Acadia University Online Course Catalog

2017 - 2018

Sociology

Department School Year


Course Title Offered in 2017
F/W INT COR Last Offered
SOCI NOTE CROSSLISTED COURSES SOCI FOR 2017       2016-F/W
COMP 2903, CREL 2443, CREL 2533, CREL 3123, CREL 3693, IDST 2253,
IDST 2906, IDST 3123, POLS 4793, PSYC 2103, WGST 1413, WGST 2906,
WGST 2913, WGST 3023, WGST 3123, WGST 3503, WGST 4913.
SOCI 1006 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
A general introduction to sociological thought. The basic forms of social structure and social process. Emphasis is placed on the nature and analysis of culture, group life, socialization, and the major social institutions in modern society.
SOCI 1013 INTRODUCTION TO CANADIAN SOCIETY Yes Yes Yes 2017-F/W
This course introduces sociological concepts, principles, and approaches through a focus on issues of relevance to Canadian society such as political economy, aboriginal rights, ethno-cultural diversity, and immigration, among others.
SOCI 1033 INTRODUCTION SOCI: SOCIAL PROBLEMS Yes   Yes 2018-INT
This course introduces sociological concepts, principles and approaches through a focus on social problems in contemporary societies. Problems to be explored include but are not limited to: Consumerism, population growth, hunger, poverty, economic development, environment, disease, Indigenous groups and ethnic conflict, peasant protests and resistance, intimate violence, drug use, immigration and sexual orientation.
SOCI 1113 INTRODUCTION: CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Yes   Yes 2017-F/W
As an introductory course in cultural anthropology, the course is intended to familiarize students with customs, beliefs, behaviours and institutions held by people throughout the world. Emphasis is placed on understanding and interpreting cultural behaviour, and the meanings humans assign to cultural phenomena, in order to facilitate communication and dialogue.
SOCI 2003 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL RESEARCH Yes     2017-F/W
An introduction to the ways sociologists and socio-cultural anthropologists conduct research. Students will develop an understanding of qualitative and quantitative methodological principles with an emphasis on qualitative research. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level Sociology courses
SOCI 2013 INTRODUCTION SOCIAL DATA ANALYSIS Yes     2017-F/W
An introduction to basic skills in quantitative research methods with a focus on descriptives. Students will be introduced to SPSS. Prereq: Soci 2003 with a minimum grade of C- or better or permission of the instructor
SOCI 2103 INTRODUCTION:CLASSICAL SOCIAL THEORY Yes     2017-F/W
An overview of varieties of social theorizing through a focus on major nineteenth and twentieth-century examined in social and historical context. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses
SOCI 2113 ISSUES IN DEVELOPING SOCIETIES Yes     2017-F/W
Current development issues confronting the peoples of the majority world are introduced. Topics may include: conventional and alternative models of societal development; imperialism; wealth creation and impoverishment; class, ethnic and gender dimensions of international development; forced migration and displacement; reform and revolution. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of Sociology courses
SOCI 2123 ETHNIC & RACE RELATIONS: CANADIAN       2016-F/W
A brief review of fundamental concepts and models is followed by case studies of linguistic, ethnic, racial and religious groups. Special topics include immigration policy multiculturalism and employment equity. Prereq: second year standing
SOCI 2153 SOCIAL INEQUALITY Yes     2017-F/W
Major theoretical explanations and empirical evidence will be used to explore why there are those who "have" and those who "have-not," in terms of income, wealth, power, and status. Topics may include: the magnitude of social inequality, trends in social mobility; inequality by gender, race, and other ascribed characteristics; selected consequences of social inequality. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2223 THE SOCIOLOGY OF WORK       2015-F/W
Examines the history of work, inequalities between workers, and how work is structured and carried out from both descriptive and critical perspectives. Focusing on paid and unpaid work, the course also explores how work is a mechanism of social control and a cause of alienation, and how people resist these forces. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2233 TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY       2016-F/W
This course introduces key issues and debates in the sociology of technology. The focus will be on the interplay between technology, social practices and cultural values. Topics include the impact of social networking sites on friendship, how ideas about technology shape and direct social relations, and the social influences of emerging technologies. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses
SOCI 2263 CITY, SPACE, SOCIETY Yes     2017-F/W
Introduction to key concepts and ideas in the social scientific study of cities. Examination of cities as spaces of intense contradictions, between equality and discrimination, wealth and poverty, and individuality and conformity. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses
SOCI 2323 SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILIES Yes     2017-F/W
A theoretical and empirical review of the changing nature of families in response to social and economic forces over time. The issues will include partnering, parenting, intimate relations, gender roles, divorce, socioeconomic inequalities, work and family violence. Topics will be cross-cultural and Canadian. Prereq: 6h of 1000 level sociology courses
SOCI 2343 SOCIOLOGY OF AGING     Yes 2017-COR
An introduction to aging in light of sociological theories and current research; comparative analysis of aging in traditional and industrialized societies, with an emphasis on Canadian society. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses. Soci 2343 is open to those registered in the Health Sciences Option without the usual prerequisites.
SOCI 2353 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RURAL ELDERLY     Yes 2017-COR
The identification of effective community development strategies for working with and for older persons and their families. Four main population groups are studied: the independent elderly, the dependent (institutionalized) elderly, those from non-English speaking cultures, and older women. Emphasis is placed on the differences between rural and urban communities. Social policy programs are examined in terms of their impact on community development. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses. Soci 2353 is open to those students in the Health Sciences Option without the usual prerequisites.
SOCI 2363 WOMEN & AGING     Yes 2017-COR
This course will explore the sociological relevance of issues related to the social, demographic, political and economic factors, which are major determinants to the well being of aging women. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses
SOCI 2403 GENDER & SEXUALITY I       2016-F/W
A survey of socio-cultural perspectives and research findings in the areas of gender differences, gender inequalities, gender relations and sexualities. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2413 1ST NATIONS/CANADIAN ABORIGINALS Yes     2017-F/W
The conquest and subsequent (ill) treatment of First Nations by Canada followed by a review of current issues. Particular attention is paid to the Maritimes. Topics include: poverty/economic dependency; modern treaties; the status of Aboriginal women; residential schools; over-representation in jail; Aboriginal rights; self government and Nunavut. Prereq: second year standing
SOCI 2533 POPULAR CULTURE & THE MEDIA Yes Yes   2017-F/W
A survey of approaches to popular culture as an arena of domination and resistance. Focus is on representation, identity and difference in a variety of popular media forms. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2553 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION Yes   Yes 2017-F/W
The role of schooling in society with particular focus on who gets what what type and amount of schooling, the formal and informal workings of school systems and cultures, the social consequences of schooling, and progressive education. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2563 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS   Yes   2018-INT
Organized attempts to promote social change. Emphasis is on substantive investigation of the impact of social class, gender, and racialization on the social origins, development and success or failure of a variety of social movements. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2633 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & HEALTH CARE Yes     2017-F/W
An investigation of social factors and forces that affect health, illness and health care. The roles of health care providers, the state, and corporate interest groups in shaping experiences of health and illness and in determining the provision of healthcare will be analyzed from socio-historical, gendered, racialized and class perspectives. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses Soci 2633 is open to those registered in the Health Science Option without the usual prerequisites.
SOCI 2713 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE Yes   Yes 2017-F/W
An examination of the social processes involved in the creation and definition of deviance. Topics may include mental illness, drug use, youthful deviance, as well as organizational, corporate, and state deviance and criminalization. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2723 CANADIAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE     Yes 2017-COR
The criminal justice system and the structure of legal regulation and enforcement in Canada. Topics may include policing, court processes, modes of punishment, youth justice, wrongful convictions, and minority groups in the justice system. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2753 PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINOLOGY Yes   Yes 2017-F/W
An introduction to some of the basic concepts of criminology and the sociology of law. Topics may include explanations of criminality, crime patterns and statistics, victimization, the role of the media, corporate and organized crime, and minority groups and crime. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 2853 THE SOCIOLOGY OF MAGIC & RELIGION   Yes Yes 2018-INT
An examination of how belief systems and their symbolic representations give meaning to the universe and one's place in it. Topics to include the nature of ritual, the structure of myth, magic, witchcraft and how these beliefs contribute to social and cultural change. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses
SOCI 3013 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL THEORY Yes     2017-F/W
A detailed overview of selected debates and theories within present-day sociology. Focus is on late twentieth and twenty-first century social theorists relevant to current social discourse. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses, 6h of 2000 level sociology courses, Soci 2103, or permission of the instructor
SOCI 3033 THEORIZING CULTURE       2013-F/W
An introduction to the main paradigms for the analysis and interpretation of culture. Emphasis is on processes of meaning making, identity formation, materialism, idealism, and the relative autonomy of culture. Prereq: Soci 2103 with a C- or better, third year standing, or permission of department
SOCI 3043 THEORIES OF DEVELOPMENT & REVOLUTION       2015-F/W
Marxist theories of revolution which have emerged in the advanced and developing societies, theories of development and underdevelopment, and contemporary social issues in post-revolutionary socialist societies. Prereq: Soci 2103 with C- or better, third year standing, or or permission of department
SOCI 3093 MODERN SOCIAL THOUGHT       2014-F/W
An examination of the emergence and development of modern, Western social thought, in its social and historical context. Topics may include Decadence, Revolutionary Marxism, Fascism, the Cold War, Existentialism, cultural rebellion, Feminism, Black Power, Structuralism, and Post-Modernism. Prereq: Soci 2103 with a grade of C- or better, third year standing, or permission of department
SOCI 3103 QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS       2010-F/W
Development of skills in quantitative data analysis using SSPS and the writing of research papers. Examples used are primarily sociological, but examples from other relevant disciplines are included. This course is particularly useful for honours students planning to use quantitative analysis in their theses. Prereq: Soci 2003 and Soci 2013, with a minimum of C-
SOCI 3113 QUALITATIVE APP TO SOCIAL ANALYSIS Yes     2017-F/W
A presentation and analysis of several theoretical issues and qualitative approaches to research in the social sciences, including hands-on methods projects, such as interviewing, participant observation and ethnography. Prereq: Soci 2003 and Soci 2013, with grades of C- or better
SOCI 3133 ETHNIC & RACE RELATIONS Yes     2017-F/W
A review of of key international issues and case studies in ethnic and race relations. Topics include: racism: slavery; anti-Semitism; Protestant-Catholic relations in Northern Ireland; African-Americans; South African race relations; and ethnic nationalism in eastern Europe. Prereq: Soci 2123, third year standing, or permission of the department
SOCI 3143 SOCIAL WELFARE & SOCIAL POLICY       2016-F/W
This course examines, and critically evaluates, the social welfare system in Canada linking its history and ideological underpinnings to contemporary social policy and human services delivery. A variety of social welfare needs are explored and careful attention is paid to the lived effects of social policy based on gender, race, ethnicity, social class, abilities, age, and sexualities. Prereq: 6h at 1000 level sociology coures, 6h at 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of instructor
SOCI 3163 RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS Yes     2017-F/W
Students will design and undertake a social survey and carry out qualitative interviews. Topics covered may include: types of survey designs, sampling, designing questionnaires and qualitative interview schedules, coding, data entry, setting up computer files and doing preliminary data analyses. Prereq: Soci 2003 and Soci 2013 with grades of C- or better
SOCI 3183 RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT IN CANADA       2016-F/W
Through legislation and academic scholarship, this course examines historical and contemporary socio-legal shifts and trends related to the crimes of rape and sexual assault in Canada. Prerequisite: 12h of SOCI, or 6h of SOCI and 6h of WGST, or permission of department.
SOCI 3223 FOOD AS A SOCIAL ISSUE Yes     2017-F/W
An investigation of a variety of food-related topics, such as global food problems, the sociological factors in food consumption, Canadian food policy, the symbolic meaning of food, the role of gender, as well as the mass media in food choices. Prereq: 12h Sociology courses, or 9h Sociology plus Nutr 2323, or permission of instructor
SOCI 3253 WORK, FAMILY, & GENDER       2016-F/W
Examines how work in both formal and informal economies have been gendered over time and across societies. Topics explored may include the gender wage gap, occupational sex segregation, balancing work and childcare, the outsourcing of housework, and worker, state, and employer responses to these changing dynamics. Cross-listed with WGST. Prereq: 6h of 1000 level sociology courses, 6h of 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of instructor
SOCI 3363 SOCIOLOGY OF DEATH & DYING     Yes 2017-COR
A comparative investigation of the social construction of death and dying practises across different cultures. Special attention will be given to the notion of death as a socially accomplished phenomenon. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses, 6h at the 2000 level of sociology courses, or permission of the instrutor
SOCI 3373 AGING IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE Yes   Yes 2017-F/W
The meaning and process of aging and the roles and statuses of the aged in a variety of modern and historical cultures. A comparison of social policies concerned with aging in different countries. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses, 6h at the 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of the instructor
SOCI 3393 SPECIAL TOPICS IN DEATH & DYING     Yes 2017-COR
A detailed examination into specific topics such as euthanasia/assisted suicide, grief and bereavement, children and death, suicide, religious and moral attitudes, AIDS, palliative care. Prereq: Soci 3363
SOCI 3403 GENDER & SEXUALITY II Yes     2017-F/W
An advanced course that examines socio-cultural perspective, research findings and theory in the areas of gender differences, gender inequalities, gender relations, and social organizations of gender and sexuality. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of Sociology, and Soci 2403
SOCI 3433 ETHNOGRAPHY: WRITING CULTURES       2007-F/W
An ethnographic (ethnos Greek for 'nation' or culture, graphy used to refer to the 'writing of') investigation of a particular culture or region of the world. Focus is on the description, interpretation and analysis of experience to draw relevant comparisons between ourselves and others to foster understanding and better communication. Writing ethnography is an important component of the course. Prereq: Soci 2003 and Soci 2013 with grades of C- or better
SOCI 3543 DEBATES IN MARXISM Yes     2017-F/W
An examination of central debates in the development of Marxism in the Canadian and global contexts. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses, 6h at the 2000 level of sociology courses, or permission of the instrutor
SOCI 3553 SOCIOLOGY OF THE ARTS & ARTISTS       2012-F/W
An introduction to the sociology of the arts and artists, through the examination of multiple sites and scenes of artistic production and consumption, from operas to homemade movies, and rock stars to folk artists. The arts will be treated as a set of social practices through which meaning is produced and contested. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses, 6h at the 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of the instructor
SOCI 3593 PACIFISM/VIOLENCE/SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE Yes     2017-F/W
Many states, social movements, and sectors of civil society have long applauded pacifist ideas and motives to facilitate progressive social change. This course contextualizes and deconstructs whether such measures support structural transformation. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses; 6h at the 2000 level of sociology courses, or permission of the instructor
SOCI 3633 HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT/POVERTY       2016-F/W
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the issues of environmental health and poverty, which have created crisis conditions in communities and in family life. The course, which largely focuses on Canada, asks students to consider how communities manage their environments, which may be hazardous to the health and well being of their members. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses, 6h at the 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of the instructor
SOCI 3703 CRIME & PUNISHMENT       2010-F/W
A cross-cultural and social historical examination of the social response to crime. Topics may include patterns of crime, the history of policing and forms of punishment, the evolution of the penitentiary, and comparative justice models. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses, 6h at the 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of instructor
SOCI 3733 SOCIOLOGY OF ADDICTIONS       2016-F/W
This course examines the social construction of addiction, and the meanings attached to "substance abuse" and "recovery". Topics may include the history of alcoholism, processes of affiliation and resistance, the proliferation of Twelve-Step models, embedded technologies of power, addiction as a form of deviance, and theories of addiction. Prereq: 6h of 1000-level sociology
SOCI 3743 CRIMINAL LAW & SOCIAL POLICY       2013-F/W
This course focuses on the sociological understanding of the origins, development, and interpretation of criminal law in Canada. The social construction of law is examined in the context of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, judicial decisions, and social forces. Topics may include theories of law, women and the justice system, aboriginal and restorative justice. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level sociology courses, 6h at the 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of instructor
SOCI 3803 QUEER STUDIES Yes     2017-F/W
The primary objective of this course is to develop a critical awareness of the social character of sexualities. This course provides a sociological examination of some of the following issues: the role of social movements in bringing about social change, the social construction of sexual identities, homophobia and heterosexism, queer theory and the inclusion of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered/inter sex experiences in educational curricula. Prereq: 6h at the 1000 level of sociology courses; 6h at the 2000 level sociology courses, or permission of the instructor
SOCI 4003 SENIOR SEMINAR Yes     2017-F/W
This course is required for honours Sociology students and provides a forum for discussion of thesis topics and procedures. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; and all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, plus 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4113 SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE       2012-F/W
Selected topics in cultural studies. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4123 SEMINAR: POL ECON & DEVELOPMENT       2012-F/W
A seminar designed to examine in depth a variety of issues in political economy and development. Topics may include social class and elite formations, wealth and power, and underdevelopment and resistance in particular societies. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4133 SEMINAR SOCIAL RESEARCH/METHODOLOGY Yes     2017-F/W
An examination of one or more approaches to sociological research, particularly relevant as preparation for honours or masters level research. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4143 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL THEORY       2009-F/W
A seminar designed to examine a selected set of issues in sociological theory. Selected topics may include the works of pre-twentieth century or contemporary social theorists. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4153 SEMINAR IN WORK & OCCUPATIONS       2008-F/W
A seminar designed to examine in-depth a variety of issues in sociology of work. Selected topics may include the aging of the labour force, technology, unemployment, and organized labour. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4163 SEMINAR IN GENDER & FEMINISM       2011-F/W
An examination of research in the areas of gender studies and feminist scholarship, of particular relevance for honours or masters level preparation. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4183 SEMINAR IN CRIMINOLOGY & DEVIANCE       2014-F/W
A seminar designed to examine in depth a variety of issues in the study of social deviance and criminology. Selected topics may include policing, courts, corrections, youth justice and minority groups and the justice system. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4193 SEMINAR IN FAMILY ISSUES       2013-F/W
Selected topics are examined in the light of recent empirical findings and contemporary theories. These include mate selection, marriage, and class and ethnic variations among Canadian families. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4413 CLASS, GENDER & RACIALIZATION Yes     2017-F/W
This capstone course examines exemplary analyses of the intersection of class, gender and racialization in a variety of social settings. Prereq: 21h SOCI completed including 6h from 1006, 1106, 1013, 1023, 1033, 1113; plus, all of the following: SOCI 2003, 2013, and 2103 with grades of C- or better. Restricted to Sociology honours students with fourth-year standing
SOCI 4906 INDEPENDENT STUDY       2013-F/W
Individual research on problems selected by students in consultation with the department. Prereq: Permission of head of department. Restricted to Sociology majors.
SOCI 4913 DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL READINGS IN SOCI Yes     2017-F/W
Designed to deepen the student's understanding of sociological literature and, in turn, directed toward a specific interest. Intended primarily for qualified seniors and honours students. Prereq: permission of head of department
SOCI 4923 DIRECTED READING Yes     2017-F/W
 
SOCI 4996 HONOURS THESIS Yes     2017-F/W
Restricted to Sociology honours students.

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