Semesters One and Two: The first year of the Sociology program is shared with Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, and Psychology. You'll also be introduced to a variety of points of view from other disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and will take courses to strengthen critical thinking and academic writing. Over the four years, students will learn Sociology through courses about large organizations, individuals' socialization, power and class, diversity, gender, and everyday Canadian life.
Semesters Three and Four: Second year students will be invited to focus on city life in Toronto as an environment to explore intellectually, and will be introduced to research and design and applied research methods as well as social theory. Students will also learn more about diversity – how and why we classify people by sex/gender, race/ethnicity, social class, disability and sexuality, why it makes a difference, and how the media portrays these differences.
Semesters Five through Eight: In the final two years, students develop a sharper focus on theoretical ideas that are useful to describe and analyze society and the research methods that social scientists use to test their ideas, including the use of statistics. In these senior years students will be able to explore a broad range of topics such as the global economy, work relationships, the entertainment industry, and the lives of children and youth. Students will also have the opportunity to put theories and research methods into practice by involvement in research projects seeking to discover something new about the world. Students have the opportunity to take professionally related courses such as human resources, communication, and marketing, and to earn a minor. In your fourth year, students will have the opportunity to consider their studies in relation to future goals and plans.