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Faculty of Arts (2012/2013)
10.28 Sociology

Sociology courses are designated by SOCI.


Introduction to Sociology

is an introduction to the concepts, principles, and topics of Sociology. This course is a prerequisite to most departmental courses.

CR: the former SOCI 2000


Social Inequality

introduces the subject of social inequality and stratification, examines social inequality in historical perspective, reviews major theories about social inequality, and considers key social developments in contemporary societies in the area of social inequality.


Economy and Society

as its principle task, explores different links that exist between economy and society. Emphasis will be put on embeddedness of economic processes in a broader social context. Several approaches to the study of the embeddedness will be discussed: economic sociology, institutional economics, law and economics, and others. Do we really live in a network society, where the most important thing is to ‘get connected’? How important is it to trust people in everyday life and to what extent? What role do power and coercion play in our everyday lives? The course will provide guidelines for finding tentative answers to these questions.


Technology and Society

is an examination of the role of technology in society. Topics may include the emergence of modern technological society, the impact of new technologies on social organization and culture, and the institutionalization of science and the production of scientific knowledge. The course also explores the ideological functions of science and technology in advanced industrial societies as well as the question of "the domination of nature".


Communication and Culture

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 2210 and the former Anthropology 2210) is an examination of verbal and non-verbal systems of communication, and the influence of language on human cognition.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 2210, the former Anthropology 2210


Newfoundland Society and Culture

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 2230, the former Anthropology 2230, and Folklore 2230) focuses on the social and cultural aspects of contemporary island Newfoundland.

CR: Folklore 2230, the former Sociology/Anthropology 2230, the former Anthropology 2230


Canadian Society and Culture

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 2240 and the former Anthropology 2240) is a descriptive and analytic approach to the development of Canadian society and culture.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 2240, the former Anthropology 2240


Changing World

is a sociological analysis of contemporary world issues and social problems.



(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 2270 and the former Anthropology 2270) is 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 2270, the former Anthropology 2270


Political Sociology

is an introduction to the sociological foundations of political life. Topics to be examined include voting behaviour, comparative power systems, ideologies, mass movements, parties, voluntary associations, and bureaucracies. Attention is given to the concepts of class, status, command, power, authority, and legitimacy.

CR: the former Political Science 3030

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Introduction to the Methods of Sociological Research

provides elementary familiarization with the study of sociology. To this end various strategies for posing and answering sociologically grounded questions will be explored. We take you 'behind the scenes' of the research process to provide basic research skills and strengthen your capacity to critically read and evaluate the research-based writing of others.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Theory and Practice of Sociological Research

develops and elaborates upon work introduced in SOCI 3040. Students will more deeply explore the theories of knowledge that underpin social research. They will further hone their abilities to assess different forms of sociological work and to craft research questions. Instruction takes place in a classroom equipped with the computer hardware and software necessary for all students to gain experience performing literature searches and both qualitative and quantitative research. This course includes lectures, discussion, and hands-on experience with sociological research.

CO: SOCI 3040

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000, and one Sociology course at the 2000 level


Social Psychology

examines sociological perspectives on social psychology: the physiological and psychological basis of sign and symbol use, the context and emergence of self, identity, role, encounters, social relationships, altercasting.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Sociology of Gambling

provides a critical overview of the major social and cultural aspects of modern gambling in terms of leisure, work and economic development, social inequality, health and illness, deviance and crime, and policy. Special attention is directed at the promotion of modern gambling by the state (lotteries, casinos, video lottery terminals, slot machines, and horse racing).

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Social Movements

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 3140 and the former Anthropology 3140) is 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 3140, the former Anthropology 3140

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Classical Social Theory

is an introduction to the work of major 19th and early 20th-century social theorists including Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Freud.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Contemporary Social Theory

is an exploration of selected topics from issues in contemporary social theory, including theories of feminism, the state, the environment, culture, organization, and communication.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000, and SOCI 3150


Minority Groups

examines the nature of minority group status in society and various examples of minority groups in past and present societies, reviews theoretical perspectives on minority groups, and explores various aspects of the relationship between minority groups and the rest of society.

CR: the former SOCI 3304

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000



is an Introduction to demography, the scientific study of human populations, their size and composition, and the processes by which they change over time: nuptially, fertility, mortality, and migration. Includes analyses of past and present Newfoundland populations.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Work and Society

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 3220 and the former Anthropology 3220) is an historical and comparative perspective on the cultural and social organization of work, its determinants and human implications.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 3220, the former Anthropology 3220

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Social and Economic Development

(same as Anthropology 3260) is an examination of theories of development Including a critical analysis of empirical situations to which they are applied.

CR: Anthropology 3260, the former Sociology/Anthropology 3260

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000



examines major sociological theories and methodological techniques central to the study of deviance and crime. The distribution, attributes and explanations of a variety of forms of deviance are examined, which may include violence, sexual deviance, delinquency, addiction, mental disorder, theft, organized crime, political deviance and corporate deviance.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Sociological Specialties

will have a topic of current interest and importance, announced by the Department for each term, such as racial and ethnic relations, sociology of religion, art, politics, language, conflict, stratification, knowledge, selected social problems.


Oil and Society

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 3317 and the former Anthropology 3317) is 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 3317, the former Anthropology 3317

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Culture and Aging

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 3318 and the former Anthropology 3318) is 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 3318, the former Anthropology 3318

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Terrorism and Society

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 3320 and the former Anthropology 3320) is 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 3320, the former Anthropology 3320

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Criminal Justice

provides an introduction to the sociological perspectives on our system of formal social control (police, courts, corrections). Special attention is directed at how social structure and social inequality (class, ethnicity and race, gender) influence criminal justice decisions. Topics discussed include public opinion on crime and criminal justice, offenders and victims in the system, consensus and conflict in the creation of criminal law, finding a delicate balance between police powers for crime control and democratic rights, types of sentencing options and rationales, and the dual and conflicting goals of prisons and alternatives to incarceration.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000, and SOCI 3290


Sociology of Youth

explores the social construction of youth and reviews major theoretical approaches to the study of youth within Western Society. The course examines youth in relation to culture and identity, place and space, social inequalities, and social institutions.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Sociology of Sport

(same as Human Kinetics and Recreation 3410) is an examination of the relationship between sport and society. Areas could include social origin of sport, social history of sport, religion and sport, sport and socialization, sport and social stratification, gender and sport, violence in sport, sport and nationalism.

CR: Human Kinetics and Recreation 3410

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Sociology of Gender

provides a comprehensive introduction to the major themes, theories and research questions addressed by sociologists studying ‘gender’. The economic, social, cultural and political aspects of gender formations, in comparative Canadian and transnational contexts, will be examined.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


New Media Methods in Social Research

(same as Anthropology 3630) will explore non-print means for recording social behavior and will utilize various forms of the media as a descriptive and an analytic tool.

CR: Anthropology 3630, the former Sociology/Anthropology 3630

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Post-Soviet Transformations

will explore problems of development in post-Soviet countries, examining them in a broader context of modernization. 'Catch-up' modernization gives rise to a set of problems related to institutional importation, e,g., a gap between formal and informal institutions. These problems exist in Russia as well as in a number of other less-developed countries.

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Sociology of Culture

is a comparative examination of major contemporary sociological texts on the relationship between culture, broadly understood as symbolic systems, and social structure

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


Advanced Methods of Social Research

is conceptualization and empirical research. Selection of appropriate indicators. Multidimensional classification. Multivariate analysis. Special aspects of multivariate analysis. Panel analysis. Group analysis. The structure of arguments. Clarification of concepts.

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3041


Social and Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness

(same as Anthropology 4071) will cover topics which may include: cultural concepts of illness and health; theories of disease causation; relationships between social life and illness patterns; symbotic use of illness; variations in philosophies of treatment and in practitioner/patient relationships; the social organization of medicine.

CR: Anthropology 4071, the former Sociology/Anthropology 4071

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Ritual and Ceremony

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 4074 and the former Anthropology 4074) 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 4074, the former Anthropology 4074

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Advanced Studies in Terror and Society

- inactive course.


Oil and Development

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 4091 and the former Anthropology 4091) is 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 4091, the former Anthropology 4091

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Gender and Social Theory

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 4092 and the former Anthropology 4092) is a seminar which will develop the material covered In SOCI 3420 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.

CR: the former Sociology/Anthropology 4092, the former Anthropology 4092

PR: SOCI 3040, 3150, 3420 or permission of the instructor

4093-4099 (Excluding 4096)

Special Areas in Sociology

will have the content announced when offered.

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150



is a part-time, one-semester internship course, and is normally an unpaid supervised field placement for academically strong sociology majors. The goal is to help give students basic skills required for employment in nonprofit organizations in the social services and arts management.

UL: six hours per week of worksite activities over a period of eight weeks as well as classroom instruction during part of the term

4100-4109 (Excluding 4100, 4104 and 4107)

Special Topics in Institutional Analysis

is advanced analysis from a sociological perspective of issues pertaining to specific social institutions.

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Environmental Sociology

examines the social forces that drive environmental degradation and responses to environmental issues. The course explores how environmental issues, such as climate change, fisheries collapse, or deforestation, are intertwined with systems of social power and inequality. Through this course, students will learn how a sociological perspective helps address the causes and potential solutions for environmental problems and conflicts.

CO: SOCI 3040, SOCI 3150 and 3 additional credit hours in Sociology courses at the 3000 level, or permission of the course instructor

PR: SOCI 3040, SOCI 3150 and 3 additional credit hours in Sociology courses at the 3000 level, or permission of the course instructor


Women and Technological Change

(same as the former Women's Studies 4107) is an advanced seminar which provides an interdisciplinary survey of the effects of technology on women's lives. Topics could include: The historical development of domestic technology; changes in workplace technology and their impact on women; assessing technologies from a feminist perspective; the design of technological systems; biomedical and reproductive technologies; information technologies; biotechnology; development in architecture and design; women, development, and technology; women and weapons technology; women and ecology; future technological change and women's lives. The course will combine seminar discussions of reading with films, workplace tours and guest speakers.

CR: the former Women's Studies 3009, the former Women's Studies 4107

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150

4200-4220 (Excluding 4201, 4204, 4212 and 4213)

Special Topics in Sociology

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


The Sociology of Gender, Health and Risk

is a seminar course that critically examines how gender structures risk factors and health outcomes and shapes how we experience and understand bodies and minds in relation to health and risk. Topics may include transgender and transsexual health, masculinities and femininities, the body, mental health, leisure and sport, the health care system, and occupational health and safety.

CR: Gender Studies 3100

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Sociology of Policing

is a seminar course that focuses on the role policing plays in society, the social, economic, and political factors that shape policing services, and the policies that may be implemented to strengthen policing in the future. The popular view of the police role, detective myths and effectiveness, community policing, police socialization, policing special types of problems, police misconduct, and the expansion of private policing are considered.

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Sociology of Sexuality

explores the socially constructed nature of sexuality, and examines how concepts of sexuality are used in the current North American context as well as across different times and cultures. The course explores sex and sexuality in connection to community and identity, social problems, social control, and political resistance.

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Gender and Development

is a seminar course focusing on theoretical and empirical explanations of how development processes affect gender inequality and relations between men and women. The course provides students an understanding of how the theories, actors, and ongoing challenges of development interact with and work to shape socially constructed gender relations in a global perspective. Special attention is paid to how globalization influences gender in the development context.

CR: the former SOCI 4204

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Development Issues and Policies in Newfoundland and Labrador

is a senior-level seminar course that focuses on the interaction between sociological research and theory on the one hand and government policymaking and implementation on the other with respect to social and economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

PR: SOCI 3040 and 3150


Honours Essay

is a part of the honours program.

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).