Undergraduate

PATHWAYS

Follow your interests! Take a selection of courses across the following pathways or focus your courses in one or more areas. 

Courses designated with a "Y" are offered in the upcoming Fall 2022 Winter 2023 terms. Visit Bear Tracks to view the current course schedule.

Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 203  Social Problems Y Y
SOC 224  Sociology of Deviance and Conformity Y Y
SOC 225  Criminology Y Y
SOC 226  Surveillance Studies Y
         
SOC 321  Youth, Crime and Society Y
SOC 323  Sociology of Policing Y
SOC 325 Topics in Criminology Y
SOC 327 Criminal Justice Administration in Canada Y Y
SOC 343     Social Movements Y
SOC 420  Topics in Criminal Justice Y
SOC 421  Sociology of Punishment
SOC 423 Crime and Public Policy Y
SOC 424  Gangs and Violence Y
SOC 425 Sociology of Terrorism
SOC 427 Immigration, Ethnicity and Crime
SOC 429  Sociology of Law Y
SOC 430  Women and Crime Y
SOC 496  Human Rights in International Perspective Y

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 325  Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice
SOC 325  Prisons and Punishment in Canada
SOC 325  Race, Racism and Crime
SOC 402 Criminal Accusation
SOC 420  Sociology of Killing Y
SOC 420  Sociology of Prisons
Gender and Sexuality
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 271 Introduction to the Family Y Y
SOC 301 Sociology of Gender Y
SOC 430 Women and Crime Y

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 402  Changing Relations of Care Y
SOC 402 Race, Gender and Culture Y
SOC 402 Indigenous Feminisms Y
SOC 402 Decolonial Feminist Thought
Health and Illness
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 375  Sociology of Aging Y
SOC 382  Sociology of Heath and Illness Y Y
SOC 452  Mortality and Population Health
SOC 473  Sociology of Death and Dying
SOC 486 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness Y

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 402  Changing Relationships of Care Y
SOC 402 Sprot, the Body, and Society Y
Inequality, Stratification, and Policy
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 203 Social Problems Y Y
SOC 260  Inequality and Social Stratification Y Y
SOC 301  Sociology of Gender Y
SOC 363 Sociology of Work and Industry Y Y
SOC 370  Racism and Decolonization Y
SOC 371 Anti-Racism and Racial Injustice Y
SOC 423  Crime and Public Policy Y
SOC 445 Cities and Suburbia Y

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 402  Gender, Race and Culture Y
SOC 402  Indigenous-Settler Relations Y
SOC 402  Migration and Public Policy Y
SOC 402 Indigenous Feminisms Y
SOC 402 Speed, Mobility, and Work
Knowledge, Religion, and Collective Belief Systems
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 224  Sociology of Deviance and Conformity Y Y
SOC 241  Social Psychology Y Y
SOC 376  Sociology of Religion Y
SOC 441 Sociology of Religious Sects
SOC 476  Religion and Societies
Population, Family, and Life Course
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 251  Population and Society Y Y
SOC 271  Introduction to the Family Y Y
SOC 301 Sociology of Gender Y
SOC 342 Socialization Y
SOC 375  Sociology of Aging Y
SOC 376  Sociology of Religion Y
SOC 377  Sociology of Youth Y
SOC 451  Sociology of Human Fertility
SOC 452 Mortality and Population Health
SOC 459  The Social Demography of Partnerships and Families Y
SOC 473 Sociology of Death and Dying

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 302  Population Transitions
SOC 402 Sociology of Childhood Y
SOC 402  Changing Relationships of Care Y
SOC 402  Demographic Methods
SOC 402  Migration and Public Policy Y
Power, Globalization, and Social Change
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 260  Inequality and Social Stratification Y Y
SOC 269 Introductory Sociology of Globalization Y
SOC 291  Introduction to Environmental Sociology Y
SOC 343 Social Movements Y
SOC 363 Sociology of Work and Industry Y Y
SOC 369  Sociology of Globalization Y
SOC 425  Sociology of Terrorism
SOC 427  Immigration, Ethnicity and Crime
SOC 444 Critical Media Studies Y
SOC 445  Cities and Suburbia Y
SOC 476 Religion and Societies
SOC 496 Human Rights in International Perspective Y

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 402  Commons and Climate Justice Y
SOC 402  Speed, Mobility, and Work
Race, Decolonization, and Social Justice
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 260  Inequality and Social Stratification Y Y
SOC 269  Introductory Sociology of Globalization Y
SOC 369 Sociology of Globalization Y
SOC 370  Racism and Decolonization Y
SOC 371 Anti-Racism and Racial Injustice Y
SOC 427  Immigration, Ethnicity and Crime
SOC 445 Cities and Suburbia Y

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 325  Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice
SOC 325 Race, Racism and Crime
SOC 402 Commons and Climate Justice Y
SOC 402  Indigenous-Settler Relations Y
SOC 402 Race, Gender and Culture Y
SOC 402 Indigenous Feminisms Y
Research Methods
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 210 Introduction to Social Statistics Y Y
SOC 315  Introduction to Social Methodology Y Y
SOC 415  Applied Research Internship Y
SOC 418  Qualitative Methods in Social Research Y
SOC 456  Data Analysis and Research Y

 

Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 402 Demographic Methods
Social Psychology
Class Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 224 Sociology of Deviance and Conformity Y Y
SOC 241 Social Psychology Y Y
SOC 242 Biologically Coordinated Social Psychology
SOC 342  Socialization Y
SOC 445  Cities and Suburbia Y
Theory and Culture
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 212 Classical Social Theory Y Y
SOC 335  Themes in Contemporary Social Theory Y Y
SOC 345 Cultural Studies Y
SOC 370 Racism and Decolonization Y
SOC 435 Theorizing ‘the Social’: Critical Debates in Social Theory
SOC 444 Critical Media Studies Y
SOC 445 Cities and Suburbia Y
SOC 461 Sociology of Art Y
SOC 492 Queering the Social Y
Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 302 Media and Society Y
SOC 402  Commons and Climate Justice Y
SOC 402 Race, Gender and Culture Y
SOC 402  Indigenous Feminisms Y
SOC 402 Decolonial Feminist Thought
Work and Organizations
Course Description Fall 2022 Winter 2023
SOC 260  Inequality and Social Stratification Y Y
SOC 269 Introductory Sociology of Globalization Y
SOC 321  Youth, Crime and Society Y
SOC 323 Sociology of Policing Y
SOC 327 Criminal Justice Administration in Canada Y Y
SOC 343  Social Movements Y
SOC 363 Sociology of Work and Industry Y Y
SOC 369 Sociology of Globalization Y
SOC 382  Sociology of Health and Illness Y Y
SOC 423  Crime and Public Policy Y
SOC 429 Sociology of Law Y
SOC 459  The Social Demography of Partnerships and Families Y
SOC 486 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness Y
SOC 496 Human Rights in International Perspective Y
Recent “Topics” Courses
SOC 325  Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice
SOC 325 Prisons and Punishment in Canada
SOC 402 Changing Relationships of Care Y
SOC 402  Criminal Accusation
SOC 420  Sociology of Prisons

COURSE OUTLINES

Course outlines from the year 2018 to the current academic year can be found in the Catalogue by clicking on the symbol beside the course you are seeking the outline for. If you are looking for a course outline from the years 2010 to 2017, visit our Course Archive. If you are unable to locate a course outline, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor at socundergrad@ualberta.ca or 780.492.0468 for assistance.

COURSE REGISTRATION

Students registering in Sociology courses must have the stated prerequisites or consent of the Instructor.

Enrollment Information for Fall 2022/Winter 2023:

Registration in all 400-level SOC courses is limited to students in the 3rd or 4th year of their program.

Registration in all 400-level Sociology courses is restricted to Sociology Majors and BA (Criminology) students in year 3 or 4 of their program until June 23. All other year 3 or 4 students may begin registering June 24 unless otherwise noted.

Also until June 23, registration in SOC 210/212/241/242/251/260/269 and all 300-level Sociology courses are restricted to Sociology Major and Minor students, BA Criminology students, and Native Studies students. All other students may begin registering in these courses June 24.

Registration Assistance:

If you are having difficulty registering in an undergraduate Sociology course, please refer to the below frequently asked questions for guidance.  You may also contact the department Undergraduate Advisor at socundergrad@ualberta.ca or 780.492.0468 for registration assistance or for general course inquiries. 

Information about course registration is available from the Office of the Registrar.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register in a course without the listed prerequisite?

If there is a prerequisite for the course, it will be listed in the calendar course description on Bear Tracks.  Most courses that have a prerequisite also state “or consent of instructor”.  This means you can ask the instructor for permission to take the course without the stated prerequisite.  To do this, please email your request to the instructor listed on Bear Tracks. You can locate instructor emails through Find A Person. Include your full name, student ID#, the course, section and term the course is offered in. For example, you may title your email: Sociology 321 LEC A1 Fall 2020 Request to Waive Prerequisite. We also recommend including relevant information to support your request, such as your degree program, major/minor, year (based on credits), other relevant courses or relevant background you have. 

If there are available seats in the course on Bear Tracks and the instructor approves your request, please forward the instructor's email to the Undergraduate Advisor at socundergrad@ualberta.ca, who will register you in the course (space permitting).

If the course is currently full on Bear Tracks, please add it to your Watchlist.  Please attempt to register when a space opens up. You will receive an error message (because you don't have the prerequisite). If the error message states "course is full", then another student got the available space before you.  However, if the error message states "requirements not met", then please email socundergrad@ualberta.ca , by forwarding the email with the instructor's approval and indicating your registration attempt.  We will review the enrolment log summary and see if it is possible to manually add you to the course in this instance, if you were the first person to attempt to register when the space opened up, and all students who require the course for their program have been accommodated.

I have the prerequisite, but I took it from a different university, so Bear Tracks won’t let me register. How do I register in the course?

If the course you are trying to register in has a prerequisite that you completed at a different university, Bear Tracks will not recognize this and will give you an error message when you attempt to register. Please email the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor at socundergrad@ualberta.ca to request registration in the course.  Please include the course, section, term, and your U of A Student ID#.  In addition, please attach a transcript showing the course was completed (an unofficial transcript or screenshot is acceptable).

What should I do if the course I want to register in is full?

If the course that you want to get into is full, you will need to do the following:

Put yourself on the watchlist on Bear Tracks. You will receive a notification if a space in the course opens up.  If this happens, quickly log on to Bear Tracks to attempt to register.  Some of our courses are very popular and have lots of students on the watchlist, which can sometimes make it difficult to get a spot.  Students can continue to add and drop courses up to the registration deadline for each term.  Instead of waiting for a spot, we suggest making sure you register yourself in another course that does have space, in the event that you are not able to get into the course(s) on your watchlist.

If the course is a degree requirement and you need to take the course during the current academic year, please send an email to socundergrad@ualberta.ca, explaining why you require the course during the current academic year (in other words, why taking it later in your degree program will not work). Exceptions to be added to a course that is full are only considered in extenuating circumstances to maintain fairness for all students who are hoping for a space. We recommend registering in required courses as soon as your enrollment date opens in March.

I am in Open Studies and am not able to register myself in the course I want. What should I do?

A list of courses that are available to Open Studies students can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.  You should be able to register yourself in these courses on Bear Tracks, as long as you have any prerequisites required for the course (if applicable).  If the course has a prerequisite, but you haven't taken it (or an equivalent), or you have taken the prerequisite but it was at a different university, please refer to the appropriate frequently asked question for what to do.  

If there is a Sociology course you would like to take that is not on the list, we can still register you in the course (assuming any priority registration in place for Sociology/Criminology students has passed, you present any prerequisites, or have received consent of the instructor if you do not have the prerequisite, if applicable).  Please send a registration request to the department Undergraduate Advisor at socundergrad@ualberta.ca stating the course, section, and term you are requesting registration in.  Please also include your U of A Student ID#.  If you had to get permission from the instructor to waive a course prerequisite, please include the instructor's email as well. 

How do I withdraw from a course?

Undergraduate Students can now withdraw from courses in Bear Tracks.  Instructions on how to withdraw from a course in Bear Tracks are available on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Dropping a course after the Registration Deadline is a withdrawal and is maintained on your academic record. Students who are contemplating withdrawal are encouraged to contact their Instructor or a Department of Faculty Undergraduate Advisor with questions relating to their withdrawal decision.

First, check the registration deadlines for the term you want to withdraw from a course in.  If the registration add/delete deadline has not passed, go to Bear Tracks and drop the course using the Drop feature. If you do this before the Registration Add/Delete deadline, you will not see this course on your transcript.  If it is after the Registration Add/Delete Deadline, the course will remain on your transcript with a W beside the course, indicating you withdrew. There is a 50% fee refund deadline and then a final Withdrawal deadline (no fee refund) later in the term.

What do I do if I don't agree with my final grade in a Sociology course?

First of all, you should make an appointment with the instructor and discuss your grade with them. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this meeting, please contact the Associate Chair (Undergraduate), Alison Dunwoody, at dunwoody@ualberta.ca.

While a student is entitled to an explanation of why any grade was awarded, the following do not constitute grounds for an appeal:

  • Disliking the instructor’s marking scheme
  • Coming close to the instructor’s cut-off point for a higher grade
  • Disagreeing with the instructor’s judgment about the quality of submitted work

Only the following may constitute grounds for an appeal:

  • Errors in calculation
  • Procedural errors
  • Failure to consider all relevant factors
  • Bias and/or discrimination

Students must initiate Grade Appeals with the instructor by the following deadlines: a) No later than February 1 for courses taught during the immediately preceding Fall term; b) No later than June 25 for Winter-term or full-year courses taught during the immediately preceding Fall/Winter term: c) No later than thirty Calendar Days after the posting of final grades on Bear Tracks for courses taught in Spring/Summer terms (e.g. 30 days after grades are posted on Bear Tracks).

Full Grade Appeal Procedures can be found on the Faculty of Arts website.

 

TOPICS COURSES

The Department of Sociology offers Topics courses under the course codes SOC 302, 325, 402, and 420. These courses can be taken more than once for credit as long as the topic is different.The topics of these courses can change from year to year and some have additional prerequisites than those listed in the calendar. If there are additional prerequisites, they will usually be indicated in the Class Notes for the course on Bear Tracks.

INDIVIDUAL STUDY (SOC 401/403) 

Note - Sociology Honors students will register in the course code SOC 401.  All other students will be registered in SOC 403.

Interested in a particular topic but don't see a course that matches? Consider working with a professor to design an independent study course.

Finding a Course Instructor

Students wishing to enrol in SOC 401/403 must find a Department of Sociology Faculty member to serve as their course instructor. Note, only Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors in Sociology are eligible to oversee a SOC 401/403 course. Students should begin by considering an area of sociology that interests them and visit our Faculty Members page to learn more about the research areas our Faculty members are involved with.  Students should then contact the professor they would like to have as their course instructor to discuss the possibility of completing an Individual Study course under their supervision.

SOC 401/403 Registration Form

Once the student has a course instructor, the student and instructor must complete the online SOC 401/403 Registration Google Form at least 5 business days before the add/delete registration deadline for the term the course is to be taken in. Once the course is approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate, the Undergraduate Advisor will register the student in SOC 401/403.

What are examples of previous topics students have covered in a SOC 401/403 course?

Barriers to Healthcare for Transgender Persons
The Relationship between PTSD and Suicide Among First Responders
Critical Social Theory and the Environment
Housing in Transition
The Sociology of Humour
The Sociology of the Science/Religion Controversy
Youth Gangs
First Nations and the Current Canadian State
Canadian Criminal Justice in the Age of Neuroexistentialism
Social Services and the Criminalized: Intersections
Second Demographic Transition: Families and Kids
Parenting in Marriage and Cohabitation
Sociology of Drugs and Sport
Exploring the Potential Art has to Heal Edmonton
Critical Library, Information and Intermedia Studies

What graded coursework is required for a SOC 401/403 course?

The graded course requirements for SOC 401/403 are decided upon in conjunction with the student and the course instructor.  To help you in this process, we have provided examples of student's graded coursework from previously completed SOC 401/403 courses.

Example 1:
Discussion 10%
Annotated Bibliography 25%
Term Paper Outline 10%
Project 15%
Final Paper 40%

Example 2:
Weekly Reading Reflection (up to 1 pg/week) for ten weeks (5% each) = 50%
Weekly discussions 20%
Final paper 30%

Example 3: 
Regular Discussion/Meetings 33.3%
Paper 1 33.33%
Paper 2 33.33%

Example 4:
Regular Meetings 30%
Building a Collection of Resources 20%
Run a Mock Workshop 15%
Finalized Worship Materials incorporating feedback from mock workshop 35%

Example 5:
Meetings/Discussions 30%
Reading List/Bibliography 10%
First Draft of Final Paper 15%
Second Draft of Final Paper 15%
Final Paper 30%

INDIVIDUAL EMPIRICAL RESEARCH PROJECT (SOC 404) 

Available as of September 2022

For students interested in an individual research project conducted under the supervisor of a Faculty member.  The course must involve empirical or applied research for which the student is responsible.  

Students wishing to enrol in SOC 404 must find a Department of Sociology Faculty member to serve as their course instructor. Note, only Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors in Sociology are eligible to oversee a SOC 404 course. Students should begin by considering an area of sociology that interests them and visit our Faculty Members page to learn more about the research areas our Faculty members are involved with.  Students should then contact the professor they would like to have as their course instructor to discuss the possibility of completing a research project under their supervision.

Registration Form

Once the student has a course instructor, the student and instructor must complete the online SOC 404 Registration Google Form at least ten business days before the add/delete registration deadline for the term the course is to be taken in. Once the course is approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate, the Undergraduate Advisor will register the student in SOC 404.