Associate Professor and Head of the Department
J. Adler

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


1. The Ph.D. degree in Sociology is offered in accordance with the general regulations in the following areas:
a) Maritime Sociology
b) Gender
c) Work and Development
d) Any combination of these three specialties.

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 must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate courses, including the Sociology Graduate Seminar (6880), Social Theory (6150) and Methods of Sociological Research (6040) if these have not been taken previously.

Students specializing in Maritime Sociology must also take Sociology 6300, 6340, and 6350. Students specializing in Gender must take Sociology 6320, 6370 and 6380. Students specializing in Work and Development must take Sociology 6130, 6280, and 6360. Students combining specialties will take 9 credit hours in subjects to be determined by the Sociology graduate committee after consultation with the student’s supervisor.

4. All candidates must demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or an alternative language approved by the Supervisory Committee. Examinations will be held in accordance with Regulations established by the School of Graduate Studies.

5. A written comprehensive examination, which may be followed by a supplementary oral examination, shall be completed by full-time students no later than the end of the second year 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, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of their special areas of research within the context of the discipline of Sociology. The examination shall consist of three parts: social theory, research methods, and a special area.

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.


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. Methods of Sociological Research
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 (Cross listed as Women’s Studies 6380)
6610. Socialization
6620. Current Topics in Social Behaviour
6880. Sociology Graduate Seminar

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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