2004 - 2005 Calendar



In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

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. - inactive course.

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. - inactive course.

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. - inactive course.

S/A 3330. Interdisciplinary Specialities. - inactive course.

S/A 3331-3339. 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. - inactive course.

S/A 3630. New Media Methods in Social Research. (Same as Anthropology 3630). - inactive course.

S/A 3700. Social and Cultural Change. - inactive course.

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. - inactive course.

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. - inactive course.

S/A 4077. Advanced Studies in Terror and Society. - inactive course.

S/A 4089. Language and Social Change. - inactive course.

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 theory.
Prerequisite: S/A 3314 or permission of the instructor.

S/A 4110. Culture and Personality. - inactive course.

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.

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