Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2007/2008)
25.26 Sociology
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • S.H. Riggins

The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in Sociology by full-time and part-time study. Graduate courses are taught as tutorials or small seminars.

25.26.1 Doctor of Philosophy
  1. The Ph.D. degree in Sociology is offered in accordance with the general regulations in the following areas:

    1. Maritime Sociology

    2. Gender

    3. Work and Development

    4. Any combination of these three specialties.

  2. To be admitted to the program an applicant must have completed either a Master of Arts or Master of Philosophy degree or hold an equivalent qualification.

  3. All Ph.D. candidates must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate courses, including the Sociology Graduate Seminar (6880), Social Theory (6150) and Methods of Sociological Research (6040) if these have not been taken previously.

    Students specializing in Maritime Sociology must also take 6300, 6340, and 6350. Students specializing in Gender must take 6320, 6370 and 6380. Students specializing in Work and Development must take 6130, 6280, and 6360. Students combining specialties will take 9 credit hours in subjects to be determined by the Sociology graduate committee after consultation with the student's supervisor.

  4. Proficiency in a second language will be required when the candidate's supervisory committee determines that knowledge of this second language is necessary for the purpose of the proposed doctoral research.

  5. A written comprehensive examination, which may be followed by a supplementary oral examination, shall be completed by full-time students no later than the end of the second year of the program.

    Normally, part-time students shall take the examination within one year of the completion of prescribed courses. In accordance with General Regulations, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of their special areas of research within the context of the discipline of Sociology. The examination shall consist of three parts: social theory, research methods, and a special area.

  6. No more than two years after having been admitted to the program the candidate must submit a thesis proposal that is considered satisfactory by the Supervisory Committee.


A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

  • 6040 Methods of Sociological Research
  • 6090-94 Special Area in Sociology
  • 6120 Social Organization
  • 6130 Social Stratification
  • 6140 The Community
  • 6150 Social Theory
  • 6160 Theory Construction and Explanation in Sociology
  • 6240 Sociology in Medicine
  • 6280 Social and Economic Development
  • 6300 Maritime Sociology
  • 6310 Political Sociology
  • 6320 Gender and Society
  • 6330 Science and Technology
  • 6340 Comparative North Atlantic Societies
  • 6350 Environmental Sociology
  • 6360 Sociology of Work
  • 6370 Feminist Theory and Methods
  • 6380 Women, Nature, Science and Technology (Cross listed as Women's Studies 6380)
  • 6610 Socialization
  • 6620 Current Topics in Social Behaviour
  • 6880 Sociology Graduate Seminar