Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Sociology

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)

    An introduction to the major concepts, theories, and procedures of sociological inquiry. This course broadly examines the foundations of sociology, social inequality, social institutions, and social change. Students learn about the systematic study of human society and its application in everyday life.

    Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 201 Introduction to Human Services (3 sem. hrs.)

    An examination of the basic philosophies and social influences which underlie the helping professions and a brief review of the history of professional human services workers. This course must be completed successfully before a student is assigned a field placement.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101. (3-0; 0-0)


  • SOCI 204 Social Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)

    The relationship between the individual and society. Motivation, interpersonal relationships, attitude formation and change, communication, effective group dynamics, and leadership.

    Cross-listed: PSYC 204.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 207 Data Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)

    The logic and the application of data analysis techniques suitable for the behavioural sciences. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency, variability, probability and sampling theory, correlation, regression, and non-parametric statistics.

    Cross-listed: PSYC 207.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101. (3-0; 0-0)


  • SOCI 221 Marriage and Family (3 sem. hrs.)

    A course designed from the viewpoint of a young adult considering basic patterns of dating, courtship, marriage, and family relationships. Readings include references to various cultural patterns of family living. Class discussions and lectures emphasize issues relative to successful relationships within the family.

    Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 234 Canadian Government and Politics in Comparative Perspective (3 sem. hrs.)

    Provides the student with an overview of the Canadian system of government in a comparative approach that includes study of British, American, and Canadian political and government institutions and practices. A comparative study of how basic concepts, principles, and institutions associated with different expressions of liberal-democratic governments highlight the diversity of political experience, reveal the interdependence of political systems and show the uniqueness of Canada's political system. Particular attention is given to the manner in which Parliament attempts to facilitate and develop public policy which reflects the diverse interests and aspirations of its citizens.

    Cross-listed: POLS 234.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 252 Contemporary Social Issues (3 sem. hrs.)

    An examination of the complex nature of issues confronting individuals, groups, and society at large. An examination of the various situations which produce these issues, the social symptoms that result, and an evaluation of possible solutions to social problems.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101. (0-0; 3-0)


  • SOCI 315 Globalization (3 sem. hrs.)

    The study of culture, social institutions, and systems from a global perspective. Various sociological theories and concepts are examined.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 318 Technology and Social Change (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course provides an analysis of the relationship between technological advances and social change. Ideas about which technologies are to be developed, deployed, or abandoned are socially constructed. The use of all technologies has both intended and unintended social consequences.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 320 Practicum (3 sem. hrs.)

    A supervised practical experience with a community or social agency related to the student's interest and/or future plans. Readings, written assignments, and group meetings help students reflect on and integrate knowledge with practical experience.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 201 and admission to the Human Services Program or instructor's consent.


  • SOCI 325 Sociocultural Aspects of Sport and Leisure (3 sem. hrs.)

    An examination of the sociological and cultural dynamics of sport and how sport has become a socializing agent of society and culture. Topics include religion and sport, women in sport, minorities and sport, big business of sport, drugs and sport performance, and sport deviance.

    Cross-listed: HKIN 325.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0; 0-0)


  • SOCI 331 Sociology of Religion (3 sem. hrs.)

    An introduction to the theories and concepts utilized by sociologists to interpret religious behaviour and the organization of religion.

    Cross-listed: RELS 371.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0; 0-0)


  • SOCI 335 Social Theory (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course explores the ideas of social theorists central to the development of sociology, the role of social theory in the social sciences, and its application to social research.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 340 Religion and Culture in Canada (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course examines the role of religious beliefs and practices in Canadian culture from a sociological perspective. Emphasis is on understanding pluralism, multiculturalism, and contemporary religious expression in relation to other social institutions like family, economics, and politics. Attention is given to cross-cultural comparisons of religions in Canada.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 350 Urban Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course examines the evolution of the city, from its earliest pre-industrial roots to cities of the New Economy, and provides a sociological analysis of selected urban social issues. The course explores the urban effect on society and the various efforts, past and present, to make cities more livable.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 355 Community Development (3 sem. hrs.)

    The goal of this course is to clarify thinking about the use of the term "community," to explore the role of community in contemporary society, and to consider societal and cultural factors that either promote or undermine the building of community.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 360 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3 sem. hrs.)

    An introduction to the concepts and processes of both qualitative and quantitative social research. Research processes include problem definition, data collection, and analysis. Students are expected to develop research skills through practical application.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101; 207; and third year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 365 Sociology of Education (3 sem. hrs.)

    An analysis of the role of the school in culture; societal trends affecting the institutions and practices of education; interpretive paradigms and related research studies; group dynamics in education; religious, social, and economic factors and issues in Canadian education.

    Cross-listed: EDUC 365.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 390 Selected Issues in Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)

    An examination of the ideas of a particular theorist, school of thought, or conflicting theories within the behavioural sciences; or an examination of particular sociological issues from a theoretical or empirical perspective.

    NB: Students may take this course again for credit whenever it deals with a different topic.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 101 and 6 additional sem. hrs. in Sociology or instructor's consent (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 391 Canadian Governmental Leadership (3 sem. hrs.)

    The nature and styles of leadership in the political and governmental sectors, the history of political leadership, and current leadership in both internal and external constituencies. Students explore both appropriate and inappropriate leadership styles and observe today's leaders in the Ottawa setting of their discipline.

    Cross-listed: HIST 391; POLS 391.

    Prerequisite(s): Admission into Laurentian Leadership Centre. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 392 Ethics and Public Affairs (3 sem. hrs.)

    The philosophical basis for and nature of ethical decision-making. Recent and contemporary ethical issues facing leaders in the political, business, and communication fields. Students observe how today's leaders engage ethical dilemmas in the Ottawa setting of their discipline.

    Cross-listed: POLS 392.

    Prerequisite(s): Admission into Laurentian Leadership Centre. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 400 Critical Issues in Human Services (3 sem. hrs.)

    This seminar explores critical issues which occur across the helping professions. Basic questions concerning human nature and the influence of society are examined. This course also serves as key preparation and support for upper level field placement experience.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 201 and admission to the Human Services Program. (0-0; 3-0)


  • SOCI 405 Globalization and Religion (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course is an analysis of the character of religion in relationship to globalization. Attention is paid to the nature of religion in global society, responses of religions to global change, religious/theological reflections on the various meanings of globalization, and the development of religion as a global culture.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101 or instructor's consent. (0-0; 3-0)


  • SOCI 410 Minority Group Relations (3 sem. hrs.)

    An analysis of racial and ethnic attitudes and conflicts, including theories of origins and ameliorations of contemporary minority/majority problems.

    NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 411 Practicum (3 sem. hrs.)

    Supervised field placement in an approved social services setting.

    NB: Pass/Fail course.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 320 and instructor's consent.


  • SOCI 418 Social and Political Concepts of Community in Contemporary Political Theory (3 sem. hrs.)

    Provides the student with an in-depth study of the social and political concepts of community. Attention is focused on how recognition of community brings into play the tension between individual and collective/group rights. Course lectures, reading assignments, and in class discussion provide an overview of the following topics: interpretation/hermeneutics of community, roots of community theory, myth of community, quest for community, Christian community, recognition of minority communities in politics, problems associated with the concept of community, recognition of group rights, the liberal-communitarian debate over community, and problems associated with communitarian theory.

    Cross-listed: PHIL 418; POLS 418.

    Prerequisite(s): 6 sem. hrs. of Sociology and third year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • SOCI 420 Practicum (3 sem. hrs.)

    Supervised field placement in an approved social services setting.

    NB: Pass/Fail course.

    Prerequisite(s): SOCI 411 and instructor's consent.


  • SOCI 450 Seminar in Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)

    Students analyze and reflect upon major issues in sociology. This integrative seminar addresses a variety of methodological, theoretical, and practical questions.

    Prerequisite(s): 12 sem. hrs. of Sociology including SOCI 101 or instructor’s consent.

     

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