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Sociology

Faculty List

  • C. Childress, B.A. (Vassar College), M.A., Ph.D. (UC-Santa Barbara), Assistant Professor
  • J. Chun, B.A. (Dartmouth), M.A., Ph.D. (UC-Berkeley), Professor
  • E.F. Elcioglu, M.A., Ph.D. (UC-Berkeley), Assistant Professor
  • E. Fosse, B.A. (Kansas), M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard), Assistant Professor
  • A. Grigoryeva. B.A. (National University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow), M.A., Ph.D. (Princeton), Assistant Professor
  • J. Hannigan, B.A., M.A. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Ohio State), Professor
  • J. Hermer, B.A. (Western), M.A. (Carleton), D.Phil. (Oxon), Associate Professor
  • P-c. Hsiung, B.A. (National Chun-sing), M.A. (Chinese Cultural), M.A., Ph.D. (UCLA), Associate Professor
  • P. Landolt, B.A., M.A. (York), M.A., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins), Associate Professor
  • K. Liddle, B.A. (Oberlin College, Ohio), M.A. (Auburn University, Alabama), Ph.D. (Emory), Assistant Professor
  • A. Mullen, B.A. (Berkeley), M.A., Ph.D. (Yale), Associate Professor
  • R. O'Toole, B.A. (Leeds), PGCE (London), M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor Emeritus
  • R. Salem, B.A. (American University-Cairo), M.A. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Princeton), Assistant Professor
  • A. Sev'er, B.A., M.A. (Windsor), Ph.D. (York), Professor Emeritus
  • N. Spence, B.A., Ph.D. (Western), Assistant Professor
  • D. Silver, B.A. (Berkeley), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Associate Professor
  • J. Tanner, B.Sc. (London), PGCE (Leicester), M.A., Ph.D. (Alberta), Professor

Chair: Patricia Landolt
Associate Chair: Ping-Chun Hsiung
Program Advisor: J. Roopnarinesingh Email:  social-sciences-counsellor@utsc.utoronto.ca

Sociology challenges us to see the world in new ways to solve social problems, build resilient communities, and nurture democratic structures. Sociology asks complex questions. It seeks to explain how society is ordered and disordered, what accounts for social cohesion, cooperation, and conflict and the causes of social inequality. Sociology is diverse. Sociologists study many social issues: the impact of race, religion, class and gender on life chances; institutions such as families, workplaces, and gangs; processes such as racialization, globalization and indigenization; and politics related to work, health, cultural pluralism, incarceration and city building. What unifies sociology is the focus on how human action shapes and is shaped by surrounding structures. 

Sociology programs teach students how to design and carry out quantitative and qualitative research, and analyze evidence to arrive at understanding and explanation. Students acquire a diverse set of transferable skills. You will learn to use theoretically informed and evidence-based arguments to assess concrete social problems. You will become adept at analyzing and interpreting statistics and qualitative data. You will develop excellent verbal and written communication skills and you will learn to translate research into effective social policy recommendations.

Students successfully completing a degree in Sociology at UTSC will acquire a strong foundation for both further studies at a graduate level and for professional careers in fields including law, education, science fields, social work and health care, marketing and communication, human resources, non-profit organizations and social policy among others.

Students are encouraged to contact the Program Advisor or Associate Chair to discuss program requirements and their individual course of study.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) /Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provide students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credit in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Programs options are:

  •  Sociology (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  •  Sociology (Major), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.

Planning a Program in Sociology
Students are advised to take required courses in the Major and Specialist Programs as early in their careers as possible. For example, SOCA03Y3 should be taken during the first year, SOCB05H3, SOCB35H3SOCB42H3 and SOCB43H3 should be taken during the second year and SOCC40H3  should be taken during the third year. Failure to do so may lead to timetable conflicts and could prolong the completion of the Program.
Students may combine a Specialist or Major in Sociology with either the Minor in Culture, Creativity, and Cities OR the Minor in Migration and Ethnic Diversity. Students who combine their Specialist or Major in Sociology with one of these two Minors may only count SOCA03Y3 (SOCA01H3 and SOCA02H3) toward both programs. Other Sociology programs cannot be combined.

Prerequisites:
Students are reminded that they are not permitted to register in courses for which they have not completed the prerequisites indicated in the Calendar. They may only enter a course for which they lack the prerequisites by obtaining the permission from the Department prior to registration. Ineligible students will be removed from courses.

Applied Writing Skills Courses:
Courses designated as Applied Writing Skills Courses aim to develop students’ critical writing and logic of argumentation skills. These courses allow students to receive formative feedback on drafts of written work and the opportunity to develop a piece of writing over the term. Specific in-depth feedback on writing is given by the course instructor or course TA. The Applied Writing Skills Courses are: SOCC03H3, SOCC11H3, SOCC23H3, SOCC24H3, SOCC30H3, SOCC31H3, SOCC34H3, SOCC40H3, SOCC47H3 and SOCC58H3.

Research Courses:
Students interested in careers involving research or in pursuing graduate school or professional programs are strongly advised to take courses that ensure the development of their research skills including the logic of argumentation, research design, and data collection and analysis.  In their second year, students should take SOCB05H3 and SOCB35H3. In the third year, two C-level research practicums - SOCC23H3 and SOCC31H3 - offer students the opportunity to carry out independent research projects. Students can choose between a qualitative and a quantitative research practicum or can take both.  In their final year, students are encouraged to take research-based courses such as SOCD21H3, SOCD50H3 and SOCD51H3.

Special topic courses:
Themes for special topic courses will vary year to year. For more information please visit the Department website.

The Department offers courses in five areas of concentration. Students are encouraged but not required to develop the depth of learning through focused study in one or two areas of concentration.

Sociology Areas of Concentration Table:

Culture and Cities

Criminology and Sociology of Law

Gender and Family

Migration and Ethnicity

Economy, Politics and Society

SOCB44H3 Sociology of Cities and Urban Life
SOCB58H3 Sociology of Culture
SOCC26H3 Sociology of Urban Cultural Policies
SOCC27H3 Sociology of Suburbs and Suburbanization
SOCC44H3 Media and Society
SOCC54H3 Special Topics in Sociology of Culture
SOCD01H3 Advanced Seminar in Culture and Cities
SOCD51H3 Capstone Seminar in Culture, Creativity, and Cities

SOCB50H3 Deviance and Normality I
SOCB59H3 Sociology of Law
SOCC03H3 Collective Behaviour
SOCC11H3 Policing and Security
SOCC30H3 Criminal Behaviour
SOCC45H3 Youth and Society
SOCC46H3 Special Topics in Sociology of Law
SOCD05H3 Advanced Seminar in Criminology and Sociology of Law

SOCB22H3 Sociology of Gender
SOCB49H3 Sociology of Family
SOCC09H3 Sociology of Gender and Work
SOCC24H3 Special Topics in Gender and Family
SOCC29H3 Family and Gender in the Middle East
SOCC38H3 Gender and Education
SOCD10H3 Advanced Seminar in Gender and Family
SOCD20H3 Senior Seminar: Social Change and Gender Relations in Chinese Societies

SOCB53H3 Race and Ethnicity
SOCB60H3 Issues in Critical Migration Studies
SOCC25H3 Ethnicity, Race and Migration
SOCC34H3 Migrations and Transnationalisms
SOCC52H3 International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation
SOCC55H3 Special Topics in Race and Ethnicity
SOCD15H3 Advanced Seminar in Critical Migration Studies
SOCD21H3 Immigrant Scarborough

SOCB30H3 Political Sociology
SOCB37H3 Economy, Culture, and Society
SOCB54H3 Sociology of Work 
SOCB70H3 Social Change
SOCC04H3 Social Movements
SOCC15H3 Work, Employment and Society
SOCC58H3 Global Transformations: Politics, Economy and Society
SOCC59H3 Special Topics in Social Inequality
SOCD25H3 Advanced Seminar in Economy, Politics and Society

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.