The Sociology Department at Laurier is characterized by a strength in the area of Equity and Social Justice. A core course on Social Inequality as well as the large number of upper-level course offerings, in areas such as  human rights, social movements, race and ethnic relations, gender relations, health, family, and disability, reflect this strength and the varied research areas of the faculty in the department. The aim of the program is to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary social issues, and to provide them with the theoretical, methodological, and writing skills to analyse and engage with these issues. Students are thus prepared for employment in, among other things, policy research and human service work. The program also prepares students to enter graduate studies in sociology and after-degree programs in social work, education, criminal justice, and law. 

Honours BA and Minor:

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Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
SY101 Introduction to Sociology 0.5
SY102 Critical Analysis of Social Issues 0.5
SY201 Sociology of Families 1.0
SY203 Sociological Theory 1.0
SY206 Special Topics on Contemporary Society 0.5
SY210 Social Inequality 0.5
SY211 Sociology of Physical Activity 0.5
SY216 Sociology of Aging 0.5
SY218 Constructions of Deviance 0.5
SY224 Sociology of Work 0.5
SY231 Sociology of Suicide 0.5
SY232 Sociology of Mental Illness 0.5
SY233 Sociology of Women 0.5
SY241 Sociology of Crime: Structural Perspectives 0.5
SY242 Sociology of Crime: Interpretive Perspectives 0.5
SY280 Quantitative Methods 0.5
SY281 Qualitative Methods 0.5
SY303 Sociology of Youth 0.5
SY305 Sociology and Cultural Forms 0.5
SY307 Political Sociology 0.5
SY309 Special Topics in Sociology 0.5
SY310 Directed Studies 0.5
SY311 Sociology of Religion 1.0
SY313 Sociological Perspectives on Canadian Society 0.5
SY316 Sociology of Education 1.0
SY320 Bodies, Bioethics, and Boundaries [1] 0.5
SY321 Sociology of Medicine 0.5
SY322 Sociology of Health and Illness 0.5
SY323 Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine 1.0
SY329 Directed Studies 0.5
SY331 Social Change 0.5
SY332 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 0.5
SY333 Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility 0.5
SY334 Sociology of Gender 0.5
SY338 Women and Development 0.5
SY339 An Analysis of Disability, Beyond Normality and Abnormality 0.5
SY382 Social Statistics 0.5
SY383 Advanced Social Statistics 0.5
SY389 Contemporary Social Theory 0.5
SY390 Resistance and Revolt: Political Struggle and Liberal Capitalism 0.5
SY402 Contemporary Issues in Social Theory 0.5
SY404 Ethnomethodology 0.5
SY405 Poverty 0.5
SY406 Environmental Sociology 0.5
SY407 Psychoanalysis and Society 0.5
SY408 The Sociology of Sexualities 0.5
SY409 The Sociology of Men and Masculinities 0.5
SY410 Human Rights II: Intellectuals’ Responsibility 0.5
SY411 Advanced Sociology of Physical Activity 0.5
SY412 Constructions of Parenthood and Childhood in Canada. 0.5
SY413 Sociology of Embodiment and Disability [2] 0.5
SY414 Social Movements 0.5
SY415 Sociology of Health, Illness and Gender 0.5
SY416 Equity in Education 0.5
SY417 Dimensions of Social Inequality in Canada 0.5
SY418 Advanced Critical Race and Ethnic Studies 0.5
SY419 Migration, Globalization & Transnationalism in Canada 0.5
SY421 Advanced Sociology of Mental Health 0.5
SY422 Subjectivity, Power and Government 0.5
SY423 Children, Parents and Schools 0.5
SY450 Advanced Directed Studies in Sociology 0.5
SY451 Advanced Directed Studies in Sociology 1.0
SY452 Advanced Special Topics 0.5
SY492 Thesis 1.0

Senate/Editorial Changes

  1. Senate Revision March 6, 2013: SY320 Renunbered from SY420; effedtive September 1, 2013.

  2. Senate Revision March 6, 2013: SY413 Prerequisite change; effedtive September 1, 2013.