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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Sociology

Offered by: Sociology     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

This program is currently under review. Students should contact the Program Adviser for more information.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (3 credits)

Ph.D. candidates must take examinations in two subfields of Sociology. These fields will be chosen from the Department's areas of specialization.

  • SOCI 505 Quantitative Methods 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Topics include: problems - and solutions - in regression analysis, models for categorical dependent variables, including logic, log-linear, and linear probability models, measurement models, structural equation models with latent variables (LISREL), and time series and panel analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Steven Rytina (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 504
  • SOCI 700 Ph.D. Area Examination 1

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The examination assesses the student's breadth of knowledge in one substantive area. This is the first of two required comprehensive examinations for the Ph.D. Program.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restriction: Only open to Ph.D. students in the Sociology Department
  • SOCI 701 Ph.D. Area Examination 2

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The examination assesses the student's breadth of knowledge in one substantive area. This is the second of two required comprehensive examinations for the Ph.D. Program.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restriction: Only open to Ph.D. students in the Sociology Department
  • SOCI 702 Ph.D. Proposal Approval

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Presentation and acceptance of the Ph.D. Proposal Defense by the student to the Department Proposal Committee.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restriction: Only open to Ph.D. students in the Sociology Department
  • SOCI 703 Bibliographic Methods 3

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Further development of research-related skills and the production of a research bibliography under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restriction: Restricted to Sociology Ph.D. students.
  • SOCI 704 Bibliographic Methods 4

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Further development of research-related skills and the production of a research bibliography under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restriction: Restricted to Sociology Ph.D. students.

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

(15-27 credits)

Five substantive courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level offered by the Department subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee.

Students who have not taken the courses listed below must make up the deficiencies in addition to the regular coursework:

  • SOCI 504 Quantitative Methods 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Analysis of quantitative information, especially in large, survey-type, data sets. Use of computer programs such as SPSS and SAS. Topics include: cross tabulations with an emphasis on multi-dimensional tables, multiple correlation and regression, and, the relationship between individual and aggregate level statistical analyses. Special reference to demographic techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Shelley Clark (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 350 and SOCI 461 or equivalents
  • SOCI 540 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Qualitative methodology, mainly participant observation, structured and unstructured interviewing. Students begin a research project using these techniques and submit field notes once a week.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restrictions: open to Sociology Honours students, and Sociology Major Concentration students with the instructor's permission
  • SOCI 580 Social Research Design and Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Asking researchable sociological questions and evaluation of different research designs used to answer such questions. Development of cogent research proposals, including data collection procedures. Principles, dynamics, strengths and practical limitations of research designs. Examples from recent publications.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Eran Shor (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to U3 and graduate students
  • SOCI 652 Current Sociological Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Examination of works in some major areas of Sociology with a focus on: antecedent thought and research in the area; the internal structure and consistency of these works; the validity of the major claims made; and the implications for future theoretical development and research.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Axel Van den Berg (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 330

If you are admitted at the Ph.D. 1 level and an exemption is obtained for one or more of the four courses above or SOCI 505, another one must then be substituted in its place. If you are admitted at the Ph.D. 2 level a substitution will only be required in the case of an exemption from SOCI 505.

Language Requirement

Ph.D. Candidates must demonstrate ability to read French with high proficiency or to read another language relevant to their field of research. The language requirement should be met by the end of the third year and may be satisfied by taking an approved French language course(s) at the French Language Centre at McGill, or by a written examination in the Department or by exemption.

Faculty of Arts—2013-2014 (last updated Aug. 21, 2013) (disclaimer)