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Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2007/2008)
11.28 Sociology

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Division.

Sociology 1000 or 2000 are prerequisites for all further Sociology courses except 2250 and those cross-listed with Anthropology. Credit is not given for both Sociology 1000 and 2000. Before taking 3000-level courses, students should have taken at least 9 credit hours in courses below the 3000 level. Courses at the 4000 level will normally be taken by students who have previously taken at least 9 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level.

The following courses, cross-listed with Anthropology and identified by the prefix "S/A", are also taught at the introductory level: 2200, 2210, 2220, 2230, 2240, 2260, 2270, 2280, and 2350. A minimum of two of these courses is prerequisite to further cross-listed courses. These courses are open to be taken as first courses or may be taken to follow up a Sociology introductory course.


Introduction to Sociology

(prerequisite to most departmental courses) is an introduction to the concepts, principles, and topics of Sociology. Credit is not given for both Sociology 1000 and 2000. (Restricted primarily to first-year students.)


Social Inequality

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


Technology and Society

is an examination of the role of technology in society. 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 in advanced industrial societies as well as the question of "the domination of nature".




is an interdisciplinary examination of the concept of Community. Readings will include community studies from North America and Europe.


Communication and Culture


is an examination of verbal and non-verbal systems of communication, and the influence of language on human cognition.


Newfoundland Society and Culture


(Same as Folklore 2230) is the Sociology and Anthropology of the Island of Newfoundland. The focus is on social and cultural aspects of contemporary island Newfoundland.


Canadian Society and Culture


is a descriptive and analytic approach to the development of Canadian society and culture.


Changing World

is sociological analysis of contemporary world issues and social problems.


War and Aggression


is critical review of ethological, psychological and sociological approaches to the understanding of violence and organized aggression.




is a comparative and historical perspective on the family as a social institution, the range of variation in its structure and the determinants of its development.


Religious Institutions


(same as Religious Studies 2350) is comparative study of religious institutions and beliefs, calendrical feasts and solemnities, religious roles and hierarchies, ritual innovation and revitalization.



is an examination of the social and social psychological processes by which individuals become members of human groups (formerly Sociology 4610).


Introduction to the Methods of Social Research

has as its' objectives (1) to introduce basic concepts underlying research in the social sciences, and (2) to make students familiar with some techniques that are useful in the analysis of a wide range of sociological data and that represent a good foundation for later study of more advanced techniques.


Social Movements


is an examination of social movements which challenge prevailing social institutions and cultural values. Social movements considered may include religious cults and sects, millenarian movements, attempts at utopian and communal living, feminism, labour and revolutionary movements.


Classical Social Theory

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


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.

Prerequisite: Sociology 3150.


Persistence and Change in Rural Society


assesses the social and cultural significance of the rural experience in the face of expanding urbanism. Topics may include (a) the nature of rural society in Canada, (b) similarities between Canadian and European rural society, ©) utopian and anarchist movements in rural life, and (d) reaction of agricultural populations to external influence.



is major sociological theories and methodological techniques central to the study of deviance and crime are outlined and evaluated. 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.


Gender and Society

(S/A 3314)

is an examination of biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of gender, with an emphasis upon contemporary directions of change in sex roles.


Criminal Justice and Corrections

provides an introduction to the operation of the Canadian criminal justice system. Topics to be examined may include the origin, nature and utilization of criminal law, policing, adult and juvenile courts, sentencing, correctional institutions, and community based corrections (probation, parole, community service). Criminal justice policy formulation and application are also discussed.

Prerequisite: Sociology 3290.


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.


Social and Cultural Aspects of Death


will cover topics which may include: symbolic meanings and values attached to death; cultural and historical variations in the management of death, e.g. treatment of the 'terminally ill', burial rites, the mourning process, and the social fate of survivors, together with the social and psychological meanings of these behaviours. Open to those without normal prerequisites by permission of the Instructor.