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: N141 Ross Building - ROOM CHANGE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

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.

SOCI 6670 3.0A: Social History and Class

Instructor: Professor Himani Bannerji
Course Title: Social History and Class
Term: S1 (April 29-June 10)
Time: Mondays/Wednesdays 2:30–5:30
Room: 2005 Vari Hall - ROOM CHANGE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

This course provides a critical assessment of the developments in several forms of social history that cross disciplinary lines. Several distinctive traditions have emerged in the last twenty years, including revisionist forms of working class history, family history, ethnic and women's history. The developments have given rise to new methods of analysis and new theoretical issues, ranging from documentary and demographic analysis to debates about social science, narrative and literary interpretations. The course provides a selective introduction to this literature, revealing a common concern with questions of class, social agency and social structure.

Course Outline (.pdf)

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: N141 Ross Building

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

This course, designed for M.A. students in the Graduate Program in Sociology, consists of a survey of some of key questions, paradigms, and concepts in sociological theory, with a specific emphasis on the latter’s critical iterations. Rather than adopting a conventionally chronological structure in the mold of a history of ideas (from classical to contemporary theory), the course is designed thematically around a series of core debates, tensions, and oppositions that have defined—and continue to define—the field of sociological theory. As such, the course is organized around three central themes:

a) meta-theoretical debates, about the character of theory, how to understand theoretical knowledge, and the constitution of a field or object of study known as ‘sociological theory’;

b) paradigmatic debates, about the various theoretical paradigms, intellectual currents or schools of thought that have formed through relations of conflict and complementarity amongst each other within sociology;

c) conceptual debates, about which sociological concepts and notions are suited to describe, analyze, and produce a critique of the various dimensions of the social.

At the conclusion of the course, students should be conversant with these three dimensions of sociological theory and the different debates contained within each of them. Moreover, they should be able to locate, compare, and map out a variety of positions and theorists regarding these debates, and to engage with them in both interpretive and critical ways.

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

Instructor: Eric Mykhalovskiy
Time: M 2:30-5:30
Room: S101 Ross Building

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

This course is designed specifically for students entering the MA Program in Sociology at York University. The course is based on a cohort model and will provide a supportive peer environment to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to successfully negotiate the transition from undergraduate to graduate education.

The course focuses on developing a successful MA Thesis or Research Review Paper Proposal. Developing such a proposal can be a challenging task that poses complex questions about one’s engagement with current trends in sociological inquiry, the approaches to sociological research that one most values, how one imagines contributing to the discipline, what types of research questions one deems feasible and worthy of being posed, and so on.

Through a series of small assignments and opportunities for presentation and discussion, students will work through these questions and develop a clear, feasible, and intellectually engaging proposal. The course will break down the work of developing a proposal into a series of manageable steps. The key topics which will be addressed are:

Understanding the proposal, research review paper, and thesis as genres of sociological writing;
Thinking about and doing reflexivity in research;
Exploring approaches to critical inquiry;
Identifying and engaging with literatures relevant to your research;
Treating scholarly work as an object of sociological reflection;
Refining research objectives and formulating a research problem;
Asking successful research questions;
Developing a successful argument;
Writing for scholarly audiences.

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: N141 Ross Building

This course aims to extend your knowledge of qualitative methods by situating the practice of these methods within a deeper understanding of the theoretical and epistemological underpinnings of the method. Emerging debates that both trouble and extend the application of qualitative methods will be emphasized as will the character and specificity of knowledge gained or compromised through specific research designs.

In addition to mainstream qualitative methods, the course will study emerging perspectives that are contributing to the development and wider adoption of approaches that yield partial relational knowledge(s), including aboriginal, feminist, anti-colonial, and queer standpoint theories. Insights in these emerging areas inform an understanding of the use of power in social science knowledge and our relationship and responsibility to the communities we study. Consequently, how different epistemological approaches contribute to new directions in research ethics in qualitative research is an important consideration in this course. These directions assist in demonstrating the limits of debates that do not renew ontological understandings in theory and epistemology and are narrowly focused on distinctions between agency and structure, relativism and objectivity, and micro and macro levels of analysis.

While practical skills in both mainstream and emerging methods will be gained, the emphasis is not on developing technical skills in the absence of theoretical knowledge of those methods. An overriding goal of the course is to prepare students to be critical researchers able to assess the strengths and limits of qualitative research practices and designs. Additionally, students will gain the epistemological knowledge needed to critically understand and assess the merits of any potential research practice that may be necessary in future study and research.

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

Instructor: Lorna Erwin
Time: R 7:00-10:00
Room: S536 Ross Building

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 (fall)/Cary Wu (winter)
Time: R 11:30-2:30
Room: 1018 Vari Hall

This course is designed to develop the student’s quantitative literacy and analytical skills. A key objective is for students to learn how to apply appropriate statistical tests to data in response to a social research question for presentation and publication. The course emphasizes the analysis of survey data and the idea that models represent patterns in data, and statistical ideas are taught using examples from across the social sciences. Data analysis is approached as a craft that combines a knowledge of social statistics, a critical understanding of social science data and its limitations, a feeling for the translation of theoretical questions into testable models, and the ability to interpret and write about results.

The first term of the course deals with basic descriptive and inferential statistics, significance tests, measures of association, and covers univariate and bivariate analyses, including linear regression.

In the second term, we dive into multivariate analyses beginning with ordinary least squares (OLS) regression, a technique often used to study the “gender gap” in earnings,on the effects of social class and lifestyle on health, and on the impact of neighbourhoods on the quality of life. Also in the second term, we extend knowledge of classical OLS techniques to different types of outcomes, such as: whether or not a person voted; a person’s perceived health status, measured in five ordered categories; and how a person voted in an election with three or more parties; and the number of visits to doctor or shopping trips in some period. We learn logistic regression, showing how the transformation of the probability of an outcome into its “log odds” makes it possible to use ideas from basic regression. Further extensions of regression provide for the analysis of outcomes with ordered categories and with three or more unordered categories and for counts and durations.

The course focuses heavily on application and interpretation, not on mathematical theory and proofs, and as such, no background in social statistics or statistical computing is assumed. Students will need to bring a laptop to class and have access to a statistical package. While Stata will likely be the software of instruction,and if so, would be supported in the course,other packages may be used.Do not purchase any statistical software until this is decided.

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

Instructor: Radhika Mongia
Time: W 2:30-5:30
Room: N836A Ross Building

There is now an extensive, varied, and rich corpus of scholarship on sex and gender in social theory. This course is an invitation to engage with some elements of this rich and varied corpus. While by no means comprehensive in its coverage, the course provides a survey of some of the more important strands of feminist theorizing and debate over the last four or five decades, including the turn to poststructuralism, the challenge of postcolonial perspectives, the contributions of affect theory, and the propositions of the new materialisms. The readings range from classic texts, which fundamentally influenced the shape of feminist theorizing and feminist scholarship, to recent contributions, that address more contemporary debates and concerns, including queer theory and trans scholarship.

SOCI 6190 3.0A (F) - Selected Topics in Classical and Contemporary Theory - Capitalism, Ideology, Social Theory

Instructor: H. Singh
Time: R 4:00-7:00
Room: S125 Ross Building

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 - On the Margins and the Political: Debate and Experiences

Instructor: Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
Time: T 8:30-11:30
Room: S156 Ross Building

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 6535 3.0A (F) - Critical Sexuality

Instructor:  Frances Latchford
Time:  T 10:30-1:30
Room:  201 Founders College

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SOCI 6536 3.0A (F) - Transnational Sexualities

Instructor:  David Murray
Time:  R 1:30-4:30
Room:  201 Founders College

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

Instructor: Guida Man
Time:  T 11:30-2:30
Room: S156 Ross Building

In the last few decades, the exacerbation of neoliberal restructuring in an era of globalization and transnationalization has substantially shaped international migration processes and has transformed recent development in migration practices. This course examines issues concerning the settlement experience of im/migrants in the new country, and at the same time interrogates the larger social, economic, political, and cultural policies and practices which transform society and shape im/migrants’ everyday lives in an era of globalization, neoliberalism, and transnationalism. We will examine theoretical debates as well as empirical studies by scholars from both the global north and the global south. Students are encouraged to engage critically in seminar discussions, and to adopt a comparative, feminist, and intersectional lens to examine and interrogate course discussion topics such as immigration policies, immigrant resiliency and settlement, social inequality, documented and undocumented im/migrants, temporary migrant workers, refugees, the second generation. Students are welcome to explore different geographical places not covered in the course outline.

SOCI 6614 3.0A (F) - Migration and Transnationalisms

Instructor:  Rina Cohen
Time:  R 8:30-11:30
Room:  S501 Ross Building

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.

Course Outline (.pdf)

SOCI 6664 3.0M (W) - Economic Sociology

Instructor:  Mark Thomas
Time:  M 2:30-5:30
Room:  S501 Ross Building

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 6683 3.0A (F) - The Political Economy of Work and Welfare

Instructor: Leah Vosko
Time:  R 11:30-2:30
Room: S501 Ross Building

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SOCI 6711 3.0M (W) - Social Movements

Instructor: Lesley Wood
Time: T 8:30-11:30
Room: S536 Ross Building

Some days it feels like the world is cracking apart – from #BlackLivesMatter to #NotOneMoreIndigenousChild; from the Alt-Right to IS, to say nothing about community organizations against environmental racism and for affordable housing or the online and offline movements against rape culture and disability justice. Struggles surround us and move through us. In this course we are going to try to understand these dynamics and their actions, relations, formations and effects.

This course introduces some of the more important theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social movements and contentious politics. We will consider some of the ‘hot topics’ in social movement theory including the role of emotions, repression, historical context and organizational structure.

Goals of course:

  1. To provide you with a clear sense of the field of social movement theory, its main questions and methods; its evolution, strengths and weaknesses.
  2. To build our analytical skills, presentation skills, and research skills.
  3. To further our collective and individual analysis of the dynamics surrounding social movements.

Organization of the Course: The course involves weekly discussion sessions that will involve a short lecture, student presentations and discussion of the readings. Not necessarily in that order.

Evaluation

Final paper (due class 12)                                                                   30%

Observation Exercise Notes and Reflection (due class 6)                  25%

Show and Tell and reading responses                                                25%

Participation                                                                                         20%

Extended Description

Social Movement Analysis

  1. Observation exercise

Choose one question about social movement theory. The options include: emergence, recruitment, mobilization, participation, organizational form, context, emotional dynamics, coalition formation, strategy, tactical decisions, waves of protest, outcomes, success and imagination.

  • Do some reading on this question – use the assigned readings and others in order to ground yourself in the possible ways to understand this question.
  • Identify an opportunity to observe a social movement. Attend a public event that is part of social movement – a protest, public meeting or teach-in.
  • Identify the elements of the social processes you hope to observe and ways to examine them. For example, if you are interested in how movements communicate to bystanders, identify what you will look for, and how you will record such data.
  • Before you attend, do background research on this movement, this event, this type of action, this target, this issue. Try to understand as much as you can about what you will see.
  • Pay attention to what you see, what you hear, what different types of participants do, what bystanders do, what the media does, what authorities do.
  • Take detailed fieldnotes. We will discuss how to do this in class.

o   Submit

  • rough fieldnotes of 500-1000 words (approximately)
  • edited fieldnotes so that they are as comprehensible as possible.
  • 1500 word essay using these fieldnotes as they relate to your question, and citing at least two readings

 Final paper  30%

A 3000 word paper that addresses one of the key questions of social movement theory: emergence, mobilization, organizational form, context, emotional dynamics, coalition formation, waves of protest, success and imagination.

You will be evaluated for:

-          Clear theoretical question

-          Use of movement theory and readings (at least three authors from the course)

-          Effective use of data

-          Effective writing

Show and Tell and Memo  25%

Bring an object from a social movement and present it to the class. Discuss its history, meaning and the context of its production and use. Relate the object to the week’s readings. Write up a 1000 page memo that makes clear the connection between the object and the readings, and the related social movement theory question(s).

Participation    20%

You will be evaluated for your attendance, punctuality, evidence of preparation for discussion, and engagement. Each week, I will ask you to bring a question about the readings. If you have difficulty speaking in class, please talk to me the first week and we can organize a written alternative.

Readings will include selections from the following:

Çubukçu, Ayça. 2018. For the Love of Humanity The World Tribunal on Iraq. .

Dixon, Chris. 2014. Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements. Oakland: University of California Press.

McVeigh, Rory and Kevin Estep. 2019. The Politics of Losing: Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment

McAdam, Doug. Political Process and the Development of the Black Insurgency 1930-1970

Pasternak, Shiri. 2017. Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake against the State

Tilly, Charles and Sidney Tarrow. Contentious Politics

SOCI 6745 3.0M (W) - Asian Studies: Critical Perspectives

Instructor:  Laam Hae
Time:  R 2:30-5:30
Room:  S133 Ross Building

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SOCI 6760 3.0A (F) - Race and Ethnicity

Instructor:  Tania Das Gupta
Time:  T 11:30-2:30
Room:  S101 Ross Building

What does U.S. President Trump mean by saying “Make America Great Again”? And, what does P.M. Justin Trudeau uphold when he says “diversity our strength”? On their face value, they appear to be directed at everyone and no-one. Yet, they have hidden and not-so-hidden sub-texts and audiences, references to discourses of race, racism and colonialism. While such subliminal conversations carry on, we are living in the midst of global capitalism within which thousands are moving by force or compulsion for safety and jobs while some others are moving for a better life. In the process, the exploitation and dehumanization of migrants, immigrants and racialized peoples intensify while Indigenous Peoples and their lands continue to be invaded, encroached upon, plundered and poisoned. Anti-racism scholars and activists in Canada are trying to grapple with how their priorities intersect with those of Indigenous scholars and activists being mindful of a settler-colonial state that espouses multiculturalism, diversity and reconciliation. This course will engage anti-racist and anti-colonial scholars who address “race”, “ethnicity” and Indigeneity, to see if they can shed light on what we are witnessing around us today.

The class will be held on a seminar format with active participation of students.
Half of the grade will be based on a research paper which will be due at the end of the course. Halfway through the term, students will be asked to develop a brief proposal of their research paper. At the end of the term, students will prepare a mini presentation on their paper topic. In addition, students will volunteer to present synthesized summaries of assigned readings and leading class discussions on them.

Grading will be as follows:

Student presentations on reading synthesis 20%
Informed class participation 20%
Seminar presentation of research 5%
Research paper 45% (approx. 20 pages)
Research Proposal 10% (approx. 2-3 pages)

SOCI 6794 3.0A (F) - Space, Place and Capitalism: Themes in Historical-Geographical Materialism

Instructor:  R. Das
Time:  T 11:30-2:30
Room:  325 Bethune College

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SOCI 6805 3.0M (W) - Bodies and Biotechnologies in Anthropology - CANCELLED

This course has been cancelled.

SOCI 6831 3.0M (W) - Health and Illness

Instructor: P. Armstrong
Time: W 8:30-11:30
Room: S501 Ross Building

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.

SOCI 6886 3.0M (W) - Social Dimensions of Legal Discourse

Instructor:  Kimberley White
Time:  F 11:30-2:30
Room:  S156 Ross Building

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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