Sociology MA

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Sociology MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Sociology is a great choice for students who wish to learn both the academic and practical skills they will need to explore social relations between individuals, groups and organisations. You’ll learn to use a wide range of different research techniques and approaches, and learn to identify social injustice at all levels of human society. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll study how these injustices have been successfully (and unsuccessfully) addressed in the past by examining case studies, ad creating action strategies of your own.

    Laurentian University’s Sociology MA program focuses on working towards enhanced social justice via a heavy emphasis on applied social research. You’ll learn to conduct and interpret social impact studies, human rights assessments, statistical analyses, and program evaluations. You’ll conduct critical analysis of social policy and conduct participatory action research using a wide range of sociological approaches. By the time you’ve graduates, you’ll have a nuanced understanding of ethical standards and a deeper appreciation of diversity. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program can be delivered at full time or part time. You’ll also be able to select from a thesis based or essay based curriculum.

    Both have a strong focus on applied sociology. That means you’ll be analysing and even conducting research which has real world utility, or which can help to identify, mitigate or eliminate some kind of social injustice.

    In this context, ‘social justice’ has to do with social equality and an egalitarian right to Participate in decisions regarding one’s own well-being.

    The Thesis Stream Includes:

    • A master’s thesis
    • Advanced Statistical Methods
    • Qualitative Inquiry
    • Theory and Society
    • Two 3 credit courses

    The Essay Stream Includes:

    • A master’s essay
    • Advanced Statistical Methods
    • Four 3 credit courses
    • Qualitative Inquiry
    • Theory and Society

     Optional Modules Include:

    • Applied Social Research in the Community Context
    • Seminar in Research Design, Data Collection and Data Analysis
    • Special Topics I
    • Special Topics II
    • State Formation and Social Policy
    • Topics: Social Policy Analysis

    Learning And Teaching

    Laurentian University is dedicated to providing a close, intimate yet professional learning environment for all of their students. Their MA programs are delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, as well as research and analysis skills sessions.

    You will also have the option of taking two separate ‘Special Topics’ modules which will help you apply what you’ve learned to your intended research niche. Note that the same ‘special topic’ module is unlikely to be offered 2 years in a row.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you equally well for a wide range of careers. You might become a probation officer, an educator, a program developer or evaluator, a communications officer, and infrastructure developer, an urban planner, a needs assessment officer, a human resource officer, an organisational reviewer, a strategic planner, a policy or data analyst, a media specialist or a researcher.  

    Alternatively, many students progress to PhD or research degree programs after graduation.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MA degree.

    Students must have already completed an Honours degree in a social science at a B+ average or the international equivalent to apply.

    All classes are taught in English or French, and all international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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