Course Information


Course selection needs to be approved by our Graduate Chair. Please review course requirements for your program. Specific course requirements may be satisfied by taking courses in other departments. Students are encouraged to explore the possibilities that are available. 

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If you are enrolled in a graduate specialization please ensure you meet the course requirements specific to your specialization.

Fall 2021

Classes begin September 13

Course Instructor Day/Time
9003A (Section 001) Research Design Andrea Willson Mon 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5230
9258A Inequality over the Life Course Kim Shuey Mon 1:30 - 4:30 SSC5230
9003A (Section 002) Research Design Andrea Willson Tue 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5230
9375A Immigration Policy Development & Evaluation Strategies Michael Haan Tue 1:30 - 4:30 SSC5230
9147A Social Inequality Sean Waite Wed 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5230
9005A Contemporary Social Theory Scott Schaffer Wed 1:30 - 4:30 SSC5230
9177A The Social Context of Racial Inequality Patrick Denice Thurs 9:30 - 12:30 SSC6210
9001A Introduction to Multivariate Statistics Yoko Yoshida Thurs 2:30 - 5:30 SSC5230
9611A Select Topics: Class and Politics Robert Andersen Fri 1:00 - 4:00 SSC5230

Winter 2022

Classes begin January 3

Course Instructor Day/Time
9021B Qualitative Research Methods Anabel Quan-Haase Mon 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5230
9331B Death, Fertility and Migration Anna Zajacova Mon 1:30 - 4:30 SSC5230
9130B Criminological Theory and Research Dale Ballucci Tue 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5235
9373B Migration Teresa Abada Tue 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5230
9268B Social Inequalities in Health Andrea Willson Tue 1:30 - 4:30 SSC5230
9007B Advanced Multivariate Statistics Rachel Margolis Wed 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5230
9612B Anti/Post/Decolonial Thought Scott Schaffer Thurs 9:30 - 12:30 SSC5230
9002B Classical Sociological Theory Howard Ramos Thurs 2:00 - 5:00 SSC5230
 MA Sociological Research Practicum Kim Shuey Fri 1:30-4:30 SSC5230

9001 Introduction to Multivariate Statistics     Course Outline   Back to Fall Schedule  

The course will provide an introduction to statistical concepts and techniques used in social science research.   It is designed to provide you insights about how quantitative data is collected and how these data are then analyzed for information. This is an applied course where the focus will be on (1) the application of statistical techniques to answer empirical questions and (2) the interpretation of quantitative evidence. 

9002 Classical Sociology Theory     Course Outline     Back to Winter schedule

An in-depth examination of classical sociological ideas including those of Marx, Weber and Durkheim. Specific attention will be devoted to the original writings of the classical thinkers.

9003 Research Design     Course Outline      Back to Fall schedule

This course will help students become informed and critical consumers of social research, as well as move students from consumers to producers of social research. The course focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of sociological research methodology, as well as practical aspects of sociological inquiry using quantitative and qualitative methods, including formulating research questions, concept formation and measurement, and sampling.    

9005 Contemporary Social Theory    Course Outline     Back to Fall schedule

The main theme of this course is the transformation that has occurred in social theory during the post-war era in Europe and North America.  This period has been marked by the disintegration of such predominant institutionalized paradigms in social theory as functionalism and positivism, and their replacement by a plurality of alternative approaches, particularly those inspired by what has come to be known as postmodernism.  The result of this transformation has been a shift away from the scientific and functionalist analysis of social structure or institutions towards the interpretive exploration of such phenomena as language and cultural forms, gender oppression and the body, ethics and 'micro-politics'.  The merits of this 'postmodern turn', and the prospects for future social theory, will constitute the central focus of this course.

9007 Advanced Multivariate Statistical Analysis    Course Outline     Back to Winter schedule

In this course we will cover the most common statistical techniques in the practice of sociology - linear regression, logistic regression, and survival analysis (event history analysis).  We will discuss the uses of these techniques and the assumptions that we make when using them.  Throughout the course, we will discuss how to develop an answerable research question, how to choose the best modeling strategy for that question, and how to interpret the results of quantitative analysis in light of relevant hypotheses.  There will also be an applied portion of the class held in the computer lab, where we will talk through basic issues that come up when working with data, such as missing data; saving data, code, and output; and making tables.  The last portion of the course will focus on writing about multivariate analysis - communicating questions, methods, and results clearly.

9009 Evidence-Based Policy Making   Course Outline    Back to Winter schedule

This course will be taught in three stages. First we will explore the issues involved in creating evidence that can be used in policy making. The second stage of the course will investigate how evidence is turned into policy including an examination of faulty and functional exemplars. Finally the course will look at how we can develop evaluations of policy. The course will be a combination of lecture, dialogue and student engagement as presenters. Each section of the course will carry an assignment and a final paper will be required that explores one or all the three three elements in the evidence based policy process.

9021 Qualitative Research Methods    Course Outline     Back to Winter schedule

This course introduces students to epistemological issues that distinguish qualitative from quantitative methods and provides an overview of several of the main types of qualitative research methods. It also considers ethical issues and data analysis and management challenges that are associated with qualitative research.

9130/4407 Criminological Theory and Research     Course Outline     Back to Winter schedule

This seminar will review and discuss major criminological theories and related empirical research. The course will look at empirical patterns associated with crime, violence and deviance; at the explanations offered for these patterns; and at the sociology of the criminal justice system.

9147 Social Inequality     Course Outline      Back to Fall schedule

This graduate seminar course explores the extent, causes, and consequences of social inequality in Canada and abroad. We start the course with a discussion on recent trends in income inequality and some foundational stratification theory (Marx, Weber and Durkheim). We then move on to specialized topics, such as: the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19; black lives matter and the criminal justice system; race, residential segregation, and discrimination; colonization and the Indigenous peoples in Canada; residential segregation; poverty; the gender wage gap; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender+ (LGBTQ2+) labour market inequality; beauty premiums; disability discrimination; and intersectional disadvantage. 

9151 Post-Work      Course outline     Back to Winter schedule

This course has a dual aim. The first is to chart radical transformations in the nature of work, especially in the Global North, over the last forty years, including: the globalization of capital and attendant ‘offshoring’ of jobs; intensifying occupational and existential ‘precarity’; the effects of rapid automation and computerization; the growing ubiquity of so-called ‘immaterial’ and ‘affective’ labour; and the oft-hidden ‘auto-exploitation’ of labouring subjects, via the omnipresence of neoliberal mechanisms of financialization, value-capture, and marketization. Our second goal is to ascertain socioeconomic trends and potentialities in the development of 21st-century capitalism that indicate the emergence of a very different, post-capitalist society, marked by such things as dramatically-reduced labour time (or even the end of ‘work’ as currently understood); a baseline measure of material and symbolic-cultural abundance for all; and the radically democratic organization and management of both polis and economy.

9154/4466 Professionals and their Work      Course outline     Back to Winter Schedule
Examines the nature of professions and professional work in Canadian society and elsewhere in the world. Attention will be paid to the structure of professional work, and workers' experiences within professions, as well as inequalities within and across professions.torical contexts.

9177/4420 The Social Context of Racial Inequality     Course Outline     Back to Fall schedule

This course provides an in-depth overview of sociological understandings of race and ethnicity, with a particular focus on the institutional underpinnings of racial and ethnic inequality in the United States and Canada. The core question we seek to address is: What are the sociological origins of racial inequality? To answer this, we begin by investigating how sociologists understand racial and ethnic distinctions. What comprises a racial or ethnic group? We then shift our attention to patterns of racial and ethnic inequality, focusing on the major institutions through which racial inequality is generated: the housing market, the labor market, schools, and the criminal justice system.

9191 Social Science in the Marxian Tradition      Course outline     Back to Fall schedule
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to major theoretical and empirical debates in Marxian social science research. We will look at different hypotheses that broadly emerge out of the Marxian tradition and evaluate the extent to which they can be supported both theoretically and empirically. Some of the readings are attempts to empirically test ideas rooted in the Marxist tradition; they serve as exemplars for those interested in pursuing similar lines of research. The course treats Marxian social analysis as a theoretical tradition and a program for research, not a unified paradigm with preset answers. For that reason we do no interpretation of texts, and we focus little on Marx’s own writings or the classical literature, and more on core themes, theoretical problems, and substantive areas of analysis developed within the Marxian tradition. Readings are selected on the basis of clarity of exposition rather than their position within the canon; they focus on what I take to be the questions at the heart of the Marxian research project: (1) How are resources allocated in capitalist economies?; (2) How does this allocation affect political power?; and, (3) How does this allocation affect social change and social stability?

9258 Inequality over the Life Course     Course Outline     Back to Fall schedule

This class is designed to introduce you to the Life Course Perspective as a lens for viewing and understanding social inequality. A Life Course Perspective focuses on the intersection of individual lives, social structure and inequality, and social change.  It emphasizes inequalities in experiences across individual lives and the way those patterns are shaped by broader social inequalities, history and change.  This approach can be combined with other theoretical frames and applied to a wide range of substantive questions related to health, work, family, education, migration, political attitudes, and criminal careers and course readings provide some examples of these applications.  A main goal of this course is to apply aspects of a Life Course Perspective to your own substantive interests to gain greater understanding of social inequality.    

9268 Social Inequalities in Health     Course Outline     Back to Winter schedule

In this seminar, we will examine how a sociological perspective can assist us in understanding inequality in health. Health in adulthood is the result of lifelong experiences that begin at conception, and therefore we will focus on the mechanisms that maintain and magnify disparities in physical and mental health over the life course. The study of health inequality is multidisciplinary, cross-fertilization has occurred across disciplines, and the literature is vast; therefore this course focuses on an introduction to the major sociological conceptual frameworks and empirical research from Canada and the U.S. examining social inequalities in health.

9331/4441 Death, Fertility and Migration: Demographic Analysis of Social Change     Course Outline     Back to Winter schedule

This course introduces students to the field of population studies and the tools used by demographers to study the size, structure, and dynamics of human populations.  It covers the collection, evaluation, and analysis of demographic data; census and vital registration systems; morbidity, disability, mortality, fertility, and migration; life table construction; and population projections.  We will also discuss how demographic methods can be used to study other topics, such as education, health disparities, disability, and prison populations, in order to provide an understanding of how these methods are applied outside the field of traditional demography.  This course is open to students from other disciplines.

9373/4416 Migration     Course Outline     Back to Winter schedule

Determinants and consequences of internal and international migration are studied.  Theory and methods, as well as demographic and socio-economic issues related to both types of migration, are discussed.

9375/4478 Immigration Policy Development & Evaluation Strategies     Course Outline      Back to Fall schedule

This course will provide an overview of Canadian immigration policies, and the many changes that have occurred to these policies in recent history. Students will learn about the admission system for permanent residents, and the many different types of temporary statuses that individuals use to enter Canada. We will also investigate how these policies were developed, and some of the techniques and strategies that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of Canada’s immigration system.

Prerequisite: An undergraduate statistics course and an understanding of basic linear and non-linear regression models. 

9611 Select Topics: Class and Politics     Course Outline       Back to Fall schedule

This course examines some of the causes and political consequences of social and economic inequality in modern democracies. Emphasis is placed on social class, but other related sources of inequality, such as cultural capital and social capital, will also be examined. On occasion, the interaction of class inequality with gender, race, and ethnicity will also be explored. Possible topics to be explored are classical theories of stratification, social and cultural capital, political culture, enduring values, relative deprivation, rational choice and voting, social mobility, income inequality, and the rise of populism.

9612/4405 Sociological Seminar in Theory: Anti/Post/Decolonial Thought       Course outline   Back to Winter schedule 
This course is intended to provide students with an overview of the theoretical, social, and historical responses of the peoples of the (poorly-named) “global South” to the historical conditions and forms of structural violence of the 20th and 21st centuries.

MA Sociological Research Practicum     Course Outline    Back to Winter schedule

This research writing seminar will guide students in the three-term research paper MA stream through the various stages of completing research and writing research papers. Topics of focus will include formulating research questions and hypotheses, locating and selecting data and literature sources, conducting and writing reviews of the literature, and writing about one's findings. Upon successful completion, students will have met the requirements of the MA Sociological Research Practicum Milestone.

* The Department of Sociology offers joint undergraduate/graduate level courses as a cost cutting measure and in order to ensure adequate class sizes. Past experience indicates that such courses can be successful for both graduate and undergraduate students. Sometimes different requirements are set for undergraduate and graduate students in terms of number of readings, type of paper required, or extent of seminar participation. It may be difficult, however, to conduct a seminar when there are such differences across students. Instead, the course may have the same structure for undergraduate and graduate students, but the two groups of students are evaluated separately on each criterion (e.g., exam, paper, class participation, presentations). In that way, undergraduate students need not fear that they are being compared to graduate students. At the same time, graduate students are expected to achieve higher standards of comprehension and analysis. Normally, a student may not take a graduate level course that he/she has previously taken at the undergraduate level.