering a range of theoretical and methodological approaches.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102. Or permission of the instructor(s)
Equivalency: ANTH 480.
SOCI 484 (3/6) d Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociological perspectives on health, illness, and health care as represented in classic and contemporary sociological studies of selected topics such as illness experience, social aspects of the practice of health professionals, training of health professionals, and the social organization of health delivery systems.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 490 (3) Contemporary Chinese Society
Current social topics in Chinese society; perspectives on gender, inequality, culture, and social relations.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 495 (3/6) d Advanced Studies in Sociology
An intensive examination of selected topics in Sociology. Consult the department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: One of SOCI 100, SOCI 101, SOCI 102.
SOCI 500 (3) Foundations of Sociological Thought
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 501 (3) Contemporary Sociological Theory
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 502 (3) Research Design and Techniques (Quantitative)
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 503 (3) Research Design and Techniques (Qualitative)
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 504 (3) Methodology of Social Inquiry
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 505 (3/6) c Tutorial in Sociological Theory
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: One of SOCI 500, SOCI 501.
SOCI 506 (3/6) d Tutorial in Research Methods
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: One of SOCI 502, SOCI 503.
SOCI 507 (3/6) d Advanced Theory Seminar
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: One of SOCI 500, SOCI 501.
SOCI 508 (3/6) d Advanced Methods Seminar
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: One of SOCI 502, SOCI 503.
SOCI 509 (3/6) d Sociology of the Environment
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 510 (3/6) d Population, Community and Demography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 511 (3) Cross-National Comparisons in the Social Sciences
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: IAR 511.
SOCI 512 (3/6) d Gender and Feminist Issues
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 513 (3) Theories About the Family
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 514 (3) Analyzing Quantitative Data in Sociology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: SOCI 502 is a prerequisite for Sociology graduate students. A background in material such as that covered in SOCI 502 is highly recommended for all others.
SOCI 515 (3) Qualitative Data Analysis in Sociology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: SOCI 503.
SOCI 520 (3/6) d Law and Crime
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 530 (3/6) d Social Change and Development
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 540 (3/6) d Social Inequality
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 549 (6/12) c Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 550 (3/6) d Social Interaction
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 560 (3/6) d Culture and Knowledge
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 562 (3/6) d Mass Media and Communications
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 570 (3/6) d Seminar in Work, Industry and Technology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 580 (3/6) d Canadian Society
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 584 (3/6) d Health, Illness and Society
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 590 (3/6) d Seminar in an Ethnographic Area
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 596 (3/6) d Political Sociology and Social Movements
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 598 (3/6) c Directed Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 599 (3/6) d Special Topics Seminar
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SOCI 649 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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