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 non-experimental 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 critically assess recent empirical research relevant to each perspective.
SOC*6420 Global Agro-Food Systems, Communities and Rural Change U [0.50]
This course will reflect recent sociological interests in food studies and global agro-food systems, resources and the environment, community sustainability, rural-urban linkages, the transnationalization of labour regimes, and social movements in the rural context. The course will encourage students to take a comparative and historical approach, focusing on cross-national and inter-regional studies where possible, and to examine how class, gender, race and ethnicity play out in each particular substantive topic comprising the rural field.
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, Gender 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 globalization, economic restructuring, and shifts in public policy. Using case studies of particular work worlds, the course may include topics such as changing patterns of work and employment in comparative contexts, labour regimes, industrial and organizational change, organizations and protest, education for work, and the regulation of work. The course will focus on the dialectical relationship between the configurations of gender, class, race and ethnicity and the transformation of work.
SOC*6500 Social Movements in Latin America W [0.50]
Students will critically review the major theoretical perspectives on social movements and consider their relevance in understanding the timing, tactics, and impact of movements in Latin America. Movements to be examined may include labour, peasant, armed insurgent, indigenous, feminist, gay rights, and anti-globalization struggles.
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, including how to form a graduate advisory committee, assistantship responsibilities, presentation skills, exploration of careers in sociology, writing grant proposals, reports and articles, and teaching.
Restriction(s): Students in the MA program in Sociology only
SOC*6800 Advanced Topics in Sociology F [0.50]
This course will focus on the foundations of sociological theories and the broader philosophical context of inquiry in sociological research. Students will develop an advanced understanding of the research process through study, analysis and critical assessment of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches and issues.
Prerequisite(s): MA in Sociology
Restriction(s): Students in the PhD program in Sociology only
SOC*6810 Reading Course U [0.50]
A program of supervised independent reading, complemented with the writing of papers or participation in research. Reading courses are arranged by students in consultation with their advisor or advisory committee and must be approved by the chair of the department.
Restriction(s): Students in the PhD program in Sociology only
SOC*6820 Directed Readings U [0.50]
A program of directed readings related to the student's field of specialization. The nature and content of the course are agreed upon by the student and instructor in consultation with the student's advisor or advisory committee. The course must be approved by the chair of the department.
Restriction(s): Students in the PhD program in Sociology only
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