To achieve the program’s objectives, all students will complete two terms of course work and write a Major Research Paper (MRP) in their third term. In the first term all students will take the required core courses in sociological theory and research methodology and one elective course. Both the theory and the methodology course will be so designed as to permit students to use them to formulate their approach to the topic of their MRP. In the second term, students will take the research and professionalization seminar and two further elective courses. By the end of the second term students will have submitted and had approved their proposal for the MRP in the research and professionalization seminar. In the third, summer term students are to research and write the MRP.
The master's program in sociology offers the following fields of specialization:
Health, Families and Well-being
This field covers a broad range of issues including gender and medicine; the representation of health and disease in mass media; cultural representations of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood; the sociology of youth and childhood; current complexity and diversity in family life; family violence; the experiences of individuals and families as they negotiate within the institutional and policy contexts of the public health care, education, and criminal justice systems; issues surrounding the interconnections between family and work; the causes and consequences of domestic and international child and family poverty; and the intersections of social inequality and health/family policy and practice.
Internationalization, Migration and Human Rights
This field covers a broad range of sociological problems including the internationalization of capital, communications, culture, consumption patterns, the division of labour and workplace organization; the attendant issues and experience of inequality along lines of region (North and South, East and West), class, race, ethnicity, gender and religion; the particular problem of impoverishment; the politics of “security” and “terror”; the links between criminal justice systems and human rights; the social organization of aid delivery; the social organization of resistance movements including anti-poverty, anti-racist and feminist activism; the international movement of people as refugees, immigrants and migrant workers; and the social organization of the international human rights movement and its “rights regimes.”