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Spring 2019

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All courses listed will not necessarily be offered in any given year.

All courses are taught as seminars.

SACR-8000. Sociological Theory
A seminar on current and emerging trends in social theory from social constructionism to world systems theory, including contemporary debates on impacts of globalization, modernity and postmodernity, and the recovery of neglected voices in sociological theory.

SACR-8010. Classical Social Theories and Beyond
A seminar on creative, critical, and reflexive modes of theoretical development and appropriation grounded in sections of classical social theory. Topics covered may include causality, power, justice, love, sexuality, the family, class, solidarity, religion, science, ideology, culture, state formation, and cosmopolitanism. Attention will be given to the discursive formation of the social sciences and epistemological, ontological, and normative debates.

SACR-8020. Social Theory and Social Justice
A seminar to develop the theoretical foundations of doctoral research by critically examining the location of research and researchers in the global system, presumptions concerning human subjectivity and empowerment, and the conceptualization and practice of social justice. (Prerequisite: permission of instructor.)

SACR-8050. Quantitative Statistics and Analysis
Construction and testing of regression and logit models, sampling and questionnaire construction. Additional topics may be selected in view of the needs and interests of students.

SACR-8060. Qualitative Methodology
Examination and practice of qualitative methods used in social research. An examination of Students will critically examine the ethics and politics of research. The course is primarily designed to provide MA course-stream students with an opportunity to engage in various research methods and debates in the field.

SACR-8070. Survey Data
Student will work in teams to develop questionnaires, gather data, and prepare them for analysis. Extensive reading will be required on sample design, questionnaire design, and survey administration. (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour each week.) (Cross listed with PSYC-8070)

SACR-8080. Data Analysis
Students will explore their data and test hypotheses, drawing on methods from other graduate data analytic courses. Students will be required to write a final report which emphasizes communicating findings to non-specialists. (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour each week.) (Cross listed with PSYC-8080)

SACR-8150. Statistics and Quantitative Methods
Sociological applications of structural equation modeling, hierarchical modeling, log-linear models, multinomial and ordinal logits, consideration of the strengths and limitations of quantitative sociology and political issues in its exercise. (Prerequisite: SACR-8050 or permission of instructor.)

SACR-8160. Qualitative Research Design
An exploration of the epistemological assumptions and analytical tools that underpin the design of students’ qualitative research projects. Students will be exposed to a variety of research issues in areas such as of sociological field work, select ethnographic techniques, the analysis of documents, and participatory action research. The course is designed to assist students in examining and employing specific qualitative methods to assist in the development of developing the methodological component of their thesis or PhD proposal.

SACR-8200. Social Movements and Popular Mobilization
Seminar on the theory and research of large-scale transformations through historical and cross-cultural examinations of such topics as the development and impact of social movements, states and social revolutions, and the mobilization of people around issues concerning human rights, working conditions, racism, gender, sexuality, environment, peace, poverty, and globalization.

SACR-8210. Social Inequality and the State
Seminar on the theory and research of structured inequality in the national and international context. The focus will be on the role of the state in creating, sustaining and altering different aspects of inequality in terms of resource attainment, political ideology and behaviour. Policy related issues may include globalization, family, sexuality, multiculturalism, immigration, employment, crime, education, health and welfare.

SACR-8250. International Development and its Discontents
Seminar on the central theoretical and empirical issues raised in understanding the ways in which national and global processes of socio-economic development are experienced locally.

SACR-8270. The Unruly City: Urban analysis and ethnography
The aim of this course is to consider the work of anthropologists, sociologists and others who have explored and attempted to conceptualise cities and urban spaces, urban cultures and social relations, and the intersections between cultural phenomena and urban transformation all within the context of political economic formations. The course further aims to familiarize students with the variable theoretical perspectives that have been brought to bear on urban life, and the way in which ethnographic research may be undertaken in cities. Students develop the skills to analyse and debate social issues and aspects of cities and urban life.

SACR-8300. Work and Social Change
This course examines current research and theoretical approaches in the sociology of work with an emphasis on understanding the relationship between the transformation of work and broader social change in class, gender and ethnic relations. Areas of concentration may include the organization of production, worker control and resistance, state labour policies and legislation, unemployment, labour market segregation, and globalization.

SACR-8400. Race and Ethnic Relations
A comparative analysis of race and ethnic relations focusing on such issues as ethnic stratification and mobility patterns, assimilation and cultural pluralism, and policies and legislation governing multiculturalism, employment equity and collective rights.

SACR-8500. Family Relations and Gender Politics
An examination of historical and contemporary debates on gender politics within the context of family formation and social change in Canada. Special attention will be given to the gender division of labour, sexuality, economy and class, and to related social justice issues such as state regulation of marriage, divorce, child care and procreation, reproductive engineering and rights, and ideological power structures and practices that construct family members in particular social and cultural contexts.

SACR-8550. Sexualities and Social Justice
This course will investigate the relationship between sexuality, power inequalities and social change. This may include an examination of the impact of globalization processes on sexualities, the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities and movements, the racialization and gendering of sexual identity (and the sexualization of racial, ethnic and gender relations), the criminalization of sexualities, and the construction of sexual 'health'.

SACR-8610. Crime and Exclusion
An exploration of research and theory on the conception, construction, and production of crime and other exclusionary processes. Substantive topics may include violence, victimization and the impact of culture, borders, inequalities, and regulatory agencies on crime and deviance.

SACR-8620. Security and Regulation
An examination of research and theory on the regulatory agencies of criminal law and social policy (e.g. courts, police, corrections, social service agencies), modes of regulation (e.g. discipline, surveillance, detention) and their application (e.g. to bodies, spaces, borders and subjectivities).

SACR-8640. Contemporary Criminological Theory
An advanced analysis of social theories in Criminology. Various perspectives will be covered including feminist, Marxist, cultural, postmodern, and constructionist theories.

SACR-8650. Law and Governance
This course examines perspectives on moral regulation, the social construction of law and law as governance. The focus will be the analysis of various forms of law, policy and regulation. Substantive issues to be covered may include sexuality, immigration and exclusion, labour and economic policies, drug policies and communication, or cultural policies.

SACR-8670. Current Issues in Criminology
An examination of contemporary research in criminology, deviance, and/or social justice. Students will critically engage with the results of recent research central to these areas of investigations

SACR-8680. Critical Perspectives on Policy Development
This course provides an in-depth study of the process of policy formation, development, and implementation in the area of crime and criminal justice broadly defined.

SACR-8690. Culture and Globalization
This seminar course uses cultural perspectives to explore processes of globalization. Topics may include migration, mass mediated practices, transnational organizations, work and employment, and human rights.

SACR-8710. Critical Cultural Studies
A critical examination of popular culture within contemporary social and cultural contexts. Topics may include: media representations of crime/criminality/criminal justice, gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity; the role of power and inequality in cultural production; myth; ideology; and how media and popular culture inform and impact various forms of social policy.

SACR-8740. Health and Social Justice
Examines the social construction, production, and subjectivities of health and illness with reference to a variety of social justice developments and policy issues.

SACR-8800. Subordination, Identity and Empowerment
A micro level examination of the effects of subordination on everyday life in the generation of acquiescence and resistance, including the use of discourse in identity formation and popular ideologies.

SACR-8870. Selected Topics in Sociology
This course involves an examination of a selected topic within Sociology based on new developments in particular areas, special faculty interests, and opportunities afforded by the availability of visiting professors. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester.

SACR-8900. Directed Readings: Development of the Thesis Proposal
Students will register for this course with a faculty advisor in their declared area of specialization with the purpose of developing a thesis proposal. (Available for credit only in the MA program by thesis.)

SACR-8794. Directed Study Major Project I
Under the guidance of the instructor, the candidate will engage in research on a discipline relevant issue, using existing data set(s), leading to the production of a final project which entails empirically grounded policy suggestions. Students will select a Project Committee, review literature and develop research question and identify data set(s). (Cross listed with PSYC-8794)

SACR-8795. Directed Study Major Project II
In the Summer Semester, operationalize concepts, recode variables, analyze data, write report and suggest policies. The final project will show evidence of methodological skills, knowledge of the relevant substantive area, and ability to define policy implications based on analyzed data. (Cross listed with PSYC-8795)

SACR-8970. MA Thesis

SACR-9980.Doctoral Dissertation