Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Sociology Courses

Lower-level prerequisites

Lower-level courses (SOCI 1000 and 2000) no longer require a prerequisite. We are in the process of updating course descriptions to reflect this.

The only exception is SOCI 2720 Intro to Social Research Methods. The prerequisite is SOCI 1110 or SOCI 1111 or completion of 30 credits (any discipline).

Upper-level prerequisites

For all upper-level courses (SOCI 3000 and 4000), the prerequisite is completion of 45 credits (any discipline).


SOCI1110 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 1110 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn the core concepts of the discipline of sociology by examining key topics (such as culture, socialization, social interaction, social roles, and social structure) that allow us to locate ourselves within society. Students also explore theoretical perspectives within sociology and the fundamentals of the sociological research methods. Note that students cannot receive credit for both SOCI 1110 and SOCI 1111
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SOCI1210 Introduction to Sociology II (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 1210 Introduction to Sociology II (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students critically examine social stratification and inequalities based on dimensions of class, race, gender, and sexuality in both the Canadian and global contexts. In this second introductory course, students apply a sociological analysis to the study of major social institutions including: education, work, politics, media, healthcare, and the criminal justice system. Students investigate questions and debates concerning our modern world, in particular, those around consumer culture, globalization, and the role of social media. Note that students cannot receive credit for both SOCI 1210 and SOCI 1211
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SOCI2010 Race and Ethnic Relations (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2010 Race and Ethnic Relations (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine sociological descriptions and theoretical explanations for race and ethnic inequality in Canada. This course challenges students to critically examine race and ethnic relations in Canada vis-a-vis other countries.
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SOCI2100 Canadian Social Issues (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2100 Canadian Social Issues (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a descriptive and analytic survey of features in Canadian society as a basis for understanding current social issues. These features include demographic characteristics, class structure, ethnicity, and regional variation.
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SOCI2130 Women in Global Perspective (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2130 Women in Global Perspective (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides a global approach to the study of women's lives. Topics include sexuality, the sex trade, family relations, violence, the global economy, domestic work, and politics.
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SOCI2160 The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2160 The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the study of family life in its formation, the relevance of marriage and cohabitation, bringing up children, and the impact of family issues. In this cross-cultural comparison of family life, students are familiarized with the variations that occur throughout the world in the structure and meaning of marriage relations; forms of domestic organization; the sexual division of labour, property and inheritance, and the familial influence in the construction of gender relations in different cultures around the world.
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SOCI2170 The Sociology of Popular Culture (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2170 The Sociology of Popular Culture (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the sociological implications of popular culture, and focus on issues central to the presentation, consumption, and construction of current social life. Popular culture affects everyone; however, everyone does not participate in it equally. Thus both the unequal consumption of popular culture, and the representations (and justifications) of inequality between groups in Western society as presented in popular culture is studied in the course.
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SOCI2230 Collective Behaviour (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2230 Collective Behaviour (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to explanations and analyses of crowd and mass action. Students aim to describe and analyze such behaviors as riots, fads, demonstrations, public opinion, and emergent social movements.
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SOCI2260 Medical Sociology (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2260 Medical Sociology (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students focus on the social factors which influence help seeking and illness behaviour, as well as the nature and organization of Canada's health care system. The main purpose of this course is to illustrate that health and illness are not entirely individual phenomena, but that the cause, distribution, and consequences of injury and illness are at least partly the product of social, economic, and political factors. Topics include policy and delivery of health care; interaction between health care providers and patients; occupational health and safety; environment, work and illness; health care and the elderly; and inequality and health care.
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SOCI2270 ***Selected Topics in Sociology (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2270 ***Selected Topics in Sociology (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are provided an opportunity to explore theories, topics, or issues that are not normally offered by the department, or in the permanent course rotation. Subtitles reflect the topic for a specific offering and therefore vary. Students may enroll in SOCI 2270 twice, providing the subtitles are different at each enrolment.
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SOCI2500 Crime and Society (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2500 Crime and Society (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the central issues of criminology, such as the definition of crime; methods of research into criminal activities, the operation of the criminal justice system in the "making" and "controlling" of crime, and theories that are used to explain the origins of crime and criminality.
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SOCI2590 Deviance and Control (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2590 Deviance and Control (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn to adopt a sociological perspective when thinking about 'deviant' behaviour, while examining the complex task of defining 'deviance' and how these definitions vary over time and place. Students critically evaluate the social category of deviance and its use in social institutions and daily social interactions, and consider the role of power in reinforcing and challenging 'deviant' identities. Major topics may include an exploration of sexuality, youth, physical appearance, mental disorders, religion, and scientific beliefs.
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SOCI2620 Sociology of the Environment (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2620 Sociology of the Environment (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to several theories that sociologists use to explain the exploitation and despoiling of the natural environment. How and why society defines and uses natural resources is examined, in addition to how and why environmental degradation is defined as an issue while other degradation is not. Students learn that values, norms and definition change across time and place. Due to the nature of environmental issues and problems, students focus on global and Canadian issues.
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SOCI2720 Introductory Social Research Methods (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 2720 Introductory Social Research Methods (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to an overview of the philosophy and practice of social research. Topics include research ethics, research design, survey research, field research, interviewing, quasi-experimentation, and data analysis. This is a core course for students in the sociology major program.
Prerequisite: SOCI 1110 and completion of 30 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3100 Canadian Society (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3100 Canadian Society (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine selected features of the social organization of Canadian society. Topics may include the relationships between industrial organization and other social institutions and processes, such as family structure, welfare systems, crime rates, ethnic relations, industrial, and political conflict.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3120 Gender Relations (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3120 Gender Relations (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the nature of gender relations, their social and cultural expression, and theories of gender inequality drawn from social science research. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits
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SOCI3160 Sexuality (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3160 Sexuality (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Sexuality is a set of discourses about `good' and `bad' sexual practices, and it is a part of any society's social institutional structure. Students examine sexuality in its multiple dimensions, and as the basis for progressive and regulatory, or repressive, counter-movements.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3200 Classical Social Theory (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3200 Classical Social Theory (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced and guided through the study of complex works by three influential founders of sociology (Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber), as well as other relevant theorists who contributed to the formation of the basic concepts and methods of the social sciences. Students also examine the pitfalls of a male-centred perspective on society in the classical canon, and the contributions of early feminist social theorists. The course focuses on the development of capitalism, the formation of modern society, and the discovery of the society as an object of knowledge.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3210 Feminist Theory (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3210 Feminist Theory (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the history of Western feminist thought and the major traditions of feminist theory. Classical and contemporary debates on gender relations relevant to sociologists and other social theorists are examined in depth. This is a core course for students in the sociology major program.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3220 Contemporary Issues in Social Theory (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3220 Contemporary Issues in Social Theory (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine contemporary issues in social theory, and learn to evaluate the range of strategies theorists use to clarify and resolve theoretical problems. Links between theory, research, and explanation are also explored. This is a core course for students in the sociology major program.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3520 Organization of Work (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3520 Organization of Work (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the meaning of work and leisure, and the properties of work organization, such as division of labour and specialization; technology and working knowledge; and the means of coordinating work, such as cooperation, authority, and exchange. Student may also research topics such as work in households, offices and industry, division of labour by gender, industrial democracy, and the relation of work and social inequality.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3600 Sociology and Natural Resources (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3600 Sociology and Natural Resources (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine sociological perspectives on property, resource development, resource communities, and resource industries. Social causes and consequences of change in the social organization (e.g. ownership and labour force), and social policies (e.g. land use, property rights) in industries such as agriculture, fishing, forestry and mining may also be examined. Prerequisites: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3610 Social Inequality (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3610 Social Inequality (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the tendencies toward equality and inequality; the manifestations of inequality and their consequences, including occupation, ethnic groups, income, and power; caste and class features of major stratification systems; theories of social class; and the stratification profile of contemporary industrial societies.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3620 ***Special Topics in Social Problems (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3620 ***Special Topics in Social Problems (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students focus on a selected social problem, or area within the sociology discipline. The specific social problem varies from year to year. Prospective students should consult the current sociology at TRU handbook or a member of the Department for information concerning the availability of this course.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3680 Deviance and Social Control (3,0,0)(3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3680 Deviance and Social Control (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn the analytic framework for the study of the generation and control of deviant activities. The course aims to explore the essence of deviant behaviour, including its construction, explanation, commission, and control. Students focus on the major theoretical approaches to the study of deviance and deviants, and may discuss classical and contemporary theories.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3800 Introduction to Social Survey Design and Analysis (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3800 Introduction to Social Survey Design and Analysis (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn to design questionnaires, complete interviews, draw samples, and analyze survey data. This is a core course for the sociology major program.
Prerequisite: SOCI 2720 and completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI3820 Socio-Ethnographic Research Methods in Sociology (Qualitative Methods) (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 3820 Socio-Ethnographic Research Methods in Sociology (Qualitative Methods) (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the six main ways of collecting qualitative (non-numerical) data: interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, sociometry, `unobtrusive' measures, and historiography. Students also discover methodologies for how to make sense of this data.This is a core course for sociology major students.
Prerequisite: SOCI 2720 and completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4030 Ethnography of Special Areas - Field Course in East/Central Europe (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4030 Ethnography of Special Areas - Field Course in East/Central Europe (3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers an advanced introduction to the societies and cultures of East and Central Europe by way of a month-long field trip to Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine. While immersed in the geographical area, students ethnographically examine the religions, ethnic relations, economies, and politics shaping the buffer zone between the European East and West.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
Note: This course is equivalent to ANTH 4030
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SOCI4130 Family and Kinship (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4130 Family and Kinship (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are exposed to a cross-cultural survey of methodologies for defining family relations and kinship organizations through theoretical analysis and case studies.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4200 Complex Organizations (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4200 Complex Organizations (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the history of the formation of complex organizations during the industrial and political revolutions of modernity, including their initial bureaucratic arrangement, and their newer, more flexible and dynamic forms due to technological change and globalization. A critical sociological perspective on organizational analysis is discussed, including how to recognize the different `species' of organizations, and how they touch virtually all aspects of modern life. This perspective allows students to appreciate the relationships between modern complex organizations and individuals, and how organizations interact with the larger institutions of society and the world.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4600 Globalization (2,1,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4600 Globalization (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the origins, nature, and impact of globalization in the modern world. Links between nations, regions, and peoples are increasing at an unprecedented rate. New technologies make possible previously unimaginable forms of interdependence, but the consequences of these changes are not uniform. The impacts vary from region to region. Students explore how people from different nations may view globalization, and consider how groups work to ensure that globalization contributes to desirable outcomes in local contexts.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4660 Socialization and Education (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4660 Socialization and Education (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course provides a study of the induction into social structures and the acquisition of membership in society. Students analyze the structure and influence of education, and other socializing institutions.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4700 Sociology of Crime and Justice (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4700 Sociology of Crime and Justice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course offers a critical examination of specific forms of crime and delinquency in relation to the criminal justice systems of the common law (adversarial) and civil (inquisitorial) law traditions. These include law, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Issues of ethics, morality and social justice are raised.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4730 Global Social Change (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4730 Global Social Change (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the societal developments that gave rise to colonization and prepared the grounds for globalization. The issues facing ordinary people, from Asia, Africa and Latin America, are explored as a consequence of colonization and the imbalance of power in the world. Topics include dictatorship and human rights abuses; unequal economic development; struggles for decolonization and independence; the status of women; environmental degradation; and the circumstances of ethnic minorities and aboriginal peoples. Students also discuss grass-roots social movements that have achieved transnational organization and that oppose the effects of global neo-colonialism.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4810 Directed Studies in Sociology (3,0,0) or (6,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4810 Directed Studies in Sociology (3,0,0) or (6,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed to allow upper-level students to undertake an investigation on a specific topic as agreed upon by the faculty member and the student.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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SOCI4840 Sociology of Health and Illness (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

SOCI 4840 Sociology of Health and Illness (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore sociological perspectives on health, illness, and health care as represented in classic and contemporary sociological studies. Topics may include illness experience, social aspects of the practice of health professionals, training of health professionals, and the social organization of health delivery systems.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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