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2010-2011 Academic Year

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PREREQUISITES
Unless waived by the Department, the following prerequisites must be met: A minimum grade of 60 per cent in SOCY 122 is a prerequisite for all sociology courses above the 100-level. Students must also comply with the prerequisites stated in course descriptions for upper-level courses.

AVAILABILITY
The Department of Sociology does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year. For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check QCARD or consult with the departmental office.
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SOCY-122/1.0 Introduction to Sociology 2L;1T
An introduction to the concepts, theories and methods of sociological enquiry, and their application to the analysis of Canadian society.
Also offered as a distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
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SOCY-210*/0.5 Social Research Methods 3L
Examination of relationship between sociological theory and methods of social research; topics include logic of research, hypothesis formulation, and variables and their operationalization.
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SOCY-211*/0.5 Social Statistics 3L
Survey of principal techniques for gathering and analysing social data; basic statistical analysis included.
NOTE    With the approval of the Undergraduate Chair, the courses listed below can fulfill the statistics requirement for the degree programs but cannot count as a sociology credit.
EXCLUSIONS    ECON 250*, GPHY 247*, NURS 323*, KNPE 251* (or PHED 251*), POLS 385*, PSYC 202*, STAT 261*, STAT 263*, STAT 267*.
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SOCY-225*/0.5 Sociology of Globalization 3L
An introduction to recent sociological debates on the emergence of a global economy and society, and its impact on different parts of the world.
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SOCY-226*/0.5 The Development of Social Theory (pre-1900) 3L
A discussion of the development of theories of society. Key aspects of Classical Greek thought, the Enlightenment, and Karl Marx's work along with other selected thinkers are normally considered.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 221.
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SOCY-227*/0.5 The Development of Social Theory (1870-1920) 3L
A discussion of the development of theories of society during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The main focus is normally on the work of Emile Durkheim and Max Weber with other thinkers included. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 226*.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 221.
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SOCY-232*/0.5 Sociology of the Canadian Women's Movement 3L
Rise of Canadian women's movement and the theoretical perspectives that developed within it and found expression in sociology and other disciplines; organizational and strategic practices and the movement's ongoing importance explored.
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SOCY-233/1.0 'Race' and Racialization 3L/T
Concept and meaning of race; race and racism; a typology of race relations; elements of race politics; race, gender, and ethnic relations in a comparative context.
EXCLUSION    IDIS 302*.
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SOCY-234*/0.5 Engineering and Social Justice: Critical Theories of Technological Practices   3S
This course will help students develop critical perspectives towards technology in general and engineering practices in particular. It is cross-disciplinary in its approach, drawing materials from mainstream 'applied' sciences, as well as from critical approaches associated with 'social' sciences, such as feminism, anti-racism, anarchism, marxism, and radical ecology. PREREQUISITE    Second-year standing or above.
EXCLUSION    MDEP 221.
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SOCY-273*/0.5 Social Psychology 3L
The social matrix of personality, socialization as a social process, the influence of social structure and culture upon socialization practices, and the patterning of personality through the life cycle.
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SOCY-274/1.0 Sociology of Deviance 3L
Theoretical issues arising from the process by which activities are defined as deviant: such activities as 'sexual deviance', 'mental illness', and 'political deviance' examined.
Only offered as distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
EXCLUSIONS    SOCY 275* and SOCY 276*.
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SOCY-275*/0.5 Theories of Deviance and Social Control 3L
This course focuses on the theoretical foundation examining the process by which activities are defined as deviant: such activities as 'sexual deviance', 'mental illness', and 'political deviance'. The major etiological approaches to the study of deviants are also considered.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 274.
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SOCY-276*/0.5 Substantive Issues in Social Deviance 3L
This course examines a variety of substantive topics in the sociology of deviance. The choice of topics will illustrate the range of theoretical approaches discussed in SOCY 275*. The selection of topics will vary from semester to semester but will typically include violence, corporate crime, sexual deviance, and physical stigma. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 275*.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 274.
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SOCY-284*/0.5 Sociology of Information and Communication Technology 3L
Social context and consequences of information and communication technologies as they relate to work, culture, privacy and education.
Also offered as a distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
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SOCY-301*/0.5 Selected Topics in Contemporary Sociology 3L
Explores a range of issues in contemporary sociology. Topics may vary from year to year. See the departmental website for further details.
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SOCY-302*/0.5 Selected Topics in Socio-legal Studies 3L
Explores a range of contemporary issues in socio-legal studies. Topics may vary from year to year. See the departmental website for further details.
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SOCY-303*/0.5 Selected Topics in Feminist Sociology 3L
Explores a range of contemporary issues in feminist sociology. Topics may vary from year to year. See the departmental website for further details.
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SOCY-304*/0.5 Selected Topics in Communications and Information Technology 3L
Explores a range of contemporary issues in communications and information technology. Topics may vary from year to year. See the departmental website for further details.
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DEVS-305/1.0 Cuban Culture and Society
For a complete description see Global Development Studies. Students may use this course in a Sociology concentration.
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ENSC-305*/0.5 Environmental Sociology 2L;1S
For a complete description see Environmental Studies. Students may use this course in a Sociology concentration.
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SOCY-306*/0.5 Consumer Culture 3L
A comprehensive introduction to the major theories and empirical studies of consumer culture with emphasis upon the historical, socioeconomic, and cultural aspects of consumption in sociological context; substantive focus upon diverse topics such as food, tourism, the home, children, and marketing. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 122.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 430*.
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INTS-307*/0.5 Intercultural Relations 3L
For a complete description see International Studies. Students may use this course in a Sociology concentration.
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SOCY-321*/0.5 Research Methodology 3L/S
Evaluation and use of quantitative/qualitative research methodologies as a means of exploring the validity of sociological theories. PREREQUISITES    A minimum grade of 65 per cent in each of SOCY 210*, SOCY 211* and SOCY 221.
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SOCY-324/1.0 Sociology of Mass Communications 3L
Theories of interpersonal communication and modernization applied to mass communication; bureaucratization, ownership concentration, media socialization, national identity formation, links to other institutions and career characteristics of media workers explored.
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SOCY-325*/0.5 Contemporary Social Theories I 3L
Building from the material in SOCY 226* and SOCY 227*, this course shows how some of the strains of classical sociological theory and new forms of social theorizing have been developed since the early part of the twentieth century. A variety of theoretical schools are examined with some in greater depth than others. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 227*.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 322.
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SOCY-326*/0.5 Contemporary Social Theories II 3L
Building from the material in SOCY 226*, SOCY 227* and SOCY 325*, this course explores other developments in classical and contemporary theory since the early part of the twentieth century. A variety of theoretical schools are examined with some in greater depth than others. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 325*.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 322.
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SOCY-331/1.0 Women and Social Structure 3L
Explores the range of sociological and feminist theories about gender construction and inequity. An integrated study of gender, race, class and sexuality and how these social relations shape women's lives; topics such as the gendered and racialized organization of work, family, popular culture and masculinity are discussed.
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SOCY-336*/0.5 The Sociology of Work and Technology 3L
The course examines the meaning of work and the changes taking place in the workworld, with special attention devoted to new technology, gender, unionism and globalization.
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SOCY-344*/0.5 Power and Change in Canada 3L/S
Critical study of Canada's socio-economic structures and processes: topics include dynamics of capitalist development, global restructuring, labour force transformations. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 221 or permission of the Department.
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SOCY-352*/0.5 Family Diversity 3L
This course introduces students to the sociology of family diversity. Topics normally considered include diversity of family forms; social constructions of motherhood and fatherhood; contested understandings of families; and how contemporary debates about gender differences, sexualities, and racialization may inform the understanding of intimate and familial relations.
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SOCY-354*/0.5 Sociology of Education 3L
Comparative study of Canadian education system and processes in light of current sociological theory and research.
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SOCY-362*/0.5 Cultural Studies 3L
This course focuses on contemporary sociological perspectives of culture. It includes a survey of various theoretical positions vis à vis culture and society such as the high and low culture distinction, the rise of mass culture; cultural hegemony; populism and social resistance. Canadian culture is the predominant object of analysis.
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SOCY-363*/0.5 Science, Technology and Society 3S
Critical examination of science in modern society; particular reference to historical development, transmission of scientific knowledge, conduct of enquiry, and interdependence with other institutions.
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KNPE-367*/0.5 Fitness, the Body and Culture
For a complete description see Kinesiology. Students may use this course in a Sociology concentration.
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SOCY-384*/0.5 Women and Reproductive Technology 3L/S
Critical study of historical development of scientific and medical establishments with specific focus upon women; legal, ethical, and economic issues related to new reproductive technologies examined. PREREQUISITE    A minimum grade of 60 per cent in SOCY 122, or 1.0 credit in GNDS.
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SOCY-387*/0.5 Sociology of Crime and Delinquency 3L
Critical study of conceptual, empirical, and theoretical bases to sociological approaches to crime and delinquency; Canadian research emphasized. PREREQUISITES    SOCY 274 or SOCY 275* and SOCY 276*.
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SOCY-388*/0.5 Sociology of Criminal Justice 3L/S
Comparative examination of criminal justice system and its major institutions; Canadian research emphasized. PREREQUISITES    SOCY 275*, SOCY 276*, SOCY 387* or permission of the Department.
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SOCY-389*/0.5 Gender, Law and Crime 3L/S
Investigation of gender differences in offending, victimization and criminal justice processing; Canadian research emphasized. PREREQUISITES    SOCY 274 or SOCY 275* and SOCY 276* or permission of the Department.
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400-LEVEL COURSES
Entry to 400- and 500-level courses is normally restricted to students who have been admitted to honours.
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SOCY-400*/0.5 Advanced Studies in Classical Social Theory 3S
Critical treatment of classical theories; emphasis upon methodological issues.
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SOCY-401*/0.5 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Social Theory 3S
Critical treatment of contemporary theories; emphasis upon logic of social inquiry.
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SOCY-402*/0.5 Families, Gender and the State 3S
A critical assessment of contemporary issues and theories pertaining to intimate relationships and family relations. Contemporary research and debates are critically discussed. An overall objective of the course is to 'rethink the family' and consider and evaluate ideological assumptions and persistent myths about 'the family'. 
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SOCY-403*/0.5 Sociology of the Body 3S
This seminar aims at advanced students interested in exploring the body as a site for the production of social and cultural meaning and social inequality. Theoretical approaches may include critical race theory, queer theory, feminist theory, postcolonial theory, and sociological theories of the body. Topics covered may include the ways that representations of the body are linked to practices of racism, sexism, moral regulation, colonialism and nation-building.
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SOCY-404*/0.5 Sociology of Corporate Crime 3S
Course examines the causes and effects of corporate crime, and the challenges of controlling, policing, and sanctioning it. The role of the regulatory agency, the impact of globalization, the rise of transnational corporations, and associated issues of development and power are considered. PREREQUISITES    SOCY 274 or SOCY 275* and SOCY 276*.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 426* (2005-2007).
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SOCY-405*/0.5 Sociology of Sex Diversity 3S
The major aim of this course is to explore notions of 'difference' through various theoretical perspectives. Specific topics include sex, gender, sexuality, sexual reproduction, intersex and transex.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 429* (2004-2006).
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SOCY-420*/0.5 Program Evaluation 3S
This course focuses on program evaluation as applied sociology, including program theory, and will provide a practical understanding of how social research methods are used to assess social intervention programs.
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SOCY-421*/0.5 Multivariate Statistical Applications 3S
Instruction and practice in building and testing multiple regression and logistic regression models with sociological data. Potential utility of alternative models considered. PREREQUISITES    SOCY 210*, SOCY 211*, SOCY 321*.
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SOCY-422*/0.5 Advanced Studies in Communication and Information Technology 3S
Examination of social implications of communication and information technology in the context of sociological theory. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 221.
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SOCY-424*/0.5 Sociology of Aging 3S
This course provides a comprehensive and critical assessment of contemporary issues on social aging. This course focuses on how society and its major institutions have reacted to the aging of society as well as how they have shaped it. The social-psychological, social structural (gender, race and social class) and cultural factors that influence a person's experience of aging are examined.
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SOCY-425*/0.5 Selected Topics in Sociology I 3S
Consult the Department for possible offerings in any given year.
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SOCY-426*/0.5 Selected Topics in Sociology II 3S
Consult the Department for possiblie offerings in any given year.
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SOCY-427*/0.5 Selected Topics in Sociology III 3S
Consult the Department for possible offerings in any given year.
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SOCY-428*/0.5 Selected Topics in Sociology IV 3S
Consult the Department for possible offerings in any given year.
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SOCY-429*/0.5 Selected Topics in Sociology V 3S
Consult the Department for possible offerings in any given year.
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SOCY-430*/0.5 Sociology of Consumer Culture  3S
A critical engagement with theories of consumer culture with emphasis upon the material, symbolic and practice-orientated aspects of consumption in sociological context; substantive focus upon shopping, taste, brands, tourism, services, digital commodities.
EXCLUSION    SOCY 427* (2004-2006).
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SOCY-431*/0.5 Advanced Studies in Gender Relations 3S
Advanced study of gender relations from postcolonial and anti-racist theoretical perspectives. Historical and sociological analysis of femininity, masculinity, race and sexuality, particularly in the context of nation-building and colonialism. PREREQUISITE    SOCY 331.
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SOCY-454*/0.5 Sociology of Organizations 3S
This course will introduce students to the major theoretical approaches and ongoing debates within organization theory.
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SOCY-457*/0.5 Law and Social Structure 3S
Sociological perspectives of the relationship of law to social structure, the role of law in social action, law's role in social change, and discrimination and social inequality through law; emphasis is on contemporary systems in comparative and historical perspective.
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SOCY-458*/0.5 Law and Ideology 3S
Relationship between law and ideology with particular reference to current controversies; legal reasoning in substantive areas of law, and the place of law with reference to social control, power, social conflict, and dispute resolution; law's interconnections to state ordering and economic relations emphasized.
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SOCY-472*/0.5 Topics in the Sociology of Development 3S
Examination of the relevance of sociological theories for a cross-cultural understanding of development.
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SOCY-475*/0.5 Advanced Studies in Deviance and Social Control 3S
Critical study of theories and practices of social control in Canada and comparable societies insofar as they are implemented by law or regulation and rely on coercion; main agencies of social control and assumptions of their operation emphasized. PREREQUISITES    SOCY 274 or SOCY 275* and SOCY 276*.
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SOCY-476*/0.5 Special Topics in Surveillance Studies 3S
Processes and responses to growth of surveillance in the 20th century; use of new technologies in government, industry and commerce, and the role of resistance emphasized.
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SOCY-480*/0.5 Advanced Studies in Criminology 3S
Critical study of theoretical and empirical problems in contemporary criminology and penology. PREREQUISITES    SOCY 274 or SOCY 275* and SOCY 276*.
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POLS-485*/0.5 Topics in Political Sociology 3S
For a complete description see Political Studies. Students may use this as a 400-level course in a Sociology concentration.
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SOCY-500/1.0 Directed Special Reading
Students will arrange their reading in consultation with members of the Department. They will be expected to write reports on their readings and to discuss them throughout the year in seminars.
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SOCY-501/1.0 Directed Special Reading
For a complete description, see SOCY 500.
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SOCY-510*/0.5 Directed Special Reading
Students will arrange their reading in consultation with members of the Department. They will be expected to write reports on their readings and to discuss them throughout the term in seminars.
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SOCY-511*/0.5 Directed Special Reading
For a complete description, see SOCY 510*.
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SOCY-512*/0.5 Directed Special Reading
For a complete description, see SOCY 510*.
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SOCY-520/1.0 Thesis 3S
An intensive study of a particular topic or question, usually consisting of a number of sections or chapters which form a single coherent work. The topic is chosen by the student in consultation with an academic adviser, and the work covers both terms. A brief giving details of the requirements is available in the Department; students should read this before the end of their third year. A meeting between staff and students is normally held in the Fall Term to discuss questions about the thesis.
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