Courses Offered

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Summer 2019

Letters of permission from students in other disciplines will be considered as of April 1, 2019.

SOCI 6090 3.0A: Selected Topics in Empirical Methods - Narrative Analysis Strategies

Instructor: Professor Kathy Bischoping
Course Title: Selected Topics in Empirical Methods: Narrative Analysis Strategies
Term:  S1 (April 29-June 10)
Time:  Mondays/Wednesdays 2:30-5:30
Room:  Mondays - S536 Ross Building; Wednesdays - S156 Ross Building

In this course, students will examine a wide range of strategies for analyzing narratives and narration – or, if you like, stories and story-telling. A first group of these, coming from the intersection of humanities and the social sciences, focuses on interpreting how meanings are conveyed by the finer details of how stories are told. A second group of strategies concentrates on the interplay of story tellers and listeners, for example, in reflexive analysis of the role of the researcher in co-producing interview narratives, or in studying how mass media audiences receive narratives. A third group of strategies is informed by broad questions about the past and its relation to the present, about structure and agency in the life course, about the self, and about how discourses and narratives connect. Throughout the course, strategies are located in relation to ontology and epistemology , and in relation to their wider applicability to non-narrative data.

SOCI 6200 3.0A: Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Thinking Theoretically

Instructor: Professor Barbara Hanson
Course Title: Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Thinking Theoretically
Term:  SU (April 29-July 29)
Time:  Thursdays 4:00-7:00
Room:  S501 Ross Building

This course is designed to give students theoretical literacy, the ability to understand a wide range of social theories and locate their own theoretical stance within this range.   I have structured the course to simulate the actual process of developing and sharing scholarly work.

I promote a collegial atmosphere emphasizing class members helping each other develop their work tempered by the ideas of others in preparation for conferences, oral exams, or  submission of papers/theses.

The goal is to support students from a variety of disciplines and stages of study in developing their own theoretical interests and professional skills by doing a piece of work with feedback from others that can be used as a paper or part of a thesis. Consequently, there wont be a single theme, but rather multiple explorations that correspond to student interests.  I will strive to see that major areas of contemporary theory are covered and compared so that students leave with an understanding of their theoretical options.   Over the years, I have thought of this like a theory "Buffet".  You get to sample and decide what works for you and how it is located--fits with other people's choices.

While the material that is covered will depend largely on the individual interests of the students in the course, we will likely cover Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas, Smith, and Butler.   Evaluation is geared toward presentation of a paper at a mini conference within the course to simulate the actual process of developing professional work.   Students will present preliminary ideas, write drafts, give and incorporate feedback, and share ideas about where to go with their work.

In this process students learn professional skills such as :

- revising work
- presenting and discussing work at a professional conference
- preparing work for publication submission or fulfilling program requirements

Course Requirements (all mandatory)

Theorists Presentation - 25 %
Stance Presentation & Discussion - 25 %
Conference Presentation & Discussion - 25 %
Paper - 25 %

The assignments are cumulative.   You will use your theorists presentation to build your stance, and your stance to build your paper which will be presented at the in class mini-conference then revised for submission to me for grading.

Fall/Winter 2019-2020

Letters of permission from students in other disciplines will be considered as of July 1, 2019.

SOCI 5901 3.0A (F)—Key Debates in Sociological Theory (MA sociology students only)

Instructor: Fuyuki Kurasawa
Time: T 4:00-7:00
Room: TBD

Course Description
*this course is open only to MA sociology students


SOCI 5995 3.0A (F)—M.A. Seminar (MA sociology students only)

Instructor: Eric Mykhalovskiy
Time: M 2:30-5:30
Room: TBD

Course Description
*this course is open only to MA sociology students


SOCI 6001 3.0A (F) - Doctoral Seminar I: Professional Development Workshop

*this course is open only to PhD sociology students; MA students in sociology are welcome to attend if they wish

Instructor: Luin Goldring
Time: M 11:30-2:30
Room: 2101 Vari Hall

The overall objectives of this workshop-based course are:  (i) the development of professional skills for the academic and non-academic labour market; (ii) to facilitate timely progress through the program; and (iii) to contribute to the development of a research culture in the cohort and beyond.

SOCI 6002 3.0M (W) - Doctoral Seminar II: Professional Development Workshop

*this course is open only to PhD sociology students; MA students in sociology are welcome to attend if they wish

Instructor: Luin Goldring
Time: M 11:30-2:30
Room: 2101 Vari Hall

The objectives of this workshop-based course are:  (i) the development of professional skills for the academic and non-academic labour markets; (ii) to facilitate academic progress after completion of the comprehensive exams; and (iii) to contribute to the development of a research culture in the cohort.

Pre-requisite:  Completion of SOCI 6001 3.0:  Doctoral Seminar 1, and registration in the second year of the Sociology PhD program.

SOCI 6060 3.0A (F)—Qualitative Methods

Instructor: Glenn Stalker
Time: W 2:30-5:30
Room: TBD



SOCI 6090 3.0M (W) - Selected Topics in Empirical Methods - Community-Based Research Practicum

Instructor: Lorna Erwin
Time: R 7:00-10:00
Room: TBD

Community-based research--variously called action research, participatory action research, and organic public sociology--has a long history in Sociology. Our concern will be with the ways that community-based research is conducted, with how Sociology is (re) presented to the worlds we study, and with how sociological knowledge becomes part of other people’s worlds.

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the praxis of public Sociology; to provide them with knowledge of both the theories behind community-based approaches and their actual practice. Fieldwork experiences will provide students with opportunities to grapple with some of the decisions, issues, and practices involved in community research and to apply the readings to their own concrete experiences.

SOCI 6112 6.0A (Y)—Quantitative Analysis

Instructor: Ann Kim
Time: R 11:30-2:30
Room: TBD


SOCI 6180 3.0M (W) - Sex and Gender in Social Theory

Instructor: Radhika Mongia
Time: W 2:30-5:30
Room: TBD


SOCI 6190 3.0A (F) - Selected Topics in Classical and Contemporary Theory

Instructor: H. Singh
Time: R 4:00-7:00
Room: TBD

The course is designed to discuss the relevance of the classical and contemporary social theory to an understanding of society and history, with a focus on the origin and the internal dynamics of capitalism-colonialism, including its current phase, globalization and empire. Selected topics, e.g. sociology as ideology, anatomy of civil society, class and class struggle, accumulation by dispossession, war and militarization are discussed from the Marxist and non-Marxist perspectives. Apart from the works of Marx-Engels, Weber, and Durkheim, the later works relating to the debates within and between the Marxist and non-Marxist traditions are discussed in order to understand the gap between mainstream ideology of equity, freedom, and equality and the historical-empirical reality of exploitation, lack of freedom, and increasing inequality as systemic issues of capitalism-colonialism.

Mainstream sociological theory looks at Marx and Marxism through a Weberian lens. In this course, we read the original works of Marx and Weber and compare them in terms of the questions they raise and the answers they provide. As Weber is unarguably the single most important thinker to influence the course of the mainstream sociological theory, open-ended discussion on Marx and Weber is encouraged to allow an understanding of the basic differences between the two theoretical, albeit ideological, vantage points to look at the society and history.

As an ideology, mainstream classical theory and its variants – structuralism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, and subaltern studies - are distinct from Marxism in that the issues of inequality and exploitation are not their central concern. On the other hand, these questions are central to Marxism. The interesting question, therefore is not why read Marx today, rather why this question?

SOCI 6200 3.0A (F)—Contemporary Topics in Social Theory

Instructor: Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
Time: T 8:30-11:30
Room: TBD

How can we speak about the poor, about economic and spatial inequalities, marginalization, about bodies that don’t matter, the subalterns, and the making of the political? If the political is the most important expression of people’s emancipation and the foundational dimension of the common good, how does it relate to those without or lacking voice? “On the Margins and the Political” encapsulates these questions and others by reflecting on their various articulations. We will examine their relations through the body of work in political sociology and anthropology, political philosophy, urban anthropology and sociology, geography and cultural criticism. This course aims at building some foundational knowledge and skills that students then can apply in their own research topics be they in immigration, health, work, indigeneity or general theory. The course will also be an opportunity for students to engage with key authors such as Rancière, Badiou, E.Thompson, Chatterji, Bayat, Green, etc.

SOCI 6613 3.0M (W)—Migrant Incorporations and Social Transformation

Instructor: TBA
Time:  T 11:30-2:30
Room: TBD


SOCI 6614 3.0A (F) - Migration and Transnationalisms

Instructor:  Rina Cohen
Time:  R 8:30-11:30
Room:  TBD

This course examines migration as a social, economic, cultural and political process which transforms individuals, families, communities and states. The course reviews major conceptual debates and methodological tools that are being employed in the study of migration, diaspora and transnationalisms. It links transnational migration to issues of postcolonialism, globalization, neoliberalism, nationalism and nativism, belongings, social stratification and inequality.

We will be asking questions such as: Why do people move internationally following certain patterns? Why and how do they develop transnational relations? How is migration influenced by states’ and international polices? How do gender, class, religion, sexuality, citizenship, race and ethnicity shape these processes and how are they being shaped by them? What are the global, regional, national, familial, and individual implications of migration and transnationalism? How do Diasporas engage with the receiving country, other diasporic communities and with countries of origin?

Drawing on works of authors such as Hall, Appadurai, Sassen, Cohen, Levitt, Anthias and Yuval-Davis, Salazar-Parrenas, Kempadoo & Doezema, Vertovec, Goldring, Portes, Clifford, Li and Aleinikoff, students will critically engage with literature on immigrant transnationalism. Topics may include: social networks, cultural reproduction and diasporic identity, immigrant women, forced migration, second generation, xenophobia, labour diasporas and development, precarious work, political engagement, inclusion and exclusion, citizenship and the impact of state policies on ethnic trans-state action. The course outline and readings may be modified according to students’ interests.

SOCI 6664 30AM(W) - Economic Sociology

Instructor:  Mark Thomas
Time:  M 2:30-5:30
Room:  TBD

The 2008 financial crisis highlighted the fallibility of capitalist markets and the devasting effects of market failure on society. In the aftermath of the crisis, critiques of capitalist markets that had long been marginalized in public discourse shaped by decades of neoliberalism gained new resonance. In the context of economic instability, growing inequality, and emerging movements of resistance to market fundamentalism, neoliberal orthodoxies proclaiming the virtues of ‘free markets’ are being called into question, alternatives to capitalist markets are once again being debated, and the social implications of market processes are receiving renewed attention.

At the heart of such critiques lie the core assertions of economic sociology, which in rejecting the assumptions of neoclassical economics posits that there is a social basis to economic activity, that markets are themselves are grounded in social relations, and that ‘the social’ and ‘the economic’ are inherently connected. Building on this framework, this course examines the social organization of markets, the social implications of economic processes, and the social bases of economic power. Beginning with the concept of ‘embeddedness’, a key concept in economic sociology, the course investigates the ways in which economic phenomena – including capitalist markets, networks of exchange, and the organization of production and consumption - are shaped through a range of social relations, social processes, and institutions, as well as the ways in which economic forces shape social structures and impact social life.

The course explores these themes through Marxist, institutionalist, network, feminist, and postcolonial perspectives, covering foundational and contemporary sociological writing on the economy. With attention to the current context marked by the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, the course also investigates a series of contemporary topics in economic sociology, including financialization, neoliberalism, growing economic inequality, the organization of global value chains, new sites and practices of consumption, movements of resistance against market forces, and alternatives to the capitalist market.

SOCI 6711 3.0M (W) - Social Movements

Instructor: Lesley Wood
Time: T 8:30-11:30
Room: TBD


SOCI 6760 3.0A (F) - Race and Ethnicity

Instructor:  Tania Das Gupta
Time:  T 11:30-2:30
Room:  TBD


SOCI 6831 3.0M (W) - Health and Illness

Instructor: P. Armstrong
Time: W 8:30-11:30
Room: TBD

The course is designed to consider critically current theoretical and policy debates about health and care within a feminist political economy framework. The focus will be Canada but a Canada located within an international context. Of course students will be invited to introduce other perspectives and other countries into the readings, discussions and their papers.

Independent Reading Courses

Independent reading courses are normally open to graduate sociology students only.  However, with permission, students from other programs may enrol in this course.

Graduate students in sociology must have their reading course supervised by a faculty member in the Graduate Program in Sociology.

All students who wish to enrol in a sociology reading course (5900/6900) must submit to the program office, a reading course form (.pdf) by the following deadlines:

April 1 for summer term reading courses

August 1 for fall term and fall/winter term reading courses

December 1 for winter term reading courses