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This course provides an introduction to the study of structural inequalities that contribute to health disparities, with an emphasis on geographic, identity-based, or virtual communities as the focus for research and intervention. It also considers the social justice implications and potential effectiveness of public health policies and programs and investigates the value of participatory community interventions in prevention, health promotion, and care with individuals, families, and community members. This semester’s focus will be on applying the above to the specific area of health communication in the field of youth mental health.

This course uses sociological analyses of power to understand issues of bullying, harassment, shaming, violence, abuse of authority, and consent in various social institutions including workplaces, police and military, schools and universities, and online communities. It explores sociological approaches to addressing these issues, such as conflict resolution and restorative justice perspectives. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours). Wednesday 2:30 to 5:20PM Avard Dixon 230.
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) Wednesday 6:00 to 8:50PM Sir James Dunn Building 406.
This course examines the emerging field of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and its applications through arts-based research initiatives. This course focuses on CBPR literature that highlights the benefits of active collaborations between communities and researchers and recognizes and values the contributions of community collaborators. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) (Exclusion: SOCI 4991 Community-based Participatory Research Methods) Monday 1:30 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon 230.
This course provides hands-on opportunities for students to gain practical skills and experience in service sociology, a socially responsible and mission-oriented sociology of action and alleviation, through public service, social action, and community engagement. It provides an opportunity for students to learn from experienced professionals and acquire relevant skills that can be applied in the work or voluntary sector. Students gain theoretical and methodological understanding of the interventions available for community-based engagement.(Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Any version of SOCI 3751 previously offered with a different title.) Monday 6:00 to 8:50PM Avard Dixon 118.
This course reviews the sociological literature on social organization with special emphasis on the notion of community in society; communities will be explored that look at the intersection of geography, identity, place, gender, race, sexuality, class and space.
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 4:00 to 5:20PM Avard Dixon 111.
This course offers a critical review of the perspectives developed in the first and second generations of sociology in Europe with special emphasis on the ideas of Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon G10.
This course explores youth criminalization and youth justice from a critical sociological perspective, with particular attention to systemic issues of race, class, gender, age, and sexuality. Drawing primarily from critical criminology, the course traces the emergence and development of youth justice systems, and analyzes continuity and changes in youth justice policy and practice over time. Main topics include different correctional models such as punitive, welfare, and newer actuarial justice approaches and the criminalization of youth in the contemporary period with emphasis on the theory of intersectionality. Finally, the course examines alternative policies, practices, and attitudes intended for radical transformation of youth justice in the future. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: SOCI 2991 Youth Criminalization) Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 3:50PM Avard Dixon 118.
This course explores youth in relation to contexts of social structure (culture, family and peer groups), within institutions, and from local as well as global perspectives. This course looks critically at the social construction of youth in schools, families, the media, and other social institutions. It examines how socio-political factors affect youth, the agency of youth as citizens and decision-makers, and the importance of social positions such as race, sexuality, gender, nationality, and socioeconomic status. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: SOCI 3991 Youth and Society) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Barclay 217.
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 and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 113.