• • • Courses Taught Regularly
Introduction to Sociology
This course is about developing students’ sociological imaginations in ways that provide context and understanding when they consider how people come together to form a society, develop relationships with one another and importantly, the ways various social forces produce inequalities and difference. Throughout this course students critically examine their social world, providing context for the kinds of social issues they encounter in their day-to-day lives.
Classical Sociological Theory
In this course students closely examine the work of sociology’s canonical thinkers. Although the sociological canon has changed over time, today most sociologists would agree that the works of Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim are central to the discipline, its history and contemporary sociological thought. We begin the course with an examination of the historical context that leads to the discipline of sociology, next we review C.W. Mill’s work on the sociological imagination and, using this text as a guide, we address the works of the classical thinkers. Throughout this course, students are asked to consider how the sociological imaginations of Marx, Weber and Durkheim inform the ways these thinkers understand society, the individual, social action and social change. At the end of the course we discuss some of the more marginalized classical sociologists in an effort to illuminate the political and social frameworks that led to the development of the canon in the first place.
Sociology of Sport
Sport is an important aspect of Western culture. Our engagement with sport and physical activity often begins early in our lives and helps provide us with an understanding of our social worlds. Sport intersects many social institutions, such as the state, religious institutions, the family and our education system. Furthermore, when we participate in sport (as spectators, workers, athletes etc.) we learn about our identity and the identities of others, gaining social understandings about issues associated with age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and national identities. Given the significance of sport in Canada, it is important that students examine sport and the practices associated with it critically. In this class students disrupt common sense understandings of sport in order to unpack the ways that sport produces particular power relations.
The Sociology of Men and Masculinities
In this course students examine the social production of masculinities as a gendered practice in North America and the impact of these gender expressions on the lives of boys and men, as well as girls and women. This course introduces students to the various theoretical perspectives used to understand the lives of men and boys. Students use these perspectives to unpack the ways men and women produce, support and challenge practices of masculinity in their daily lives. Students examine topics such as the ways men’s bodies come to be understood (or misunderstood) as masculine bodies, the ways the media (re)produces notions of masculinity, sports masculinities, and racialized masculinities.
Sociology of Communications
In this course we examine issues associated with the Canadian media and the impact of our engagement with the media on our social lives. Students are encouraged to enhance their media literacy and analyze their own day-to-day engagement with the media. Throughout the course we examine the potential role of the media in producing and enhancing Canadian democracy, community, and generating social change.