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School of Graduate Studies (2014/2015)
8.21 Sociology
  • Associate Professor and Head of the Department
  • K. Stanbridge

The Degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy can be earned through full-time or part-time study. Area of department specialization include: Social Theory; Sociology of Culture; Criminology; Environmental Sociology; Social Inequality; Sociology of Gender; Sexuality; Health, including Occupational Health; Development; Work; Political Sociology; and Maritime Sociology. Graduate courses are taught as tutorials or small seminars.

8.21.1 Program of Study
  1. Minimum admission requirements are a B average in undergraduate studies with a good undergraduate background in Sociology.

  2. The M.A. Degree with thesis requires the completion of 15 credit hours in graduate courses, normally including the Sociology Graduate Seminar (6880), Advanced Quantitative Methods (6040), Advanced Qualitative Methods (6041), Social Theory (6150), one elective, and a thesis. In the case of full-time students, the M.A. with thesis is normally completed in two years. The first year is devoted to the completion of the required courses and the definition of the thesis research topic. The second year is devoted to the completion of the thesis and presentation of the thesis at a Department seminar.

  3. The M.A. Degree by Master’s Research Paper requires the completion of 24 credit hours, normally including the Graduate Seminar (6880), Advanced Quantitative Methods (6040), Advanced Qualitative Methods (6041), Social Theory (6150), two electives, and the Master's Research Paper (6900). The coursework should be taken during the first two semesters of full-time study. The Master’s Research Paper (Sociology 6900) should be written in the third semester of full-time study. The Master’s Research Paper will be supervised by a faculty member and must be presented at a Departmental seminar. The Supervisor and one other member of the Department will grade the Master’s Research Paper.

8.21.2 Courses

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 Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • 6041 Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • 6042-49 Special Topics in Advanced Sociology
  • 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
  • 6390 Sociology of Culture
  • 6610 Socialization
  • 6620 Current Topics in Social Behaviour
  • 6880 Sociology Graduate Seminar
  • 6900 Master's Research Paper (6 credit hours)