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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.

2021-2022 Sociology Timetable
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2021-2022 Fall/Winter 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-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
We live in cultures which are increasingly organized around or saturated with digital information or new media. In this advanced course we will engage with some of the major commentators on relationships between new media and culture, working through a series of key ideas and problems focused around intersections of theory and practice. Instead of maintaining a domination/resistance conception of cultural industries and practices, we will explore complex dynamics of innovation and consumption across a variety of arenas. There will be scope to engage with notions of mobility, speed, reflection, reflexivity, information, virtuality, consumption, in the context of different spaces or objects (city; home; archive; gallery; brand, memory, sounds, visions, events, body, etc.) and practices (photography, art, writing, listening, tourism, learning, etc.) which exemplify contemporary debates about new media in cultural sociology.

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.

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
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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