SOCIOLOGY

SOCIOLOGY

SOCIOLOGY 1000
Basic Concepts in Sociology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Human social behaviour, the processes and patterns of group interaction and group influence on individual behaviour. Areas of sociological concern such as social organization, social stratification, ethnic relations and family interaction introduce some of the major concepts, theories and procedures of sociological inquiry.

SOCIOLOGY 2010
Canadian Society

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The changing structure of Canadian Society and its current social features.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2020
Social Problems

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Processes by which social conditions come to be defined as problems, the consequences of these social problems for society and the nature of social reaction.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2100
Research Methodology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Introduction to the philosophy of social scientific investigation; concepts and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2130
Social Statistics

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0

The nature of social data, probability, sampling, co-variation, basic descriptive and inferential techniques, computer analysis.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000.

Recommended background: Mathematics 30 or Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 0500, or Applied Mathematics 30 and at least 75% standing in Athabasca University's Mathematics 101.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Sociology 2130 and Psychology 2030.

SOCIOLOGY 2200
Classical Sociological Theory

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Sociological theory of the 19th and early 20th Century with special reference to Marx, Weber and Durkheim.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2210
Contemporary Sociological Theory

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Sociological theory from the early 20th Century to the present.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2200.

SOCIOLOGY 2410
Women, Men and Society

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Social construction of gender. Comparative and historical perspectives on family and occupational roles. Position of women in contemporary Canadian society.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2440
Sociology of Work

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Examines trends, structures, and social relations related to work and labour. Topics may include industrialization, restructuring, globalization, unemployment, technological change, occupations, and worker-management relations.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2500
Deviance, Conformity and Social Control

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Normative processes by which individuals and groups become labelled as deviant, and the consequences of such social definitions; social factors that influence conformity and individual variation.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2600
The Individual and Society

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Symbolic interaction and role theories are used to understand the interrelationships between the individual and society; the central importance of symbols in the development of human forms of social relations.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 2700/HEALTH SCIENCES 2700
Health and Society

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Sociological perspectives on health and wellness within Canadian and global contexts. The relationship between social organization and health; social constructions and meanings of health; social epidemiology; health beliefs and behaviour; and the experience of illness.

Prerequisite: Sociology 1000.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Sociology 2700/ Health Sciences 2700 and Sociology 2850 (Sociology of Health and Wellness).

SOCIOLOGY 3050
Minority Group Relations

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Majority-minority relationships relative to prejudice, discrimination, assimilation, power and prestige; social structural patterns within minority groups.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

Recommended background: Sociology 2010 and 2020.

SOCIOLOGY 3110
Survey Research

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Interviews and questionnaires in data collection, quantitative data analysis, statistical analysis using computer techniques.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2100.

SOCIOLOGY 3120
Qualitative Research Methods

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Techniques in qualitative data collection and analysis; interviews, participant observation and unobtrusive methods.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2100.

SOCIOLOGY 3310
The Family

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Functions of the family as a social institution. Developmental stages in family life. The changing nature of family and its relationships with society. Changing role relationship involved in family interactions, marital stability, adjustment and breakdown.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 3330
Sociology of Religion

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Religion as a cultural and social phenomenon; religious experience and its institutional expression.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology or Religious Studies.

SOCIOLOGY 3340
Medical Sociology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Socio-cultural factors related to health and illness; models of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in such areas as mental illness and suicide.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

Recommended background: Sociology 2010 and 2020.

SOCIOLOGY 3360
Political Sociology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Sociological and institutional underpinnings of politics. Theories of political action. Intersection of politics with factors such as class, gender, and ethnicity. Social movements, nationalism, the role of states versus markets, and the power of international corporations.

Prerequisites: Sociology 1000 or 2010, and one 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Political Science.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Sociology 3360 and Sociology 3850 (Political Sociology).

SOCIOLOGY 3370
Sociology of Aging

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Social consequences of growing old. Changes in roles and accommodation to them; reactions of society to those growing old, relationship of age and social institutions.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 3390
Sociology of Mass Communication

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The social impact of mass communications (newspapers, radio, film, television, etc.) as well as the social forces and institutions that affect the mass communications media; social organizations of the mass communications media.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 3440
Collective Action and Social Movements

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Socially-shared activities and beliefs directed toward change in, or rejection of the social order: social structural sources of protest, reform and revolt; development of collective meanings, ideology, myth and belief.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

SOCIOLOGY 3450
Women and Work

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The gendered organization of paid and unpaid work and its consequences for women; the evolution of gender segregation and stratification in the workplace; and the impact of factors such as government policy, technological change, and globalization on women's work.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2410 or 2240, or Women's Studies 1000 (WMST 2000 prior to 2004/2005).

Note: Credit is not allowed for Sociology 3450 and Sociology 3850 (Women and Work).

SOCIOLOGY 3460
Body and Society

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

The social aspects of bodily expression and repression. Selected theories of the body in socio-historical and cultural contexts. Social institutions and relations concerning reproductive, aging, ill, disabled, gendered, young, and marginalized bodies.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2210 or 2410.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Sociology 3460 and Sociology 3850 (Sociology of the Body).

SOCIOLOGY 3510
Crime and Delinquency

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Criminal behaviour, its incidence and distribution in Canada, law enforcement and judicial processes.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2500.

SOCIOLOGY 3740
The Sociology of Cyberspace

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Social impact and significance of web-based communication media. Critical examination of the implications of cyberspace for sociological concepts and constructs such as culture, community, identity, agency, democracy and education.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology, or Sociology 1000 and third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours).

Note: Credit is not allowed for Sociology 3740 and Sociology 3850 (Sociology of Cyberspace).

SOCIOLOGY 3770
The Sociology of Youth

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An examination of structures and processes impacting youth in society. Topics may include socialization, the maturation process, youth culture, and adolescence in historical and comparative perspective.

Prerequisite: A 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Sociology.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Sociology 3770 and Sociology 3850 (The Sociology of Youth).

SOCIOLOGY 3850
Topics in Sociology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Topics to be announced.

Prerequisites and recommended backgrounds will be specified for individual topics courses.

SOCIOLOGY 4200
Seminar in Classical Sociological Theory

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Examination and critique of selected works in classical sociological theory.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2200.

SOCIOLOGY 4210
Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Examination and critique of selected works in contemporary sociological theory.

Prerequisite: Sociology 2210.

SOCIOLOGY 4850
Topics Seminar in Sociology

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Topics to be announced.

Prerequisites and recommended backgrounds will be specified for individual topics courses.