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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Sociology
Sociology Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

The following courses are offered for degree programs:

Sociology 1100      Introduction to Sociology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: Survey of the field of sociology: culture and society, institutions, organizations, processes, control, ecology and population, disorganization and deviant behaviour, and other aspects of group living.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 2111      Perspectives in Social Thought
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to major theoretical frameworks in the sociological tradition.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 2205      Race and Ethnic Relations
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: Historical and contemporary consideration of positions of various racial and ethnic groups within nations and internationally. Emphasis will be given to the North American scene and the Commonwealth.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 2207      Canadian Society
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: Attempts to specify the uniqueness of Canadian society through an analysis of the structure, major institutions, selected ethnic groups and culture of Canada. Different theoretical models (e.g. staples approach, dependency theory, social relations of production approach) may be used to analyze the development of Canadian political economy and to diagnose contemporary national realities.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 2221      Criminology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: A study of criminal behaviour; nature and incidence of crime and delinquency; theories of crime causation and prevention; punishment and reform.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 2301      The Sociology of Law
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: A study of the social aspects of law: the passage of laws; the profession and practice of law; the use of law for social control; and, the law as a means of conflict resolution. Emphasis is given to the topic of social change via law reform in Canada.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 2455      Computers & Society
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The computer and the individual, legal issues, the computer scientist as a professional and the place of the computer in modern society.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 2501      Family Sociology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: An analysis of function, structure and organization of family institution in various cultural settings. Contemporary problems, their social implication, and alternative family forms will be discussed.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 2501/Gerontology 2501
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 2509      Sociology of Health and Illness
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of instructor
Description: A study of the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness. Topics may include: the social organization of medicine; social determinants of health status; lay perspectives on health, illness and the body; the experience of illness and health care; and the impact of social change on medical beliefs and practice.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 2509
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Sociology 3509/Gerontology 3509 previously may not take Sociology 2509/Gerontology 2509 for credit.
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Sociology 2550      Cultural Studies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: The various national traditions of cultural studies and strategies for interpreting contemporary everyday cultures are explored.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 2755      Technology and Society
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Examines the relationships between science, technology, social institutions and culture.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 2817      Sociology of the North
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of society in Canada's northern regions. While emphasis will be on the Canadian provincial north, comparisons will be made with similar areas in Scandinavia and the Soviet Union. Topics to be discussed include: theories of regionalism; the social implications of the ecological and economic base; and class, gender and ethnic relations.
Cross-List(s): Northern Studies 2817/Environmental Studies 2817
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 2911      Social Research Traditions
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to methods in sociological research and analysis.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3103      Seminar in Selected Sociological Topics
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: May be taken twice providing the topics are different and taken under different professors.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 3105      Directed Reading*
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least three courses in sociology and permission of the Department*
Description: A reading and research course for sociology majors with emphasis on specialty areas in sociology. Students will meet with an appropriate professor for tutorials throughout the year.
SpecialTopic: Y
Notes: *Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work; permission of the department chair is also necessary.
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Sociology 3107      Sociology of Women
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: An analysis of the social, economic and political status of women in North American society and in a global context. Topics to be examined may include women's experience of work and family; violence against women; health, sexuality and reproduction; and strategies for social change.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3107
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Sociology 3113      Special Topics in Sociology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: The topic of this course will vary according to the interests and the availability of staff members.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3215      Rural Sociology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: Depending on the instructor, this course will cover the following topics: 1. the comparative study of typologies of agricultural development; focus on the agrarian sector in Canada in an historical perspective, with attempts to understand the relationship of the agrarian sector to the rest of the economy, the class position of agricultural producers, the impact of mechanization on farming units, and the role of the state in the transformation of rural areas; 2. an examination of the distinctive features of rural life, including rural family structures, agriculture, forestry, and extractive subsistence bases; residential stability, and its effects; and the life styles of rural residents.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3310      Foundations for Social Research
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 and 2911 or permission of the instructor
Description: A focus on the skills and knowledge required to carry out social research including the meaning of methodology, research design, measurement, sampling procedures, survey design, and field research/ethics.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Required course for honours students
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Sociology 3311      Research Techniques and Data Analysis
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100, 2911, 3310 or permission of the instructor
Description: This course will introduce basic statistics including measures of central tendency, variability, and association, significance tests, and statistical analysis using SPSS.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Required course for honours students
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Sociology 3410      Sociological Theory, Pre-1920s
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 and 2111 or permission of the instructor
Description: A critical evaluation of key social theorists from the 19th and early 20th century.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Required course for honours students
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Sociology 3411      Sociological Theory, 1920s and Beyond
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100, 2111, 3410 or permission of the instructor
Description: A critical evaluation of key social theorists since the 1920s.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Required course for honours students
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Sociology 3501      Sociology of Education
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: The school as a social institution and its relation to other institutions. An examination of cultural values and educational aims; recruitment of students and educators; social origin of students and educators; role allocations in classroom, with peers and in the community.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 3505      The Sociology of Work
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of instructor
Description: Sociological consideration of the special nature of work in industrial societies. Analysis of the social organization of work institutions, occupational roles, career patterns, bureaucracy, work processes, and class and power variables, especially as they relate to work in Canada.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 3513      Sociology of Aging
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or Gerontology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: An introduction to the study of the social and cultural aspects of human aging with particular emphasis on North American society. Topics may include: theory and research in aging; demographic perspectives; stereotypes and myths; and attempts to create an elder-friendly society.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 3513
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3533      Religion and Spirituality
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: Traditional forms of religion in Canada; new forms of faith and meaning; changes in religious composition in Canada; functions and future of religion.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3612      Demography
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students are introduced to the basic theories and methodologies of demography, which involves the study of human populations in terms of their size, composition and distribution. Population growths, factors responsible for population growth, and interrelationships among demographic, social, economic and environmental factors are examined.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Sociology 2612 previously may not take Sociology 3612 for credit.
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Sociology 3613      Canadian Population
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 2612
Description: Demographic theories and methodologies are applied in the Canadian social context. The course content covers the history of Canadian population growth, specific factors responsible for population change in Canada, and current population issues in Canada, such as lower fertility and population aging.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Sociology 2613 previously may not take Sociology 3613 for credit.
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Sociology 3750      Social Perspectives on Biotechnology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 and one of Sociology 2111, 2550, 2755, 2911, Women's Studies 3131, or permission of the instructor
Description: An analysis of biotechnologies including genetic testing, plant breeding and posthumous organ transplant. Theoretical understandings of the relations between technology and society, science and society and feminism will be brought to the analyses.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3750
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3751      Cultures of Computing
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 and one of Sociology 2550, 3750, or permission of the instructor
Description: Computing subcultures, social effects of computerization, and cyberculture.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3810      Information and Society
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of information and information-related phenomena, both historically and in contemporary society. Students will gain an understanding of the ways that information and media shape and are shaped by society.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3811      Surveillance and Society
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or permission of the instructor
Description:

An examination of the complex ways that technologies and societies interact to produce feelings of security, fear, control, and/or vulnerability.


Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 3901      Women, Health and Medicine
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or Women's Studies 1100
Description: An analysis of women's experiences of health and illness in the context of changing attitudes towards health and women's roles. The social consequences of medical practices for women, as well as women's participation as health care consumers and providers, will be explored.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 3901
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 4101      Readings in Sociology
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor and Department chair
Description: A review and analysis of major areas in sociology to meet the needs of individual students.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 4103      Advanced Seminar on Selected Sociological Topics
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor
Description: May be taken twice providing the topics are different and taken under different professors.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 4105      Women and Sociological Theory
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 3107 or permission of instructor
Description: A study of the conceptualization of "woman" in sociological theory from the classical mainstream to contemporary feminism. Students will be introduced to a range of current theoretical debates in feminist sociology and examine the relationship of theory and practice in feminist sociological research.
Cross-List(s): Women's Studies 4105
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Sociology 4113      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100, 2111, 2911, or permission of the instructor
Description: The topic of this course will vary according to the interests and availability of instructors.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 4250      Law and Society
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 and one of Sociology 2221, 2301, or permission of the instructor
Description: An exmaination of different theoretical approaches to the relationship between law and society.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 4313      Problems and Issues in Methods
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 3310 and 3311
Description: Review and analysis of topical issues in sociological research methods.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 4317      Quantitative Methods
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 2911 and 3310/3311 or permission of the instructor
Description: Application of inferential statistics and sampling methods to sociological research.
Offering: 0-3; or 0-3
Notes: Students who have previously taken Sociology 4307 may not take Sociology 4317 for credit.
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Sociology 4319      Qualitative Methods
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 2911 and 3310/3311 or permission of the instructor
Description: Observational and textual analysis in sociology.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Sociology 4307 may not take Sociology 4319 for credit.
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Sociology 4411      Problems and Issues in Theory
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 3410 and 3411
Description: Review and analysis of topical issues in sociological theory.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 4511      Sociology of Disability
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or Gerontology 1110/1130 or Women's Studies 1100, and two FCEs in Sociology or Gerontology or Women's Studies at the third or fourth year level, or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of competing models for understanding disability and analysis of the consequences of their use.
Cross-List(s): Social Work 4511/Women's Studies 4511/Gerontology 4511
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 4515      Issues in Social Gerontology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 or Gerontology 1110/1130, and two FCEs in Sociology or Gerontology at the third or fourth year level, or permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of social issues to be considered in understanding how older people are treated in society. Topics may include: systemic ageism; health and illness; and the creation of gerontological knowledge.
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 4515
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Sociology 4517      Society, Culture and Nature
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor
Description: An examination of theories and case studies of the way in which social, cultural, economic and political forms and practices influence the perception, understanding and representation of the natural world.
Cross-List(s): Environmental Studies 4517/Anthropology 4517
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Sociology 4551      Food and Culture
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1100 and one of Sociology 2550, 3750, or permission of the instructor
Description: Intersections of food and culture are explored through issues of identity, memory, regionalism, globalization, health, gender, language, and ethnicity.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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