SOCI 3260 3 credits Qualitative Research Methods Students will learn the theoretical and ethical underpinnings of qualitative research, gaining practical knowledge of qualitative research techniques and how they provide a contextual and in-depth understanding of social phenomena. They will explore various methodologies, develop an understanding of qualitative research design, study the ethical conduct of research, learn various data collection techniques, and learn to organize, manage, and interpret qualitative data. Note: This is a seminar course.
SOCI 3230 3 credits International Migration Students will critically examine the causes and consequences of international migration, refugee movements, and the establishment of ethnic communities outside of their countries of origin in the Canadian and global contexts. They will explore the roles which environmental crises, colonization, ethnic strife and cleansing, wars, political and economic crises, disease, and cultural issues play in relation to international migration. How gender, class, ethnicity, racialization, sexuality, ability, and legal status impact migration and settlement will also be explored. Students will further study the formation of ethnic communities in settler-colonial contexts and in relation to the Indigenous peoples on whose unceded territories international migration and settlement sometimes take place.
SOCI 2255 3 credits Sociology of Everyday Life and Interaction Students will inquire into everyday practices, interactions, and social processes involved in the accomplishment of identities and the social order. They will learn how to frame scenes and situations through which identities and the social order emerge as lived experience. They will examine the relativity of relationships, participation and belonging, self-presentation and performativity, and the importance of communicative ideals. They will analyze the ways that reality is socially constructed and the social order is reproduced, challenged, and transformed through common place taken-for-granted social interactions, rituals, routines, and representations. Students will explore everyday social practices, images, and spaces in a way that offers new meaning to social phenomena such as fashion, flirting, friendship, leisure, workplaces, and city life.
SOCI 2240 3 credits Gender in Canada Students will critically examine gender. They will consider various approaches to the study of gender and various perspectives on gender inequality in Canada in a global context. Students will examine different ways in which gender is produced, reproduced, and challenged by individuals, groups, movements, and institutions such as the economy, the state, education, family, and mass media. Students will explore and engage with Indigenous and other diverse perspectives on gender. They will analyze the interrelationships between gender and race, ethnicity, colonialism, class, age, sexuality, disability, and geography. Students will examine various feminist, decolonizing, and intersectional perspectives on gender.
SOCI 1125 3 credits Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures Students will learn essential concepts, theoretical perspectives, and methods used in the discipline of sociology to analyze social processes and structures. They will explore topics such as culture, socialization, social interaction, social inequalities, and social change. Students will critically examine assumptions people make about social life and will develop informed views on social issues that are important in their own lives and the lives of others in local, national, and global communities.
SOCI 2225 3 credits Canadian Society: Conflict and Consensus Students will study various aspects of Canadian society. They will use sociological perspectives to critically analyze such things as Canadian identity, ethnic diversity and multiculturalism, national unity, regional differences, foreign control, and international relations. Students will explore the structure of Canadian society including issues related to health care, education, economy and work, social inequalities, government, and social policies.
SOCI 2230 3 credits Racialization in Canada Students will critically examine processes of racialization in relation to the formation of the Canadian state, culture, and social institutions, as well as the consequences of these processes and structures for Indigenous peoples. The impact of racialization, Indigeneity, and ethnicity on Canadian social policy and practice, as well as on key social institutions including law and criminal justice administration, education, immigration, health, welfare, and the media, will be analyzed. Students will identify and critique systemic patterns of racism in white settler societies and in relation to other intersecting systems of oppression such as gender, class, and sexuality. Anti-racist social movements and patterns of resistance, including contemporary discourses of decolonization, Indigenization and reconciliation, will also be examined.
SOCI 2235 3 credits The Development of Sociological Thought Students will explore the development of sociological thought, from early and classic to contemporary theories. Students will survey the range of sociological theories while they critically evaluate essential concepts, models, and approaches. Historical contexts, ongoing debates within the discipline, and their relevance to contemporary social life will be explored. Some of the traditionally less-represented sociological perspectives, such as Indigenous and non-Western ones, will also be highlighted in this course.
SOCI 2250 3 credits Families in Canada Students will examine the institution of the family in Canada in both historical and contemporary contexts. They will consider issues and approaches relevant to the sociology of the family and explore the structure and organization of various family forms and relations in the context of social, economic, and cultural transformation. Students will analyze the impact of gender, race, ethnicity and class on the institution of the family and compare cross-cultural and other differences among families both within Canada and globally.
SOCI 2270 3 credits Sociology of Education: A Critical Perspective Students will critically explore the sociological, philosophical, and psychological concepts and theories of education and learning. They will examine the historical, socio-economic, and political factors responsible for the establishment and growth of the education system and schooling in the Canadian and global contexts. Students will investigate and analyze current educational issues and controversies. They will analyze the effects of discrimination and inequality on the achievement levels of students, and the organization of schools and universities. Students will critically examine the effects of "race"/ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, and disabilities on the experiences of teachers and students in schools.
SOCI 2260 3 credits Research Methods in Sociology Students will study the research methods used in the social sciences. Students will examine both quantitative and qualitative approaches used to conduct social research. They will emphasize practical applications of research while learning all the stages involved in designing and executing a research project.
SOCI 2275 3 credits Mass Media and Society Students will study the place of the mass media in Canadian society and their role in the social construction of reality. They will examine the development of print, radio, television, and new media in a global context, and will focus on the interconnection between media and other social institutions. Students will evaluate and apply various theoretical approaches to media production, content, and audiences.
SOCI 2280 3 credits Sociology of Health, Disability, and Society Students will learn about the social, cultural, economic, and political factors surrounding experiences of health, disability, and society. They will learn about the social construction of health and disability, and the structure of Canada's health care system including health care professionals and health care delivery systems. Students will also explore the interaction between health care providers and service users, and current policy and health issues.
SOCI 2285 3 credits Gods in the Global Village: A Sociological Perspective of World Religions Students will examine the social dimensions of religion in communities and countries across the world. They will explore the social relevance of religion to individuals and collectives in both the local and the wider global village. Students will explore several interpretations of religion offered by sociologists, past and present. They will also examine religion's contribution to the shaping of social reality and the status of religion in the world today as well as its future.
SOCI 2290 3 credits South Asians around the Globe Students will examine South Asian diasporas – across religious, ethnic and national boundaries – as they exist outside their homelands, with a special focus on the South Asian communities in Canada. They will examine social theory related to South Asian migration and social adaptation as well as look at contemporary concerns related to globalization and transnationalism. Students will also investigate the social issues that people often face in the process of adaptation to a new country at the personal, community, and societal levels. In doing so, students will have an opportunity to engage in experiential learning. NOTE: This course is cross-listed with ASIA 2290. Students may only receive credit for one of ASIA 2290 or SOCI 2290, as they are identical courses.
SOCI 2311 3 credits Social Justice in the Global and Local Contexts Students will explore social, political, and economic justice in the global and local contexts. They will also examine social justice-related concepts of exploitation, oppression, resistance, privilege, power, inequity, self-determination, and (respect for) cultural diversity, from the sociological and related historical, philosophical, and political perspectives. Finally, students will examine the connections between local and global social justice-related issues and conflicts and how these issues and conflicts are handled in international bodies such as the UN.
SOCI 2365 3 credits Introduction to Social Research Statistics Students will study basic statistical techniques used in sociology. They will examine descriptive and inferential statistics at an introductory level with an emphasis on practical applications. Students will learn to interpret and summarize data, perform basic bivariate analysis, and report findings.
SOCI 3155 3 credits Indigenous Perspectives on Settler Colonial Societies Students will explore Indigenous perspectives on settler colonial societies and the consequences of ongoing colonial occupation for Indigenous nations. Students will draw upon critical Indigenous studies scholarship, Indigenous traditional knowledge, narrative accounts and oral histories. Students will explore the misattribution and denial of Indigenous contributions to human social development and analyze strategies for decolonization, Indigenization, and self-determination. Note: Students may earn credit for only one of SOCI 3155 or INDG 3155, as they are identical courses.
SOCI 3210 3 credits Technology and Society Students will examine the interplay of technology and society in Canada as well as globally. They will explore the social, economic, political, and cultural transformations brought about by technologies from the mundane to the futuristic. They will explore and apply theoretical perspectives, particularly assessing the social, economic, political, and cultural transformations associated with technological developments. Students will evaluate the role society plays in shaping technology, and vice versa, through comparative analyses. Decolonizing, ecological, and critical perspectives on technology will be explored.
SOCI 3235 3 credits Classic Sociological Theories Students will examine classic sociological theories including the works of theorists such as Comte, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Cooley and Mead, as well as early feminist and non-western theorists. They will explore the historical contexts in which the theories were developed and bring them to life by engaging in conceptual and critical analysis that furthers self-understanding and uncovers dimensions of our lives often take for granted. They will engage the theories through dialogue, join in debates that characterize sociology, and apply classic social theories to contemporary phenomena, issues, and problems, rather than treat the theories as relics of the past.
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