3000 Level Courses

AP/SOCI 3020 6.00 Classics in Sociology
The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the development of sociological theory from its origins to the present. Selected major theorists will be considered, and readings will be chosen from original works.

AP/SOCI 3030 3.00 Social Statistics I

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of statistical thinking and statistical computing that are commonly used in social science research and are increasingly relevant in policy decisions and public life. Key topics include data and variables, summary statistics, distributions, measures of association, research designs, visualization, hypothesis testing, and simple regression analysis. Students will learn how to perform simple data analysis and write up their own research.

AP/SOCI 3031 6.0 Statistics for Sociology

Every area of sociology has questions whose answers are inherently statistical. This course provides the concepts and skills needed to analyze social data from surveys, social experiments and administrative records. These skills will give students the ability to understand and critically assess published research. The course covers basic descriptive and inferential statistics and multiple regression.

AP/SOCI 3035 3.0/6.0 Research Design in Qualitative Methods

This course teaches research design in qualitative sociological methods through a combination of conceptual work and empirical research. It covers a range of qualitative methods and their applicability in social and political practice. In addition to standard delivery formats, students will be expected to engage in practical exercises. The course prepares students for independent research projects at the fourth-year level.  Prerequisites: AP/SOCI 2030 6.00 or equivalent in research methods.

AP/SOCI 3040 3.00 Advanced Sociological Theory
This course provides an in-depth study of one or more major sociological theoretical paradigms, building on the overview of sociological theory that students have gained from AP/SOCI 2040 6.00. Both classical and contemporary theories may be represented in this course, with an emphasis on the centrality of theory to the discipline of sociology.

AP/SOCI 3060 6.00 Sociological Perspective on Social Psychology
Explores classic and current approaches to social psychology. Topics include self, social process, social interaction, interpersonal influences and group processes. Student participation in experimentation, participant observation, group discussion, research or discourse analysis is expected.

AP/SOCI 3110 3.00 Collective Behaviour
This course will analyze forms of collective behaviour (crowd, mob, panic, fashion, cult) with a view to understanding their function in society. Factors conducive to the formation of such behaviour, characteristics of members, leadership and processes of social action will be considered.

AP/SOCI 3220 6.00 Cultural Sociology
An examination of recent developments in the study of culture as they affect sociological thinking about contemporary society, drawing on sociological as well as other theories and approaches. Includes case studies on gender, popular culture, multi-culture, aesthetics, nationalism, political economy of culture, ideology.

AP/SOCI 3340 6.00 Globalization and Resistance
This course explores meanings of globalization as the master trend reshaping social life through global and local dynamics of both contemporary social change and resistance to it, exemplifying the increasing and contested influence of social movements within social life.

AP/SOCI 3355 3.00 Social Movements
Topics studied will include the causes, characteristics, processes and consequences of social movements; the appeal, ideology, organizational structure, strategies and tactics of social movements; and the process of becoming committed to a social movement.

AP/SOCI 3410 6.00 Social Inequality
Theories about social equality and inequality are analyzed, in industrial and non-industrial, democratic and non-democratic societies. The course considers the influence of differential privilege on social behaviour and institutions, and problems of upward and downward mobility.

AP/SOCI 3420 6.00 Population and Society
Students will study Canadian population trends and policy debates in comparison to global population issues. Topics may include Canadian and global patterns of population growth; urbanization and urban reversal; fertility, family planning and abortion; famine, disease and mortality; social security and aging; international migration and ethnic composition.

AP/SOCI 3430 6.00 Ethnicity, Power, and Identity
This course introduces students to contemporary issues in ethnicity, power and identity in international perspective. Sociological and anthropological theories on ethnicity, race, culture and identity form the conceptual basis for this course.

AP/SOCI 3450 6.00 The Sociology of Race and Racism
This course offers a sociolgical critique of race and racism by examining both the concepts and practices in terms of social organization, discourse and history. Biogenetic and cultural racism are investigated in terms of knowledge frameworks involving gender and class.

AP/SOCI 3480 6.00 Organizations, Work and Society
Formal organizations such as social groups, such as businesses, governments, educational institutions and trade unions are established in a more or less deliberate manner for the attainment of specific goals. Focuses on topics such as institutionalization, leadership, change, rationality, bureaucracy, structure, power and technology.

AP/SOCI 3500 6.0 Publics and Privates

Examines the concept of the public and private spheres; their emergence within differing time periods and/or regions; normative effects of the public sphere; and transformations and proliferations of public and private. In addition to discussing related concepts including citizenship, individualism, collectivity, family, sex(uality), labour, and state economies, the course considers sociological patterns that have reproduced uneven public/private divisions.

AP/SOCI 3550 3.00 Sociology of Aging
This course examines interpersonal, cultural, demographic and political aspects of aging and retirement. Gender, class and other major factors are discussed, along with familial, government and self-help responses to seniors' needs.

AP/SOCI 3600 3.00 Sociology of Work and Labour
In this course, work will be viewed as a social problem. Topics include the meaning of work, the theory of alienation, evolving patterns of industrialization and labour relations, occupational cultures, the deskilling of work and solutions to alienated labour. The theories of post-industrial society will be examined.

AP/SOCI 3630 6.00 Sociology of Education
The relationship of the educational system to the social structure is examined. Among topics to be considered are the role of education in social change, the school as a social system, and the school as an agency of socialization.

AP/SOCI 3640 6.00 Political Sociology
The social bases of political order and conflict in modern societies will be analyzed. Data will be drawn from studies of policy formation, voting behaviour, civic participation, collective protest, and political aspects of social change in old and new nations.

AP/SOCI 3650 3.00/6.00 Sociology of Religion
Introduces sociological approaches to religion in a contemporary social and global cultural context. Traces the changes from the sociological classics to contemporary theories of religion and secularism that reflect the intertwined nature of these categories as well as their contested character in public and political realms around the world.

AP/SOCI 3653 3.00 Corrections and Alternative Forms of Justice
This course explores the historical roots of corrections and alternative forms of justice. Topics include various philosophies of punishment and social control, as well as the influences that have helped to determine penal policies and practices, particularly in Canada.

AP/SOCI 3660 6.00 Families and Social Change
The course provides a wide-ranging and provocative analysis of the social forces and individual responses contributing to diversity in family life, emphasizing how social, economic and political changes in Canadian society have reshaped family forms and social policy.

AP/SOCI 3670 3.00 Sociology of Sport
Sport is used in this course as a medium for testing sociological theory. Topics will be organized around the effects of involvement in sport on those who "play," consume and produce it.

AP/SOCI 3690 6.00 Sociology of Gender
This course analyzes economic, social, cultural and political aspects of gender formation in a comparative context and in Canada. Emphasis is on the different ways in which femininity and masculinity are constituted in interaction with race, class and other factors.

AP/SOCI 3710 6.00 Environmental Sociology
This course explores sociological approaches to the interaction between humans and their bio-physical environment; the history of ecology and contemporary social ecologies; contending explanations for environmental problems; and the history of environmental movements and organizations.

AP/SOCI 3780 6.00 Sociology of Information
A discussion of human communication and social life, including the role of ideology in clarifying, distorting or masking reality. Emphasis is given to the mass media, including construction of the news, entertainment and advertising as aspects of dominant ideology.

AP/SOCI 3810 6.00 Criminalization and Racialization

Criminalization and racialization are examined through a range of sociological theories to address the relationship between processes of criminalization and racialization in Canada and globally.

This course provides an introduction to critical issues concerning the study of criminalization and racialization. The course explores a range of sociological theories with the objective of not only better understanding criminalization and processes of racialization in Canada and globally, but of examining and challenging injustices in the criminal justice system. The course explores the relationship between processes of criminalization and the intersecting systems of race, class, gender, sexualities, and nation building.

AP/SOCI 3820 6.00 Sociology of Health and Health Care
Social factors related to health and physical and mental illness will be discussed, including comparative examinations of the healing process. The social organization of systems of health care will be explored, including recruitment and socialization of health care personnel, hospitals as social institutions, stratification in medicine, emergence of professional medicine and alternatives to it and development of the health promotion perspective.

AP/SOCI 3830 6.00 Sociology of Urban Life
An examination of the process of urbanization and its implications for regional rural-urban systems, the city as an information-processing system, and the experience of living in cities. Sub-groups within the city (e.g. neighbourhoods and social networks) and urban institutions will also be analyzed.

AP/SOCI 3850 6.0 Gender, Violence & Social Policy

Violence against women, children, and the elderly, examined in historical and cross-cultural perspective. Areas to be discussed include: emotional impact of abuse; racist and patriarchal ideology; sex industry and the media; treatment of abusers; legal practices and the state.

AP/SOCI 3860 6.0 Women, Work & Family

Women's challenges in the home and in waged work, including historical and cross-cultural analyses. Areas of discussion may include: household, the labour market, racism and the state; barriers to women's career success; single-parent families and parenting responsibilities.

AP/SOCI 3940 3.00/6.00 The Social Life of Science
Contemporary, controversies such as cloning, genetics and race, climate change, AIDS treatment and DNA fingerprinting are used to foreground the social and cultural processes which shape knowledge.

AP/SOCI 3950 3.00 Exploring Disability
Drawing on traditional and contemporary theoretical frameworks for understanding disability, this course introduces students to the field of disability studies. Within a comparative perspective, the course explores legal frameworks, social policy, advocacy and rights movements, citizenship, identities and representations.