2021-22 Graduate Courses
The Graduate Studies 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.
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-902 - Sociological Methodology
This course deals with the main contemporary methodological approaches to the explanation of social phenomena. It will critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of the major strategies of social research (qualitative, quantitative and historical).
SOCY-917 - Quantitative Methodology
This course serves as an introduction to a broad range of quantitative methods typically employed in the Social Sciences in a manner suitable for students at the graduate-level. Students will learn to prepare data for analysis, carry out analyses, and interpret research results using a variety of statistical techniques. Students will be acquainted with the assumptions that are made while employing various methods, as well as the problems that arise with the use of such methods.
SOCY-934 - Global Surveillance Controversies
This graduate course in surveillance studies covers six major contemporary controversies, in 2-week ‘modules.’ The idea is to gradually complexify the concept of surveillance itself, moving from topics where surveillance seems undoubtedly wrong through more arguable situations to areas where surveillance might seem right, even essential or simply speculative in its possibilities – and yet still spark unease. Each module comprises a short video lecture per week from the course leader (and occasionally guest contributions), an online discussion each week, based on lecture, readings and research conducted by the students. There will be a series of theoretical and empirical readings and other media provided, mirrored by a small research task and a short reading response for each module.
SOCY-935 - Correctional Practices
This course will explore current correctional practices and challenges in prison operation, management and programming. Topics include: the history of prison use in Canada and current sentencing trends, theoretical assumptions about punishment and corrections, prison programming, community corrections, pre-trial detention, Indigenous peoples in prison, women and children in prison, mental health and substance use, prisoner management and segregation, correctional officer-prisoner interaction, mass incarceration and private prisons, parole and re-entry.
SOCY-920 - Advanced Issues in Socio-Legal Studies
This course will examine issues and controversies in the socio-legal area. Topics will vary, but may include some or all of the following: corporate crime, victimology, crime and the elderly, feminist criminology.
SOCY-931 - New Media Cultures
This course provides graduate-level students with a grounding in media research traditions within sociology and an overview of current issues in the sociological study of media. Though the course emphasizes “new” media technologies and contexts of technological mediation, readings will deal with a variety of cultural and technological forms in order to provide conceptual richness in approaching forms of mediated social life. Topics may include structural and agential perspectives in media sociology, materiality, performativity, enchantment, the embeddedness of social life within media infrastructures, the labor of media production and mediated labor, industrial processes of media production, the politics of algorithmic visibility, the politics of digital interfaces, social movements and radicalization online, media as tool of colonial/political/class domination/resistance, and the mediated body. As a sociology course, readings and discussion focus on the social aspects of media and media technologies rather than focusing on the specific content or messages of any particular media object. (New) media sociology tends to be interdisciplinary and so goes this course. Readings comes from cultural sociology, anthropology, communication, cultural studies, and media studies.
SOCY-936 - Disability Studies
Disability Studies explores the cultural formation of ability and disability, with an eye to removing disabling barriers for all persons. This course will serve as an advanced introduction to that discipline, with an emphasis on theoretical and qualitative sociological research. More than just a sociology of disability, this means using disability to reframe classical and contemporary theories of social life, and exploring disablement as a site of transformative change and the politics of access. Concretely, this course will explore the medical and social models of disability, their detractors, intersectional and critical theories of disability, and empirical studies of disablement. By focusing on disability and ability, the seminar should be of interest to those interested in disability, and the social and material organization of capability more generally. Some basic questions that frame the course content: What is the relationship between disability and impairment? What are the politics underpinning disability terminology? What is the role of rehabilitation in the politics of disability and ability? What is the relationship between physical and mental disability? Who gets to theorize disability? Does disability change under different modes of economic organization? Students should finish the seminar with an understanding of disability studies debates, their history, key disability studies thinkers, and points of similarity with adjacent spaces of academic inquiry, not solely within sociology.
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.