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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016/2017)
11.21 Sociology

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11.21.1 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.

11.21.2 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. 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.

11.21.3 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.

11.21.4 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

11.21.5 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.

11.21.6 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.

11.21.6.1 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.

11.21.7 Major in Police Studies

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

The Major in Police Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that 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.

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.

11.21.7.1 Advising

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the Manager of Academic Programs. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit. Students should contact the Manager of Academic Programs to discuss the planning of their program by June 1st for Fall admission and by October 1st for Winter admission.

Declaring the Interdisciplinary Major in Police Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major in Police Studies shall consult with the Manager of Academic Programs 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.

Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Major in Police Studies

  1. A Major in Police Studies consists of all the general requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies and Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies below as follows:

    1. courses from a minimum of any three Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one Humanities and Social Sciences discipline other than Police Studies;

    2. a minimum of 15 credit hours in Police Studies courses, including PLST 2000, at least one of 3000 or 3500, and at least one of 4000 or 4001;

    3. a minimum of 9 additional credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies. Sociology 3040 and 3041 are recommended choices; and

    4. a minimum of 12 additional credit hours selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies including at least one further 4000-level course.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Major in Police Studies must also choose a single-discipline Minor or a single-discipline Major.

11.21.7.2 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 Committee on Undergraduate Studies. 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 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 at www.mun.ca/regoff/admission/Transfer_Credit_Evaluation_2013.pdf 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 21 elective credit hours required for the Major as outlined below. 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.

  3. Students applying credit allowances described above must adhere to the following program requirements:

    1. A Major in Police Studies consists of all the general requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies as follows:

      1. courses from a minimum of any three Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, with no more than 15 credit hours in any one Humanities and Social Sciences discipline other than Police Studies;

      2. 15 credit hours in Police Studies courses, including PLST 2000, at least one of 3000 or 3500, and at least one of 4000 or 4001;

      3. a maximum of 12 credit hours of unspecified Police Studies credit hours;

      4. a minimum of 6 additional credit hours at the 3000-level or above in two different disciplines other than Police Studies chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies; and

      5. 3 additional credit hours, at the 4000-level, chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies.

    2. 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 provided students remain enrolled in the Major in Police Studies program.

    3. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Major in Police Studies must also choose a single-discipline Minor or a single-discipline Major.

11.21.7.3 Course List
  1. Interdisciplinary programs provide exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Table 1 core courses are Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences courses that are fundamental to the program of study. Subject to the program regulations, they may be supplemented with Table 2 courses whose Calendar entry establishes an emphasis on the scholarly study of specific social, legal, institutional and/or political contexts of policing. Not all courses are necessarily offered each year. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is crosslisted with different departments. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, up to 6 credit hours obtained in undergraduate courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland that are not listed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Course Descriptions may be deemed eligible towards the Major in Police Studies. Undergraduate courses not delivered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that have been approved as Table 2 electives include Education 3255, 3620; Psychology 2150, 2440, 2800, 3640; Social Work 1710.

    Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

    Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major in Police Studies

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

11.21.7.4 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, candidates 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.