Sociology BA

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Sociology BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Sociology is the science which allows us to explore the cultures and societies which define human life. It also allows us to analyse and challenge issues in our own communities by applying the universal and culturally specific principles we learn. 

    A BA degree in Sociology from the University of British Columbia will give you not only the academic and technical kills you’ll need to call yourself a sociologist, it will help you to practice them with a sensitivity to community and culture and apply them in practical ways. 

    The degree program is chiefly delivered in UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll learn about the ways that social groups – societies, cultures, families and other organisations – affect how we live and what we do.   You’ll learn the different research methods sociologists depend on to gather and refine their basic data, as well as the statistical and analytic techniques you’ll need to turn those data into useful results. 

    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.

    You’ll begin by taking several ‘introduction’ level modules intended to make you aware of the basic principles of the science, as well as of the basic issues which define the current sociological discussion in Canada. Later you’ll take more advanced modules, including those on research methods and on specialised topics.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Power I: An Introduction
    • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
    • Introduction to Sociology I
    • Introduction to Sociology II

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Childhood and Society
    • Crime and Society
    • Media and Society
    • Sociology of Aging
    • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Deviance and Social Control
    • Ethnic and Racial Inequality
    • Sociological Methods: Qualitative Research
    • Sociology of Families
    • Violence in Intimate Relations

    Year 4 Modules Include:

    • Feminist Theory
    • Sociology of Elites
    • Sociology of Food
    • Sociology of India
    • Urban Sociology

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of British Columbia’s Sociology BA program is delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though there will be frequent skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. 

    In your final year you’ll have the option of taking Directed Studies modules. These will see you doing a great deal of reading and conducting a research project of your own design. 

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will introduce you to the science of sociology and the many ways it can be applied. This will prepare you well for a wide range of graduate degree programs, or for almost any career which relies on an understanding of social groups and how they act and react. Of course, you’ll also have learned many professional skills and techniques which can be transferred to almost any career in the public, private or not for profit sectors. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a university preparatory program at a senior secondary school, or the international equivalent. Great weight will be given to the GPA earned by your final year.

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

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