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About this program
In the Department of Sociology, we engage the pressing social issues of our time.
Sociology teaches students to make connections between individual experiences and broader social processes. We offer courses that explore social inequality, gender, family, deviance, health, terrorism, media, globalization, popular culture, demography, crime, and violence.
Criminology is a subfield of Sociology, and is the study of legal and extra-legal sanctions, including their effects on individuals, the police, corrections,the judiciary, the state, and social and governmental reactions to it.
The Department of Sociology offers degrees in Sociology and Criminology. Students in their first year at King’s will take Sociology 1020, 1020W/X, or 1021E in order to gain entry into either a Sociology or a Criminology module starting in their second year.
A degree in Sociology or Criminology helps open the door to a range of potentially interesting and rewarding career paths including law, social work, teaching, social policy, policing, corrections, public administration and government.
The Sociology department offers three and four year Majors in Sociology and Criminology, as well as a four-year Honours Specialization in Sociology or Criminology. There are also Minors available, as well as the opportunity to combine a Sociology or Criminology degree with other related disciplines, such as Psychology or History.
Completion of first-year requirements, including Sociology with a mark of at least 60%.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Introduction to Sociology
- Sociology of Education
- Sociology of Work
- Promotion of Community Health
- Sociology of 'Race' and Racism
- Statistics for Sociology
- Research Methods in Sociology
- Sociology of the Environment I
- Drugs and Society
- Police and Security
- Population and Society
- The Family
- Social Inequality
- Survey of Sociological Theory
- Sociology of Corrections
- Sociology of Deviance
- Sociology of Law
- Crime and Society
- Youth in Conflict with the Law
- Foundations of Social Theory
- Survey of Contemporary Theory
- Special Topics: Sexualities
- Special Topics: Courts in Canada
- Special Topics: Mental Health and Policing
- The Experience of Health and Illness
- Investigating the Social World: Quantitative Research
- Qualitative Research Methodologies
- Family and Work
- Global Injustice, Borders
- Special Topics 2021/22: Intersectionality and Policing
- Special Topics: Street Youth
- Special Topics: Criminalizing Poverty
- Special Topics 2021/22: Global Queer Rights
- Special Topics: Restorative Justice
- Sociology of Sport & Physical Fitness
- Technology and Social Change
- Violence in Cultural Perspective
- The Social Construction of Gender
- Power and Resistance: Disrupting Research
- Digital Sociology
- Race, Racism and Crime
- Sociology of Mental Health
- Hate Crimes
- Migration, Strangers & Borders
- Crime and Deviance in the Workplace
- Women and Crime
- Gender, Violence, and Media
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Sociology of Terrorism
- Gangsters and the Mob
- Global Health and Human Rights
- Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture
- Neoliberalism and Our Society
- Surveillance, Security and Society
- Surveillance, Security and Society
- Modern Sociological Theory I
- Seminar in Sociological Theory
- Seminar in Criminological Theory and Research
- Selected Topics 2021/22: Committing Sociology
- Selected Topics: Canadian Social Trends and Public Policy
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information
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The classroom and experiential learning that takes place in the Sociology program is aimed at engaging the self and others in life-long, ongoing reflection of the taken-for-granted assumptions of human experience. Students who complete a Sociology degree will be well-prepared to take on challenging tasks and provide evidence-based solutions to a number of social problems that persist in the 21st century. With the knowledge and skills gained in the program, students will be particularly valuable in careers in government, education, health, social work, law and law enforcement, non-profit sector, and business. Through the completion of a degree in Sociology, students will build knowledge, skills, and experience:
- Develop critical research skills to analyze and interpret the complexities of a variety of social issues
- Identify, explain, evaluate, and critique various systems of knowledge production about the social world
- Demonstrate the ability to critically assess the historical and continuing impact of injustice, colonialism, oppression, and various mechanisms of social exclusion
Skills And Competencies:
- Think critically to understand social problems
- Understand and conduct qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Communicate their learning effectively through presentations, posters, and new media
- Write in a variety of forms, including research essays, critical reflections, policy analysis, and creative writing
- Synthesize multiple perspectives in innovative ways
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King's University College at The University of Western Ontario
Founded in 1954, King’s University College at Western University is a Catholic, liberal arts university college affiliated with a large, world-class university. King’s students enjoy small classes led by outstanding faculty on a small, beautiful campus while enjoying the experiences...
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