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Social and Cultural Analysis (PhD)

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Doctorate (PhD)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
4 years
90 credits
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Program overview

The PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis combines elements of anthropology and sociology to examine a range of social questions. The program has a unique bi-disciplinary structure that allows you to carry out independent research projects on issues related to topics such as social inequality, gender, technology, food, environment, urban development and the politics of representation. Our large faculty is active in multiple research centres and groups, such as the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and Quebec’s first-ever Research Chair on Gambling. Our faculty and students conduct research around the world, as well as at home in Montreal's diverse communities, neighbourhoods, and orgnaizations.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Sociology and Anthropology Courses page for course descriptions.

Social and Cultural Analysis PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

SOAN 800 General Seminar (6.00)
SOAN 820 Professional Development (3.00)
SOAN 840 General Seminar (3.00)

6credits of Elective Courses, chosen from two courses from the lists below:


ANTH 600 Identity and Difference (3.00)
ANTH 601 Decolonizing Anthropology (3.00)
ANTH 610 Ethnographic Research and Ethics (3.00)
ANTH 620 Writing Ethnography (3.00)
ANTH 630 New Directions in Anthropological Research (3.00)
ANTH 640 Special Topics I (3.00)
ANTH 641 Special Topics II (3.00)

Note: The subject matter for ANTH 640 and ANTH 641 varies from term to term and from year to year. Students may re-register for these courses provided that the course content has changed.


SOCI 602 Issues in Classical Sociological Theory (3.00)
SOCI 603 Issues in Contemporary Sociological Theory (3.00)
SOCI 612 Quantitative Research Design and Methods (3.00)
SOCI 613 Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3.00)
SOCI 620 Population and Society (3.00)
SOCI 622 Studies in Race and Ethnicity (3.00)
SOCI 625 Sociology of Culture (3.00)
SOCI 626 North American Societies (3.00)
SOCI 627 Social Movements and Social Change (3.00)
SOCI 632 Sociology of the Family (3.00)
SOCI 633 Sociology of Knowledge (3.00)
SOCI 635 Gender Studies (3.00)
SOCI 637 Development (3.00)
SOCI 638 The City (3.00)
SOCI 639 Social Problems (3.00)
SOCI 640 Community Studies (3.00)
SOCI 642 Studies in Governance (3.00)
SOCI 644 Sociology of the Body (3.00)
SOCI 645 Sociology of Men (3.00)
SOCI 646 Globalization (3.00)
SOCI 647 Democracy and Citizenship (3.00)
SOCI 648 Health, Illness and Medicine (3.00)
SOCI 649 Media and Communication (3.00)
SOCI 652 Self and Subjectivity (3.00)
SOCI 653 Intellectual Biography (3.00)

Note: Doctoral students are asked to perform at a higher level as leaders in class discussions and are given more in-depth work in the form of papers and oral presentations.



SOAN 850 Comprehensive Exam l (6.00)
SOAN 860 Comprehensive Exam ll (6.00)



SOAN 870 Thesis Proposal (3.00)



SOAN 890 Thesis (57.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • MA in sociology or in anthropology, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, from a recognized university.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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