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SO1013 Introduction to Sociology I

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides a general survey into the terminology, principles, and human experience in social life, as well as an examination of such aspects as the sociological imagination, culture, socialization, social inequality, social institutions, deviance and crime, and other areas related to the structure of contemporary society.

SO1023 Introduction to Sociology II

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is a continuation of SO1013.

SO2133 Cultural Anthropology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course looks at similarities and differences among cultures; their social and economic characteristics; their customs, traditions, and beliefs.

SO2143 Life Cycle and Kinship

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is a continuation of the study of cultural anthropology with a focus on the study of kinship systems, marriage customs, gen- der roles, and life cycle stages in various cultures around the world.

SO2213 Marriage and Family

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course involves an examination of marriage and family patterns, and family structures, and functions, within North America and elsewhere, in an attempt to understand how these patterns are maintained, adapted, and changed.

SO2313 Population and World Hunger

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is a social demography course with particular attention to global poverty. Besides learning the basics of population research, the student will wrestle with key global issues of our time.

SO3003 Race and Ethnicity in Canada

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines the construction of – and differences between – concepts of race and ethnicity, focusing on the social forces that shape discourses of race and ethnicity in Canada, and ethnic relations between Indigenous, settler, and racialized immigrant Canadians.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3013 Sociological Theory I

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides an overview of the classical theorists central to the development of sociology. It examines major sociological concepts, as well as the social milieu from which they originated.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023.

SO3023 Sociological Theory II

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course explores the major paradigms of contemporary sociological theory and the prominent theorists contributing to the development of each.

PREREQUISITE: SO3013

SO3033 Sociology of Education

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines theories and research in the sociology of education, the school as a formal and informal organization, and the effects of education on stratification, social control, race, class, and gender.

CROSSLISTING: ED3033

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3043 Perspectives on Poverty

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course introduces students to current research and theory on poverty, the interplay between structural and personal causes of poverty, and the personal experience of poverty in Canada. The multiple systems that intersect with poverty, including family, school, health care, and criminal justice, are examined. Previous and current assumptions about this social problem are challenged. While the primary focus will be on Canadian poverty, there is a cursory study of global perspectives.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3103 Socialization

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines how people learn to conform to human society. The human development process is studied, noting the major theoretical perspectives which attempt to explain the process and the major agents which accomplish human socialization.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3143 Social Movements

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Social movements are integral to societal change and this course provides students with the theoretical insights for analyzing their origins, consequences, decline or renewal, and the connection that they have to such issues as race, gender, and class.

PREREQUISITE: SO1013, 1023

SO3153 Globalization and Current Social Issues

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Students will examine the growth of—and resistance towards—a global cultural system through increasing transnational information systems, media, consumption, sport, tourism, cosmopolitanism, labour, migration, religion, social movements, politics, and warfare.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3213 Modern Life and Personal Identity

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course attempts to discover how personal family history and modern Canadian culture shape an understanding of personal identity. This course will familiarize students with larger social trends in the last century in the West and will help them to discover how these trends have influenced family history and them personally.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3223 Deviant Behaviour

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course looks at various forms of behaviour that are considered deviant in society. A particular emphasis is on how Sociology attempts to explain and understand these behaviours.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3413 Social Problems

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course seeks to acquaint students with the social problems and issues prevalent within the institutions and societal groupings of the contemporary world, as well as their implications. Students are also acquainted with some proposed solutions.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3513/3523 Directed Studies in Sociology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

These courses are available for students when their interests and the professors’ expertise allow for a more in-depth tutorial approach. Students must be highly capable and must have completed upper level prerequisite courses in the area of the directed study.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Registrar and of the Instructor

SO3603 Research Methods in the Social Sciences

CREDIT HOURS: 3

In this course, students become acquainted with the methods and procedures used in identifying research problems, forming hypotheses, and gathering and analyzing data. Emphasis is placed on students’ abilities to interpret and critically analyze research reports that appear in professional journals and other publications.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3823 Sociology of Religion

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines the major issues and trends in contemporary religion from the perspective of the social sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the analysis of religion in Canada.

CROSSLISTING: RS3823

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO3833 Sociology of Work

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines work in the modern society. While some consideration is given to an historical evolution of work and to its impact on the individual, more emphasis is placed on the social organization of work, work settings, problems in the workplace, and the meaning of work in the lives of individuals.

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO4003 Religion and Violence

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course offers an examination of religion and violence in modern society, and it focuses on the following: religious militancy, apocalypticism, cults, mutilation, sacrifice, torture, martyrdom, self-mortification, genocide, terrorism, land disputes, hate crimes, and clergy sexual abuse.

CROSSLISTING: RS4803

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023

SO4513/4523 Advanced Directed Studies in Sociology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

These courses are available for students when their interests and the professors’ expertise allow for a more in-depth tutorial approach. Students must be highly capable and must have completed upper level prerequisite courses in the area of the directed study.

PREREQUISITES: Permission of the Registrar and of the Instructor

SO4613 Advanced Research Methods in Sociology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides a brief review of methodology and statistical technique and then synthesizes these areas by applying them to research design. Students learn to design and implement research projects in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and to develop computer skills necessary for research.

PREREQUISITES: MT1233, SO3603

SO4703 Death and Grieving

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course examines the human response of grief when faced with the loss of a loved one. Issues regarding attachment theory, nor- mal grief, complicated grief, as well as the means for alleviating pain associated with loss are considered.

CROSSLISTING: PS4703

PREREQUISITES: SO1013, SO1023 plus six additional credit hours in Sociology

SO4833 Evangelicalism in Canada

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course begins with the necessary task of defining evangelicalism. It then examines evangelicalism in contemporary Canada, primarily through the use of social theory and survey research. The beliefs, practices, attitudes, and demographics of evangelicals are discussed, as well as the organizations that support the evangelical subculture.

CROSSLISTING: RS4833

PREREQUISITE: SO3823

SO4853 Internship in Sociology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

The Sociology Internship involves at least eight hours of on-site/hands-on work per week over a semester, and in a placement area related to social services, demographics, education, corrections, polling, or research, for instance. In addition, students are required to review the literature in their area of placement, to take thorough field notes of their experience, to write a research paper, to fulfill the professional requirements of the placement role, and to meet regularly with the professor. This internship is open to third- or fourth-year Sociology students in good standing by permission of the Registrar and of the instructor. Admission is contingent on availability of placements.

PREREQUISITES: SO3013, SO3023, SO3603

SO4863 Cross-Cultural Internship

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This internship involves intensive interaction with another cultural/ethnic group, normally overseas. It requires the keeping of thorough field notes, writing a literature review, writing a major paper, and a satisfactory completion of the requirements of the sponsoring group, as determined through consultation between the professor and the field supervisor. Students can apply to go with a non-profit mission or relief organization, with a government agency, or a for-profit company, usually in the summer.

CROSSLISTING: ID4863

PREREQUISITES: SO2133, and any two of SO2143, ID/ RS2873, or CO/LI2023

SO4996 Thesis

CREDIT HOURS: 6

Certain exceptional students, upon request prior to the completion of their third year, may be granted permission to write a thesis as a part of their Honours degree requirements.

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