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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016/2017)
12.27 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 Inequalities

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


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 and society's role in shaping technology. 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.


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 Folklore 2230, the former Sociology/Anthropology 2230, and the former Anthropology 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 study of the family, and the range of variation in its processes and structure.

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


Animals and Society

introduces students to contemporary sociological approaches to the study of the relationship between human and non-human animals.


Criminological Inquiry

introduces students to sociological models for understanding the phenomenon of “crime.” As a background for developing theory, this course will familiarize students with the problems inherent in defining what it is we mean by “crime.” Once the underlying premises of the theories are tackled, students critically examine each theoretical perspective with a focus on assessing the validity of the approach, and how the theory works to guide public policy.

CO: SOCI 1000


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 familiarization with the processes and reasoning sociologists use for posing and answering sociologically grounded questions. Both qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis will be explored. We take you 'behind the scenes' of the research process to provide foundational research skills, familiarity with interpreting and gathering numerical data, and a stronger capacity for students to critically evaluate the research-based writing in sociology. All sections of this course follow Quantitative Reasoning Course Guidelines available at

CO: SOCI 3041

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 and further hone their abilities to assess different forms of sociological work and to craft research questions. This course includes lectures, discussion, and introductory hands-on experience with both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis. Instruction takes place in a classroom equipped with the computer hardware and relevant software. All sections of this course follow Quantitative Reasoning Course Guidelines available at

CO: SOCI 3040

PR: SOCI 1000 or the former 2000


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.


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).


Social Movements

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 3140 and the former Anthropology 3140) examines the major social movements that have driven social changes related to gender equality, social justice, human rights, and the environment. The course asks why people become involved in social movements, and what factors contribute to movement success. The course also examines social movements’ use of mass media and new media technologies as tools for reaching the public and provoking social and cultural transformation.

CR: Sociology/Anthropology 3140, the former Anthropology 3140


Classical Social Theory

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

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 and Labrador 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


International Development

(same as Anthropology 3260) is an examination of theories of development Including a critical analysis of international case studies.

CR: Anthropology 3260, the former Sociology/Anthropology 3260



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, health, art, 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.


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.


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


Investigative Methods in Sociological Research

provides more advanced undergraduate-level study and practice in a variety of qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods. It will cover stages from conceptualization to empirical studies. The seminar format may include lectures, discussion and a range of research methods exercises.

PR: SOCI 3040, 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, 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, 3150


Advanced Studies in Terror and Society

- inactive course.


Advanced Topics in Criminology

covers an array of theoretical and empirical developments in sociology and criminology that cross boundaries within the diverse systems of criminal justice, the community and society more broadly. Special emphases will be placed on the experiences of those in the criminal justice system - as victims, offenders, and professionals - and theories of desistance, as well as the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity and class.

PR: 6 credit hours in Sociology. Enrollment priority will be given to students who have declared a Sociology Major and/or the Criminology certificate program.


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, 3150


Gender and Social Theory

(same as the former Sociology/Anthropology 4092 and the former Anthropology 4092) is a seminar which examines assumptions about what constitutes 'social theory', the history of social thought as it applies to issues of gender, and the debates surrounding the intersection of gender and social theory. The goal is to understand more about ways in which social theory has illuminated relations between gendered categories, the social world and its diverse inhabitants.

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

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


Development Sociology

is a seminar course focusing on theoretical and empirical explanations of development (eg. International development, foreign aid, and trade). The course provides students with an understanding of how the theories, actors, and ongoing challenges of development shape societies globally.

PR: 6 credit hours at the 3000-level in Sociology or in any other discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences


Unemployment (and Underemployment)

is a seminar which examines the origins and impacts of unemployment and underemployment in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and globally. It examines the core concepts in the sociology of unemployment and underemployment and then moves to consider the consequences for societies, communities and individuals.

PR: SOCI 3040, 3150

4095-4099 (Excluding 4096)

Special Areas in Sociology

will have the content announced when offered.

PR: SOCI 3040, 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, 4101, 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, 3150


Modern Western State

provides a selective overview of some of the sociological debates surrounding the modem Western state. Topics may include the history and development of the modem Western state; sociological theories of the state; the state and the economy; and the state and globalization. Through this course, students will learn how the distribution of power in societies influences the character of the state and government decision making.

PR: SOCI 3040, 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


Feminist Technologies

(same as the former Women's Studies 4107) investigates the effects of technology on women's lives and technologies that exemplify feminist values and ideology. Topics could include: The history of domestic and workplace technology; assessing, designing, and building technologies from a feminist perspective; the gender politics of technological systems; information technologies; biotechnology and ecology; development in architecture and design . The course combines seminar discussions of reading with hands-on activities.

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

PR: 9 credit hours in any combination of SOCI, Gender Studies, Communication Studies 2000, Communication Studies 2001

4200-4220 (Excluding 4201, 4204, 4208, 4212 and 4213)

Special Topics in Sociology

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

PR: SOCI 3040, 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.

PR: SOCI 3040, 3150


Gender, Poverty and Homelessness

is a critical sociology seminar using an intersectional approach to examine issues confronting the wide diversity of people living in poverty in the contemporary Canadian welfare state. Topics include pathways to poverty, health and quality of life, impact of gender and other social locations on poverty, civil society responses, social policy and actions, and the provision of financial, human, and social program resources in Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador.


The Sociology of Child Sexual Abuse

is an advanced seminar that explores how sexual violence toward youth is constructed as a social problem. Topics include: theoretical and methodological explanations of child sexual abuse (including methodological issues on collecting data on youth, cross-cultural research), relationships between adult sexual violence and child sexual abuse, sexual perpetrators and pedophiles, the place of children in contemporary society, the experiences of child victims and professional responses to child sexual abuse.

PR: SOCI 3040, 3150


Sociology of Policing

is a seminar course exploring the role policing plays in society, the social, economic, and political factors that shape policing, and the policies to improve policing. Topics may include popular views of the police, the use of force in arrest and public protest, investigative myths and effectiveness, community policing, police socialization, policing problems such as family violence, policy misconduct, gender and diversity in police services and the expansion of private policing.

PR: SOCI 3040, 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, 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, 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, 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).
12.27.1 Police Studies

Police Studies courses are designated by PLST.


An Introduction to Policing in Canada

will introduce students to different theories and models of policing. It will examine the organization of policing, its mandate and operation. It will provide an overview of the history and development of policing in Canada; examples from Newfoundland and Labrador will be used where appropriate. It will discuss the various roles and responsibilities of the police in society. It will explore the issue by police decision making, the exercise of police powers, and the use of discretion by police officers. Several other issues relating to policing will be discussed including police recruitment and training, the professional role of the police, stress on the job and policing in a diverse society.


Introduction to Corrections

introduces students to the Correctional Systems in Canada and their role in Canadian Criminal Justice. Topics covered in this course include: the evolution of punishment and corrections in Canada, the purpose of prison, the classification of federal prisoners, the prisoner subculture or ‘inmate’ code, violence inside prisons, and community corrections after full custody incarceration.


Crime Victims and Policing

will provide an opportunity to explore contemporary victim issues, in particular, as they relate to enhancing police response and sensitivity to the needs of victims. The course will explore different types of victimization, encourage critical analysis and understanding of the impact of the CJS on victims and the role of the victim in bringing about progressive and positive changes in the CJS. It will consider recent legislative developments, programs, services and emerging issues and discuss how victim engagement can promote public confidence in the administration of justice.

PR: PLST 2000


Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

examines the gendered aspects of criminal offending, victimization, criminal justice responses (police, courts, corrections), and workers in the criminal justice system.

PR: PLST 2000



- inactive course.


Investigative Interviewing

will introduce students to investigative interviewing. It covers a range of topics that will help develop and/or improve the interviewing skills of those working in various disciplines where professional interviewing skills are essential.

PR: PLST 2000


Special Topics

will cover special topics related to policing and will be announced by the Program Coordinator.


Advanced Issues in Policing

provides in depth discussion of various aspects of policing. It will discuss how social, economic and political factors influence the challenges of policing in a democratic society. It will look at police powers of arrest, search and release and how they are affected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The different types of offences found in the Criminal Code and the special knowledge required to police them will be covered. The course will consider the use of police discretion, police misconduct and accountability and ethics in policing. It will also look at officer safety and stress in the work place. Several special topics related to policing will be discussed including: policing persons with mental illness, policing drug related offences, and policing racially diverse communities.

PR: PLST 2000 and 3 credit hours at the 3000-level in Police Studies


Police Decision Making and Ethics

provides students with the tools to locate, critically review, and summarize the findings and practical implications of police research on key topics. These topics include the influence of discretion on police powers and the importance of ethics and accountability in policing. The course will also discuss police officer stress and how it is influenced by ethical dilemmas. Examples of misuse of discretion and ethical dilemmas will be discussed.

PR: PLST 2000 and 3 credit hours at the 3000-level in Police Studies


Special Topics

will cover special topics related to policing and will be announced by the Program Coordinator.

PR: PLST 2000 and 3 credit hours at the 3000-level in Police Studies

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).