Courses Offered

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Summer 2018

Letters of permission to enrol in these courses will not be granted until April 1, 2018.

SOCI 6090 3.0A: Selected Topics in Empirical Methods - CANCELLED

Instructor: Professor Mike Ornstein
Course Title: Selected Topics in Empirical Methods: Material Inequality

This course has been cancelled.

SOCI 6200 3.0A: Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Psychosocial Theory and Sexuality - CANCELLED

Instructor: Professor Sheila Cavanagh
Course Title: Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Psychosocial Theory and Sexuality Studies

This course has been cancelled.

SOCI 6200 3.0A: Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Exploring the Dark Side of Late Modernity - CANCELLED

Instructor: Professor Harris Ali
Course Title: Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Exploring the Dark Side of Late Modernity

This course has been cancelled.

SOCI 6711 3.0A: Social Movements - CANCELLED

Instructor: Professor Lesley Wood
Course Title: Social Movements

This course has been cancelled.

 

Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Letters of permission to enrol in methods courses will not be granted until July 1, 2018.

Workshop Requirement

Instructor: Graduate Director
Time: Mondays  11:30-2:30
Room: Sociology Common Room, 2101 Vari Hall

All incoming MA, PhD and advancing MA to PhD students are required to meet the program workshop requirement. The workshop will not count as a course which can meet any of the course requirements. In order to meet the workshop requirement, students must attend a minimum of twelve workshop sessions over the course of their degree program. Of these twelve, a minimum of two must be from the professional orientation sessions. PhD students who advance from the Graduate Program in Sociology at York and who have already completed the MA workshop requirement, will be expected to attend two of the designated PhD sessions in order to fulfil this requirement at the PhD level.

Sessions will be held weekly. In order to maximize their usefulness and to allow for flexibly coordinating relevant topics with the rhythms of the academic term, the intellectual and professional orientation sessions will be interspersed over the course of the year. It is anticipated that the sessions will be divided into about one-third professional and two-thirds intellectual orientation.

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

Instructor: Philip Walsh
Time: F 11:30-2:30
Room: N201 Ross Building

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

This course is designed as an advanced study of some ongoing debates within sociological theory. It is intended as a primer for thinking theoretically rather than as a survey of the field.

Throughout its relatively short history, sociology has been far more theoretically pluralistic than other social sciences, and (probably) more prone to internal conflict and schism. This remains true today, with the result that many ongoing ‘key debates’ look unlikely to be resolved in favour of one theoretical perspective over another, and the course is partly built around the question of why this is so. Through this course, students will gain familiarity with some of these debates, examining their roots, substance and outcomes. The course will incorporate some ‘classic’ works, key concepts and important contemporary approaches to sociological theorizing.

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

Instructor: Eric Mykhalovskiy
Time: M 2:30-5:30
Room: S125 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 making a contribution 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, the research review paper, and the thesis as genres of sociological writing;

Formulating a research problem;

Asking successful research questions;

Identifying the relevant literature;

Treating scholarly work as an object of sociological reflection;

Developing a successful argument;

Writing for scholarly audiences.

SOCI 6060 3.0A (F)—Qualitative Methods

Instructor: Norene Pupo
Time: R 2:30-5:30
Room: 225 Bethune College

Sociologists employ qualitative methods in order to understand social experiences and their meaning and to examine social interaction as expressed through face-to-face interaction, images, and other practices. This course is designed to prepare students to understand, critically evaluate and employ qualitative research methods in Sociology. The course will start with a critical examination of the value of social research in the public arena, including the use of social research in policy-making and in the courts. The main purpose of this course is to engage actively in interviewing and in observation and to participate in discussions on approaches to qualitative research. We will consider critical analyses of social research methods, including feminist critiques, feminist methodologies, and post-colonial, post-racist research. In our class discussions we will critically consider the value and effectiveness of employing qualitative research approaches, and we will examine the theoretical underpinnings behind advanced methods of collecting, analyzing and presenting qualitative information. The course combines ‘hands on’ experience and different forms of qualitative research strategies and practices with study of the literature, current debates and new directions in the field of qualitative methodology. Class discussions will engage with questions of epistemology, theory, methodological alternatives, analytical strategies as well as practices, techniques or procedures.

SOCI 6090 3.0A (F) - Selected Topics in Empirical Methods - Material Inequality

Instructor: Mike Ornstein
Time: T 2:30-5:30
Room: N141 Ross Building

Tuesdays 2:30-5:20pm, Sept 11-May 1 to Dec 4, 2018, but no class Oct 9

The course focuses on material inequality in contemporary Canada in the context of the global north, from the post-war 20th century, emphasizing the broad distribution of income and wealth and their relation to class, gender and racialization. The readings are mainly quantitative and while there are statistical issues, we emphasize broader methodological concerns about what aspects of inequality are measured and in what way. Numbers are important – for example, while child poverty can be found everywhere, there is a vast difference between the 15 percent poor children versus 5 percent in the most equal rich nations. While no topic could be more sociological, quantitative research on inequality in Canada is largely the domain of economists. We cast a critical eye on this work, much of it very fine, but also framed by their discipline.

SOCI 6095 3.0M (W)—Interviewing Methods

Instructor: Kathy Bischoping
Time: M 2:30-5:30
Room: S156 Ross Building

This course offers a hands-on introduction to widely-used methods of collecting and analyzing interview data in the social sciences. In roughly the first third of the course, we'll design and administer a survey questionnaire and then use the data to prepare descriptive statistics and conduct a basic statistical significance test. In the remaining two-thirds of the course, we'll conduct qualitative in-depth interviews and contrast narrative and discourse strategies of analyzing the data. Woven throughout the course are topics of research ethics, epistemology, and ontology.

The most common questions about the course, and the answers to them, are:

Q: Will I die doing the math? A: No one has died. Also, I like math -- my first two degrees were in it.
Q: Can I start my thesis or dissertation project in the course? A: The survey questionnaire you'll administer and one of the qualitative in-depth interviews that you'll conduct will be on a topic that the class chooses as a whole. At most, you'll do three interviews on a topic of entirely your own choosing. That said, the last time I taught Interviewing Methods, one of the PhD students did find a dissertation topic in the course of it.
Q: Can I do/avoid group work? A: My research has been enriched by working ideas out with others, especially at a level of study where few people slack off in group endeavors. So, some assignments will have working with a partner as an option; usually about half the class tries out this option at some point.

SOCI 6112 6.0A (Y)—Quantitative Analysis

Instructor: Joseph DiGrazia
Time: W 2:30-5:30
Room: 335 Calumet College

This course will provide students with the skills and background to become effective practitioners and consumers of quantitative research methods. We will cover foundational statistical concepts, statistical inference, multiple regression analysis, generalized linear models, and other advanced methods. Students will also gain experience in statistical computing, data management, and data visualization.

SOCI 6192 3.0A (F) - Critical Theories of Knowledge

Instructor: Philip Walsh
Time: W 8:30-11:30
Room: N141 Ross Building

This course is concerned with the social meaning of knowledge and its impact on the organization and development of modern societies. This implies a focus on questions of how knowledge is institutionalized, how it is valued and its relationship to other cultural or ideological forms (e.g., religion, myth and art). Other issues to be addressed include ‘what counts’ as knowledge or as science, how knowledge is legitimated, deployed and its effects on human relationships and on relations between the human and the non-human. The course material will draw on the work of such theorists as Jurgen Habermas, Norbert Elias, Hannah Arendt, Ulrich Beck, Donna Haraway and others.

SOCI 6200 3.0A (F)—Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Postcolonial and Third World Feminisms

Instructor: Sylvia Bawa
Time: R 11:30-2:30
Room: 225 Bethune College

Theories are not constructed in a vacuum. Theories speak to histories and emerge from particular if not peculiar realities (lived or observed). Postcolonial feminisms are, arguably, by and large both counter narrative and pioneering in knowledge production of the third world from the perspective of women and thus unintentionally become one of many voices for women in postcolonial societies. This course will provide a platform for exploring postcolonial and third world feminisms in their varied iterations. Mindful of the tenuous reception of feminism in the third world, the course aims to examine its contributions to understanding paradoxes in the postcolonial world and how these inform social justice activism for women’s rights and empowerment. Postcolonial feminists, and theory, engage with issues of inequality at multiple levels; through historical analyses of colonialism and the international political economy and a critical engagement with local/national patriarchal oppressions. Thus, participants in the course will examine the ways in which postcolonial feminisms engage orthodox discourses on globalization, development and gender. Some themes to be explored are: tensions in the constructions of gender and identity in the postcolonial nation state; religious and cultural ideologies on gender inequality, global rights and women’s individual rights discourses and culture in ‘developing countries’.

Aims and Objectives

The main objective of the course is to provide the space to critically engage with the contextual and conceptual framing of postcolonial feminisms in the third world. The course aims to encourage students to examine the role of colonialism in constructing particular gender identities, which has resulted in various issues of social inequality in the third world. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand the context within which feminism, but more importantly feminist activism, occurs in the third world and the challenges it faces with respect to issues of imperialism and cultural appropriations.

* Ph. D Students in the course will be expected to do slightly more than their MA colleagues. Details of this will be discussed/negotiated in the first seminar

Class Participation and Presentations

a) The success of this seminar-styled course depends largely on students’ active participation in discussions. Participation marks will be awarded based on the quality of participation in the seminar. To ensure that students actively participate in seminar discussions, each student shall be required to post a short reflection (no more than 500 words) or two reflection/discussion questions on the week’s readings to contribute to class discussions. Alternative modes of participation will be discussed with students who may have various challenges with regards to this style of seminar participation.

b) Each week, a student or group will give a presentation and facilitate seminar discussions for the first two hours (at least) of the class. Following this, individual members of the seminar will table reflection and discussion questions for a general class discussion. Presentations by students will be evaluated on the following criteria: 1) critical engagement with material 2) ability to generate and sustain critical discussions in seminar based on carefully constructed discussion questions and 3) demonstrated understanding of readings and broader context for thematic discussions.

Term Papers

Students will be required to write one major term paper of publishable quality related to any aspect of the course. Ph. D students in the course are especially encouraged to write their term papers with the aim of publishing them in graduate student journals (at least). Maximum length shall be 20 pages (excluding references). Details of the papers will be discussed thoroughly in seminar in due course; details will also be posted to the Moodle site for the course.

Book Review

In no more than 15 pages, students will review one of five books from the perspective of postcolonial feminism. The aim of this exercise is to provide an opportunity for students to apply a postcolonial lens to reading literary works.

SOCI 6200 3.0M (W)—Contemporary Topics in Social Theory: Sociology of Human Rights

Instructor: Michael Nijhawan
Time:  T 4:00-7:00
Room: 335 Calumet College

This course invites students to conduct an inquiry into the different uses and understandings of the concept of human rights. Considering the ubiquitous use of human rights discourses today, which range from domestic to international issues, it is pertinent to ask what exactly the “sociology of human rights” delineates as a field of study. Within the scholarship using this framework, we observe a range of theoretical interventions and commitments from which this course makes a selection. First, we shall examine sociological interventions that address human rights with reference to key theoretical obstacles, e.g. ‘rights discourse’ and discourses on normativity, the abstraction of universalism contrasted with the local politicization and translation of ‘human rights’, the question of individualism attributed to rights-bearers and limitations of such approaches. Second, we trace alternative genealogies of human rights (discourses) that perhaps can open new avenues to conceptualize institutional frameworks, processes and conceptualizations of personhood, self, and injury in relation to and moving beyond liberal humanitarianism. Third, as particular pertinent in the context of Canada’s settler colonial context, we discuss the decolonization of human rights in the context of emerging concepts of indigenous sovereignty and reconciliation policy. Finally, we consider the potentials and limitations of the sociology of human rights with reference to contemporary events of violence as well as the different approaches anthropologists and sociologists have undertaken to engage violence, pain, and suffering.

Course Readings

Note: This is only a preliminary list of possible course readings. The final course syllabus will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Asad, T., 2003. Re-deeming the human in human rights. In his Formations of the secular: Christianity, Islam, modernity. Stanford University Press.

Benhabib, S., 2013. Dignity in adversity: Human rights in troubled times. John Wiley & Sons.

Boltanski, L. and Thévenot, L., 2006. On justification: Economies of worth. Princeton University Press.

Brown, W. 2004. “The Most We Can Hope For…”: Human Rights and the Politics of Fatalism. South Atlantic Quarterly 103 (2-3): 451-63.

Butler, J. and Athanasiou, A., 2013. Dispossession: The performative in the political. John Wiley & Sons.

Esmeir, S., 2012. Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History. Stanford University Press.

Farmer, P., 2004. Pathologies of power: Health, human rights, and the new war on the poor (Vol. 4). Univ of California Press.

Goodhart, M., 2016. Human rights: politics and practice. Oxford University Press.

Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M., 2014. Sociology and human rights: new engagements. Routledge.

Jackson, T.F., 2013. From civil rights to human rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the struggle for economic justice. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Joas, H., 2013. The sacredness of the person: A new genealogy of human rights. Georgetown University Press.

Levy, D. and Sznaider, N., 2006. Sovereignty transformed: a sociology of human rights. The British journal of sociology57(4), pp.657-676.

Li, Y. and McKernan, J., 2017. ‘Achieved not given’: human rights, critique and the need for strong foundations. The International Journal of Human Rights21(3), pp.252-269.

Manfredi, Z., 2013. Recent histories and uncertain futures: Contemporary critiques of international human rights and humanitarianism. Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences22(1), pp.3-32.

Merry, S.E., 2006. Transnational human rights and local activism: Mapping the middle. American anthropologist108(1), pp.38-51.

Million, D. 2013. Therapeutic Nations. Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.

Moyn, S., 2010. The last utopia. Human rights in history. Harvard University Press.

Niezen, R., 2003. The origins of indigenism: Human rights and the politics of identity. Univ of California Press.

Povinelli, E. 2012. Economies of Abandonment. Duke University Press.

Sjoberg, G., Gill, E.A. and Williams, N., 2001. A sociology of human rights. Social Problems48(1), pp.11-47.

Somers, M.R. and Roberts, C.N., 2008. Toward a new sociology of rights: a genealogy of “buried

bodies” of citizenship and human rights. Annual Review of Law and Social Science4, pp.385-425.

Turner, B.S., 1993. Outline of a theory of human rights. Sociology27(3), pp.489-512.

Weizman, E., 2011. The least of all possible evils. Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza. London, UK: Hurst.

SOCI6312 3.0M (W) - Critical Political Ecologies

Instructor:  Shubhra Gururani
Time:  R 10:00-1:00
Room:  2043 Vari Hall

For information on this course, please contact the Graduate Program in Anthropology or the course director.

SOCI 6535 3.0A (F) - Critical Sexuality

Instructor:  Francis Latchford
Time:  R 10:00-1:00
Room:  201 Founders College

For information on this course, please contact the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies or the course director.

SOCI 6535 3.0M (W) - Critical Sexuality

Instructor:  Reese Simpkins
Time:  T 2:00-5:00
Room:  S156 Ross Building

For information on this course, please contact the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies or the course director.

SOCI 6613 3.0A (F)— Migrant Incorporations and Social Transformation

Instructor: Luin Goldring
Time: T 11:30-2:30
Room: 228 Bethune College

This course engages critically with a range of scholarship on the socioeconomic and political incorporation of “immigrants,” refugees, temporary residents, and others as part of a wider project of examining constructions of “us” versus “them,” and their long-term consequences. We will review mainstream theories of immigrant incorporation, with attention to case-based, comparative and transnational frameworks and methodologies.  The course will provide a forum for analyzing newcomer incorporation in relation to related literatures, such as the political economy of labour; labour market segmentation; transnational studies critical border and mobilities studies; intersectional, feminist and anti-racist perspectives; research on non-citizenship; and shifting macro-level responses to variously constructed im/migrants.  We will weave in discussions about strategies for unsettling settler frameworks, and connections between theory and research practice.  While the course focuses on incorporation in the global north, there may be room to examine transnational linkages and engagements that include “sending” contexts and newcomer incorporation in global south contexts.

SOCI 6665 3.0M (W)— Sociologies of Global Capitalism

Instructor:  Shirin Shahrokni
Time:  F 11:30-2:30
Room:  S536 Ross Building

This seminar will be divided into four parts. First, students will be familiarized with some of the central notions and concepts discussed within the sociologies of global capitalism. Namely, what are the contemporary forms of capitalism, and particularly what does the notion of ‘new capitalism’ entail? What are the definitions of, and current theoretical debates on, ‘neoliberal globalization’?

This discussion will be followed, in a second section of the seminar, by the study of the historical roots of global capitalism. In particular, the role of colonialism, the rise of world systems, and the development of a global market society will be closely examined.

The third section of the seminar will discuss the specific deployment of global capitalism within specific domains, identifying the institutional actors involved in each, as well as the effects of global neoliberal practices as relates to social, economic and political inequalities across regions, across class, gender, and racial lines. In particular, we will analyse the state of current foreign aid and development policies, with a particular focus on the role of such global institutions as the World Bank and the IMF. In the field of international migration, we will discuss recent changes in migration policies and programmes across various nation-states, such as Canada, exploring the socio-economic and political effects of these in an increasingly unequal global context. Further, using specific case studies, the current political mandate and policies of the International Organization of Migration will be examined, through specific case-studies.

A fourth and last section of this seminar will untangle possible alternatives to global capitalist regimes and examine the current modes of resistance that have emerged at the local, regional and international to counter global neoliberal practices.

SOCI 6667 3.0A (F) - Capitalism and Social Provisioning

Instructor:  Ann Porter
Time:  R 2:30-5:30
Room:  S156 Ross Building

For information on this course, please contact the Graduate Program in Political Science or the course director.

SOCI 6680 3.0M (W)— Selected Topics in Work and Occupations: Racism and Sexism at Work

Instructor:  Tania Das Gupta
Time:  R 11:30-2:30
Room:  225 Bethune College

In this course, students will be exposed to scholarship on paid and unpaid workplaces and intersectional dynamics of race, gender, class and coloniality. Classical and contemporary literature will be used contextualizing the subject matter within a colonial/racial/gendered capitalist labour market. As part of the major requirement for the course, students will each conduct a case study of a particular work situation, utilizing auto-ethnography, archival research, secondary literature and other unobtrusive methods. A case study of nursing will be provided as a model based on the instructor's own research throughout the course.

Articles, chapters and excerpts from following readings are illustrative of the reading list:

Bakan, Abigail and Dua, Ena, 2014. Theorizing anti-racism: linkages in Marxism and critical race theories. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Bannerji, Himani. 1995. In the Matter of “X”: Building “Race” Into Sexual Harassment. In Thinking Through: Essays on Feminism, Marxism and Anti-racism. Toronto: Women’s Press.

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1987 ‘What Makes a Social Class? On the Theoretical and Practical Existence of Groups,’Berkeley Journal of Sociology, vol. 32, pp. 1-16.Block, S and Galabuzi, G. (2011). Canada’s colour coded labour market. Wellesley Institute, Toronto, Ontario.

Calliste, Agnes.1993. Women of ‘Exceptional Merit’: Immigration of Caribbean Nurses to Canada, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 6: 85-102.

Calliste, Agnes and George J.Sefa Dei, eds. 2000. Anti-Racist Feminism: Critical Race and Gender Studies. Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing.

Collins, Patricia. 1990. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge.

Das Gupta, Tania. 1996. Anti-Black Racism in Nursing in Ontario, Studies in Political Economy, 51 (Fall): 97-116.

Das Gupta, Tania, 2009. Real Nurses and Others: Racism in Nursing. Halifax: Fernwood Press.

Das Gupta, Tania, Guida Man, Kiran Mirchandani, Roxana Ng, “Class Borders: Chinese and South Asian Canadian Professional Women Navigating the Labour Market,” Journal Of Pacific Migration Review, Volume 23, No. 1, 2014.

Dua, Enakshi and Angela Robertson, 1999. Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought. Toronto: Women’s Press.

Essed, Philomena. 1991. Understanding Everyday Racism: An Interdisciplinary Theory. Newbury Park: Sage Publications.

Galabuzi, Grace-Edward. 2006. Canada’s Economic Apartheid: the Social Exclusion of Racialized Groups in the New Century. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’Press.

Gannage, Charlene. 1986. Double Day, Double Bind. Toronto: The Women’s Press.

Hagey, Rebecca, Choudhry et al. 2001. Immigrant Nurses’Experience of Racism, Journal Of Nursing Scholarship, 33 (4).

Hochschild, Arlie Russell. 2001. Global Care Chains and Emotional Surplus Value. On the Edge: Living with Global Capitalism. Edited by Will Hutton and Anthony Giddens. London: Vintage

Kalman-Lamb, Nathan. 2017. The Great White North: Qualitative Interviews with Retired Professional Players in Race and Hockey in Canada. Paper presented at CSA, Ryerson University, June 1, 2017.

Kofman, Eleonore and Raghuram, Parvati. 2015. Gendered Migrations and Global Social Reproduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Leah F., ed. 2006. Precarious Employment: Understanding Labour Market Insecurity in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Maitra, Srabani. 2015. The Making of the ‘Precarious’: Examining Indian Immigrant IT Workers in Canada and Their Transnational Networks with Body Shops in India. Globalization, societies and education. Vol. 13, No. 2, 194-209.

Marx, Karl. 1967. Capital. Vol. 1. New York: International Publishers.

Mirchandani, K., Ng, R., Coloma-Moya, Nel, Maitra, S., Rawlings, T., Shan, H.,Siddiqui, K., Slade, B. 2010. Transitioning into Precarious Work: Immigrants’ Learning and Resistance. In Peter Sawchuk and Alison Taylor, eds. Challenging Transitions in Learning and Work: Reflections on Policy and Practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 231-242.

Ng, Roxana. 1996. Politics of Community Services. Halifax: Fernwood.

Ng. Roxana. 1993. “A Woman Out of Control’: Deconstructing Sexism and Racism in the University. Canadian Journal of Education 18:3 (189-205).

Ornstein, Michael. 2006. Ethno-Racial Groups in Toronto, 1971-2001: A Demographic and Socio-Economic Profile. Institute for Social Research, York University, January.

Teelucksingh, Cheryl and Grace-Edward Galabuzi. 2005. Working Precariously: the Impact of Race and Immigrant Status on Employment Opportunities and Outcomes in Canada. Directions, Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 15-52.

Parrenas, Rhacel Salazar. 2015. Servants of Globalization. California: Stanford University Press

Reiter, E. 1991. Making Fast Food: From the Frying Pan into the Fryer. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Silvera, Makeda. 1989. Silenced. Toronto: Sister Vision.

Zimbalist, Andrew. 1979. Case Studies on the Labour Process. New York: Monthly Review Press.

SOCI 6683 3.0M (W) - The Political Economy of Work and Welfare

Instructor: Leah Vosko
Time: R 11:30-2:30
Room: S156 Ross Building

For information on this course, please contact the Graduate Program in Political Science or the course director.

SOCI 6711 3.0A (F) - Social Movements

Instructor: Lesley Wood
Time: T 8:30-11:30
Room: N141 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 racism. Struggles surround us and move through us. In this course we are going to try to understand these movements, 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. The more focused question I’m working on this year is the role of temporal dynamics in movement dynamics – which will end up being a topic of conversation.

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 response 25%
Participation 20%

SOCI 6745 3.0M (W)—The Making of Asian Studies: Critical Perspectives

Instructor: Laam Hae
Time: R 2:30-5:30
Room: 1152 Vari Hall

For information on this course, please contact the Graduate Program in Geography or the course director.

SOCI 6760 3.0 (W) - Race and Ethnicity

Instructor:  Christopher Kyriakides
Time:  T 11:30-2:30
Room:  335 Calumet College

SOCI 6775 3.0A (F) - On the Margins and the Political: Debate and Experiences -- a Multidisciplinary Framework Using Diachronic and Multi-sited Analysis

Instructor:  Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
Time:  R 2:30-5:30
Room:  335 Calumet College

This course aims to develop a multidisciplinary framework within which we will examine the relationships between the “margins” and the “political,” the former being understood as the groups or individuals who do not have access to resources via formal procedural means, and more specifically who are in the process of losing their voices or whose voices are not heard. How do the margins relate to the political and what are the conditions under which their relations are possible? To answer these main questions, besides using the socio-historical perspective of the “history from below,” we will theorize the relation between the margins and the political through bodies of work in political sociology and anthropology, political philosophy, urban anthropology and sociology, geography and cultural criticism.

SOCI 6794 3.0A (F) - Space, Place and Capitalism

Instructor:  R. Das
Time:  T 11:30-2:30
Room:  1152 Vari Hall

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

Instructor:  Sandra Widmer
Time:  W 10:00-1:00
Room:  2034 Vari Hall

For information on this course, please contact the Graduate Program in Anthropology or the course director.

SOCI 6810 3.0A (F) - Topics in Biopolitics: Biopolitics, Necropolitics and the New Feminist Materialities of Difference - CANCELLED

This course has been cancelled as the faculty member is no longer available to teach it.

SOCI 6831 3.0M (W) - Health and Illness

Instructor: P. Armstrong
Time: W 8:30-11:30
Room: S202 Ross Building

Overall Objectives and Content: The course is designed to consider critically current theoretical and policy debates about health, illness and care. The focus will be Canada but a Canada located within an international context.  Feminist political economy provides the overall framework but of course students are invited to introduce other perspectives and other countries into the readings, discussions and their papers.

The course begins with theories about health, illness and care before moving on to examine specific aspects of health services, policies, work organization and access to supports, taking these theories into account. Throughout the course we will be asking how various social and geographical locations and relations shape and are shaped by inequalities in health and care while also raising questions about who benefits in what ways.

The course has an additional and equally important, objective; namely, to engage students in the creation and conduct of the course. Students are expected to read at least 100 pages for each class and to prepare short, written, critical assessments of those readings. Students are also expected to participate fully in every class, coming prepared by reading to engage in both presentations and debates.

SOCI 6893 3.0A (F)—Colonialism, Race and the Law: Sociological Implications

Instructor: C. Murdocca
Time:  W 11:30-2:30
Room: S501 Ross Building

This course examines the complex relationships between colonialism, race and the law. The course works from the premise that law is central to the constitution of social life, political meaning and cultural relations. Law plays a central role in producing histories of violence and social marginalization as it does in maintaining and challenging contemporary social and political relations.   As such, law is understood as a complex set of discourses, representations, institutions, practices, identities, obligations and affective commitments. Through an examination of law as a field of interaction, negotiation and coercion, we will focus on the ways in which liberal forms of governance rely on practices of racialized control and discipline. The course will survey thinking in this direction in critical race theory, anti-colonial theory, cultural studies of law, legal anthropology, feminist theory and other points of departure.  Though other colonial formations will be referenced, the empirical context of the course will mainly be anchored in the context of white settler societies.

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