This course introduces the basic concepts of sociology including social structure, culture, socialization, deviance, social control, social organization, structured social inequality, and social change. It makes extensive use of examples from the Canadian context. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)(Distribution: Social World)
This course explores the major theoretical frameworks of sociology and the conceptual tools used to examine intersecting social relations embedded in everyday practices. It focuses on understanding how biographical characteristics are influenced by impersonal historical forces and significant structural transformations of society. The examination of sociological imagination lays the foundation for understanding how to differentiate between personal troubles and public issues. (Format: Lecture 3 hours) Tuesday 10:00 to 11:20AM Crabtree M14.
This course introduces the study of gender through an examination of the nature of gender relations. It also considers major theories of the origin and consequences of gender inequality and addresses issues such as reproduction, work, law, violence, and racism with a focus on Canadian examples. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: SOCI 3211)
This course examines sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors from a sociological perspective, exploring how the biology of sex is sociologically constructed. It examines and explores theoretical and conceptual issues and empirical research and directs students to think about sexuality analytically and critically and to develop a sociological understanding of diverse issues. Topics include: sexual identity and its construction and regulation; sexuality and the Enlightenment; science and sex; ethics and social institutions; and the relationship between sexuality and the socio-political process. [Note 1: This course is normally offered only through Correspondence.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: SOCI 2991 Sociology of Sex and Sexuality) Tuesday 6:00 to 8:50PM Avard Dixon 118.
This course explores sociocultural and political aspects of disability while paying particular attention to the ways in which disability intersects with other aspects of social life such as race, religion, sexuality, socioeconomic status, age, and gender. It explores key theoretical and methodological approaches used in the sociological study of disability and examines federal and international policy debates that address the rights and needs of people with disabilities. Course topics include: the medical model of disability, the social model of disability, feminist theories of disability, neurodiversity, activism, ableism, employment, race, eugenics, disability culture, gender, sexuality, and the representation of disability in media and popular culture. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: SOCI 2991 Sociology of Disability) Monday Wednesday and Friday 12:30 to 1:20PM Avard Dixon G10.
This course explores the nature and meaning of work in relation to changes in the position of professions, unions, government, women, and minority groups in industrial and post-industrial societies. It also includes consideration of topics such as the relations between work and the family, work and gender, and work and politics. While focusing on work in Canada this examination is also located in broader international trends and processes. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Barclay 021.
This is a course in sociological research methodology, including a consideration of questions of social epistemology and research design. Students gain practical experience in doing social research through the conducting of surveys, data analysis, introductory statistical procedures, content analysis, case studies, and other techniques. (Format: Integrated Lecture and Laboratory 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Any version of SOCI 3301 previously offered with a different title) Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 3:50PM Avard Dixon 118.
This course draws on a broad range of theoretical principles in sociology and sociological research methods to analyze and recommend solutions for various social problems. Topics include establishing a research agenda and parameters, funding applied research, the relationship between goals and outcomes, measurement issues, program and evaluation processes, and client relations. A key component of the course is grant writing and communication in the professional setting. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours)
This course explores advanced issues in education as they relate to social problems. Exploring the reproductive and structural aspects of knowledge creation, this course moves toward an understanding of the contradictory elements of public education as it pertains to a post- industrial world fraught with inequalities. The course explores issues of schooling as it relates to work in institutions that are both preparatory for the workplace and places of work for teachers, administrators, and others. Lastly, this course uncovers opportunities for educational reforms that can contribute potentially to a more just society. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) Friday 1:30 to 4:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 406.
This course explores selected topics of the contemporary global refugee crisis and the role of Canada and international agencies in humanitarian assistance, resettlement, and return. The course addresses sociological analyses of the relationship between emergency responses and sustainable solutions to internal displacement and refugee flight. It considers, with respect to national and international refugee policies, socially significant differences among refugees according to gender, age, ethnicity, social class, country, and region of origin. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 to 5:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 406.