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This page is designed to provide you with information and resources to assist you in your current studies as a Sociology graduate student:

School of Graduate Studies Calendar

This Calendar is a comprehensive guide to graduate programs and courses. It also provides information on admissions, awards and registration, and serves as a record of the policies and procedures of the School of Graduate Studies at Queen's University.

The Graduate Studies Calendar can be found here.

2018-2019 Sociology Timetable
Click here for the 2018-19 graduate timetable.
2018 Fall Course Descriptions and Outlines

SOCY-901   Sociological Theory     
This course critically examines the main tenets of contemporary sociological theory. Key sociological concepts are studied in a variety of contexts spanning from the micro to macro levels of social action. Although heavily reliant on the main historical developments in sociology (Marx, Weber and Durkheim), emphasis is place on post Second World War II developments in sociological theory.

SOCY-903    Surveillance Studies     
Surveillance is sociologically significant as a central means of governance. Surveillance is both a cultural and technical invention, especially dependent today on digital infrastructures and neo-liberal policy. Personal data are gathered by many means and processed to create categories by which risks and opportunities are assessed, and through which people’s life-chances and choices are influenced and managed.

SOCY-934    Political Sociology   
This course examines key political issues in contemporary societies through engaging with a mix of classical and contemporary social and political thought. It is not intended to give a comprehensive overview of the entire field; rather, the course is organized around some salient features of the current political moment related to state sovereignty, capitalism, and violence. The course is divided in two parts: The first part examines ideas and concepts around ‘the state’ and ‘politics;’ and the second part is dedicated ‘the economy’ and capitalism, and how these relate to contemporary political issues. Some of the questions we will discuss revolve around: The resurgence of concerns about state sovereignty vis à vis a globalized and networked economy; the relationships between economic crises and the resurgence of nationalisms; the renewed visibility of race and racisms in global politics; shifting understandings of citizenship; the legacies of violence on which modern political and economic orders have been built and the ways in which this matters for (understanding) the present; and finally, possibilities of imagining alternative modes of organizing economic and political activities.

SOCY-935   Sociology of Work and Occupations     
In modern societies, a person’s work largely determines her or his economic standard of living, social status, quality of daily life, and even personal identity. This course is a graduate-level seminar that gives in-depth attention to selected topics in the sociological study of work.  We will examine: how work is organized (division of labor, bureaucracy), the changing nature of work (globalization, technology), how hiring takes place, who gets ahead at work and why, the case of professional work, precarious work, workplace cultures, work-life balance, volunteer work, diversity in the workplace, autonomy and ethics at work, and retirement. The course is not intended to provide a survey of the entire field of the sociology of work.  The primary focus will be on contemporary Canada, but there will be some attention to historical and international comparisons.


Course Registration

Graduate students in the Department of Sociology are unable to register in their courses through SOLUS. All course selections must be submitted to the Graduate Program Assistant in the department.

When the graduate timetable is finalized each summer the Graduate Program Assistant will inform (by email) all continuing and new incoming students. When graduate students have determined their courses for the upcoming year, the graduate student will send an email to the Graduate Program Assistant listing his/her selections. Course selections will be entered onto the system prior to the beginning of classes. Check SOLUS at the beginning of the term to ensure courses have been added correctly. If there are any errors or omissions, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant immediately. Note that SOLUS will not always show you the date/time/location of the course. This information can be found on the graduate timetable.

Forms and Policies
Graduate Studies in Sociology Handbook
Individual-Direct Study Form
Annual Progress Repot
Conference Travel Award
Queen's Graduate Teaching Fellow (TF)
Teaching Assistantship (TA)
Blakely Family Student Initiatives Award
Comprehensive Exams
Thesis Proposal And Defense Information

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