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Sociology and Anthropology - Programs
SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY


PROGRAMS

Criminology (MA) (Thesis Option and Course Option)
Sociology (MA) (Thesis Option and Course Option)
Social Data Analysis (MA) (Joint Program with Psychology) (Note: As of Fall 2014 there are no new admissions to this program.)
Sociology with Specialization in Social Justice (PhD)

SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY: COURSES


Master of Arts (Criminology)

Admission Requirements
The requirement for admission to the M.A. candidate year of the program is an Honours degree in Criminology or a related field from an accredited university. Applicants without an Honours degree in Criminology or a related discipline may be required to take additional courses. Students transferring into Criminology from a non-related discipline and those with insufficient preparatory background may be required to take additional courses before proceeding into the candidate year.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of:
Obtaining a 77% minimum cumulative average in the final two years of study (full- time equivalent) of the 4- year undergraduate degree.
Strong recommendations based on faculty observation of student's performance, work experience, or community involvement demonstrating clear commitment to and understanding of criminological concerns.
Background preparation and graduate faculty resources that are available in the area of specialization indicated on the application

Program Requirements

COURSE STREAM

Degree Requirements: Successful completion of seven graduate courses within 12 months (3 consecutive semesters):
- SACR-8640
- SACR-8050 OR SACR-8060
- Three graduate courses which must be selected from SACR-8610, SACR-8620, SACR-8650, SACR-8670, SACR-8680, and/or SACR-8710
- Two graduate courses from any SACR-8xxx course*

THESIS STREAM

Degree Requirements: Successful completion of five graduate courses and a Thesis within 24 months (6 consecutive semesters):
SACR-8640
SACR-8050 OR SACR-8160
One graduate course which must be selected from SACR-8610, SACR-8620, SACR-8650, SACR-8670, SACR-8680 OR SACR-8710
One graduate course from any SACR-8xxx course*
SACR-8900 and SACR-8970 Thesis Proposal & Thesis Oral Defenses

Thesis Stream Progress Requirements:
Students are required to complete all five courses in two consecutive semesters; 02-SACR-8900 should be taken during the second semester.

MA thesis students must complete their thesis proposals by the end of Term 3. Proposals must be defended by September 30th of their second year in the program. Students who have not set the date for their thesis proposals by July 1st will automatically be moved into the course stream so they can register for courses in the Fall term.

*One of which may be replaced by a graduate course from another department, subject to the department's approval

Important Program Requirement Details
Students may not take more than three (3) courses in a single term.
Students will proceed towards completing the degree by achieving at least a 77% cumulative average in all courses.
The minimum passing grade in a graduate course is 70%.
Seminar courses require active class participation. Instructors may therefore take into account class participation in grading students, in accordance with Senate regulations.


Master of Arts (Sociology)

Admission Requirements
The requirement for admission to the M.A. candidate year of the program is an Honours degree in Sociology or a related field from an accredited university. Applicants without an Honours degree in Sociology or a related discipline may be required to take additional courses. Students transferring into Sociology from a non-related discipline and those with insufficient preparatory background may be required to take additional courses before proceeding into the candidate year.


Applicants will be considered on the basis of:

Obtaining a 77% minimum cumulative average in the final two years of study (full- time equivalent) of the 4- year undergraduate degree.
Strong recommendations based on faculty observation of student's performance, work experience, or community involvement demonstrating clear commitment to and understanding of sociological concerns.
Background preparation and graduate faculty resources that are available in the area of specialization indicated on the application

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

COURSE STREAM

Successful completion of seven graduate courses within 12 months (3 consecutive semesters):
- SACR-8000 OR SACR-8010
- SACR-8050 OR SACR-8060
- Three graduate courses which must be selected from SACR-8020, SACR-8200, SACR-8210, SACR-8250, SACR-8300, SACR-8400, SACR-8500, SACR-8550, SACR-8690 and/ or SACR-8800
- Two graduate level courses from any SACR-8xxx course *


THESIS STREAM

Successful completion of five graduate courses and a Thesis within 24 months (6 consecutive semesters):
- SACR-8000 OR SACR-8010
- SACR-8050 OR SACR-8160
- Two graduate level courses from any SACR-8xxx course *
- SACR-8900 and SACR-8970 Thesis Proposal and Thesis Oral Defenses

Thesis Stream Progress Requirements:
Students are required to complete all five courses in two consecutive semesters; SACR-8900 should be taken during the second semester.
MA thesis students must complete their thesis proposals by the end of Term 3. Proposals must be defended by September 30th of their second year in the program. Students who have not set the date for their thesis proposals by July 1st will automatically be moved into the course stream so they can register for courses in the Fall term.
*One of which may be replaced by a graduate course from another department, subject to the department's approval

Important Program Requirement Details
Students may not take more than three (3) courses in a single term.
Students will proceed towards completing the degree by achieving at least a 77% cumulative average in all courses.
The minimum passing grade in a graduate course is 70%.
Seminar courses require active class participation. Instructors may therefore take into account class participation in grading students, in accordance with Senate regulations.


Sociology with Specialization in Social Justice (PhD)

In addition to the general requirements (see section titled, The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy listed in this calendar), the following requirements must be met by all students proceeding to the Ph.D. degree in Sociology with Specialization in Social Justice.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program in Sociology with Specialization in Social Justice is a Master's degree in Sociology (or equivalent) from an accredited university. Possession of the minimum academic requirements does not ensure acceptance.
Applications will be considered on the basis of:
  • Application documents submitted
  • The availability of faculty to advise, supervise, and provide funding and research training in conjunction with their own research project
  • The diversity of subject areas represented in the applicant pool
  • Obtaining a 77% minimum cumulative average in the final two years of study (full- time equivalent)/MA degree

Degree Requirements Successful completion of five graduate courses plus the Dissertation:
SACR-8020 or SACR-8010 or SACR-8000;
SACR-8150 or SACR-8160
Three graduate courses from any SACR-8xxx course*

SACR-9980 Dissertation
Two comprehensive examinations:
-A dissertation proposal, which includes an oral defence
-A dissertation, which includes an oral defence

*One of which may be replaced by a graduate course from another department, subject to the department's approval

NOTE: A Ph.D. student who has previously completed a MA in Sociology (or equivalent) may not use previously taken courses (or equivalent) towards their PhD. The five required courses taken during the PhD must be courses they have not taken before.

Comprehensive Examinations (SACR-9980)
After successful completion of all course requirements, the student must demonstrate mastery of two established and distinct fields of sociological inquiry through satisfactory completion of two comprehensive examinations. Students will not be able to move on to the second comprehensive exam until the first comprehensive exam has been successfully completed. Students failing a comprehensive examination after a second attempt will be required to withdraw from the program.The required PhD comprehensive examinations consist of exams in two distinct fields in the discipline of Sociology. The student will complete one thematic area based comprehensive and one dissertation lead substantive area comprehensive.

Dissertation Proposal with Oral Defence (SACR-9980)
After successful completion of the comprehensive examination requirements, the student moves on to the dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal should be a concise document of no more than 20 pages that discusses: the central research topic of the dissertation; the significance and advancement research literature; the theoretical framework guiding the research; proposed research methods; a plan and schedule for completion of the dissertation; the feasibility of the research project; and ethical issues raised by the research.

Dissertation with Oral Defence (SACR-9980)
After successful completion of the dissertation proposal requirements, the student continues on with the dissertation. The dissertation is normally a book- length manuscript that makes an original contribution to knowledge. The dissertation should display a sophisticated awareness of the theoretical, methodological, and practical choices made during the research process and the implications of the research.

Important Program Requirement Details
Students may not take more than three (3) courses in a single term. Students will proceed towards completing the degree by achieving at least a 77% cumulative average in all courses. The minimum passing grade in a graduate course is 70%.Seminar courses require active class participation. Instructors may therefore take into account class participation in grading students, in accordance with Senate regulations.