2018-2019 Graduate Calendar

Sociology  
Master of Arts in Critical Sociology, Co-op Master of Arts in Critical Sociology Dean Ingrid Makus Faculty of Social Sciences Acting Associate Dean Dawn Zinga Faculty of Social Sciences Core Faculty Professors June Corman (Sociology), Andrea Doucet (Sociology/Women's and Gender Studies), Thomas Dunk (Sociology), Jane Helleiner (Sociology), Ana Isla (Sociology/Women's and Gender Studies), Rebecca Raby (Child & Youth Studies), Murray E. G. Smith (Sociology), John Sorenson (Sociology) Associate Professors Kate Bezanson (Sociology), Jonah Butovsky (Sociology), Nancy Cook (Sociology), Janet Conway (Sociology), Lauren Corman (Sociology), Kendra Coulter (Labour Studies), Ifeanyi Ezeonu (Sociology), Margot Francis (Sociology/Women's and Gender Studies), Kevin Gosine (Sociology), Tamari Kitossa (Sociology), Trent Newmeyer (Recreation & Leisure Studies), Hijin Park (Sociology), Mary-Beth Raddon (Sociology), Ian Ritchie (Kinesiology), Dennis Soron (Sociology), Michelle Webber (Sociology) Assistant Professors Kathy Deliovsky (Sociology) Graduate Program Director Kevin Gosine kgosine@brocku.ca Director of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education Cara Boese Administrative Coordinator/Graduate Advisor Lesa Mansfield STH 400A 905-688-5550 x 3455 csociology@brocku.ca https://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 the minimum TOEFL score of 580 (TWE 4.5) or equivalent score on the other tests of ELP accepted by Brock University is required. For full listing of accepted tests see: https://brocku.ca/nextstep/international-students/english-language-proficiency/. 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.  
Degree Requirements Go to top of document
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 three streams: course work and major research paper, course work and thesis or course work and major research paper with co-op. 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 Major Research Paper with Co-op Go to top of document
Scheme B entails a program of study identical to that of Scheme A with three exceptions: (a) Scheme B students undertake paid work placements (SOCI 5N01 and 5N02) in the third and fourth terms of the program; (b) Scheme B students must complete a coordinated series of pre-employment workshops (SOCI 5N90) in the second term of the program; and (c) one half-credit elective, typically completed in the second term by Scheme A students, will be taken by Scheme B students in the fifth term of the program to enable participation in SOCI 5N90. Co-op students typically undertake two consecutive four-month work terms with the same employer, although approval may be granted for two four-month work terms with different employers. In either scenario, students are required to register for and pass the two work placement courses (SOCI 5N01 and 5N02). In addition to regular tuition all co-op students pay an administrative fee. Please see the Schedule of Fees for detailed information. Fees are subject to change. Scheme B is a six-term (24 month) program of study.  
Scheme C: 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 C 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
Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable timetable for details. 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 5N01 Co-op Employment I Co-op work term (four months) with an approved employer providing a work integrated learning experience related to the student's chosen area of concentration. The co-op employment is full-time with 35 to 40 hours per week for 12 to 16 weeks. Students are required to meet all the work term deliverables successfully (learning objective, work site visit, work term report and work term evaluation) and fulfill their employment contract in order to receive a "Satisfactory" grade for the work term. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 5N90 SOCI 5N02 Co-op Employment II Co-op work term (four months) with an approved employer providing a work integrated learning experience related to the student's chosen area of concentration. The co-op employment is full-time with 35 to 40 hours per week for 12 to 16 weeks. Students are required to meet all the work term deliverables successfully (learning objective, work site visit, work term report and work term evaluation) and fulfill their employment contract in order to receive a "Satisfactory" grade for the work term. SOCI 5N03 Co-op Employment III Co-op work term (four months) with an approved employer providing a work integrated learning experience related to the student's chosen area of concentration. The co-op employment is full-time with 35 to 40 hours per week for 12 to 16 weeks. Students are required to meet all the work term deliverables successfully (learning objective, work site visit, work term report and work term evaluation) and fulfill their employment contract in order to receive a "Satisfactory" grade for the work term. SOCI 5N90 Co-op Professional Preparation Course The primary goal of this course is to provide graduate students with the tools, resources and skills to maximize co-op employment and professional development opportunities – both while at Brock and after graduation. This course is a pre-requisite for any co-op students who wish to participate in co-op job search and grade will be evaluated based on class participation including attendance and completion of professional projects. 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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