XII. Course Descriptions

Sociology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers three types of courses: sociology courses with the prefix SOC*; anthropology courses with the prefix ANTH*; and departmental courses with the prefix SOAN*.

Courses will normally be offered in the semesters designated. For information on other semesters these courses will be offered and the semesters those courses without designations will be offered, please check with the department. In addition to regularly scheduled courses, students may elect to do independent study. A student who wishes to do a reading course should first consult the professor with whom he/she wishes to work. Please note: a student is allowed a total of 1.00 credits only for reading courses.

SOAN courses will be used towards the Sociology specializations.

Please note: The availability of third and fourth year seminar courses will vary. Students must check with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to see when seminar courses are available.

SOC*1100 Sociology S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
An introductory course dealing with the basic concepts and methods of sociology applied to societies, groups and individuals. Students will gain an understanding of basic social processes such as socialization, social exchange, deviance and conformity, social change and basic social institutions such as the economy, the polity, the family, religion, education.
Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*1500 Crime and Criminal Justice F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will introduce students to the study of crime and criminal justice. It will examine the various criminological theories, types of criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice system.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*2010 Canadian Society U (3-0) [0.50]
A description of the structure of Canadian society with its social, political and economic tensions.
Prerequisite(s): SOC*1100
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*2070 Social Deviance S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
An introduction to some of the basic theories of deviance and social control and their application to selected social problems.
Offering(s): Also offered through Distance Education format.
Prerequisite(s): SOC*1100 or SOC*1500
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations. Please see the departmental website.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*2080 Rural Sociology W (3-0) [0.50]
An introduction to the structure and processes of rural society. This course deals with diverse topics such as agrarian movements, the rise of the agro-industrial complex, the role of the state in agriculture, the question of community, and rural environmental issues. A comparative perspective is cultivated, although the primary emphasis is on Canadian society.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of ANTH*1150, IDEV*1000, GEOG*1220, SOC*1100
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*2280 Society and Environment F (3-0) [0.50]
An introduction to the nature and dimensions of the environmental crisis. The values, interests and social institutions (including government and industry) that promote pollution or environmentalism will be considered. Issues to be examined may include global warming, nuclear energy, environmental toxins, species extinction and population growth pressures.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of ANTH*1150, GEOG*1220, IDEV*1000, SOC*1100
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*2390 Class and Stratification U (3-0) [0.50]
An examination of the persistent bases of social inequalities such as wealth, income, power and prestige including class formation, class consciousness, political activity and social mobility.
Prerequisite(s): SOC*1100
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*2700 Criminological Theory F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will examine the development of criminological theory from the late 1700s to contemporary times.
Prerequisite(s): SOC*1500
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*2760 Homicide S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will review legal definitions of homicide, statistical trends in homicide—both in Canada and internationally—and theoretical explanations of homicide. The course will also examine the key criminological/ sociological empirical research studies on the various types of homicide, such as: femicide, familialcide, serial and mass murder.
Offering(s): Offered through Distance Education format only.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of ANTH*1150, FRHD*1010, PHIL*1010, POLS*1400, PSYC*1000, PSYC*1100, PSYC*1200, SOC*1100, SOC*1500
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations. Please see the departmental website for more information.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3040 Sociology of Social Welfare W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the major factors that shape the welfare state and considers what impact welfare policies have on people. Central to the discussion is welfare in Canada and what changes are desirable and feasible.
Offering(s): Offered in odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite(s): SOAN*2112, SOAN*2120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3130 Politics and Society U (3-0) [0.50]
An interpretation of the political process and its relationship to other aspects of the social structure, including such topics as political parties, movements, factions, citizen participation, power structures and the process of political exchange.
Prerequisite(s): SOAN*2112, SOAN*2120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3310 Contemporary Theory F (3-0) [0.50]
This course outlines and evaluates the major theories in use today. A central aspect of the course is instruction in the application of these theories.
Prerequisite(s): SOAN*2112, SOAN*2120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3380 Society and Nature W (3-0) [0.50]
The course provides a range of worldviews which address the relations between society and the environment. Material in the course will include historical perspectives and contemporary perspective, thereby allowing students to understand that worldviews concerning this crucial relation are dynamic, changing and reflect the diverse, and sometimes competing, perspectives of a society within particular moments of history.
Prerequisite(s): GEOG*2210 or SOC*2280
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3410 Individual and Society W (3-0) [0.50]
This course deals with the relationship between the individual and society through close examination of social interaction in a variety of settings. Students will be exposed to a range of theories, methods and concepts from cognitive, micro, dramaturgical, and interpretive sociologies, and will learn to apply these to the analysis of personal relationships, intercultural encounters, institutional life, collective action, and everyday life-worlds.
Prerequisite(s): SOAN*2112, SOAN*2120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3490 Law and Society W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the social basis of law. Specific topics include the law as an instrument of stability or change, and the role of law makers, law enforcers and interpreters, including the legal profession, the police, judges and courts.
Prerequisite(s): (SOAN*2112 or SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations. Please see the departmental website.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3710 Youth Justice F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines concerns about youth crime in Canada and elsewhere. It examines the history of legislation to control youth crime, criminal justice processing and practices, public reactions and concerns about youth crime and theoretical models used to explain youth crime.
Prerequisite(s): (SOAN*2112 or SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Restriction(s): Registration in Anthropology, Criminal Justice & Public Policy or Sociology (major, minor or area of concentration).
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3730 Courts and Society W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is an introduction to the social processes involved in the court, particularly the criminal court. Typical concerns will be the place of courts in society, public opinion and confidence in courts, purposes and principles of sentencing, sentencing reforms and disparities (e.g., across gender and race), the role of criminal records, juries, the roles of judges, and alternatives to criminal courts.
Prerequisite(s): (SOAN*2112 or SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Restriction(s): Registration in Anthropology, Criminal Justice & Public Policy or Sociology (major, minor or area of concentration).
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3740 Corrections and Penology F (3-0) [0.50]
This course will examine the current state of knowledge regarding the role of corrections and penology. It will examine such specific issues as public perception and reaction to the criminal justice system's methods of punishment and treatment of criminal offenders, the effectiveness of sentencing options and policies, including fines, probation, prison sentences and parole. It will also examine the various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of courts, corrections and penology.
Prerequisite(s): (SOAN*2112 or SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Restriction(s): Registration in Anthropology, Criminal Justice & Public Policy or Sociology (major, minor or area of concentration).
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3750 Police in Society F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will examine the role of police in society. It will examine theories of policing, the history of policing and such issues as police citizen interaction, relations with visible minorities, methods for controlling police behaviour, and the effectiveness of the police in carrying out specific policy directives.
Prerequisite(s): (SOAN*2112 or SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Restriction(s): Registration in Anthropology, Criminal Justice & Public Policy or Sociology (major, minor or area of concentration).
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3840 Seminar in Sociology F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will be offered as a structured seminar on various topics depending upon the interests of the faculty member teaching the course. Topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection. The availability of third and fourth year seminar courses will vary. Students must check with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to see when seminar courses are available.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits including (1 of SOAN*2112, SOC*2080, SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3850 Seminar in Sociology F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will be offered as a structured seminar on various topics depending upon the interests of the faculty member teaching the course. Topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection. The availability of third and fourth year seminar courses will vary. Students must check with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to see when seminar courses are available.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits including (1 of SOAN*2112, SOC*2080, SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*3950 Special Projects in Sociology S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This special study option/reading course is designed to provide advanced undergraduates with an opportunity to explore independently the frontiers and foundations of a field of knowledge. Under supervision, the student will study in greater depth topics related to regular upper-level courses offered in the department which the student has taken or is taking. Permission of the instructor who will be supervising the study is required.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required. Please note, a student is allowed a total of 1.00 credits only for reading courses.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4010 Violence and Society F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will focus on the changing nature of violence in our society by critically evaluating theory, research and public policy on the causes and control of violence. The links among structural, institutional and interpersonal violence will be examined as well as the social construction of violence, particularly why some forms of violence are considered to be more serious social problems than others.
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits including (SOC*2700 or SOC*3310), ( SOAN*3120 or POLS*3650 )
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in BAH:CJPP and BAH:SOC with an average of 70% in all course attempts in Political Science, Sociology and Sociology and Anthropology courses
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4030 Advanced Topics in Criminology F (3-0) [0.50]
This is an in-depth study of selected issues in criminology.
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits including (2 of SOC*3490, SOC*3710, SOC*3730, SOC*3740, SOC*3750), (1 of ANTH*3690, SOC*2700, SOC*3310), (SOAN*3120 or POLS*3650)
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in BAH:CJPP with an average of 70% in all course attempts in Political Science, Sociology and Sociology and Anthropology.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4200 Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice W (3-0) [0.50]
This is an in-depth study of issues in criminal justice.
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits including (2 of SOC*3490, SOC*3710, SOC*3730, SOC*3740, SOC*3750), (1 of ANTH*3690, SOC*2700, SOC*3310), (SOAN*3120 or POLS*3650)
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in BAH:CJPP with an average of 70% in all course attempts in Political Science, Sociology and Sociology and Anthropology.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4230 Comparative Sociology W (3-0) [0.50]
Societies and social institutions in cross-cultural perspectives. The focus of this course will vary but in every instance will explicitly involve cross-cultural comparisons.
Offering(s): Offered in even-numbered years.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including SOAN*2120, SOC*2080
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4300 Theoretical and Methodological Issues U (3-0) [0.50]
This course will provide an opportunity for sociology majors to consider in detail the integration of theoretical and methodological issues at an advanced level. It is meant to engage students in the latest developments in a particular area of the discipline. Course topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection time. This course is highly recommended to students who are considering graduate work in sociology.
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits including SOAN*3070, SOAN*3120, SOC*3310
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4410 Women, Work and Public Policy F,W (3-0) [0.50]
In this course students will critically assess the transformation of women's work in contemporary society. A range of topics pertaining to women’s work will be explored with particular attention paid to the processes through which class, gender, race, ethnicity, and age shape divisions of work. The course will also focus on theories that have attempted to explain the transformation of women's work.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including (1 of ANTH*2160, SOAN*2112, SOC*2700), SOAN*2120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4420 Sociology of Food F (3-0) [0.50]
This course is directed towards upper level students in sociology and related disciplines who wish to consider the variety of contentious issues surrounding food in the contemporary world. The course will encourage a sociological approach to food systems that is both historically informed and comparative in scope.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including (1 of ANTH*2160, IDEV*2300, SOAN*2112), SOC*2080, (IDEV*2100, SOAN*2120)
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4430 Alternative Social Possibilities W (3-0) [0.50]
This course uses the full range of sociological theory to suggest what alternative ways of organizing society might be possible. Students will examine different accounts of theories of why outcomes are not equal from functionalist theories of stratification to theories of class domination and exploitation to economic market accounts to feminist accounts based on patriarchy. This course will allow students to bring together for themselves a wide range of theories used in other courses and apply them to how their own ideals might be implemented.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including (1 of ANTH*3690, SOC*2700, SOC*3310), (1 of POLS*2650, POLS*3180, SOAN*2120)
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4740 Seminar in Sociology F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will be offered as a structured seminar on various topics depending upon the interests of the faculty member teaching the course. Topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection. The availability of third and fourth year seminar courses will vary. Students must check with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to see when seminar courses are available.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including SOC*3310, SOAN*3070, SOAN*3120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4840 Seminar in Sociology F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will be offered as a structured seminar on various topics depending upon the interests of the faculty member teaching the course. Topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection. The availability of third and fourth year seminar courses will vary. Students must check with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology to see when seminar courses are available.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including SOC*3310, SOAN*3070, SOAN*3120
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4880 Special Projects in Sociology S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This special study/reading course option is designed to provide advanced undergraduates with an opportunity to explore independently the frontiers and foundations of a field of knowledge. Under supervision, the student will study in greater depth topics related to regular upper-level courses offered in the department which the student has taken or is taking. Permission of the instructor who will be supervising the project is required.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required. Please note, a student is allowed a total of 1.00 credits only for reading courses.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4890 Special Projects in Sociology S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This special study/reading course option is designed to provide advanced undergraduates with an opportunity to explore independently the frontiers and foundations of a field of knowledge. Under supervision, the student will study in greater depth topics related to regular upper-level courses offered in the department which the student has taken or is taking. Permission of the instructor who will be supervising the project is required.
Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required. Please note, a student is allowed a total of 1.00 credits only for reading courses.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4900 Honours Sociology Thesis I S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
Development and design of an honours thesis proposal conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Recommended to Honours students.
Prerequisite(s): 15.00 credits including SOC*3310, SOAN*3070, SOAN*3120. CJPP students must have 15.00 credits including SOC*2700, SOAN*3120, or POLS*3650
Restriction(s): A cumulative average of 70% in all Sociology and Anthropology courses. Instructor consent required.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
SOC*4910 Honours Sociology Thesis II S,F,W (3-0) [0.50]
Completion and presentation of honours thesis.
Prerequisite(s): SOC*4900
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.
Department(s): Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Guelph
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