Sociology (SOC)

SOC-1160  Introduction to Sociology  (3 Credits)  

This course is an orientation to sociology and serves as a brief picture of its scope as a developing discipline. The course will examine how individual lives are shaped by one's place in society and how people cope within their social and cultural contexts. The focus is on Canadian culture, diversity, and social trends, and how Canada is affected by its position in the world. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-160.

SOC-1167  Sociology of Aging  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to the sociology of aging with a focus on diversity, population aging, and social trends. Exploring how gender, social class, culture and demographics influence age-related experiences in social and recreational activities, work roles, and relationships. Examining the implication of an aging population on health care, pensions, retirement, family support, and death and dying, as well as social problems including poverty and elder abuse. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-167.

SOC-1170  Introduction to Social Work  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with a self-directed and collaborative learning opportunity focused on Canadian social welfare and the profession of social work. Students will be introduced to the professional values, ethics, knowledge bases, roles, responsibilities, fields of practices, and practice settings of social work. In addition, students will critically examine their beliefs, values, and attitudes in relation to society of which they are members and explore their individual interests within the profession of social work. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-170.

SOC-2250  Sociology of Sports  (3 Credits)  

This course examines topics beyond game scores and player performance and encourages students to think critically about sports, how it is influenced by social and cultural contexts, how sports shape our lives, and the relationship between sports and social institutions. Important issues such as violence, cheating, and hazing as well as issues of inequality and the relationship between social classes, gender, race and participation are also critically examined. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-250.

Requisite courses: Take SOC-1160 or PSY-1160 (Required, Previous).

SOC-2255  Complex Correctional Populations  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the identification of unique offender groups and the treatment of these groups within the correctional context. Specific areas of study include offenders with health conditions, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, conditions related to the aging process, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, mental health conditions psychopathy, and those in custody for sex offences. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-255.

SOC-2260  Social Problems  (3 Credits)  

This course examines topics pertinent to a variety of sociological problems that affect Canada and the world. Through the application of sociological theories, important social issues such as drug abuse, crime, inequality and poverty, gender inequality, race and ethnicity problems, family problems, overpopulation, environmental issues, and global conflict are critically examined. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-260.

Requisite courses: Take SOC-1160 (Required, Previous).

SOC-2270  Sociology of the Family  (3 Credits)  

This course is a study of Canadian family life in both a historical and sociological perspective with an emphasis on current trends and research on the family. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-270.

Requisite courses: Take SOC-1160 (Required, Previous).

SOC-2273  Multicultural Issues  (3 Credits)  

This course examines values, beliefs, patterns of behaviour, intercultural communication processes and their impact on working with children, youth, families and other professionals. Specific multicultural concepts will be examined as will appropriate strategies for working within cross- cultural contexts. Students will develop sensitivities and skills to assist them in understanding and working within cross-cultural context. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-273.

SOC-2276  Sexuality  (3 Credits)  

This course examines how social factors contribute to our sexual beliefs and behaviors and how sexuality influences our personal lives and social policies. The course topics will be instructed primarily from a sociological perspective and will integrate sociological research and theories with information from psychology, biology, anthropology, and history. Students will be expected to consider their own perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs on sexuality in light of the scientific findings and to understand the global diversity of sexual practices and customs. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-276.

Requisite courses: Take any one of SOC-1160, PSY-1160, or PSY-1170 (Required, Previous).

SOC-2290  Addictions and Mental Health in Justice  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students with an opportunity to examine the full spectrum of addictions and mental health. Students will explore the relationship between mental health, trauma, and substance use through theories, awareness, stigma, prevention, treatment and evidence-based strategies to promote well-being and mental health. Through a process of self-reflection, research and best practice guidelines, students will develop a professional approach to mental health in Canada. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

SOC-3355  Cultural Diversity in Conservation Enforcement  (3 Credits)  

Canada's diverse cultural heritage presents many challenges when resource management is considered. Cultural tradition often influences the perspective that individuals have to the conservation and management of natural resources. This course will examine the different cultural groups present in Canada with regard to their perspectives on natural resource use. Particular attention will be given to the Aboriginal culture and how it relates to resource use within the Canadian legal framework. This course will also explore the relationship between cultures other than the typical Euro-centric Caucasian culture and natural resource law enforcement in Canada. Students will learn how different cultures relate to natural resource law enforcement and will understand why these differences may exist.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to SOC-355.