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Sociology
Additional credits in sociology
The following SCMS courses can be used as sociology credit. Course descriptions are found under Social, Cultural, and Media Studies.
SCMS 255 — Introduction to Social Research
SCMS 270 — The Dynamics of Racism in Canada
SCMS 310 — Special Topics: Regional Studies in Latin America
SCMS 334 — Cultural Policy
SCMS 355 — Quantitative Research Methods
SCMS 356 — Qualitative Research Methods
SCMS 363 — Processes of Development and Under-Development in Latin America
SCMS 387 — Canadian Native People
SCMS 388 — Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples
SCMS 440 — Selected Topics in the Sociology of Religion
SCMS 440A — Religion in Latin America
SCMS 460 — Issues in the Information Society
SCMS 463 — Special Topics in Development Studies
SCMS 468 — Environment and Society
SCMS 470 — Race and Racism: Selected Topics
SCMS 470A — Latin American Immigrants and Immigration


English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

SOC 1013 credits
Introductory Sociology
Prerequisite(s): None
This course is an analysis of the basic concepts, methods, and theoretical orientations which are characteristic of sociology. It is designed to acquaint you with the discipline and to facilitate critical and logical thought concerning explanations of society and social interaction.

SOC 2013 credits
Key Ideas in Sociology
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 or MACS 110
This course provides a survey of sociological perspectives in the 19th and 20th centuries. It provides a history of sociology as it focuses on the thinkers and ideas that have shaped it. Students will study selected works which represent the breadth and depth of sociology.

SOC 2053 credits
Comparative Societies
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces students to the application of sociology at a global level through a comparative study of two or more societies. By holding up other societies for comparison, students will learn more about their own society and what makes it distinct. They will also learn more about societies in general, the relationships between them, and the global forces that shape them, often in the direction of convergence. When this course is taught in the context of a study tour, students have the opportunity for firsthand observation and comparison of different societies.

SOC 2103 credits
Social Problems of Canadian Society
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101
This course examines selected social issues, both in terms of their historical development and their relationship to the structure of Canadian society. Particular attention is paid to the core structural and institutional issues that are consequent to the political economy of Canada — issues such as inequality, racism, poverty, technological development and the transformation of communities. Additional issues may be studied such as aboriginal land claims, U.S./Canada relationships issues of Canadian foreign policy, immigration, and the environment. Attention will also be given to strategies for coping with social change, including feminism, the green movement, the anti-free trade movement and others.

SOC 2153 credits
Socialization
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 recommended
Socialization is the process by which people learn the norms and values of the society in which they live. This course examines the process of socialization in one or more of the following institutions: family, education, media, and/or religion. Particular emphasis will be placed on issues of gender, ethnicity, and class in North America.

SOC 2203 credits
Sociology of Women in Canada
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101 recommended
This course will use feminist sociological perspectives used in understanding the changing roles of women in Canada. After introducing the process whereby women and men learn gender roles, the course will emphasize the changes occurring for Canadian women in the family, the labour force, and the community. Students will have the opportunity to examine changes in their own social world.

SOC 2303 credits
The Individual and Society
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101
This course is an introduction to sociological social psychology. It has been designed to give an overview of the important concepts, issues, and debates within the field. The main paradigm of the course will be interpretive and include such theories as symbolic interactionism and phenomenology. Students will be introduced to the historical development of North American sociological thought and the social construction of self-identity within North American society.

SOC 2453 credits
Deviant Behaviour
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101; CRIM 104 (Recommended)
This course provides a critical introduction to the sociological study of deviance and social control. The aim is to explore the essence of deviant behaviour--its construction, explanation, commission and control. The course may cover both classical and contemporary approaches including lifecourse, general strain, institutional anomie and feminist theories. In addition, we will apply the theories to various topics including violence, substance use, mental illness, stigma and identity management and social control.

SOC 2503 credits
Sociology of Development -- The Third World Experience
Prerequisite(s): None, SOC 101 recommended
This course is an introduction to the sociology of international development. In it we look at the nature and development of the third world (the largest part of the global social system) and the major explanations of underdevelopment. Among the case studies used to evaluate critically the alternative paths of development there is an emphasis on examples from Latin America. It will be of special interest to those planning to teach, to anyone hoping to work in or travel to the Third World, to those interested in Canada's position in the world, and to anyone concerned about globalization.

SOC 2993 credits
Special Topics in Sociology
Prerequisite(s): SOC 101
This course involves an examination of a selected topic within Sociology that is not addressed in current course offerings. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester and may include, but are not limited to, Leisure and Society, Public Sociology, and McDonaldization of Society.

SOC 3314 credits
Sociology of Families
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include at least six credits sociology
A description and analysis of family structures in modern industrial society. Major theoretical perspectives on families and family change in developed societies will be examined, as well as varying methodological approaches to the study of families. Topics may include mate selection, marriage and divorce, family size and structures, domestic labour, power relationships within family, childhood socialization, variant family forms, and policy issues related to families. (Seminar)

SOC 3334 credits
Schooling and Society
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include at least six credits of sociology
A sociological analysis of the education system and its relation to major social institutions in Western industrial societies, in particular Canada. Aspects studied may include the classroom, teachers, student culture, bureaucratization, inequality, employment, and social policy. (Seminar)
Note: Students cannot take EDUC 333 for further credit.

SOC 3354 credits
Gender Relations and Social Issues
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include at least six credits sociology. (SOC 215 and/or 220 recommended)
A sociological study of the position of women and men in one or more of the major social institutions in western industrial societies, in particular Canada. Social institutions that may be examined include the family, education, the economy, the polity, the law, and the mass media. Various social policy issues and controversial topics related to gender may also be examined.

SOC 3404 credits
Sociology of Religion
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, including ANTH 130 and three Sociology credits
This course examines of the classical theories and modern research used to explain religion and its role in society and social change. Topics may include: the complexity of religious systems, formation and maintenance of religious organizations, religion and social inequality, religion and prejudice, social change and religious adaptation, secularization, the marketing of religion, alternative forms of religion, and religion and globalization.

SOC 3504 credits
Classical Sociological Thought
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include at least six credits sociology; SOC 201 recommended
An explanation of selected work of 19th or early 20th century sociological theorists, primarily Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.

SOC 3994 credits
Special Topics in Sociology II
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits to include at least 6 credits of Sociology
This course involves an examination of a selected topic within Sociology that is not addressed in current course offerings. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester and may include, but are not limited to, Sociology of Sustenance,
Sociology of English Canada, and Sociology of Professions.

SOC 4314 credits
Advanced Topics in Childhood and Family
Prerequisite(s): SOC 331 and 60 credits to include at least nine credits of Sociology
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore special topics and issues of concern in the sociology of family and childhood. Topics will vary but will be limited to those which our library resources can support.

SOC 4334 credits
Selected Topics in the Sociology of Education
The course will allow the student to investigate a specific topic in the sociology of education. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester and may include, but are not limited to, the global economy and school-labour market transitions; the state and the restructuring of teachers' work; higher education; knowledge, curriculum and cultural politics; meritocracy and social exclusion.
Notes: Students cannot receive credit for both SOC 433 and EDUC 433.

SOC 4354 credits
Sociology of Sexuality
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits to include at least 9 credits of Sociology (SOC 220 and SOC 335 recommended)
This course examines sexuality from a sociological perspective. It is designed to allow students to investigate the moral and political controversies that surround sexuality, the loaded meanings attributed to sexual experiences, the varied social identities and social movements constructed around sexual practices, and how definitions of "normal" sexuality shift over time. The course will investigate Foucault's History of Sexuality and a variety of theories which may include the social construction of sexuality and queer theory.

SOC 4454 credits
Advanced Topics in Deviant Behaviour
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits to include at least 9 credits of Sociology (SOC 245 recommended)
The course will allow the student to investigate a specific topic in the sociological study of deviance and social control. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester and may include, but are not limited to, the sociology of mental illness, stigma, sexual deviance, surveillance, and substance use, abuse and control.

SOC 4504 credits
Selected Issues in Sociological Theory
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include at least nine credits sociology. (SOC 350 recommended)
An examination of the ideas of a particular thinker or group of thinkers, or of the different approaches to a particular theoretical problem. Examples include, but are not limited to, feminist theory, post-structuralism, and neo-Marxism.

SOC 4904 credits
Directed Readings in Sociology
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include at least nine credits of sociology plus permission from supervising faculty member and department head
Directed reading in a selected field of study under the direction of a single faculty member. A major paper will be required.

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