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

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is offered in Sociology by full-time and part-time study. Graduate courses are taught as tutorials or small seminars.

31.33.1 Program of Study
  1. The Ph.D. degree in Sociology is offered in accordance with General Regulations and current department strengths.

  2. To be admitted to the program an applicant must have completed either a Master of Arts or Master of Philosophy Degree or hold an equivalent qualification.

  3. All Ph.D. candidates normally complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate courses in Sociology, including the Sociology Graduate Seminar (6880), Social Theory (6150), Advanced Quantitative Methods (6040), and Advanced Qualitative Methods (6041), if these or equivalent courses have not been taken previously.

    The supervisory committee in consultation with the Head or Graduate Officer will determine which additional courses, if any, may be required to ensure that candidates undertake appropriate course work in their area of research.

  4. Proficiency in a second language will be required when the candidate's supervisory committee determines that knowledge of this second language is necessary for the purpose of the proposed doctoral research.

  5. A written comprehensive examination, followed by a supplementary oral examination, shall normally be completed by full-time students by the end of the 5th semester of the program. Normally, part-time students shall take the examination within one year of the completion of prescribed courses. In accordance with General Regulations, Comprehensive Examinations, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of their special areas of research within the context of the discipline of Sociology. The examination shall consist of two components: a written and an oral examination. The written component shall be comprised of two essays: one in a broad area (e.g. theory, methods, social inequality, etc.) and a second in the candidate’s area of specialization. The oral component will examine the candidate in areas covered by the written component.

  6. No more than two years after having been admitted to the program the candidate must submit a thesis proposal that is considered satisfactory by the Supervisory Committee.

31.33.2 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