Social Sciences Graduate Courses (SSCI)

Social Sciences Graduate Courses (SSCI)
Faculty of Arts and Science

Note:
These courses are intended for graduate students in the M.A. program.

Social Sciences 5101

Research Design
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced investigation of epistemological, ontological, and ethical concerns relating to research design.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5103

Qualitative Interviewing
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of methodological, epistemological, and practical techniques in qualitative interviewing. Emphasis is placed on interview technique, reflexivity, transcription, and interpretation.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Corequisite(s):
Social Sciences 5101
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5105

Ethnographic Methods
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of core ethnographic techniques and approaches. Includes consideration of critical issues concerning the positioning of the researcher (in terms of ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ perspectives) and the transformation of qualitative data into text.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Corequisite(s):
Social Sciences 5101
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5107

Discourse Analysis
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of the concept of discourse, theoretical models of discourse, and the different approaches used in the analysis of discourse.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Corequisite(s):
Social Sciences 5101
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5130

Multivariate Statistics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-3-0
Advanced quantitative data analysis using statistical programs like SPSS, as well as familiarity with a range of statistical procedures such as multiple regression, factor analysis, logistic regression, discriminant function analysis, MANOVA, cluster analysis, and multi-dimensional scaling.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program

Social Sciences 5201

Classical Feminist Theory
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of texts, theories, and actions that have shaped feminist thought from the Enlightenment to the mid 1960s, as well as the social conditions and conflicts in which feminist ideas arise and circulate.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5203

Historical Materialism
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of Marxist traditions. Topics may include theory and practice, ideology, objectification, commodification and commodity fetishism, modes of production, exchange and consumption, and alienation.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5205

Structuralism/Functionalism
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of theories of structure and/or function in social thought including structural-functionalism, structuralism and systems analysis, and critiques or revaluations of these theories.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5207

Culture and History
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of cultural theory and history in Weberian and related traditions. Topics may include historical relations between culture and social practice, and processes of modernization and rationalization as they apply to identity, status, and power.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5301

Contemporary Feminist Theory
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of texts, theories, and actions that currently animate feminist thought, as well as the social conditions and conflicts in which feminist ideas arise and circulate.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5303

Critical Theory
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of critical theories of society, culture, and communications. Topics may include hegemony, legitimation, transgression, ideology, and reification.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5305

Postmodernism/Poststructuralism
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of key debates concerning representation, power, identity, and late capitalism. This course may outline postmodernism and poststructuralism as distinct but overlapping philosophical and artistic traditions that inform the politics of signification, discourse, ideology, and recent economic transformations.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5307

Postcolonialism
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Advanced exploration of historical conditions of (post) colonialism and colonial dimensions of multiculturalism. This course may examine the complexities and contradictions within black liberation discourse, diasporic studies, critical multiculturalism, anti-colonial struggle, and recent discussions of hybridity.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Note:
This is a half-semester course offered in either the first or second half of the semester.

Social Sciences 5701

Professional Seminar I
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Various topics relating to the practical aspects of academic life. Topics may include graduate life overview, using EndNote, self-efficacy, grant writing, conference protocol, and thesis planning.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Grading: Pass/Fail
 
Note:
This is a half-semester course scheduled bi-weekly over a twelve-week period.

Social Sciences 5703

Professional Seminar II
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Various topics relating to the practical aspects of academic life. Topics may include writing and motivation, ethics review, grantsmanship, publication practices, the thesis defence, job search, and CV construction.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
Grading: Pass/Fail
 
Note:
This is a half-semester course scheduled bi-weekly over a twelve-week period.

Social Sciences 5850

Topics in Social Sciences
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Selected topics to be offered as determined by student program needs and available University resources. Topics may include auto-ethnography, archival research and historical methods, and visual methods.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program
(Additional prerequisites may be specified, including any recommended background, for individual offerings)

Social Sciences 5901

Quantitative Reasoning in Social Science Research
Credit hours: 1.5
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
A seminar in quantitative reasoning underpinning social science research, designed to equip students to read and critique quantitative research at the graduate level.
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a graduate program