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October 22, 2016
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Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Course Offerings

Please note that listed dates and times of classes are subject to change.  Please consult the timetable on Loris or dynamic schedule available online to confirm class times and locations.

Fall 2013


SY600: Theory and Practice, 0.5 credits
Dr. Peter Eglin, Tuesdays, 2:30-5:20 pm

This course is designed to review some of the major directions and debates in classical and contemporary social thought, while also aiming to develop an understanding of the ways in which theory and methods interact. The ways in which epistemological, ontological, political, ethical, and logical issues are imbricated with all research will be explored. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and defend a critical and self-reflexive theoretical position to inform their major research paper. The particular theoretical debates covered in this course will vary from year to year and will be informed by student research interests and by the particular elective topics covered in any given year.   

SY601: Advanced Qualitative Research, 0.5 credits
Dr. Tim Gawley, Mondays, 11:30 - 2:20 pm

The methodological issues and strategies associated with a wide variety of qualitative sociological methods such as institutional ethnography, autoethnography, ethnomethodology, interviewing, participatory action research, historical sociological research, and critical discourse analysis, are explored. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and defend the particular methodological positions and strategies that they will employ in their major research paper.

SY603: Research and Professionalization Seminar, 0.5 credits
Dr. Juanne Clarke, Tuesdays, 11:30 - 2:20 pm

This course will provide students with the opportunity to work on a proposal for their Major Research Paper with a focus, in particular, on the development of a literature review for their research project.  Students will have an opportunity to present and discuss their work at several stages of development.  The seminar will also provide a forum for guest speakers and for presentation and discussion of matters students will encounter in future graduate studies or later work as professional sociologists.  Topics covered will include grant writing, scholarship application processes and proposals, graduate school application policies, publishing, teaching, and career development. Graded on a pass/fail basis.

Winter 2014


SY611: Religion, Social Movements and Social Justice, 0.5 credits
Dr. Dana Sawchuk, Mondays, 2:30-5:20 pm

This course examines how religion has both strengthened and impeded movements for social justice globally through the examination of particular case studies.  A discussion of classic and contemporary sociological perspectives on religion and social change will be the focus of the first half of the course. The latter half of the course will consist of a discussion of key case studies that focus on institutional relationships (such as Church and State) and/or popular processes(such as religion and politics) in particular countries.

SY614: Social Inequality, Migration and Diversity, 0.5 credits
Dr. Lucy Luccisano, Tuesdays, 11:30-2:20 pm

This course will explore issues relative to diversity, oppression and marginalization as it relates to understanding reasons for human mobility and migration patterns. Cultural differences and the importance of organizational change in the face of diversity in host countries will also be examined as well as race relations, systemic discrimination and oppression. Issues will be explored through the examination of particular case studies in Canada or abroad.

SY621: Social Constructions of Health, Illness and Medicine, 0.5 credits
Dr. Jeffrey Aguinaldo, Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

This course will examine the social construction of health, illness, medical science and practice emphasizing critical social constructionist and critical discourse analytic strategies for understanding related texts including media. Attention will be paid to the individual and social implications of particular constructions of health, illness and medicine.

SY625: Gender and Families, 0.5 credits
Dr. Linda Quirke, Fridays, 10:30-1:20 pm

The focus in this course will be on the ways in which moral regulation, social constructions, and state policies set boundaries within which gender relations in families are played out. The implications of such social understandings and practices for family experience will be addressed as will the intersections of family gender relations with issues of race and class. Topics covered include parenting, care-giving, employment and family responsibilities, work/family balance, and family violence.

Spring 2014

SY695: Major Research Paper

Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will complete a paper in which they engage in original research on an approved topic. Typically, papers will be between 50 and 60 pages in length, excluding bibliography.