Sociology BA

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Sociology BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 6,519 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 25,905

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Sociology is one of the most interesting of the social sciences, as it can encompass such a wide range of different interests. It looks at the different ways both groups and individuals pattern their behaviours, and informs how we see institutions like marriage and family, education, public health, race and ethnicity, work, labour and politics.

    An Honours BA in Sociology from McMaster University will give you both the academic background you’ll need to understand the field as well as the research skills you’ll need to make a meaningful contribution to the total human knowledge on the subject.  

    Your studies will also include reflective thinking, problem solving, critical analysis and many other highly transferrable skills that can make you a thriving career in almost any field or industry. 

    If your ideal career lies in academia, you could join a Master’s program at McMaster or at any other fine university after graduation.    

    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 is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    Modules Include:

    • Advanced Analysis of Classical Sociological Theory
    • Advanced Analysis of Contemporary Sociological Theory
    • An Introduction to Sociology
    • Canadian Society: Social Problems, Social Policy, and the Law
    • Case Studies of Social Inequality
    • Constructing Deviance
    • Dynamics and Transitions in Intimate Relationships and Families
    • Environmental Sociology
    • Ethnic Relations
    • Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
    • Historical Methods in Sociology
    • Immigration and the Canadian Mosaic
    • Indigenous Ontologies and Ways of Knowing
    • Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory
    • Introduction to Contemporary Sociological Theory
    • Introduction to Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada
    • Introduction to Sociological Research
    • Introductory Statistics for Sociology
    • Islam In North America
    • Media and Social Issues
    • Media Institutions
    • Perspectives on Social Inequality
    • Political Sociology
    • Popular Culture and Inequality
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
    • Selected Topics in the Sociology of Education
    • Sociology of Aging
    • Sociology of Deviance
    • Sociology of Education
    • Sociology of Families
    • Sociology of Gender
    • Sociology of Health
    • Sociology of Health Care
    • Sociology of Organizations
    • Sociology of Sexualities
    • Sociology of Sport
    • Sociology of the Family and the Life Cycle
    • Sociology of Work and Occupations
    • Special Topics in Sociological Analysis I & II
    • Special Topics in the Sociology of Deviance
    • Special Topics in the Sociology of the Family
    • The Sociology of ‘Race’ and Ethnicity

    Learning And Teaching

    McMaster University’s Undergraduate programs are delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though you will also attend professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs.  

    This degree program makes full use of the $55 million L. R. Wilson Hall and its active learning classrooms, modern research labs, Indigenous Studies spaces, and facilities for public gatherings and community events.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you for an active and fulfilling career in a range of industries and fields, including Law Enforcement, Government, Community Service, Healthcare Finance and Financial Services. Recent graduates have gone on to work with organisations like the Federal and Provincial Governments. Others have gone on to graduate level courses, both at McMaster and at institutions like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, LSE and many more.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA Honours degree.

     Applicants must typically have completed a university preparatory program at a senior secondary school, or the international equivalent. In addition, they must complete their Level 1 studies before being accepted into the Honours program.

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

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