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SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY

THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY WITH SPECIALIZATION IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

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:
48-602 or 48-601 or 48-600;
48-615 or 48-616
Three graduate courses from any 48-6xx course*

48-798 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 (48-798)
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 (48-798)
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 (48-798)
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.




SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY: COURSES

SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY: PROGRAMS

GRADUATE STUDIES FACULTY REGULATIONS