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Faculty of Arts (2010/2011)
8.30 Sociology
8.30.1 Programs in Sociology

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:

  1. Major or Honours in Sociology

  2. Joint Honours in Sociology and Another Major Subject

  3. Major or Honours in Sociology/Anthropology

  4. Minor in Sociology

  5. Minor in Sociology/Anthropology

8.30.2 Admission to Honours Program

Admission to the Honours program in the Department of Sociology is competitive and selective. Students who wish to enter this program must submit an "Application for Admission to Honours Program" form to the Department.

To be accepted into the Honours program, a student must not only meet the criteria laid out in the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts, but must normally have obtained a cumulative average of at least 75% in 18 credit hours in courses in Sociology which must include Sociology 3040 and 3150.

8.30.3 General Information and Prerequisites

Credit is not given for both Sociology 1000 and the former 2000. Sociology 1000 (or the former 2000) and 6 additional credit hours in Sociology courses at the 2000-level are prerequisites for all 3000-level courses in Sociology. Sociology 3040, Sociology 3150 and 3 additional credit hours in Sociology courses at the 3000-level are prerequisites for all 4000-level courses in Sociology.

8.30.4 Major

Major Options.

A student majoring in the Department may elect one of two options: 1. Sociology; 2. Interdisciplinary Studies in Sociology and Anthropology. The interdisciplinary option is for students whose major interests lie in areas which overlap departmental boundaries. An interdisciplinary curriculum of courses is available. These courses are recommended for a) students who are interested in an interdisciplinary Sociology/Anthropology Major; b) students majoring in either Sociology or Anthropology, wishing to broaden their disciplinary perspective; c) students in other fields interested in exploring, from an interdisciplinary perspective, specific problem areas in the Social Sciences. The courses in this option are clearly indicated by the designation S/A before the course number. All students must meet the requirements listed under Degree Regulations, Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts. Under these regulations a minimum of 36 credit hours in Sociology courses are required with appropriate added selections from other departments. Specific regulations for each option are:

  1. Sociology Option: Students wishing to Major in Sociology must complete Sociology 1000 (or the former 2000), Sociology 3040, Sociology 3150, Sociology 3160, and at least 6 credit hours in Sociology at the 4000 level (see Notes 2. below). No more than an additional 6 credit hours in courses below the 3000-level may be counted toward the Major. The remaining courses, for the minimum of 36 credit hours required for the Major, may be selected from any Sociology and S/A offerings at the 3000 and 4000 levels.

  2. Interdisciplinary (S/A) Option: Students wishing to Major in this option must complete at least 24 credit hours in S/A courses, plus a minimum of 12 credit hours in courses selected from offerings in Sociology, Anthropology, or S/A. Specific requirements are under the Sociology/Anthropology Interdepartmental Studies.

8.30.5 Minor

Minor Option.

A Minor in Sociology requires completion of Sociology 1000 or the former 2000, Sociology 3040, 3150, at least 3 credit hours from Sociology courses at the 4000 level (see Notes 2. below), and 12 credit hours in other Sociology or S/A courses.


  1. Students majoring in either Anthropology or Sociology cannot elect to Minor in the S/A Program. Likewise, S/A Majors cannot elect either Anthropology or Sociology as a Minor.

  2. All 4000 level Sociology courses (SOCI) can be used to fulfill the 4000 level requirements for the Major and Minor in Sociology. However, 4000 level S/A courses shall not be used.

8.30.6 Honours

Honours students are required to complete at least 60 credit hours in courses in Sociology and S/A, including all courses prescribed for the Major in Sociology, and either Sociology 4995 or 4996, and must meet the requirements outlined in the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts.

8.30.7 Course Descriptions

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 Department.

S/A course descriptions may be found in this Calendar under the Sociology/Anthropology Interdepartmental Program. An S/A course carries the same Sociology credit as a Sociology course.

Sociology courses are designated by SOCI.


Introduction to Sociology

(formerly SOCI 2000) is an introduction to the concepts, principles, and topics of Sociology. This course is a prerequisite to most departmental courses.


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.


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. 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".


Communication and Culture



Labrador Society and Culture



Newfoundland Society and Culture


(see Sociology/Anthropology Interdepartmental Studies) Cross listed with Folklore 2230.


Canadian Society and Culture



Changing World

is a sociological analysis of contemporary world issues and social problems.


War and Aggression



Religious Institutions


(see Sociology/Anthropology Interdepartmental Studies) Cross listed with Religious Studies 2350.



- inactive course.


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.


Introduction to the Methods of Social Research

provides elementary familiarization with the study of sociology. To this end various strategies for posing and answering sociologically grounded questions will be explored. We take you ‘behind the scenes’ of the research process to provide basic research skills and strengthen your capacity to critically read and evaluate the research-based writing of others. Included in this objective is elementary training in data collection (in-depth interviews, survey research) and analysis techniques (basics of SPSS). A laboratory component helps students acquire “hands on” experience performing research.


Dominance and Power



Social Organizations

- inactive course.


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, as demonstrated by the growth of lotteries, casinos, video lottery terminals, slot machines, and horse racing


Social 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: 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 (formerly SOCI 3304).



- inactive course.


Persistence and Change in Rural Society



Work and Society



Urban Sociology

- inactive course.


Regional Studies: Contemporary Native Peoples of Canada



Regional Studies: The Atlantic



European Societies



Peoples of the Pacific



Regional Studies



Social and Economic Development




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.


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, art, politics, language, conflict, stratification, knowledge, selected social problems.


Gender and Society



Oil and Society



Culture and Aging



Terrorism and Society



Interdisciplinary Specialities



Criminal Justice

provides an introduction to the sociological perspectives on the criminal justice system (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.

Prerequisite: 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.


Credit may be obtained for only one of SOCI 3410 and Human Kinetics and Recreation 3410.


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.


The Use of Theory in Sociology and Anthropology



Society and the Life Cycle



New Media Methods in Social Research



Social and Cultural Change



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.


Ethnicity and Nationalism in Contemporary Societies

- inactive course.


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


Society and Culture



Advanced Methods of Social Research

is conceptualization and empirical research. Selection of appropriate indicators. Multidimensional classification. Multivariate analysis. Special aspects of multivariate analysis. Panel analysis. Group analysis. The structure of arguments. Clarification of concepts.

Prerequisite: SOCI 3040 or equivalent.


Aboriginal Self-Governance



Social and Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness



Social and Cultural Aspects of Death



Studies in Underclass Life



Ritual and Ceremony



Language and Social Change



Oil and Development



Gender and Social Theory


4093-4099 (Excluding 4096)

Special Areas in Sociology

will have the content announced when offered

4100-4109 (Excluding 4107)

Special Topics in Institutional Analysis

is advanced analysis from a sociological perspective of issues pertaining to specific social institutions.


Women and Technological Change

(same as Women's Studies 4107) is an advanced seminar which provides an interdisciplinary survey of the effects of technology on women's lives. Topics could include: The historical development of domestic technology; changes in workplace technology and their impact on women; assessing technologies from a feminist perspective; the design of technological systems; biomedical and reproductive technologies; information technologies; biotechnology; development in architecture and design; women, development, and technology; women and weapons technology; women and ecology; future technological change and women's lives. The course will combine seminar discussions of reading with films, workplace tours and guest speakers.


Credit may be obtained for only one of SOCI 4107, Women's Studies 4107, and the former WSTD 3009.


Culture and Personality



Sociology of Art

- inactive course.


Social Stratification

- inactive course.


Advanced Interdisciplinary Specialities



Advanced Social Theory

- inactive course.


Theory Construction and Explanation in Sociology

- inactive course.


Sociology of Knowledge

- inactive course.

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

Special Topics in Sociology

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.


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.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: S/A 3314


Credit may be obtained for only one of SOCI 4201 and Women's Studies 3100


Sociology of Policing

is a seminar course that focuses on how our system of policing works, the role it plays in society, the social, economic, and political factors that shape policing services, and the policies that may be implemented to strengthen policing services in the future. The popular view of the police role, detective myths and effectiveness, community policing, police socialization, policing special types of problems, police misconduct, and the expansion of private policing are considered.


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.


Women and Development

is a senior level seminar course focussing on the processes of development, especially international development, as they affect women and relations between men and women.


Credit will not be given for both SOCI 4230 and the former SOCI 4204.


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 policy-making and implementation on the other with respect to social and economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Social Psychology

(Advanced Seminar)

- inactive course.


Honours Essay

is a part of the honours program.


Comprehensive Examination

- inactive course.