SOC 700s


SOC 700 Sociological Theory (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003036
A critical overview of selected original writings of major sociological theorists from the 19th and 20th centuries (including, among others, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead, Schutz, Wollstonecraft, Martineau, D. Smith, Giddens, and Habermas). Attention is paid throughout to issues in the philosophy of social science and sociology of knowledge.

SOC 704 Key Theoretical Debates (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003038
This course examines the conflicting views of six to ten pairs of theorists, from Hegel and Comte to major thinkers in our time. The study of the materials will allow students to become conscious of their personal locations in the history of social thought, and develop coherent theoretical positions of their own.

SOC 707 Canadian Sociological Thought (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003041
An overview of the development of sociological theory in Canada. Focusing on English-language sociology, the course deals with major figures (Dawson, Hughes, Marsh, Porter, Clement) and theories in the discipline (human ecology, Fabianism, functionalism, elite studies). It examines as well scholars and schools of thought in closely related disciplines (Innis, the "new political economy", feminist scholarship) and related developments in Quebecois sociology.

SOC 708 Contemporary Debates in Sociological Theory (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003042
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 and varieties of psychoanalytic theory.

SOC 709 Selected Problems in Sociological Theory (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003043
Relation of sociological theory to specific problems of sociological analysis.

SOC 710 Intermediate Social Statistics (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003044
Applied multiple regression/correlation, with emphasis on data processing/computing, model construction and interpretation and underlying statistical assumptions.

SOC 712 Elements of Social Research (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003045
The social science research process is examined within quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches.
Instructor Consent Required

SOC 713 Design and Data Analysis in Quantitative Research (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003046
Continuation of SOC 712 and 710 at a more advanced level. Philosophical and theoretical issues in quantitative research. Experimental and non-experimental research designs and procedures. Causal modelling and inference. Measurement theory. Latent variables. Longitudinal designs and data analysis. Use of computer software.
Prereq: SOC 710 and 712

SOC 715 Mixed Methods Research (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003048
Strategies are introduced to design, implement and critically assess the appropriateness of mixed methods different designs integration, interpretation, logistics, benefits and the challenges involved in conducting mixed methods research.
Prereq: SOC 712

SOC 716 Qualitative Methods (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 013075
This course covers the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting, and analyzing qualitative data. The course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on understanding the relationship between theory, methods and data, the other focused on practical techniques such as identifying informants, and coding and analyzing data.

SOC 717 Reflexive Research Methodologies: Contemporary Interpretive Traditions (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 012778
Drawing on the intimate intertwining of theory and methodology in such areas as phenomenology, ethnomethodology, hermeneutics and analysis, this course takes a practical approach to the reflexive research strategies these methodologies employ. Students will be encouraged to develop research proposals in line with their exposure to these methodologies.

SOC 719 Elements of Social Research Design (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003049
An instructor will teach in their area of specialization.
1 Crime and Delinquency
2 Longitudinal Survey Analysis

SOC 720 Social Inequality (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003050
This course will deal with class, status and power groups in an industrial society as they strive to maximize their share of wealth, prestige and power. Occupational structures of modern societies will be examined.

SOC 725 Sociology of Health (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 012018
An overview of sociological approaches - theoretical and methodological - to the study of health, illness, and health care. Both the social organization of the health care system and the socio-cultural determinants of health and illness are considered.

SOC 730 Sociology of Religion (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003051
(Cross-listed with RS 730)
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. Representative issues addressed are: the social and psychological nature and function of religious experience, the character of conversion processes, the social and political implications of religious ideologies and organizations, the status of religious beliefs and practices in an age of seeming secularization. Attention will be given to both western and non-western religious traditions as well as to both established and newer forms of religious life.

SOC 740 Sociology of Deviance (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003053
The seminar undertakes a critical examination of the major theoretical perspectives in the sociology of deviance.

SOC 744 Sociology of Crime and Justice (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 013073
An overview of current sociological theories and research in the areas of crime and delinquency, and juvenile and criminal justice. The focus of the course is on recent developments in theory and research that have received widespread attention from sociological criminologists.

SOC 751 Theories of Gender Relations (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003056
(Cross-listed with WS 602)
A critical examination of theories concerning the origin of sex inequality and an attempt to identify indicators of changing status of the sexes as well as factors which account for such changes.
Instructor Consent Required

SOC 759 Sociology of Work and Occupations (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003057
The seminar examines extant theoretical perspectives on the study of work. Current theories of work, critical issues in the field, and changes in the roles of occupations in the social structure are examined with the view towards new perceptions of work in our society.

SOC 760 Social Networks (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003058
An examination of the use of the concept "social network" in studying social structure; including the applicability of the concept to social theories, methods of operationalizing and analyzing social networks, and examples of substantive research employing the concept.

SOC 765 Political Sociology (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003059
A critical examination of political and governmental strategies for identifying social problems and managing the conduct of individuals, groups, and populations.

SOC 774 Family and Kinship (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003060
Family and kinship are viewed as the rudimentary structures of society from which other structures differentiate. They are shown to persist in modern society as a reinforcement structure beneath the specialized institutions.

SOC 776 Sociology of Knowledge (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003061
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.

SOC 780 Theories of Social Change (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003062
A systematic review and analysis of major theories of social change. Theoretical problems are examined within a specific context such as social organization, economic institutions, social stratification, and urban structures.

SOC 781 Global Development Governance (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 014219
(Cross-listed with GGOV 662)
The course explores theoretical perspectives on the global governance of development, with critical attention to how processes of global development shape local environments and their inhabitants, challenge notions of state sovereignty and territory, and engender diverse responses to regimes of control. Cross-disciplinary perspectives will enable students to engage with a wide range of sociological, ethnographic, and political analyses of development through case studies and themes.

SOC 782 Law, Globalization and Women's Empowerment (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 014550
The course will explore the theoretical debates within feminist scholarship surrounding the use of Western liberal legal approaches to prosecute gender violence and improve the socio-economic status of women globally. The course readings will draw from various literatures, including liberal and transnational feminist, postcolonial, and socio-legal and governmentality literatures, to analyse and critically evaluate the concept and deployment of women's empowerment in global contexts.

SOC 783 Security and Regulation (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 014220
An examination of criminological and sociological theory and research on the problem of security and related regulatory agencies. Various forms of regulation will be examined (e.g. discipline, surveillance, control, security detention, security intelligence, risk management) as they apply to particular bodies, mobilities, borders, and private and public spaces.

SOC 784 International Migration: Practice, Theory & Regulation (0.50) LEC,SEMCourse ID: 014803
(Cross-listed with GGOV 644)
This course explores theoretical perspectives on migration and critically examines how states deter or facilitate migration flows, including irregular immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, and low and high-skilled labourers. A multidisciplinary approach allows students to investigate the ubiquitous rise of border controls as a state tool to control migration, and how their implementation intersects with gender, race, class and nationality.

SOC 785 Cities and Security (0.50) SEMCourse ID: 003065
An examination of the urban aspects of security, surveillance, war and terrorism. Particular attention will be given to the contemporary embrace of resilience as a rationality of urban security. Additional themes include the militarization of policing, the role of 'big data' in the intensification of urban surveillance, and the relationship between security and urban environments.

SOC 789 Graduate Readings in Sociology (0.50) RDGCourse ID: 003068
Selected readings in a specific topic including the preparation of a research paper under the supervision of a faculty member.