S/A 2200. Communities. An interdisciplinary examination of the concept of Community. Readings will include community studies from North America and Europe.
S/A 2210. Communication and Culture. An examination of verbal and non-verbal systems of communication, and the influence of language on human cognition.
S/A 2220. Labrador Society and Culture. The Sociology and Anthropology of Labrador. The focus is on social and cultural aspects of contemporary Labrador.
S/A 2230. Newfoundland Society and Culture. (Same as Folklore 2230). The Sociology and Anthropology of the Island of Newfoundland. The focus is on social and cultural aspects of contemporary island Newfoundland.
S/A 2240*. Canadian Society and Culture. A descriptive and analytic approach to the development of Canadian society and culture.
S/A 2260. War and Aggression. Critical review of ethological, psychological and sociological approaches to the understanding of violence and organized aggression.
S/A 2270. Families. A comparative and historical perspective on the family as a social institution, the range of variation in its structure and the determinants of its development.
S/A 2280. The City. Varieties of urban life around the world and through history. The city as habitat and as spectacle.
S/A 2350. Religious Institutions. (Same as Religious Studies 2350) Comparative study of religious institutions and beliefs, calendrical feasts and solemnities, religious roles and hierarchies, ritual innovation and revitalization.
S/A 3100. Dominance and Power. A study of dominance behaviour in human societies, surveying the range from private to public and from openly exploitative to fully legitimate power systems.
S/A 3140. Social Movements. An examination of social movements which challenge prevailing social institutions and cultural values. Social movements considered may include religious cults and sects, millenarian movements, attempts at utopian and communal living, feminism, labour and revolutionary movements.
S/A 3210. Persistence and Change in Rural Society. This course assesses the social and cultural significance of the rural experience in the face of expanding urbanism. Topics may include (a) the nature of rural society in Canada, (b) similarities between Canadian and European rural society, (c) utopian and anarchist movements in rural life, and (d) reaction of agricultural populations to external influence.
S/A 3220. Work and Society. An historical and comparative perspective on the cultural and social organization of work, its determinants and human implications.
S/A 3240. Regional Studies: Contemporary Native Peoples of Canada. A survey of current social conditions faced by Native communities in Canada and the critical issues posed for governments and society in general.
S/A 3241. Regional Studies: The Atlantic. Selected topics
in the ecological, cultural, economic, social and political characteristics
of the North Atlantic Region.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both S/A 3241 and the former S/A 4240.
S/A 3249*. Peoples of the Pacific. A survey of the peoples, cultures and societies of the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The course will examine a variety of topics, including: the relevance of the environment, the main indigenous cultures and their modern forms, the impact of colonisation and migration, the emergence of nation-states, issues and development, and current economic and political changes occurring in the region.
S/A 3254-3257. Regional Studies. Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of selected regions.
S/A 3260. Social and Economic Development. An examination of theories of development including a critical analysis of empirical situations to which they are applied.
S/A 3314. Gender and Society. An examination of biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of gender, with an emphasis upon contemporary directions of change in sex roles.
S/A 3317. Oil and Society. An examination of the sociology of the Western oil industry and of the social and cultural implications of oil activities for those regions in which they occur. Particular attention will be paid to North Atlantic societies: Scotland, Norway and Atlantic Canada.
S/A 3318. Culture and Aging. An introduction to the study of aging from a social and cultural perspective. Distinctions between the biological and social elements of the aging process will be examined. The overview of social and cultural gerontology includes social, economic and political influences on later life, as well as the culture-based needs and aspirations of the aged.
S/A 3320. Terrorism and Society. An examination of the recourse to violence as a recurring phenomenon in social and political movements. Consideration will be given to problems of classifying and explaining various forms of "terrorism", and to discussing their consequences for society.
S/A 3330*-3339. Interdisciplinary Specialities. Interdisciplinary approaches to topics of special interest in Sociology and Anthropology.
S/A 3600. The Use of Theory in Sociology and Anthropology.
An examination of the nature of explanation in Sociology and Anthropology.
Discusses relationships among the major integrating theories in Sociology
and Anthropology and considers how empirical data can be treated from several
different theoretical viewpoints. Required for S/A Majors and Minors. Open
to others by permission of the instructor.
S/A 3610*. Society and the Life Cycle. An examination of the life
process seen as a series of socially structured phases. The characteristics
of these phases and problems associated with them will be considered in a
variety of social and cultural environments, and attempts will be made to
explain the variations that are found.
S/A 3630*. New Media Methods in Social Research. (Same as Anthropology 3630). This course will explore non-print means for recording social behaviour and will utilize various forms of the media as a descriptive and an analytic tool.
S/A 3700*. Social and Cultural Change. An examination of processes of, and theories about, social and cultural change. Application to selected ethnological material.
S/A 4000. Society and Culture. A seminar course
designed for S/A Majors. Focuses on some of the fundamental questions of
social order and social life in their philosophical and ethical dimensions,
with particular reference to the history of ideas. Required course for S/A
Majors and Minors. Open to others by permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: S/A 3600.
S/A 4070. Aboriginal Self-Governance. An advanced course
on contemporary issues on the development of, and barriers to, self-government
among Canadian aboriginal peoples. The focus will be on topics such as land
claims and claims settlements, self-government agreements and proposed agreements,
economic development, environmental and social impact of industrial developments,
and cultural and religious revival.
Prerequisite: S/A 3240.
S/A 4071. Social and Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness. Topics covered in this course may include: cultural concepts of illness and health; theories of disease causation; relationships between social life and illness patterns; symbolic use of illness; variations in philosophies of treatment and in practitioner/patient relationships; the social organization of medicine. Open to those without normal prerequisites by permission of the Instructor.
S/A 4072. Social and Cultural Aspects of Death. Topics covered in this course may include: symbolic meanings and values attached to death; cultural and historical variations in the management of death, e.g. treatment of the 'terminally ill', burial rites, the mourning process, and the social fate of survivors, together with the social and psychological meanings of these behaviours. Open to those without normal prerequisites by permission of the Instructor.
S/A 4073. Studies in Underclass Life. A critical inquiry
into the social sources of human misery and suffering that characterize life
in the underclass.
S/A 4074*. Ritual and Ceremony. This course is about ritual and
ceremony, as both analytic and descriptive concepts, in both industrial states
and subsistence-oriented societies. Topics examined could include: the universality
of ritual and ceremony; essential differences between ritual and ceremony;
their relative importance in non-industrialised and industrialised societies;
the place of symbolism in ritual and ceremony; and the relationship between
ritual, ceremony, religion and the sacred.
Prerequisite: S/A 2350.
S/A 4077*. Advanced Studies in Terror and Society. A research seminar
for intensive examination of terror in selected societal contexts. The foci
will be upon (1) understanding the construction and bases of cultures of
violence - whether serving established authorities and institutions or the
contrary, and (2) the quest for a non-violent society.
Prerequisite: S/A 3320.
S/A 4089*. Language and Social Change. Study of the sociology of language as manifested in connection with traditional communities under the impact of change.
Prerequisite: S/A 3210 or by consent of the instructor.
S/A 4091. Oil and Development. An advanced seminar
which will consider some selected topics dealing with the petroleum industry
and its implications for economic development and social change. A comparative
approach will be taken, using material from developed, underdeveloped and
intermediate regions of the world.
Prerequisite: S/A 3260 or S/A 3317 or permission of the instructor.
S/A 4092. Gender and Social Theory. This seminar will
develop the material covered in S/A 3314 at a more theoretical level. It
will cover the history of social thought as it applies to issues of gender,
and will discuss some theoretical debates in the area of gender and social
Prerequisite: S/A 3314 or permission of the instructor.
S/A 4110*. Culture and Personality. The integration of culture, systems of cognition and communication, and personality in the context of culture and cultural change.
S/A 4140-4149. Advanced Interdisciplinary Specialities. Advanced interdisciplinary approaches to various topics of importance in the Social Sciences. By permission of the instructor.
S/A 4990. Sociology/Anthropology Honours Essay.
S/A 4991. Sociology/Anthropology Comprehensive Examination.
* Inactive Course
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