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

    The science of Sociology is based on the principle that social relationships both constrain and provide opportunities for human behaviour. It looks t at the influence of patterned social relationships rather than the effects of individual beliefs, personalities or drives.  Its influence has spread across many fields of endeavour, guiding the development of law, economic policy, art and literature, among many others.  

    The University of Toronto’s BA program in Sociology can help to prepare you for a career as a scientist or researcher, but is more often applied to a career in planning and statistical analysis, community policy, national, municipal or provincial government, journalism, public health, education or even one of the professional fields.  

    To take up a career in sociology will require graduate level studies. However, more than 2/3 of Canadian Sociology graduates take up other roles, evenly divided between financial, administrative and other business roles on the one hand and public sector roles in government or education on the other.

    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.

    Typical Modules Include:

    • Comparative Political Sociology
    • Contemporary Sociological Theory
    • Domestic Violence
    • Economic Sociology
    • Family Demography
    • Family Relations
    • Fundamentals of Political Sociology
    • Gender and Society
    • Gender Relations
    • Global Inequality
    • HIV and AIDS: Social Policies and Programs
    • Immigration and Employment
    • Immigration and Race Relations in Canada
    • Intermediate Qualitative Methods in Sociology
    • Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Sociology
    • Introduction to Social Network Analysis
    • Introduction to Social Problems
    • Lives and Societies
    • Lives in Canada
    • New Topics in Sociology
    • Population and Society
    • Production and Consumption of Culture
    • Quality of Institutions and Lives
    • Race, Class, and Gender
    • Research Opportunity Program
    • Social Control
    • Social Factors in Child Development
    • Social Movements
    • Sociology of Culture
    • Sociology of Health Care
    • Sociology of Mental Health and Mental Disorders
    • Sociology of Religion
    • Sociology of Women and Work
    • Sociology of Women and Work
    • Status Attainment
    • Technology and Society
    • The Sociology of Women and International Migration
    • Urban Health

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Toronto’s Learning and Teaching policy includes a range of initiatives and programs to foster best practices. These include the Teaching Stream Pedagogical Grant (TSPG),

    Undergraduate Course Development Fund (UCDF), First-Year Learning Communities (FLC), First-Year Seminars, Research Opportunity Program, Research Excursion Program and International Course Module Program (ICM). The coursework itself is delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though there will also be frequent skills workshops and special events.

    Career Possibilities

    Taking up a career in Sociology will require graduate level studies at the least, and many students follow that pathway. However, the University of Toronto’s BA program in Sociology is more often applied to a career in planning and statistical analysis, community policy, national, municipal or provincial government, journalism, public health, education or even one of the professional fields. Nearly 2/3 of graduates take one of these routes rather than continuing on to become pure sociologists.

    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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