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University of Calgary Calendar 2017-2018 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions S Sociology SOCI
Sociology SOCI

Instruction offered by members of the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts.

Junior Courses
Sociology 201       Introductory Sociology
Sociology as a discipline examines how the society in which we live influences our thinking and behaviour. An introduction to sociology will be provided through the study of society, social institutions, group behaviour and social change.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-1T)
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Sociology 205       Canadian Society
An examination of the major institutions of Canadian society. Consideration given to the diversity of the Canadian population and to the dynamics of contemporary patterns of social change.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Sociology 205 and Social Sciences 202 will not be allowed.
Notes:
This course is not a substitute for Sociology 201.
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Senior Courses
Sociology 301       Selected Topics in Sociology

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 303       Sociology of Gender
A sociological exploration of the way genders are constructed and how they play-out at the level of individuals and institutions, and in diverse social contexts.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 307       Sociology of First Nations in Canada
The dynamics of Native Indian groups' relations with each other and the larger society. Topics include decolonization and relations with the state, demography, Indian organizations, Indian nationalism and nation-building, power, social class and public policy.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 309       Alberta Society
A historical and contemporary overview of First Nations’ life in Canada. Introduces the student to the Indian Act, treaties, economic development, education, demography, urbanization, popular culture and other topics.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 311       Introductory Social Statistics I
Univariate and bivariate statistics for survey data. Topics include cross tabular analysis, the normal distribution, confidence intervals for means, hypothesis testing, Chi-squared and F distributions and bivariate linear regression analysis. In labs students will use statistical software to analyze survey data.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit towards degree requirements will be given for only one of Sociology 311 and Engineering 319, Political Science 399, Psychology 312, Statistics 205, 213, 217, 327; that one being a course appropriate to the degree program.
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Sociology 313       Introductory Social Research Methods
Research processes including problem definition, data collection and analyses; quantitative and qualitative strategies. Students are expected to acquire skills through doing research.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 315       Introductory Social Statistics II
Multivariate statistics for survey data; and measurement issues in quantitative research. Topics include reliability, multivariate tabular analysis, multiple regression, dummy variable regression, statistical interaction and path analysis. In labs students will use statistical software to test measurement and causal models.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 311.
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Sociology 321       Sociology of Health and Illness
Introduction to social factors influencing health, illness, and medicine. Topics covered may include the organization of medical institutions and occupations, the socialization of medical professionals, the social construction of illness, social determinants of health, and comparative health care systems and policy.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 325       Introduction to Deviance and Social Control
The presentation and analysis of theories of criminality and of non-criminal deviance, methods to uncover the incidence of deviance and criminality, a survey of forms of deviant and criminal behaviours, and the social and institutional responses to them.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 327       Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to the field of criminal justice in Canada from a sociological perspective. May include: examination of the definitions of crime; crime measurement; institutional responses to crime by the police, the courts and correctional services; and alternatives to the justice model.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Sociology 327 and 427 will not be allowed.
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Sociology 331       Classical Sociological Theory
The development of sociological theory from the nineteenth century to the Second World War.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 333       Contemporary Sociological Theory
The development of sociological theory from the Second World War to the present.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 331.
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Sociology 341       Social Psychology
A wide range of interdependent individual and social topics that influence our thinking, feeling, and behaviour. Topics may include social cognition, perception, social experience, group behaviour, social interaction, and emotions.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Sociology 341 and Psychology 345 will not be allowed.
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Sociology 345       Mass Communication
A critical, theoretically-informed look at what it means to live in a society in which the forms and content of mass media/mass communication – and our uses of them – shape our lives in significant ways.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 353       Urban Sociology
Discusses the impact of urbanization on social relationships by analyzing city living in historical and global perspective but also through local issues such as density and neighborhoods. The objective is to provide a sociological perspective on issues that cities are facing today.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 355       Population and Society
Introduction to social demography – the study of population structure (size, composition and distribution) and processes (fertility, mortality and migration). Focuses on both empirical and theoretical relationships between demography, social change and structured inequality.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 365       Social Stratification
Introduction to the sociological study of social inequalities and stratification and the major theoretical explanations of social inequalities.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 371       Sociology of Families
A sociological examination of family life in all its multiple and changing forms. Topics may include key transitions and common practices in family life; gender, sexuality and family life, and family life in cross-cultural context.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 373       Sociology of Aging
Social and institutional factors associated with aging in modern society.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 375       Sociology of Ethnicity and Racialization
Introduction to the forms of ethnic and racial dynamics in selected cases around the world. Such concepts as identity, ethnicity, race, racialization, racism, assimilation, integration, pluralism, colonialism, post-colonialism, transnationalism and diasporas are examined in theoretical and cross-national contexts.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 377       Sociology of Religion
An introduction to the theories and concepts utilized by sociologists to interpret religious behaviour and the organization of religion.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 393       Sociology of Work
A sociological perspective for gaining a better understanding of the meaning and nature of work. Provides an overview of core concepts and current topics fundamental to understanding work in society.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
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Sociology 399       Sociology of Sport
Organized around the theme of social problems in sport, this course examines sports-related behaviour, consumption, and sponsorship. A variety of approaches shows how sport is socially constructed and embodies different meanings for different groups of people.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Sociology 399 and Kinesiology 244 will not be allowed.  
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Sociology 401       Special Topics in Sociology
Selected themes as announced by the Department.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Notes:
Sociology 313, 331 and 333 are recommended as prerequisites. Consult Department for specific course topics.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 403       Special Topics in Gender Relations
Selected themes and issues in the sociology of gender relations as announced by the Department.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 303 and 313.
Notes:
Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended as prerequisites. May be used for credit toward the concentration in Gender, Family and Work a maximum of twice.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 405       Special Topics in Canadian Social Structure
A macro-level examination of Canadian social structure including a socio-developmental analysis of selected Canadian institutions such as bilingualism, regionalism, multiculturalism, multinational corporations, and ethnic stratification. Critical examination of sociological models for the study of Canadian society.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313.
Notes:
Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended as prerequisites.
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Sociology 407       Sociology of the Body
Considers aspects of the lived body and the body as object of social construction, modification, and regulation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 321.
Also known as:
(formerly Sociology 401.15)
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Sociology 409       Social Determinants of Health
An advanced study of health in a social context. Examines the social determinants of health and illness outcomes along with their implications for public policies conducive to better health.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 321.
Also known as:
(formerly Sociology 401.16)
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Sociology 413       Qualitative Research Methods
Research methods such as participant observation, naturalistic observation, interviewing, non-reactive techniques, and life histories, and methodological issues such as gaining access to subjects, and issues pertaining to the ethics of research.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313.
Notes:
Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended as prerequisites.
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Sociology 419       Special Topics in the Sociology of Health and Illness
Advanced analysis of selected themes and issues in the sociology of health and illness, as announced by the Department.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 321.
Notes:
May be used for credit toward the concentration in the Sociology of Health a maximum of twice. May be used for credit toward the concentration in the Sociology of Health only once for students who present credit in Sociology 401.17.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 421       Special Topics in Deviance and Criminology
Advanced study of contemporary issues in the research in deviance and crime.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 325 and 313.
Notes:
Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended as prerequisites. May be used for credit toward the concentration in Criminology, Deviance and Social Control a maximum of twice.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 423       The Sociology of Youth Crime
Explanations of the criminal activities of young people including an assessment of treatment strategies and legal regimes developed in response to this behaviour.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 327 and 313.
Notes:
Sociology 325, 331 and 333 are recommended as prerequisites.
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Sociology 425       The Sociology of Violence
An exploration of violence in a variety of situations and social institutions and more general patterns of victimization in contemporary society.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 325.
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Sociology 427       The Social Organization of Criminal Justice
Comparative social organization of the criminal justice system from a sociological perspective; special attention to and analysis of the structure of the Canadian criminal justice system.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 327 and 313.
Notes:
Sociology 325, 331 and 333 are recommended as prerequisites.
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Sociology 429       The Sociology of Law
Sociological problems regarding the origin, impact and definition of law, dispute resolution, and the relationship between law and social change.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 327 and 313Sociology 325, 331 and 333 are recommended.
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Sociology 435       The Sociology of Knowledge
The study of knowledge as a social practice; theories of knowledge, representation and interpretation; practical knowledge in everyday life; the role of organized knowledge in social domains such as science, biomedicine, bureaucracy, social service administration and professional occupations.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 331 and 333 or equivalents.  Sociology 313 is recommended.
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Sociology 443       Special Topics in Social Psychology
An advanced study of social processes and interactions of persons in groups with some methodological considerations.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 341 and 313Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 445       Visual Sociology
Visual representation in contemporary society. Social Practices of making and using Visual images, such as photographs. The use of visual methods in sociological research.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313, 331, and 333.
Also known as:
(formerly Sociology 401.36)
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Sociology 453       Special Topics in Urban Sociology
Critical analysis of theories of urban institutional and ecological characteristics. Emphasis is on comparative data derived from a sample of world cities.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 353Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 461       Worker Movements and Labour Unions
A social movement perspective on working class struggle and accommodation in capitalist societies. Historical and contemporary movements will be considered, with an emphasis on Canada.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and one of 331, 333, or 365.
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Sociology 467       Ethnic Relations in Canada
An introduction to the structure and form of ethnic (racial) group relations in Canada. Contemporary relations will be analyzed from a historical perspective.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 375Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended.
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Sociology 471       Special Topics in the Sociology of Families
Selected themes and issues in the sociology of families as announced by the Department.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 371 and 313Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended.
Notes:
May be used for credit toward the concentration in Gender, Family and Work a maximum of twice.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 475       Special Topics in Race and Ethnic Relations
Advanced analysis of selected themes and issues in race and ethnic relations within the framework of theory and research.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 375Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended.
Notes:
May be used for credit toward the concentration in Ethnicity, Population and Canadian Society a maximum of twice.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 487       Sociology of Development
A study of the process of change and modernization in the developing areas of the world.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and one of 331, 333.
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Sociology 493       Special Topics in the Sociology of Work
Selected themes and issues in the sociology of work as announced by the Department.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313 and 393Sociology 331 and 333 are recommended.
Notes:
May be used for credit toward the concentration in Gender, Family and Work a maximum of twice.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 499       Field School/Seminar in Sociology

Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 501       Conference Course in Sociology
Arranged for various topics of Sociology on the basis of special interest and need.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313, 315, and 333 and at least two Sociology courses at the 400 level.
Notes:
May be taken for credit a maximum of twice.
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Sociology 590       Sociology Honours Thesis and Seminar
Students will conduct an independent research project under the direction of a supervisor. In the seminar, students will discuss and present their projects and other topics relevant to conducting research.
Course Hours:
6 units; F(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313, admission to the Sociology Honours program and consent of the Department.
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Graduate Courses

Only where appropriate to a student's program may graduate credit be received for courses numbered 500-599.

Sociology 601       Seminar in Special Topics in Sociology
Arranged for various topics of Sociology on the basis of special interest and need.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consult Department for assignment to Faculty member.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 602       Master's Seminar in Professional Sociology

Course Hours:
6 units; F(3/2S-0)
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Sociology 603       Seminar in Sociology of Health and Illness

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Sociology 611       Social Statistics: The General Linear Model
Multiple regression with applications to sociological research, with topics such as regression diagnostics, categorical predictors, non-linear relationships, logistic regression, and testing of mediation and moderation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department. (Sociology 311 and 315 normally required.)
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Sociology 613       Seminar in Quantitative Research Methods
Advanced study in the theory and practice of quantitative research methods. Topics may include the logic of causality, mixed methods designs, sampling, measurement, survey construction and implementation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313.
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Sociology 615       Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
Advanced study in the theory and practice of qualitative research methods. Topics may include participant observation, in-depth interviews, narrative analysis, conversation and discourse analysis, autoethnography, archival research, and feminist research methods.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 313Sociology 413 is recommended.
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Sociology 625       Seminar on Deviant Behaviour

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 325.
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Sociology 631       Seminar in Sociological Theory

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 331 and 333 or equivalents.
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Sociology 653       Seminar on Urban Sociology

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 353.
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Sociology 667       Seminar on Ethnic Relations

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 375.
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Sociology 671       Seminar on Families, Relationships, and Personal Life

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Sociology 471.
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Sociology 677       Seminar in Sociology of Gender Relations

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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Sociology 699       Special Topics in Sociology

Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(0-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 701       Doctoral Seminar in Sociology
Seminar on selected topics. Consult Department for details.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 702       Doctoral Seminar in Professional Sociology

Course Hours:
6 units; F(3/2S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Sociology 705       Selected Topics in Advanced Methodological Issues

Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 711       Selected Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methods

Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(3S-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 715       Selected Topics in Advanced Qualitative Methods

Course Hours:
1.5 units; Q(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Sociology 731       Doctoral Seminar in Sociological Theory

Course Hours:
3 units; H(3S-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
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