Department of Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social life, focusing on developing an understanding of changes in social structure and human interaction on an individual, societal and global level. Students in Sociology learn to analyze social issues and think critically about the world around them.

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College of Arts & Science Department of Sociology

Denis, Wilfrid

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Knudson, Sarah

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Loewen, Greg

(Department Head)

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McLaughlin, Darrell

(Associate Dean)

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Sociology Courses Taught by St. Thomas More College


SOC 111.3 — 1/2(3L)
Foundations in Sociology Society Structure Process

One part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. It examines theories and methods for studying changes to the nature and organization of society from pre-modern, to modern and post-modern. Students will be introduced to core sociological concepts used to understand social inequality, social order, social change, and globalization.

Formerly: Part of SOC 110.6.
Note: Students who have taken SOC 110.6 may not take this course for credit.


SOC 112.3 — 1/2(3L)
Foundations in Sociology Social Construction of Everyday Life

One part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. It examines how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. Students will be introduced to the study of culture, socialization, social interaction, identity formation and self-fashioning, the social construction of class, gender and race, age, deviance, and other social phenomena.

Formerly: Part of SOC 110.6.
Note: Students who have taken SOC 110.6 may not take this course credit.


SOC 203.3 — 1/2(3L)
Race and Ethnic Relations in Canada

An introduction to and general overview of the various theoretical perspectives on race and ethnic relations and ethnicity. Addresses such issues as assimilation, racism, ethnic persistence, multiculturalism, and domination.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 207.6 — 1&2(3L)
Family

Analysis of sex, marriage, family and kinship institutions in contemporary society.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 214.3 — 1/2(3L)
Social Control

The history of social control with a focus on how social, legal, and political structures constrain individuals and groups by constructing and regulating morality. Topics include state policy, moral panics, the management of risk and public security, and institutions of control including justice, education, medicine, and the media.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 217.3 — 1/2(3L)
Sociology of Contemporary Religious Movements

A survey of contemporary religious movements with emphasis upon structural and functional similarities and differences.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 220.6 — 1&2(3L)
Sociology and Social Welfare Organization

The development of organized social welfare as a component of an industrialized society; an investigation of the sociological forces that influenced each developmental stage, resulting in the present social welfare phenomena.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 224.3 — 1/2(3L)
Collective Behaviour

The study of social movements, institutional formation, and other collective phenomena such as fads, crazes, manias, panics, rumours, riots and mob outbursts. Collective behaviour theory and related sociological approaches are surveyed and applied.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 232.3 — 1/2(3L)
Methods of Social Research

This course provides an introduction to sociological research methods. The course will involve consideration of the relationship between social theory and research, as well as various features of both qualitative and quantitative research. Topics include ethical issues, techniques, and tasks associated with research design, data collections, data analysis and evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 233.3 — 1/2(3L)
Introduction to Sociological Theory

An introduction to sociological theory from its early origins to the contributions of its main founders, Marx, Weber and Durkheim, as well as a selection of contemporary developments including feminism.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 244.3 — 1/2(3L)
Sociology of Mass Media in Canada

Introduction to the sociological study of mass media institutions in Canadian society. Primary focus on the theoretical and historical context of print, broadcast and film media. Issues of ownership, regulation and the socialization of media workers will also be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 246.3 — 1/2(3L)
Ideology and Mass Communication

Introduction to the study of ways in which doctrines, opinions or ways of thinking of certain individuals or groups come to dominate the content of our mass media. Primary focus on the "manufacture of consent" in our society through an analysis of media messages about work, consumption and leisure in Canadian society.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110).


SOC 260.3 — 1/2(3L)
Social Change and Global Solidarity

An examination of global inequality guided by theories of social stratification and social change. Special attention is devoted to the nature, causes, and consequences of socio-cultural changes in the contemporary world.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 111 and 112 (formerly SOC 110) or 12 credit units in the social sciences or special permission of the instructor.


SOC 261.3 — SP/SU
Engaging Social Change and Global Solidarity

Brings students face to face with people, cultures, and struggles for justice in another region of the world. The course will give students hands-on opportunities to meet and discuss current issues with people at an everyday-life level. Finally, it will expand their world view and challenge them to think critically and concretely about global justice and solidarity within the framework provided by sociological perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 260.3 and permission of instructor.


SOC 304.3 — 1/2(3L)
Contemporary Marxist Sociology

An introduction to the study of contemporary Marxist social thought. Focuses specifically on the ontological, conceptual and methodological issues, problems and implications inherent in the divergent schools of Marxist sociology.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units SOC including SOC 233.


SOC 305.3 — 1/2(3L)
Ethnic Stratification

The study of the ideology and practice of ethnic inequality from a comparative perspective, and a critical review of theories and research in the area, including analyses of the stratification approach, colonial model, political economy, critical theory, and other models.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units SOC.


SOC 306.3 — 1/2(3L)
Contemporary Class Structure

An examination of theoretical models and empirical studies of the structure of social class relations in advanced industrial society. The course will examine patterns of class relations in the western industrialized nations, and will also study selected dimensions of global class structure and inequality.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units SOC.


SOC 321.3 — 1/2(3L)
Sociology of Religion

An analysis of religion in terms of the processes (e.g., secularization and urbanization), which have affected the religious institutions of the West, and of the social and personality structures which, in interaction, shape religion and are shaped by it.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units SOC.


SOC 340.3 — 1/2(3L)
Marriage Family and Society

Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of changing patterns of marriage and the family within the contemporary social structure and on consequences and resulting trends from such structural changes.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units SOC including SOC 207.


SOC 350.3 — 1/2(3L)
Modern Society and Modern Thought

A comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and ideas of modern western society, which examines the formation and consolidation of modernity: the development of the modern state; the modern capitalist economy and the industrial revolution; and with an emphasis on the emergence of the Enlightenment and the social sciences.

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units SOC.
Note: Students with credit for SOC 296 may not take this course for credit.


SOC 360.3 — 1/2(3L)
Globalization and Social Justice

Explores the major theories of globalization, global social stratification and social justice through issues of risks, challenges and opportunities of contemporary social life. Central concerns are the following three themes: what is globalization, what is happening; and what are people doing that is shaping the outcome of the process?

Prerequisite(s): 12 credit units in sociology, including SOC 110.6 or SOC 111.3 and SOC 112.3 or permission of the instructor.


SOC 411.3 — 1/2(3S)
Family I Development in Research and Theory

Selected topics concerning marriage and family behaviour: recent developments in research and theory.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units SOC including SOC 207.


SOC 412.3 — 1/2(3S)
Advanced Seminar in Ethnic Relations

Theoretical aspects of inter-ethnic processes. Comparative analysis of empirical research on ethnic minorities within Canada and other selected societies.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units SOC.


SOC 413.3 — 1/2(3S)
Seminar in Sociology of Religion

An advanced seminar in sociological theories of religious behaviour.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units SOC including SOC 217 or 321.