2004-2006 University of Guelph Graduate Calendar

Appendix A - Courses


SOC*6070 Sociological Theory F [0.50]
Classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives and their inter-relationships. A central concern will be to develop the student's ability to assess theory critically and to understand how theory and research relate to each other.
SOC*6130 Quantitative Research Methods W [0.50]
The application of multiple regression to data generated by nonexperimental research, e.g., survey data and data from other sources (census, archival). In large part a course in theory construction, a thorough grounding in the mechanics and statistical assumptions of multiple regression is followed by its application to the construction of structural equation (or causal) models representing substantive theories in sociology and related disciplines.
SOC*6140 Qualitative Research Methods F [0.50]
An examination of the methods of qualitative research, including participant observation and unstructured interviews, as well as the ethical considerations of fieldwork. Other topics, such as comparative and historical methods, may be included.
SOC*6270 Diversity and Social Equality U [0.50]
This course will examine a range of approaches used in the study of intergroup relations, with special emphasis on struggles over influence and power. Students will acquire a deeper understanding of the complex intersection, as well as the overlap among forms of identity and group mobilization based on ethnic, linguistic, regional, class, gender, racial and other forms of social division. The course may also cover native issues and policies related to multiculturalism, equity and local or regional autonomy.
SOC*6350 Society, Crime and Control U [0.50]
This seminar course surveys classical theoretical perspectives and more recent theoretical developments in the sociology of crime. It will examine the assumptions and logical structure of each perspective and justifications of particular criminal justice/public policy responses. The course will also critical assess recent empirical research relevant to each perspective.
SOC*6420 Development, Community and Rurality U [0.50]
This course will examine issues in different theories and models to explain rural and community change and persistence within a globalized system. While the emphasis will be on local continuity and change from a sociological and/or anthropological perspective, this will be discussed within a framework of international political economy. Case studies will be selected to illustrate different modes of change and resistance from different contexts. In particular, the role of community-led and participatory forms of development, social organization, social capital, land tenure, gender, agro-food systems, subsistence and commodification, governance, land use and environment management will be amongst topics considered. Students will be encouraged to focus their research on some of these issues in a geographical region of interest to them.
SOC*6460 Gender and Development F [0.50]
Cross-cultural and historical changes in gender relations and the roles/positions of women brought about by industrialization and the development of the world system. Critical examination of the predominant theories of gender relations, in so far as these inform development research and action in societies with different socio-economic systems. Introduction to the latest theories and research in the area of women and development, as well as with social and political actions undertaken by women themselves. This is one of the two alternative core courses for the Collaborative International Development Studies program.
SOC*6480 Work and Change in a Global Context U [0.50]
This course will consider some of the theoretical frameworks available for examining work, workers and work places in the context of global economic change. Using case studies of particular work worlds, the course may include topics such as changing patterns of work in comparative contexts; labour discipline, organizations and protest; industrial and organizational change; education for work; economic restructuring and reconfigurations of gender, race and class within and beyond the shop floor.
SOC*6550 Selected Topics in Theory and Research U [0.50]
This course will be offered with varying content focusing on theory or research.
SOC*6600 Reading Course U [0.50]
A program of directed reading, complemented with the writing of papers or participation in research. Reading courses are arranged by students through their advisors or advisory committees and must be approved by the chair of the department. This course may be repeated provided different content is involved.
SOC*6660 Major Paper U [1.00]
The major paper is an extensive research paper for those who do not elect to complete a thesis. It may be taken over two semesters.
SOC*6700 Pro-seminar F-W [0.00]
The pro-seminar concerns matters involved in graduate studies and later work as a professional sociologist or anthropologist, including how to form a graduate advisory committee, assistantship responsibilities, presentation skills, exploration of careers in sociology and anthropology, writing grant proposals, reports and articles, and teaching. In the first semester students will begin to prepare research proposals for theses and major papers.