Social and Cultural Analysis (PhD)
Unique in Canada, this bi-disciplinary program provides students with cutting-edge training in both sociology and anthropology in order to prepare them for careers as social and cultural analysts in dynamic environments.
Why pursue a doctorate in social and cultural analysis?
The Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Cultural Analysis (PhD) is a bi-disciplinary degree program that fully integrates the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. The program was the first Doctoral degree program of its kind in both Quebec and Canada. It mirrors the philosophical and pedagogical outlook and approach of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
The PhD program draws on advanced research practices and traditions in sociological and anthropological thought. Students are encouraged to pursue research in one of four thematic specializations:
- Social inclusion/exclusion
- Perception and representation
- Justice and social ethics
The program trains researchers and professors to meet the growing demand for anthropologists and sociologists in government, academic and industry settings. To fulfill degree requirements, PhD students complete core and elective course work, as well as comprehensive exams, and present and defend a thesis proposal and a written thesis.
Research is integral part of all three programs and faculty members encourage students to participate in projects within the department or at affiliated research centres. Faculty are involved with research initiatives at the local, national and international levels. Their research foci include:
- Community, Migration, Travel, Transnational links, Elites, Youth
- Feminisms, Ethnography, Histories of Anthropology
- Imperialism, Neoliberalism, Political Anthropology
- Environment and Infrastructure, Politics, Bureaucracy
- Gender and Development, Legal Anthropology, Muslim Feminisms
- The Body and Senses, Law and Society, Culture and Commerce, Art and Aesthetics
- Creolization, Language and Culture, Food
- Indigenous studies, ethnography, participatory research
- State Violence, Racialization, Citizenship
- Political Economy, Marxist Theory, Cultural and Critical Theory
- Family, Suicide, Sociological Theory, Modernity
- Emotions, morality, suffering and wellbeing, culture
- Risk, Surveillance, Social Justice
- Demography, History of Quebec/Canadian Population, Family
- Food and Sustainability, Social Economy, World-System Studies
- Youth, Addictive Behaviours, Population Health
- Self, Body, Gender, Sexuality, Popular Media, Cultural Theory
- Environmental governance and neoliberalism; Eco-citizenry; Post-humanism
- Social and cultural theory, Journalism and media studie
- Medicine, Gender, Racialization
- Sex Industry, Mixed Methodologies, Social Justice, Policy Research
- Digital Culture, Science and Technology, Social Theory
- Social theory, Deviance, Sociology of Law
- Men, Bodies, Senses
- Quebec, Social Movements, Political Sociology
Admission Requirements. The normal requirement for admission to the PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis is a Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in sociology or in anthropology, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, from a recognized university. A superior academic record and strong references are both essential. The intended area of research is also a factor as admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate research supervisor. Applicants who do not have the required background in either one of the disciplines will be required to take courses (undergraduate or graduate) before being admitted into the program. The number of credits required will vary depending on the student’s personal background but will be limited to no more than 24 credits. Any student applying from outside Canada whose first language is other than English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by writing the TOEFL iBT and obtaining a minimum score of 90 (or 577 for TOEFL PBT).
- Application form and fee
- Three official academic letters of recommendation (in a sealed and signed envelope) with academic assessment form
- Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of Purpose (five pages double spaced plus bibliography) . The Statement of Purpose should include the following;
- Your subject of interest;
- The question which you will pose;
- The methods that you will use;
- A short presentation of relevant debates and theoretical engagements with which your work will correspond and use;
- And finally, the name of a potential supervisor whose work you know and with whom you have communicated and would like to work with
- Unofficial transcripts: graduate and undergraduate
- Proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent Resident status, or Refugee status
- Language proficiency (if required)
- Sample of writing
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Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Opportunities exist for students to work as teaching and research assistants within the department. The selection process is competitive. Preference is given to experienced applicants with an aptitude for the work to be performed. Research assistants participate in funded projects and are hired by the individual faculty members conducting the research.
The department also offers financial support to students presenting papers at conferences.