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 SOC 2105 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2105A-001
Class No 2722
James Côté W 9:30-11:30 NCB113 pdf outline

2106A/B - Technology and Society  SOC 2106 offered in 2016-17

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.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2016-2017 2106A-001
Class No 4299
Anabel Quan-Haase M 3:30-5:30 NCB113 pdf outline

2144A/B - Sociology of EducationSOC 2144 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2144B-001
Class No 4643
Lauren Barr W 1:30-3:30; SSC2036 pdf outline

2151A/B - The Evolution of Cities SOC 2151 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2151A-001
Class No 1891
William Marshall Th 2:30-4:30 SSC2020 pdf outline

2152A/B - Life in the Contemporary City SOC 2152 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2152B-001
Class No 1892
William Marshall Th 1:30-3:30 SSC2024 pdf outline

2169 - Work and Industry SOC 2169 offered in 2016-17

The organization of production in pre- industrial, industrial, and post-industrial societies and their impact on work meanings and styles. The development of industrial capitalism and its effects on labor receive special emphasis. Various proposals to alleviate discontents with work in today's society are critically examined.
2 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall-Winter 2016-2017 2169-001
Class No 1618
Erin Demaiter M 11:30-1:30 UCC37 pdf outline

2172A/B - Advertising and Society SOC 2172 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2172A-001
Class No 2591
Gale Cassidy W 3:30-5:30 UCC146 pdf outline
Fall 2016-2017 2172A-002
Class No 2901
Gale Cassidy Tu 12:30-2:30 SH3345 pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 2172B-001
Class No 1619
Gale Cassidy W 3:30-5:30 SSC2050 pdf outline
Winter 2016-2017 2172B-002
Class No 3726
Gale Cassidy Tu 12:30-2:30 SH3345 pdf outline

2191A/B - Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Sport SOC 2191 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2191B-001
Class No 5156
Daisy-Mae Hamelinck M 3:30-5:30 NCB113 pdf outline

2233 - Social Psychology SOC 2233 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 2233-001
Class No 1620
Darren Rainhard Tu 10:30-11:30 SSC2024
Th 10:30-12:30 SSC2024
pdf outline
Fall-Winter 2016-2017 2233-650
Class No 3931
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 FamilySOC 2235 offered in 2016-17

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

Summer 2016-2017 2235-650
Class No 2222
Gale Cassidy Online pdf outline
Fall-Winter 2016-2017 2235-001
Class No 3435
Gale Cassidy Tu 6:30-9:30 pm; SSC2020 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 SOC 3301 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Winter 2016-2017 3301G-001
Class No 19645
Anabel Quan-Haase Fri 9:30-12:30 UCC59 pdf outline

3317A/B - Problems of Mass Higher Education SOC 3317 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 3317A-001
Class No 6182
James Côté Tu 2:30-5:30; SSC3010 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

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.

 

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 SOC 4401 offered in 2016-17

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 2016-2017 4401F-001
Class No 5481
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 SOC 4450 offered in 2016-17

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.

 

Scheduled this year:

Term

Course Number

Instructor

Time & Location

Outline

Fall 2016-2017 4450F-001
Class No 17968
Wolfgang Lehmann Th 9:30-12:30; SSC 5406 pdf outline
Teresa Abada