2014-2015 Graduate Calendar

Sociology  
Master of Arts in Critical Sociology Dean Thomas Dunk (as of July 1, 2014) Faculty of Social Sciences Acting Dean Ingrid Makus (until June 30, 2014) Faculty of Social Sciences Associate Dean Diane Dupont Faculty of Social Sciences Core Faculty Professors June Corman (Sociology), Andrea Doucet (Sociology/Women's and Gender Studies), Ann Duffy (Sociology), Thomas Dunk (Sociology), Dan Glenday (Sociology), Jane Helleiner (Sociology), Murray Knuttila (Sociology), Murray E. G. Smith (Sociology), John Sorenson (Sociology) Associate Professors Kate Bezanson (Sociology), Jonah Butovsky (Sociology), Nancy Cook (Sociology), Janet Conway (Sociology), Ifeanyi Ezeonu (Sociology), Margot Francis (Sociology/Women's and Gender Studies), Kevin Gosine (Sociology), Ana Isla (Sociology/Women's and Gender Studies), Tamari Kitossa (Sociology), Trent Newmeyer (Recreation & Leisure Studies), Hijin Park (Sociology), Mary-Beth Raddon (Sociology), Dennis Soron (Sociology), Michelle Webber (Sociology) Assistant Professors Lauren Corman (Sociology) Graduate Program Director Nancy Cook ncook@brocku.ca Administrative Co-ordinator Julia Gottli, MA Critical Sociology STH 400B 905-688-5550 x 4576 csociology@brocku.ca http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/current-students/graduate-programs/critical-sociology  
Program Description Go to top of document
The MA in Critical Sociology is based on three foundations: (i) an examination of theoretical perspectives in critical sociology, (ii) the study of both standard and innovative sociological methodologies, and (iii) the exploration of a diversity of key topics in the field. Through course work and interaction with faculty, students will be exposed to a wide range of critical sociological frameworks, including Marxist political economy, political ecology, critical race theory, feminist analyses, critical animal studies, and poststructuralist, queer and post-colonial paradigms. Students will also examine a diverse range of sociological methodologies, in particular ethnographic research, interview and survey-based research methods, critical discourse analysis, and feminist methodologies. This theoretical and methodological foundation, coupled with exposure to diverse empirical concerns, will prepare students to develop sophisticated and rigorous approaches to critical sociological research and analysis. The program will prepare students to enter a wide variety of employment fields, as well as to proceed to PhD level studies in Sociology, related disciplines, and other interdisciplinary programs. Possible career options include social research and policy development, employment in social advocacy and activism organizations, program evaluation for both governmental and non-governmental organizations, and teaching in community colleges and other venues.  
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Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in Sociology, with a minimum average of 75%. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in English. For students who must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (see: https://experience.brocku.ca/Graduate_Study/EnglishLanguageProficiency.ezc) the minimum TOEFL score of 580 (TWE 4.5) or equivalent is required. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates. Individuals interested in part-time study should consult with the Graduate Program Director.  
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Students will consult with the Director or designated faculty liaison person when planning their programs of study. Additional credits may be required of candidates with insufficient pre-admission background. The program offers two streams: major research paper or thesis. Students wishing to pursue the thesis stream must seek approval from the Director at the end of the first term.  
Scheme A: Course Work and Major Research Paper Go to top of document
The program of study must include: SOCI 5F91 (major research paper), SOCI 5P01, SOCI 5P02, four half-credit electives, and SOCI 5N00 (graduate workshop). Of the four half-credit electives, normally three will be offered as electives within the Critical Sociology program and normally one will be a course offered by another Brock graduate program, a graduate course at another Ontario university (OVGS), or a Directed Studies course. All courses must be pre-approved by the Graduate Program Director. Scheme A is designed to normally be completed in four terms. Major Research Paper To complete the requirements of SOCI 5F91, each student must complete a major research paper that demonstrates capacity for independent work and original research or thought. The major paper shall be chosen in consultation with a Supervisor and will be evaluated by the Supervisor and a second faculty reader. Students interested in pursuing a broader range of courses should enroll in Scheme A. Full-time students must complete four successive terms of full time study. In the first Fall term, full-time students in Scheme A will normally enroll in SOCI 5P01, SOCI 5P02, SOCI 5N00, (this workshop runs over two terms) and provisionally one elective course. In the winter term, students in Scheme A will normally enroll in two or three additional elective courses. If any course credits are outstanding at the end of the spring term, they may be taken in the second fall term. Part-time students will normally take one of either SOCI 5P01 or SOCI 5P02 in the first term and at least one half-credit course per year thereafter.  
Scheme B: Course Work and Thesis Go to top of document
The program of study must include: SOCI 5F90 (thesis), SOCI 5P01, SOCI 5P02, two half-credit electives, and SOCI 5N00 (graduate workshop). The electives will normally be offered within the Critical Sociology program; however, subject to the approval of the Director, students may complete one elective credit offered by another Brock graduate program, a graduate course at another Ontario university (OVGS), or a Directed Studies course. Scheme B is designed to normally be completed in six terms. Thesis To complete the requirements of SOCI 5F90, each student must complete, and defend at a public oral examination, a thesis that demonstrates a capacity for independent work and original research or thought. The thesis topic shall be chosen in consultation with the Supervisor and other members of the Supervisory Committee. A formal thesis proposal must be approved by the Committee. Scheme B is intended for students who are prepared to do an in-depth project on a specialized topic. Full-time students in Scheme B will normally enroll in SOCI 5P01, SOCI 5P02, and the graduate workshop (SOCI 5N00, note that this workshop normally runs over two terms) in the first fall term. In the winter term students in Scheme B will normally enroll in two additional elective courses. Part-time students will normally take one of either SOCI 5P01 or SOCI 5P02 in the first term and at least one half-credit course per year thereafter.  
Course Descriptions Go to top of document
Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. SOCI 5F90 MA Thesis An in-depth research project involving the preparation and public defense of a thesis that demonstrates the capacity for independent work and original research or thought. SOCI 5F91 Major Research Paper A major research paper that demonstrates the capacity for independent work and original research or thought. SOCI 5N00 Graduate Workshop A non-credit graduate workshop that focuses on issues in graduate studies and critical sociological research students encounter while developing their programs of study and preparing their proposals, research papers and theses. Note: Completion of the workshop is required for successful completion of the MA program. SOCI 5P01 Critical Social Theories A survey of key historical and contemporary theoretical themes in critical Sociology. SOCI 5P02 Critical Social Research Design and Methods An exploration of the methodological and epistemological foundations of major traditions of sociological inquiry, techniques of data collection, and case studies of critical sociological research in each tradition. SOCI 5P10 Intermediate Statistics for Sociologists An intermediate quantitative data analysis course that emphasizes a critical understanding and application of several major cross-sectional multivariate statistical techniques used to address sociological research questions. SOCI 5P20 Globalization, Inequality and Social Change Sociological perspectives on economic, social, cultural and political processes of globalization; global social inequalities; the historical antecedents of globalization; and global social movements. SOCI 5P30 Engaging Criminology in the 21st Century Critical examination of contemporary and historical issues and theory in criminology. Topics may include advanced criminological theories, heterodoxies, controversies and contemporary issues in criminology, criminal justice and sociology of law. SOCI 5P40 Animals and Human Societies Sociological perspectives on animal-human interactions, possibly including animal-human bonds and boundaries; the nature of animal rights; ethical treatment of animals; animals and the law; representations of animals; and cultural meanings of animals. SOCI 5P50 Critical Sociologies of Gender and Sexuality Current sociological perspectives on femininity, masculinity and sexuality as organizing principles of society at local, national and global scales that articulate with other social inequalities to shape principal social identities and institutions. SOCI 5P60 Critical Perspectives on Race and Racism Current sociological perspectives on the social inequalities associated with issues of race, racism, ethnicity and anti-racism; the articulation of race with other forms of social inequality at the local, national and global level; and anti-racist struggles for social justice. SOCI 5P70 Critical Sociological Studies in Education Current issues in the sociology of education in Canada and globally, such as access, representation, experience and careers of students, teachers and faculty; student cultures; student supervision; efforts to alter pedagogy and curriculum; and implications of globalization for educational practice. SOCI 5P80 Problems and Possibilities in Economic Life Perspectives drawn from economic sociology, political economy and other interdisciplinary disciplines on the relationship between economic structure and social organization and inequalities; alternative ways of organizing material life and social life; and democratic socialist planning. SOCI 5P90 Environment in Social Context Current sociological perspectives on the relationship between environment and human societies. Topics may include environment inequalities and social justice struggles, sustainability, biodiversity, consumerism, and environmental management. SOCI 5P95 Directed Study Specialized study on an individual basis under the direction of a faculty supervisor. SOCI 5V80-5V89 Selected Topics in Critical Sociology A topic in critical sociology that will vary by instructor.  
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