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Notes

  1. Not all the courses listed in this section are available in the current year. Please consult the Schedule of Classes online at the Registrar's web page for current course information.
  2. Sociology courses with an "R" designation are administered by Renison University College and are primarily for Social Development Studies Majors. Courses with a "J" designation are administered by St. Jerome's University.

SOC 100s


SOC 101 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008580
Introduction to Sociology
An introduction to the basic concepts and frames of reference of sociological investigation and interpretation. Topics for analysis will include communities, associations and institutions, classes and status groups, crowds and publics, social processes, and social change. Special attention is given to Canadian society.
[Note: SOC 101 offered on main campus, Conrad Grebel University College, St. Jerome's University, and online; SOC 101R offered at Renison University College.]
Antireq: SOC 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 101R)
Also offered Online

SOC 101R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008580
Introduction to Sociology
An introduction to the basic concepts and frames of reference of sociological investigation and interpretation. Topics for analysis will include communities, associations and institutions, classes and status groups, crowds and publics, social processes, and social change. Special attention is given to Canadian society.
[Note: SOC 101 offered on main campus, Conrad Grebel University College, St. Jerome's University, and online; SOC 101R offered at Renison University College.]
Antireq: SOC 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 101)
Also offered Online

SOC 200s


SOC 200 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008583
Sociology of Marriage and Family
An introduction to the sociological perspectives on marriage and the family in urban-industrial societies. Special attention is given to marriage and the family in Canada. Comparisons with U.S. and Britain will be undertaken.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008584
Victims and Society
The course will examine the substance of victimization: the scientific study of victims, the process, etiology, and consequences of victimization. Topics will include victims and politics, the victims' movement, "victim-precipitation", the victimization of women, and family violence.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 224)

SOC 202 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009512
Classical Sociological Theory
An examination of the nature and function of sociological theory and the types of theory that founded the discipline in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 204R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008587
Sociology of Adolescence
The social definitions of adolescence in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Social roles of adolescents in the institutional structures of urban-industrial societies with special emphasis on the family, education, and the economy. The relationship of adolescents' social roles to processes of social change and stability.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
Also offered Online

SOC 205 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008581
Social Problems
The specific social problems discussed will vary but will include problems of well-being, problems of inequality and power, and problems related to modernization.
[Note: Formerly SOC 102.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R.
Antireq: SOC 102

SOC 206 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008588
Gender Relations
An examination of gender relations in Canadian society, including historical changes and the contemporary situation. Emphasis is placed on a consideration of the social construction of gender, the gender structure of institutions, and gender inequality. The course also examines selected issues in contemporary gender relations.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with WS 209)

SOC 207 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008590
Sociology of Education
Attention will be focused on the concepts and theories of sociology as they apply especially to the educational system. This course is designed for co-op and regular students who plan to enter the teaching field.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 207R)

SOC 207R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008590
Sociology of Education
Attention will be focused on the concepts and theories of sociology as they apply especially to the educational system. This course is designed for co-op and regular students who plan to enter the teaching field.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 207)

SOC 210 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008112
Sociology of Sport
This course examines sport in modern societies and the distinctive features of Canadian sport. Attention is directed to the relationship between sport and other institutions, including the economy and political system. Contemporary issues, including racial and gender inequality and controversies over violence and drugs are also considered.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with REC 203)

SOC 221 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008661
Research Methods
An introductory survey of the research techniques commonly employed by sociologists, criminologists, and legal studies researchers. The formulation of research designs appropriate to various kinds of intellectual problems in social science is stressed.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R; Level at least 2A; Not open to students in the Faculty of Mathematics.
Antireq: ISS/SDS 251R, KIN 330, PSYCH 291, REC 270, SOC 321/LS 321, SMF 220, SWREN 251R
(Cross-listed with LS 221)

SOC 222 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008602
Juvenile Delinquency
A systematic analysis and criticism is presented of biological, psychological, psychoanalytical, and sociological theories of juvenile delinquency. Attention is given to statistics and contemporary research with special emphasis on the distribution and types of delinquent subcultures.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 222)
Also offered Online

SOC 223 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008603
Deviance: Perspectives and Processes
The deviance-making process is examined in a variety of social contexts. This course examines the emergence of rules and control agencies, the processes by which people become involved in deviant activities, and the contingencies affecting their careers as deviants.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 223, SOC 223R)

SOC 223R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008603
Deviance: Perspectives and Processes
The deviance-making process is examined in a variety of social contexts. This course examines the emergence of rules and control agencies, the processes by which people become involved in deviant activities, and the contingencies affecting their careers as deviants.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 223, SOC 223)

SOC 224R LEC 0.50Course ID: 008605
Poverty in Canada and its Social Consequences
A sociological analysis of poverty in contemporary Canada as it underlies a multiplicity of interlocking social problems.
[Note: SWREN 224R is available only to students who have been given conditional admission to the BSW program; such students must have already completed their first undergraduate degree.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with SWREN 224R)
Also offered Online

SOC 225 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015011
Games and Gamers
This course examines games, gamers, and gaming culture as entry points to understanding the social implications of digital media technologies.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 227 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008609
Criminology
An examination of the major theories of crime causation and their implications for the development of social policy. Both historical and contemporary theories will be discussed.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 227)

SOC 228 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008610
Sociology of Criminal Justice
Decisions to process offenders and the role of social factors in the Canadian criminal justice system are critically examined. Focal issues include police discretion, the legal profession, and prison systems.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 228)

SOC 229 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010101
Selected Topics in Criminology
Sociological analysis of research and theory on selected criminal activities. Motivation, modus operandi, and the social characteristics of offenders will be examined in relation to such specific crimes as drug and sexual offenses, theft, robbery, murder, organized crime, and/or other criminal activities.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 229)
Also offered Online

SOC 230 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015562
Special Topics in Sociology
An in-depth analysis of research in selected topics in Sociology.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R

SOC 232 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008612
Technology and Social Change
The course examines how forms of society influence technological developments and, reciprocally, how society is influenced by technology. It covers such topics as the de-skilling of work, technocracy, communications technology, and cyberspace, from an historical perspective, looking for the unifying features of technologies ranging from Stone Age tools to the microprocessor.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
Also offered Online

SOC 240 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014846
Terrorism
The course offers an introduction to the study of terrorism, with a primary focus on sociological approaches. The course examines the history, causes, and diversity of forms of terrorist groups and the process of radicalization, suicide terrorism, and some aspects of the counter-terrorism response of states.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 240)

SOC 241 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008623
Sociology of Work and Occupations
This course is an introduction to the study of work and occupations including: labour market trends, professions and the professionalization process, how work is experienced, balancing work and family, and the impact of work on lifestyles, leisure, and retirement.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 246 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008628
Mass Communication
This course provides an introduction to the social processes and functions of mass media communication -- with particular reference to the Canadian context. Emphasis is focused on the relationship between mass communication and the ongoing reconstruction of social reality.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 248 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008630
Health, Illness and Society
This course discusses health, illness and the distribution of disease in society. It introduces concepts such as social determinants of health, population health and culturally competent care. The strength and the limitations of the Canadian health care system will be examined through a sociological lens.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 249 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008631
Sociology of Mental Disorder
An examination of sociological research and theory in the field of mental disorder particularly as they apply to issues of law and social control. Topics include mental health legislation, the medical model of mental "illness," the epidemiology of mental disorder, family processes and psychiatric hospitalization, public attitudes and social stigma, and specific forms of mental disorder.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 226)

SOC 253 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008634
Demographic Change in Canada
An introduction to the study of human population, with a focus on mortality, fertility, migration and spatial distribution in Canada. Methods and measures used in demographic research, sources of demographic data, and the health and social implications of the major demographic trends are discussed.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with HLTH 253)

SOC 256 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008636
Ethnic and Racial Relations
Relations between different racial and cultural groups, analysis of majority-minority group status with special reference to Canada.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 258 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008311
Millennialism & Violence
An examination of the nature and causes of episodes of mass violence inspired by apocalyptic beliefs. The course will use historical and contemporary case studies and theoretical discussions of the social and psychological factors precipitating violence.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: SOC 262 or RS 221/280
(Cross-listed with RS 281)

SOC 260 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008309
Religion in Sociological Perspective
An examination of the nature of religious experience, the elements of religious group life, the ways in which religions are a source of social stability and peace as well as of social change and conflict.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with RS 262)

SOC 262 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008312
Cults and New Religious Movements
This course examines various cults and new religious movements (e.g., Scientology, Krishna Consciousness, Neo-paganism) and places them within the context of our sociological knowledge of their emergence, who joins and why, and other issues.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3C requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with RS 280)

SOC 263 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015069
Organized Crime
An examination of select criminal organizations in North America. Particular attention will be given to the social history of 'the mafia' and the development of legal tools for policing criminal organizations. Additional themes for discussion include enterprise and economic crimes, corruption, and the role of women in organized crime.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 263)

SOC 270 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014847
International Migration
This course examines different international migration flows, including irregular immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, and low and high-skilled labourers. Drawing on migration theories, it critically examines why people move, how states respond to different flows, and how migration controls intersect with gender, race, class, and nationality.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 275 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008644
Mennonites as a Sociological Community
An analysis of the Mennonites as a social movement, their transition to a sectarian community, transformation to a religious-ethnic society, and present pluralistic profile. Case studies of/and field visits to area Mennonites included.
Offered at Conrad Grebel University College

SOC 280 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008645
Social Statistics
A basic course in statistics used in social science research including sampling, central tendency, probability, covariance, as illustrated in specifically sociological and criminological data.
Prereq: One of LS 101, SOC 101/101R or 120R; Not open to Math students.
Antireq: ARTS 280, ECON 221, ENVS 278, ISS/ 250A/B, ISS/SDS 250R, KIN 222, PSCI 214/314, PSYCH 292, REC 371, SMF 230, STAT 202, 206, 211, 221, 231, 241, SWREN 250A/B, 250R
(Cross-listed with LS 280)

SOC 300s


SOC 302 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009513
Contemporary Sociological Theory
An examination of the nature and functioning of sociological theory in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on selected types of theory that have been influential in shaping the discipline.
Prereq: SOC 202 or 305

SOC 304 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015572
Media and Crime
The course explores the complex interactions between media and crime. Topics to be addressed may include: news reporting of crime; moral panics; signal crimes; media constructions of crime, offenders, and victims; "reality" crime shows; citizen journalism and the new media; surveillance and social control.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or SOC 120R; Level at least 3A

SOC 306 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008608
Juvenile Justice
An examination of theories of juvenile justice, juvenile law, and the structure and operations of juvenile systems, especially in Canada.
Prereq: LS/SOC 222.
Antireq: SOC 226
(Cross-listed with LS 306)

SOC 307 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008653
Problems in Contemporary Education
A study of problems arising from the interplay between institutionalized education and the forces of rapid social change in the contemporary society. It emphasizes the changing roles of the learners and instructors and social dimensions of newer learning theories and programs.
Prereq: SOC 207/207R

SOC 310 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008710
Social Networks
A survey of applications of the concept of the network in studying social structures. Examples will be drawn from diverse areas, such as interpersonal relations, community studies, social support, interorganizational relations, elites, deviant groups, etc.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R.
Antireq: SOC 415

SOC 312 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008658
Sociology of Science
An examination of the social character of the development of science and the production of scientific knowledge. Specific topics will include defining science, cultural influences on the rise of science, the social nature of scientific institutions, selective bias in scientific procedures, and the social construction of scientific facts.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R.
Antireq: SOC 231

SOC 320 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014851
Social Problems in a Global Context
This course examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions with a focus on how these problems intersect with processes of globalisation. Topics include: global economic inequality, global health, gender inequality, the environment, and war.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 322 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008664
Field Research Methods
This course provides a critical evaluation of research techniques in sociology, criminology, and legal studies with an emphasis on learning and applying qualitative fieldwork approaches.
Prereq: SOC/LS 221 or SOC/LS 321; Not open to Mathematics students
(Cross-listed with LS 322)

SOC 324 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015012
Digital Cultures
This course examines how digital 'play' represents and structures social interaction and how games develop social norms, influence social consensus, and respond to deviance.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 325 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008667
Sexuality and the Law
Despite the commonly held belief that sexuality is nothing more than "doing what comes naturally," cultural definitions, including prohibitions against specific forms of conduct, impinge upon the most private or intimate of acts. This course examines the social construction and control of sexuality through law.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 325)

SOC 326 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014130
Punishment and Society
A critical criminological and sociological examination of theories and practices of punishment. The course will examine transformations in penal theory, penal management, and penal institutions and their social and policy implications.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with LS 326)

SOC 327 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009873
Policing in a Democratic Society
A critical examination of the police as social control agents in contemporary democratic societies. Topics include the historical evolution of policing; police recruitment, training, and education; police/community relations; the occupational subculture of the police; police authority and discretion; private policing; and police deviance and criminality.
Prereq: One of SOC/LS 227, SOC/LS 228, or SOC/LS 229
(Cross-listed with LS 327)
Also offered Online

SOC 328 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015551
Trafficking and Financial Crime
An examination of the causes and impact of the illegal traffic in goods and services in Canada and internationally. Topics may include human trafficking, trade in illicit drugs and weapons, money laundering and financing of terror, and the relationship between trafficking and state political violence.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R; Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with LS 328)
Also offered Online

SOC 330 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015563
Special Topics in Sociology
An in-depth analysis of research in selected topics in Sociology.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R; Level at least 3A

SOC 334 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011638
Public Policy
An examination of the policy-making process in liberal democratic societies, and an evaluation of the tools employed by policy analysts to understand that process.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with PSCI 334)

SOC 342 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014132
Mobility and Regulation
The course introduces students to key concepts and case study research on the regulation of human migration and other forms of mobilities across the globe. It examines how state policies and international institutions attempt to regulate certain groups, such as refugees, in their movements across regions and borders.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 346 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010098
Social Movements
The analysis of varieties of social movements and their relationships to social organization and social change.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 349 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014133
Migration and Development
The course explores theoretical perspectives and empirical studies on development and the related field of migration studies. Specific themes may include: history and colonialism, seasonal and labour migration, forced migration, immigration policies and their social and economic implications, and transnationalism and diasporas.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 352 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006438
Sociology of Aging
An introduction to individual and population aging. Topics discussed include: aging from a historical and comparative perspective; aging in subcultures; aging and the social structure; aging and social processes; aging and the environment; work and retirement; and aging and leisure patterns.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with GERON 352, HLTH 352, KIN 352, REC 362)

SOC 354 SEM 0.50Course ID: 011845
Comparative Health Care Systems
This course discusses health care systems around the world with sociological perspectives and introduces health care system evaluation criteria to examine different nations' health care models, including health care delivery and financing. Some basic research methods for health care systems studies will be introduced.
[Note: Formerly SOC 254]
Prereq: SOC 248

SOC 355J LEC 0.50Course ID: 009517
Power and Parenting
An examination of contemporary parent-child relations in terms of a reconceptualization of power. Special attention will be given to contemporary interpretive (e.g. hermeneutic) approaches to a reformulation of the relation between power and action.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 362 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010096
Canadian Society: Special Topics
A critical examination of special issues and topics bearing on the nature of Canadian society and/or the interrelationship of Canada with other aspects of the international community. Topics will vary according to the instructor's interests, but may include such issues as multiculturalism, immigration, national unity, globalization, poverty, and industrial development and policy.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 369J LEC 0.50Course ID: 009876
The Sociology of Community
This course examines how our contemporary concern with community is connected with the rise of modern society and the development of the urban-rural debate. Our anxieties about community will be shown to be connected to our anxieties about family. Special attention will be given to the interpretive approach to these issues.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R

SOC 370 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008694
Sociology of Law
Examines the social construction of law and its administration as a social process. Topics will include: law as an instrument of social control and social change; legal culture; the identification and evaluation of criminal suspects; the trial process and the rights of special groups. The specific laws highlighted will vary.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or SOC 120R; Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with LS 300)
Also offered Online

SOC 375R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012193
Studies in Sociology
This course will deal with selected topics in sociology. Subjects will be dependent upon the research and/or instructional interests of faculty.
[Note: Students wishing to take such courses should consult with the Social Development Studies undergraduate advisor. This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of three times.]
Department Consent Required

SOC 387 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015373
Criminal Justice Institutions
The societal context of policing, courts, and corrections is examined to understand how social control and the law are used in the criminal justice system. Special emphasis is placed on the socio-economic, legal, political, and situational environment that shapes responses to different categories of offenders and offences.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or SOC 120R; Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with LS 387)

SOC 398R RDG 0.50Course ID: 008701
Independent Study
An independent in-depth study of a selected area of concern to the student within the discipline of sociology. Available to individuals or small groups of third- or fourth-year Social Development Studies majors and arranged with one of the faculty members from the program.
[Note: Normally, a student may take only two of the Independent Studies courses, SDS 398R, 399R; PSYCH 398R, 399R; SOCWK 398R, 399R; SOC 398R, 399R.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Social Development Studies students

SOC 399R RDG 0.50Course ID: 009900
Independent Study
An independent in-depth study of a selected area of concern to the student within the discipline of sociology. Available to individuals or small groups of third or fourth-year Social Development Studies majors and arranged with one of the faculty members from the program.
[Note: Normally, a student may take only two of the Independent Studies courses, SDS 398R, 399R; PSYCH 398R, 399R; SOCWK 398R, 399R; SOC 398R, 399R.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Social Development Studies students

SOC 400s


SOC 401 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008702
Theoretical Perspectives on Gender
An examination of sociological theories of gender and gender relations. Emphasis is placed on tracing historical changes in interpretations of gender, with a particular consideration of contemporary theoretical debates. Approaches to be considered include feminist theories as well as political economy and cultural studies.
Prereq: SOC 206/WS 209; Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with WS 409)

SOC 402 SEM 0.50Course ID: 010232
Sociology of Religion
The course examines key substantive, theoretical, and methodological issues of the sociology of religion through the detailed study of important classical and contemporary works in the field.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with RS 462)

SOC 404 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008703
Sociology of Knowledge
The seminar undertakes to develop a general theory of the relation of social thought to social action, comparative value systems and the role of the scientist, artist and intellectual in society.
Prereq: SOC 302; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 405 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008704
Seminar in Classical Sociological Theory
An analysis of selected original writings by the major figures in the classical sociological tradition of the 19th and early 20th centuries and selected critical literature.
Prereq: SOC 302; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 406 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008705
Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory
An analysis of selected original writings by influential figures in contemporary theory (i.e., mid-20th century onwards) and selected critical literature.
Prereq: SOC 302; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 407 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008706
Canadian Social Thought
We examine the development of sociological theory in Canada by focusing on major historical and contemporary figures and theories representative of English-language sociology. We examine, in addition, sociologically important scholars and schools of thought in history and political economy as well as selected developments in French-language Canadian sociology.
Prereq: SOC 302; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 408 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008707
Contemporary Debates in Sociological Theory
Deals with recent controversies in sociological theory; e.g., Giddens' theories of structuration and the state; critical theory, including the works of Habermas on communicative action; postmodernist theory; the positivist/interpretive debate and varieties of psychoanalytic theory.
Prereq: SOC 302; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 413 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015013
Surveillance and Society
An examination of the way monitoring technologies alter and shape social life in terms of security, fear, control, and vulnerability.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 413)

SOC 416 SEM 0.50Course ID: 012405
Educational Theory and Practice
An examination of the major theoretical explanations and practices in education. Topics include an analysis of the various social processes that have been developed to define and transmit knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and power relations from one generation to the next. The role of state-sponsored formal education systems in the context of world economic systems will be explored.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 417 SEM 0.50Course ID: 012617
Sociology of Higher Education
This course examines the relationship between higher education and society. Topics include: major trends, student culture, how and why students are stratified across fields of study and various kinds of postsecondary institutions, and the relationship between education and the labour market.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 418 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014135
Social Theory and Popular Culture
This course will critically assess contemporary approaches to the study of culture and media in sociology and related fields. The course will examine the production, mediation, and consumption of cultural artifacts, images, and spaces, and the problems of culture as ideology, reproduction, and resistance.
Prereq: SOC 302; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 419 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015549
Police Systems and Practices
This course examines contemporary issues in policing. Topics may include police response strategies in different models of policing, economics of policing, use of discretion, police accountability, and the changing functions and activities of the police.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 419)

SOC 420 SEM 0.50Course ID: 009879
Seminar in Social Inequality
Analysis of social stratification and inequality in industrial societies, with emphasis on Canada. Issues of class, power, wealth and occupational structure will be examined.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 422 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015550
Violent Extremism and Terrorism
This course examines contemporary issues in terrorism studies. Topics may include the history and comparative analysis of political and religious forms of violent extremism, the process of radicalization and recruitment, the analysis of different forms of terrorist activity, and the counter-terrorism policies and practices.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 422)

SOC 423 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015548
Peers and Crime
This seminar examines the peer influence perspective in criminology. Key theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues and challenges are addressed.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 423)

SOC 424 SEM 0.50Course ID: 011846
Seminar in Sociology of Health
Current issues and debates within health care, including the social organization of the health care system and the socio-cultural determinants of health and illness, are examined from a sociological perspective.
Prereq: SOC 248; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 425 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014849
Crossing Borders: Law & Global Deviance
This seminar-style course, positioned at the intersection of sociology and law, examines illicit cross border activity such as terrorism, piracy, drugs, trafficking, and illegal immigration. Each cross-border activity will be examined, along with the way states respond to it politically and legally at a national and international level. Ethnographic research on the activity will provide for rich descriptions of how and why people participate in such activities.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 425)

SOC 428 SEM 0.50Course ID: 010152
Sentencing as a Social Process
Examines in depth the process and results of criminal sentencing. Topics include types of sentences for criminal and quasi-criminal offences; objectives of sentences; factors affecting sentences; the process of sentencing; the administration and effectiveness of sentences; and unresolved debates in sentencing.
Prereq: SOC/LS 228; Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 428)

SOC 430 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015564
Special Topics in Sociology
An in-depth analysis of research in selected topics in Sociology.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Prereq: SOC 101/101R; Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 434 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014842
Sociology of At-Risk Youth
This course examines the social attributes and surrounding conditions associated with at-risk youth. It will focus on the development of youth in three major institutions - education, criminal justice, and mental healthcare. This course will focus on the attributes of youth themselves, but also to changing institutional definitions and practices. This course will include an experiential learning component outside regular classroom hours.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 434)

SOC 450R SEM 0.50Course ID: 013097
Senior Seminar in Special Topics
Senior seminars may include weekly readings, individual and/or group projects, class presentations and discussions, research proposals, essay/literature reviews, assignments, midterms, and final exams. Consult departmental listings for topics and prerequisites for the current year.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of three times.]
Prereq: 1.0 unit of SOCWK; Level at least 3A

SOC 451 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014134
Global Development
The course explores theoretical perspectives on development through an examination of the social and cultural consequences of development efforts across the globe. It offers an approach through cases and themes that may include: conflict and inequalities, cultural constructions of peoples and places, global aid governance, and alternative approaches to development.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 452 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014136
Humanitarianism
The course explores the theoretical and historical background of humanitarianism, and offers an approach to this field through specific cases and themes that may include: the paradoxes of humanitarian intervention, war and humanitarianism, genocide and refugees, gendered bodies, and social justice activism.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 459 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008731
Sociology of Work and Occupations
This seminar examines major theoretical perspectives and issues in the sociology of work.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors

SOC 461 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015070
Transnational Organized Crime
This seminar course examines contemporary legal regimes surrounding transnational organized crime, terrorism and organized crime, and international money laundering.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology majors
(Cross-listed with LS 461)

SOC 490R ESS 0.50Course ID: 013101
Special Studies
An independent, in-depth study, based on empirical research and/or extensive reading in sociology under the direction of individual instructors in sociology. Available to individuals or small groups of fourth-year Social Development Studies majors and arranged with one of the faculty members from the plan. The project must be approved by the academic supervisor of the course prior to registration.
[Note: Normally, a student may take only two of the following: PSYCH 490R, SOC 490R, SOCWK 490R, SDS/ISS 490R, SDS/ISS 499A and SDS/ISS 499B.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A

SOC 497 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 011348
Honours Research Practicum
Denoting a preprofessionalization experience, this course provides selected students with an opportunity to work [to a maximum of 8 hours per week over one term] as an apprentice with a specific instructor on a research project in which the instructor is currently engaged.
[Note: This is a nonpaid position and may not be combined with sponsored research positions. Earlier or outside research involvements will not meet the criteria for this course. This course cannot be substituted for other 400-level course requirements (as in seminars, theory courses). This course is offered on a credit/noncredit basis only.]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Honours Sociology

SOC 498 RDG 0.50Course ID: 010021
Directed Studies
Selected study and assignments under the direction of a faculty member.
Instructor Consent Required

SOC 499A RDG 0.50Course ID: 008744
Senior Honours Essay
Directed reading and research in a selected area of sociology inquiry.
[Note: A numeric grade for SOC 499A will be submitted only after the completion of SOC 499B.]
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology

SOC 499B RDG 0.50Course ID: 008745
Senior Honours Essay
Directed reading and research in a selected area of sociology inquiry.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Sociology