Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

Various Dimensions of Social Experience

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There are many different course topics for you to explore. You can learn about criminology, social inequality, health, deviance, work, identity, and demography. Studying Sociology helps you to understand yourself and your social world better.

 

The following is a list of courses, offered by The Department of Sociology, which students can take to broden their knowledge and perspective in the field.

2105A/B - The Sociology of Youth Sociology 2105 offered in 2017-18

A general coverage of the literature and issues related to the sociological study of adolescence and youth. Major theories are related to the settings in which young people currently spend their time. The focus is on the practical problems of day-to-day life and the transition to adulthood.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2017-2018 2105A-001
Class No 2603
James Côté Tu 2:30-4:30; SSC-2020 pdf outline

2106A/B - Technology and Society 

Students will learn about how digital tools have led to the development of a high-tech society characterized by customization, individualism and privatization. The course covers topics such as innovation in the technology sector, Facebook, online surveillance, digital inequality, and immaterial labour.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

2144A/B - Sociology of Education Sociology 2144 offered in 2017-18

A comprehensive study of educational institutions in modern society.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2017-2018 2144B-001
Class No 4255
Lauren Barr W 1:30-3:30; SSC-3022 pdf outline

2151A/B - The Evolution of Cities Sociology 2151 offered in 2017-18

Along with the "Agricultural Revolution" and the "Industrial Revolution" we have experienced an "Urban Revolution". This course examines the shift from rural life to "Urbanism" as our predominant way of life. Cities are analysed from cross-cultural, theoretical and evolutionary perspectives.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2017-2018 2151A-001
Class No 1839
William Marshall Th 2:30-4:30; SSC-2020 pdf outline

2152A/B - Life in the Contemporary City Sociology 2152 offered in 2017-18

Modern cities offer a multitude of opportunities (jobs, housing, education, goods and services), but with these can come problems (like pollution, crime, and class conflict). This course examines the problems of contemporary city life, as well as the policy initiatives aimed at addressing these problems.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2017-2018 2152B-001
Class No 1840
William Marshall Th 1:30-3:30; SSC-3028

2166A/B - The Organization and Experience of Work Sociology 2166 offered in 2017-18

Reviews trends in the organization of work in capitalist societies, and workers’ experiences of working, with a focus on Canadian society. Emphasis is placed on the changing organization of work, and organizational impacts on workers’ health, skills, and well-being. The links between work and social inequality are also explored.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Antirequisite(s):

the former Sociology 2169

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2017-2018 2166A-001
Class No 10153
Tracey Adams M 10:30-12:30; UCC-56 pdf outline

2172A/B - Advertising and Society Sociology 2172 offered in 2017-18

The social role of advertising and public relations in society. Special emphasis is given to advertising content, the mechanisms of persuasion, and controversies over advertising effects on human behavior and socialization.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2017-2018 2172A-001
Class No 2757
Gale Cassidy Tu 12:30-2:30; NCB-113 pdf outline
Fall 2017-2018 2172A-002
Class No 2480
Gale Cassidy W 3:30-5:30; SSC-2050 pdf outline
Winter 2017-2018 2172B-001
Class No 3510
Gale Cassidy Tu 12:30-2:30; SEB-2200 pdf outline
Winter 2017-2018 2172B-002
Class No 1582
Gale Cassidy W 3:30-5:30; SSC-2050 pdf outline

2191A/B - Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Sport Sociology 2191 offered in 2017-18

This one-term course will deal with selected topics of current interest in Sociology. Topic and course description will be available at the time of registration.
3 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2017-2018 2191B-001
Class No 4564
Daisy Hamelinck M 3:30-5:30; SSC-2028 pdf outline

2233 - Social Psychology Sociology 2233 offered in 2017-18

An analysis of the theories and research of human conduct in social settings.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

Antirequisite(s):
Sociology 2234E
Prerequisite(s):
1.0 from Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.
Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall-Winter 2017-2018 2233-650
Class No 3698
Suzanne Ricard Online pdf outline

2234E - Social Psychology

An analysis of the theories and research of human conduct in social settings.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

Antirequisite(s):
Sociology 2233
Prerequisite(s):
1.0 from Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

2235 - The Family Sociology 2235 offered in 2017-18

Sociological, psychological, and other research perspectives on family structure and functioning.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

Prerequisite(s):
1.0 from Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall-Winter 2017-2018 2235-001
Class No 3251
Gale Cassidy Tu 6:30-9:30 pm; SSC-2020 pdf outline

2275A/B - Advertising, Media and Society

This course critically examines advertising as a social institution. Advertising is approached as a powerful industry that shapes our media and cultural landscape, and also as a dominant (but skewed) socio-cultural storyteller.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
Sociology 3372F/G
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 2172A/B and 1.0 from: Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

 

3301F/G - The Internet and Society 

This course will investigate various internet platforms and the social implications these have for our understanding of social phenomena, such as friendship, work, and privacy. The aim is to not only have a good understanding of Internet theories, but also of the methodological challenges inherent in studies of the sociodigital.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Enrollment in third or fourth year of Sociology or Criminology Honors Specialization or Honors Double Major.

 

3317A/B - Problems of Mass Higher Education Sociology 3317 offered in 2017-18

This course examines the problems that emerge when post-secondary education is provided on a mass scale. These problems include student disengagement and grade inflation, corporatization and the consumer model, and stress experienced by students and professors.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Third or fourth year standing in any module in the Department of Sociology.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2017-2018 3317A-001
Class No 5251
James Côté W 8:30-11:30am; SSC-2024 pdf outline

3320F/G - Youth and Society

This course surveys issues related to the study of the transition to adulthood. Sociological perspectives on the nature and relevance of youth are reviewed, along with historical and cultural variations in coming-of-age socialization contexts, and current institutional influences on the timing and prospects of youth-adult transitions.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Third or fourth year standing in a module in Sociology or Criminology.

 

3321F/G - Identity and Society Sociology 3321 offered in 2017-18

An in-depth analysis of social psychological theories of identity, with an emphasis on the social factors influencing the formation and maintenance of various forms of identity.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s):
The former Sociology 2222A/B.
Prerequisite(s):
1.0 Sociology course at the 1000 level.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2017-2018 3321F-650
Class No 9533
James Côté Online pdf outline
Winter 2017-2018 3321G-650
Class No 9541
James Côté Online

3362F/G - Sociology of Utopia

This course will concentrate on the formation of the Western utopian tradition in sociology, including the ideas of the main theorists of utopia, the history of modern “intentional communities”, and current debates within utopian social thought.
3 hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Third or fourth year standing in a module in Sociology or Criminology.

4401F/G - Everyday Life Sociology 4401 offered in 2017-18

This course will survey thinkers who sought to understand critically everyday life, such as Marx, Freud, and Benjamin, as well as study the everyday substantively, including such topics as the body and affect, globalization and nationalism, material culture, and consumerism.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Majors in Sociology.
Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2017-2018 4401F-001
Class No 4798
Michael Gardiner W 9:30-12:30; SSC-5406 pdf outline

4402F/G - Sociology of Spaces

A theoretical examination of the sociological concept of space as referring to both "physical place" and "social realm" or space for social relations and interactions. Examines theories of architecture, urban spaces, spaces of production, consumption, leisure, social networks and the "network society," and the "space of doing sociology".
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 3404F/G. Restricted to Year 4 Honors Specialization in Sociology.

 

4425F/G - Advanced Sociology of Youth

This course focuses on the debates in this new field, including disputes among theoretical and methodological approaches, and disagreements about how to conceptualize "youth," youth culture, and the lack of youth involvement in adult institutions. The role of public policy is examined in addressing the political economy of youth.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Majors in Sociology or Criminology.

 

4450F/G - Education and Society

This seminar will look at classical and contemporary theories as well as recent empirical research in the sociology of education. Emphasis will be placed on examining: the relationship between educational institutions and processes and the reproduction of social inequality; and the competing visions of educational reform offered in recent years.
3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Prerequisite(s):
Enrolment in fourth year of one of the Honors Specializations or Honors Double Major in Sociology.

 

Teresa Abada