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Sociology and Anthropology Courses

Social and Cultural Anthropology MA Courses

ANTH 600 Identity and Difference (3 credits)

Description: This course explores the processes of social differentiation and identification.

Component(s): Seminar

ANTH 601 Decolonizing Anthropology (3 credits)

Description: This course examines the roots of anthropological theory in Western culture and the decolonization of anthropology since the 1960s.

Component(s): Seminar

ANTH 610 Ethnographic Research and Ethics (3 credits)

Description: This course explores the methods used to gather ethnographic material and the ethical dynamics of the fieldwork encounter, and the duties of the anthropologist as cultural mediator.

Component(s): Seminar

ANTH 620 Writing Ethnography (3 credits)

Description: This course examines a range of methods and styles for presenting ethnographic material, from ethnographic realism to fiction, and encourages further experimentation.

Component(s): Seminar

ANTH 630 New Directions in Anthropological Research (3 credits)

Description: This course explores emergent concepts, methods and topics in anthropology. Content changes in accordance with the research focus of the professor leading the course.

Component(s): Seminar

ANTH 640 Special Topics I (3 credits)

Description: This course, selected in consultation with the student’s thesis supervisor, may be taken from a cognate discipline.

Component(s): Tutorial

Notes:
  • Subject matter varies from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for this course provided that the course content has changed.

ANTH 641 Special Topics II (3 credits)

Description: This course, selected in consultation with the student’s thesis supervisor, is offered as the occasion arises, for example, when a faculty member returns from the field, or when a visiting professor is in residence.

Component(s): Tutorial

Notes:
  • Subject matter varies from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for this course provided that the course content has changed.

ANTH 660 Professional Development Seminar (3 credits)

Description: This seminar is designed to help students develop the professional skills needed to pursue a career in research, practice or teaching. Students are exposed to a variety of research approaches through presentations by a diversity of faculty researchers.

Component(s): Seminar

Notes:
  • This seminar takes place every two weeks over the course of the Fall and Winter semesters.

ANTH 690 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)

Description: Students enrolled in the thesis option are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent ethnographic field research. The student develops a research proposal under the direction of his/her thesis supervisor. The thesis proposal serves as the basis for the elaboration of the written thesis. The student then orally defends the thesis before an examining committee.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Notes:
  • The thesis may be written in either English or French.

ANTH 691 Fieldwork: Stage (6 credits)

Description: The fieldwork requirement, which may last from 3-4 months, involves undertaking research in a community which differs in important respects from the student’s community of reference, and collecting ethnographic data. This research forms the basis of the student’s thesis.

Component(s): Fieldwork

ANTH 692 Thesis (18 credits)

Description: The thesis is required to demonstrate that the student has been able to carry out independent field research. It should be a work of near publishable quality. The thesis is evaluated by the student’s Thesis Committee and one other faculty member. The student is also required to defend the thesis orally before the above-mentioned examiners.

Component(s): Thesis Research

ANTH 693 Essay Proposal (3 credits)

Description: Students develop a research proposal under the direction of their supervisor, including a preliminary reading list.

Component(s): Research

ANTH 694 Bibliographic Research (6 credits)

Description: Students spend two to three months reviewing the literature (which may include both academic and grey literature sources) on their proposed topic. The review forms the basis of the students' essay.

Component(s): Research

ANTH 695 Essay (15 credits)

Description: Students are required to write the essay under the supervision of one faculty member and are evaluated by two faculty members, including the supervisor. The essay proposal serves as the basis for the Essay, which can be either a literature review of a substantive nature, or a report on empirical research.The essay is written under the supervision of one faculty member and is evaluated by two faculty members, including the supervisor. It can either be a literature review of a substantive nature, or a report on empirical research. Students are expected to submit work of publishable or near publishable quality. The appropriate length of the essay is approximately 40 pages.

Component(s): Research

Sociology MA Courses

SOCI 602 Issues in Classical Sociological Theory (3 credits)

Description: This course is designed to examine selected classical texts and analyze the work of recent interpreters and critics. During this course, we will endeavour to develop our critical understanding of the classics. In addition, we will strive to create an awareness of the diversity of readings of classical texts that will enhance our ability to make further critical appropriations, revisions, and uses of the classical tradition.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 603 Issues in Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 credits)

Description: This course is an in-depth study of issues in contemporary sociological theory. It is designed to foster awareness of the plurality, diversity, and divergence among contemporary readers and readings of current texts. The focus is on critical analysis of major writings representing diverse theoretical orientations in recent sociology. Attention is given to fundamental assumptions and to practical implications of given orientations and styles of sociology.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 612 Quantitative Research Design and Methods (3 credits)

Description: This course explores quantitative research design and methodology as a whole process, from conceptualization to research questions, methods, data analysis, and results dissemination. Topics include data structures and their relation to theory; data collection; access to and use of large data sets; coding and validity and reliability issues; statistical techniques as generalized linear models; linear and logistic regression. Students apply various methods to read data. Ethical issues are also considered.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 613 Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3 credits)

Description: This course explores research methodology, design, analysis and dissemination. Topics include focus groups, participant observation, open-ended and structured interviewing, content and discourse analysis, life histories and historical analysis. Analysis will also explore approaches to coding qualitative data and the links between data and conceptual and theoretical categories. Ethical issues as well as issues of researcher safety in the field are considered.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 660 Professional Development Seminar (3 credits)

Description: This seminar is designed to help students develop the professional skills needed to pursue a career in research, practice or teaching. Students are exposed to a variety of research approaches through presentations by a diversity of faculty researchers.

Component(s): Seminar

Notes:
  • This course is graded as pass/fail.
  • This seminar takes place every two weeks over the course of the Fall and Winter semesters.

SOCI 690 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)

Description: The student develops a research proposal under the direction of his/her thesis supervisor.

Component(s): Thesis Research

SOCI 691 Thesis (21 credits)

Description: Students enrolled in the thesis option are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research which reflects a scientific approach. The thesis proposal, SOCI 690 (prepared within the confines of the thesis tutorial) will serve as the basis for the elaboration of the actual thesis, SOCI 691. This will take the form of a written thesis (21 credits) of at least article length. The student will then orally defend the thesis before an examining committee.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Notes:
  • The thesis may be written in either English or French.

SOCI 695 Essay (18 credits)

Description: The essay is written under the supervision of one faculty member and is evaluated by two faculty members, including the supervisor. It can either be a literature review of a substantive nature, or a report on empirical research. Students are expected to submit work of publishable or near publishable quality. The appropriate length of the essay is approximately 40 pages.

Component(s): Research

Sociology MA Selected Topics

SOCI 601 Topics in Advanced Theory (3 credits)

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 611 Topics in Advanced Methodology (3 credits)

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 620 Population and Society (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 720. 

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 622 Studies in Race and Ethnicity (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 722.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 625 Sociology of Culture (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 725.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 626 North American Societies (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 726.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 627 Social Movements and Social Change (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 727.

Component(s): Seminar

Notes:
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SOCI 632 Sociology of the Family (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 732.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 633 Sociology of Knowledge (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 733.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 635 Gender Studies (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 735.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 637 Development (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 737.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 638 The City (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 738.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 639 Social Problems (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 739.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 640 Community Studies (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 740.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 642 Studies in Governance (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 742.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 644 Sociology of the Body (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 744.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 645 Sociology of Men (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 745.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 646 Globalization (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 746.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 647 Democracy and Citizenship (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 747.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 648 Health, Illness and Medicine (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 748.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 649 Media and Communication (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 749.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 650 Special Topic in Sociology I (3 credits)

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 651 Special Topic in Sociology II (3 credits)

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 652 Self and Subjectivity (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 752.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 653 Intellectual Biography (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 753.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 720 Population and Society (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 620.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 722 Studies in Race and Ethnicity (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 622.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 725 Sociology of Culture (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 625.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 726 North American Societies (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 626.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 727 Social Movements and Social Change (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 627.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 732 Sociology of the Family (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 632.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 733 Sociology of Knowledge (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 633.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 735 Gender Studies (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 635.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 737 Development (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 637.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 738 The City (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 638

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 739 Social Problems (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 639.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 740 Community Studies (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 640.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 742 Studies in Governance (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 642.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 744 Sociology of the Body (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 644.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 745 Sociology of Men (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 645.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 746 Globalization (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 646.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 747 Democracy and Citizenship (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 647.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 748 Health, Illness and Medicine (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 648.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 749 Media and Communication (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 649.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 750 Special Topic in Sociology I (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 650.

Component(s): Lecture; Tutorial; Reading

SOCI 751 Special Topic in Sociology II (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 651.

Component(s): Tutorial; Reading

SOCI 650 Special Topic in Sociology I (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 750.

Component(s): Lecture; Tutorial; Reading

SOCI 651 Special Topic in Sociology II (3 credits)

Also listed as SOCI 751.

Component(s): Lecture

SOCI 752 Self and Subjectivity (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 652.

Component(s): Seminar

SOCI 753 Intellectual Biography (3 credits)

Also listed as  SOCI 653.

Component(s): Seminar

Social and Cultural Analysis PhD Courses

Required Courses

SOAN 800 General Seminar (6 credits)

Description: This course focuses on orientating the common epistemological interests of sociological and anthropological approaches to social and cultural analysis in the four areas of specialization. In order to maximize interdisciplinary coverage, the seminar is led by two faculty members, one trained in sociology and one in anthropology.

Component(s): Seminar

SOAN 820 Professional Development (3 credits)

Description: This course is designed as a seminar in which guest speakers orally present the results of their work and practical information on various professional skills (professionalization). Students are exposed to a variety of research conducted in the two disciplines and acquire communication and teaching skills necessary for working in the real world (defined as both academic and non-academic). Students learn how to present research results to a variety of audiences, how to address issues related to university teaching, and how to deal with ethical issues in the research context. Each week, students must submit a written report on the presentation of the previous week.

Component(s): Seminar

Notes:
  • The course is graded as Pass/Fail.
  • This course is mandatory for all students in the program.

SOAN 840 General Seminar (3 credits)

Description: Designed as a preparation to the research involved in the thesis, the second general seminar focuses on the development of writing and research capacities, preparing research proposals, addressing issues in theory and method in relation to various topics, covering literature reviews. One faculty member is responsible for this seminar.

Component(s): Seminar

SOAN 850 Comprehensive Exam l (6 credits)

Description: Towards the end of their first year in the program, and in consultation with their thesis supervisor, PhD students form an advisory committee of three faculty members, including their supervisor, to assist in the preparation of the comprehensive exams. The core reading list consists of approximately 25 titles. The ultimate goal of the exams is to establish a candidate’s academic specialization. After completing the exam, students should have acquired sufficient background to teach a course and/or conduct advanced research in the area. This examination, as well as SOAN 860 Comprehensive Exam ll, normally take place before the end of the student’s second year in the program. Each exam takes the form of a written essay (20-25 pages) that the student has three weeks to write.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Notes:
  • The student’s advisory committee members evaluate the exam as earning a grade of pass or fail. To constitute a successful exam, it must receive a grade of pass from all three members of the committee. Students who fail one of these exams are allowed to take it for a second time during the following term. A second failure leads to the student’s withdrawal from the program.
  • All candidates are required to write two 6-credit comprehensive exams. The topics for these exams are set at the end of the first year or beginning of the second year, and the exams completed within the second year of the program. Each comprehensive exam is assessed by a committee of three faculty members drawn from the two disciplines, and formed in consultation with the student's supervisor.

SOAN 860 Comprehensive Exam ll (6 credits)

Description: Towards the end of their first year in the program, and in consultation with their thesis supervisor, PhD students form an advisory committee of three faculty members, including their supervisor, to assist in the preparation of the comprehensive exams. The core reading list consists of approximately 25 titles. The ultimate goal of the exams is to establish a candidate’s academic specialization. After completing the exam, students should have acquired sufficient background to teach a course and/or conduct advanced research in the area. This examination, as well as SOAN 850 Comprehensive Exam l, normally take place before the end of the student’s second year in the program. Each exam takes the form of a written essay (20-25 pages) that the student has three weeks to write.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Notes:
  • The student’s advisory committee members evaluate the exam as earning a grade of pass or fail. To constitute a successful exam, it must receive a grade of pass from all three members of the committee. Students who fail one of these exams are allowed to take it for a second time during the following term. A second failure leads to the student’s withdrawal from the program.
  • All candidates are required to write two 6-credit comprehensive exams. The topics for these exams are set at the end of the

    first year or beginning of the second year, and the exams completed within the second year of the program. Each

    comprehensive exam is assessed by a committee of three faculty members drawn from the two disciplines, and formed in

    consultation with the student's supervisor.

SOAN 870 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)

Description: A candidate who has successfully completed the course requirements and the comprehensive exams must submit a thesis proposal to the Graduate Program Director and the thesis committee. The thesis committee, selected in consultation with the GPD, is composed of three members representing both Sociology and Anthropology. It may be the student’s initial advisory committee. The thesis proposal should describe the topic of the thesis, situate it in the relevant literature, and discuss the intended research methods. The written version of the proposal is approved by the members of the thesis committee and followed by an oral defense before the committee members. Following this, the PhD candidate is invited to present his thesis proposal in a departmental seminar.

Component(s): Thesis Research

SOAN 890 Thesis (57 credits)

Description: Doctoral candidates submit a thesis based on their research and defend it in an oral examination. The thesis is expected to make an original contribution to knowledge, to be based on primary sources and to be presented in an acceptable form. The thesis should normally be no more than 400 pages in length (or equivalent if a non-literary format is used).

Component(s): Thesis Research

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