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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2018/2019)
14.19 Sociology

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14.19.1 Department of Sociology Description

Sociology explores patterns of social life and examines the development, structuring, and organization of societies in all their historical and current diversity. Sociologists seek to understand how people live, think, feel, and believe in the ongoing processes that maintain and shift society and culture. Through understanding the social forces, structures and relationships that shape our world, Sociology allows us to see why and how things are as they are, and how everything could be otherwise. Sociology is therefore central to understanding institutions, organizations, social policy, inequality, privilege, social problems and social change.

14.19.2 Programs in Sociology

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:

  1. Major in Police Studies

  2. Major in Sociology

  3. Minor in Sociology

  4. Joint Major in Sociology

  5. Honours in Sociology

Sociology course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Sociology and are designated by SOCI.

14.19.3 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. A student must meet the requirements for a departmental Major, Minor, or Honours program and also meet the Program Regulations – General and Honours Degrees for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A student is therefore advised to consult with the Admission to the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Programs regulations, the Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees which also includes the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, The Major Program, and The Minor Program regulations. Information regarding honours programs is available at Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations as well as under each department’s regulations.

A student is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss available programs and requirements in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences including the Core Requirements, The Major Program, The Minor Program, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations. A student is advised to declare a program of study, including a Major and a Minor, before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a Major and Minor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a list of advisors is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

14.19.4 Major in Sociology

Students may wish to follow the pattern for the Major in Sociology listed under Table 1 Suggested Course Pattern for a Major in Sociology (SOCI) below.

Students who undertake Sociology as their Major must complete at least 36 credit hours in Sociology as follows:

  1. Core courses: Sociology 1000 (or the former 2000), Sociology 3040, Sociology 3041, Sociology 3150, Sociology 3160;

  2. At least 6 credit hours in Sociology at the 4000 level;

  3. No more than an additional 6 credit hours in courses below the 3000-level may be counted toward the Major; and

  4. The remaining courses, for the minimum of 36 credit hours required for the Major, may be selected from any Sociology course at the 3000 and 4000 levels.

    Table 1 Suggested Course Pattern for a Major in Sociology (SOCI)

    Level

    Sociology Courses (SOCI)

    Credit Hours

    1000

    SOCI 1000

    3

    2000

    6 credit hours at the 2000-level

    6

    3000

    12

    3000 or 4000

    three SOCI courses at the 3000 or 4000-level

    9

    4000

    two SOCI courses at the 4000-level

    6

14.19.5 Minor in Sociology

Students who undertake Sociology as their Minor must complete at least 24 credit hours in Sociology as follows:

  1. Sociology 1000 or the former 2000, Sociology 3040, 3041, 3150, at least 3 credit hours from Sociology courses at the 4000 level, and 9 credit hours in other Sociology courses.

14.19.6 Joint Major in Sociology

As an alternative to a minor, a student may choose to complete a major in Sociology and a major in another eligible program in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Joint Major Program requires 3 fewer credit hours in each participating major as prescribed in each program’s Calendar entry. For the joint major in Sociology, 3 fewer credit hours shall be required at the 3000- or 4000-level to fulfill clause 4. under the Major in Sociology above.

14.19.7 Honours in Sociology

Honours students are required to complete at least 60 credit hours in courses in Sociology, of which there must be a minimum of 36 credit hours at the 3000-level or above, including all courses prescribed for the Major in Sociology, and Sociology 4995, and must meet the requirements outlined in the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts.

It is possible to complete a Joint Honours program that includes Sociology as one of the Major subjects. Such a program may be arranged in consultation with the Head of the Department of Sociology and the Head of the other Department concerned.

14.19.7.1 Admission to Honours Program

Admission to the Honours program in the Department of Sociology is competitive and selective. Students who wish to enter this program must submit an "Application for Admission to Honours Program" form to the Department.

To be accepted into the Honours program, a student must not only meet the criteria laid out in the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts, but must normally have obtained a cumulative average of at least 75% in 18 credit hours in courses in Sociology which must include Sociology 3040, 3041, 3150, and 3160.

14.19.8 Regulations for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

In addition to completing the normal requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and one of an Honours, Major or Minor in Sociology, students may elect to complete requirements for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA). As part of the minimum 120 credit hours, a student may use eligible credit hours in Sociology to jointly satisfy other requirements of the iBA degree. When selecting courses, a student is encouraged to consult with an academic advisor early in the program, to consider Table 2 Possible Course Sequencing for the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) (First 60 Credit Hours), and to consider Sociology courses listed in Table 3 International Studies (IS) Designated Courses. Up to 12 credit hours in Sociology IS courses may be used towards the International Studies (IS) Courses Requirement.

14.19.9 Major in Police Studies

The Major in Police Studies is administered by the Department of Sociology.

The Major in Police Studies aims to promote the academic study of different facets of police institutions and practices, including the legal, political and social contexts in which they operate. This program would be beneficial for students with a scholarly interest in policing, corrections or law enforcement, including those who have completed the Diploma in Police Studies; experienced police officers; and others working in a policing environment. The Major in Police Studies does not constitute a qualification in policing.

Police Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Sociology, Police Studies and are designated by PLST.

14.19.9.1 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. A student is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss available programs and requirements including the Core Requirements, The Major Program, The Minor Program, and the Bachelor of Arts Degree Regulations. A student is advised to declare a Major and a Minor (or two Majors) before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a program of study and a list of advisors is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

14.19.9.2 Advising

Students must carefully plan their course selection and consult with an academic advisor. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit.

14.19.9.3 Declaring the Major in Police Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major in Police Studies shall consult with the designated academic advisor to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

14.19.9.4 Regulations for the Major in Police Studies
  1. A Major in Police Studies consists of all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 42 credit hours in courses as follows, which must include a minimum of 27 credit hours in Police Studies courses:

    1. 21 credit hours in Police Studies 1000 or the former Police Studies 2000; Police Studies 2200; Police Studies 2300 or Sociology 2300; Police Studies 3000, 3100, and 3500; Police Studies 3395 or Sociology 3395;

    2. 6 credit hours in of two of Police Studies of 4000, 4001, 4212 or Sociology 4212;

    3. 3 credit hours in one of Law and Society 1000 or 2000, or an additional 3 credit hours in Police Studies at any level (excluding credit hours used to fulfill other requirements listed here);

    4. 3 credit hours in one of Political Science 3010, Statistics 2500 or Sociology 3040;

    5. 3 credit hours in one of Law and Society 3400; Sociology 3290; or Police Studies 3306 or Sociology 3306;

    6. 3 credit hours in one of Archaeology 2492 or Psychology 2150; and

    7. 3 credit hours in one of Anthropology 2414, History 2800, Law and Society 3012 or Sociology 3180.

  2. A student is expected to enroll in the Police Studies section of any applicable crosslisted courses.

  3. As per the Degree Regulations, General and Honours Degrees, The Major Program, Major Program of Study, students completing a Major in Police Studies are ineligible for an interdisciplinary Minor in any program. Credit hours in a course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of two Major programs, of both a Major and a Minor program, or the program requirements of all three of a Major, diploma and certificate.

14.19.9.5 Recognition of Qualifications for Experienced Officers
  1. Subject to the prior approval of the Program Coordinator, certain programs and courses offered by recognized police or other criminal justice training programs may be eligible for credit hours that are applicable towards the Bachelor of Arts, Police Studies. Graduates of the Atlantic Police Academy (APA) Police Sciences Technology Program, Holland College, Prince Edward Island; the RCMP Depot Division Cadet Training Program; or the pre-APA program offered through the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) for cadet training may be awarded up to 30 PLAR credit hours at an unspecified level in the Police Studies (PLST) subject area. Qualifications from other recognized police or other criminal justice training programs will be assessed on an individual basis by the Coordinator of Police Studies based on the topics covered and the number of hours involved, and will be subject to the approval of the Faculty's Undergraduate Waivers and Appeals Committee. Normally, the Committee will prioritize programs and courses that feature evaluation of student knowledge; workshops and professional development modules that do not involve evaluation are not eligible. Applicants with five or more years of professional criminal justice experience may request credit for PLST 1000 (or the former PLST 2000) or PLST 2200 as part of their maximum 30 credit hours. An Application for Transfer Credit Evaluation, including official documentation confirming program completion or professional experience, must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar to have training assessed and recognized for transfer credit. The Application may be obtained online or in-person at the Office of the Registrar.

  2. Unspecified Police Studies credit hours may only be used towards the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Police Studies program to meet up to 12 of the required minimum of 27 credit hours in Police Studies courses. Any remaining unspecified credit hours in the Police Studies subject area may be used in part to satisfy the Humanities and Social Sciences Elective requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Police Studies Major program. In the case of programs where there are established course transfer credits, the student will be awarded transfer credit for the appropriate courses. Any remaining credit hours will be awarded as unspecified credit hours in the Police Studies subject area.

14.19.9.6 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, students for the Interdisciplinary Major in Police Studies will normally follow regulations in effect in the academic year in which the student first completes a course in that subject at the 2000-level or above which may be applied to the major or minor program respectively. However, the student may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during the student's tenure in a program. These “grandparented” students are encouraged to consult the program's designated academic advisor for assistance with course selection.

Students eligible for the former Interdisciplinary Major in Police Studies may choose between that program or the Major in Police Studies. Courses approved for the Major in Police Studies that do not appear in the Interdisciplinary Major and which are completed after August 2018 may, for the purpose of that former program, be treated as the former Table 1 courses.

14.19.10 Diploma in Police Studies

The Department of Sociology administers the Diploma in Police Studies. Credit hours in Sociology and Police Studies may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a diploma. For further information about this program, see Diploma Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.

14.19.11 Certificate in Criminology

The Department of Sociology administers the Certificate in Criminology. Credit hours in Sociology and Police Studies may be eligible to jointly fulfill requirements of a degree and a certificate. For further information about this program, see Certificate Programs Offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or contact the program coordinator.