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Master of Arts (M.A.); Sociology (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)

Offered by: Sociology     Degree: Master of Arts

Program Requirements

This program is currently under review and is not offered in 2013-2014.

Thesis Courses (27 credits)

An environmental component is required in the thesis.

  • SOCI 690 M.A. Thesis 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Exploratory thesis research for the selection of a thesis topic.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

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

    • Restriction: Open only to graduate students registered in the M.A. thesis program of the Sociology Department.
  • SOCI 692 M.A. Thesis 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Fieldwork and data analysis on the thesis. Progress report to the supervisor.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

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

    • Restriction: Open only to graduate students registered in the M.A. thesis program of the Sociology Department.
  • SOCI 693 M.A. Thesis 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Fieldwork and data analysis on the thesis. Progress report to the supervisor.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

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

    • Restriction: Open only to graduate students registered in the M.A. thesis program of the Sociology Department.
  • SOCI 694 M.A. Thesis 5 (18 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Completion, submission, and approval of the M.A. Thesis by the committee and the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

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

    • Restriction: Open only to graduate students registered in the M.A. thesis program of the Sociology Department.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • ENVR 610 Foundations of Environmental Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Analysis of current environmental policies to reveal implicit and explicit assumptions regarding scientific methods, hypothesis testing, subject/object, causality, certainty, deities, health, development, North-South concerns for resources, commons, national sovereignty, equity. Discussion of implications of such assumptions for building future environmental policies.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Peter Gilbert Brown, Robin Thomas Naylor, Mark Goldberg (Fall)

    • Restriction: Enrolment in the Graduate Environment Option or enrolment in the Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) or permission of the instructor.
  • ENVR 650 Environmental Seminar 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Interdisciplinary environmental research seminars with the goals of appreciating both the breadth and interconnectedness of environmental research questions.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Sylvie de Blois (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to students registered in Environment Option.
  • ENVR 651 Environmental Seminar 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Environmental seminars and workshops focused on critical thinking, critical review of articles, team work, effective public speaking, grantmanship.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Sylvie de Blois (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open to students registered in the Environment Option.
  • ENVR 652 Environmental Seminar 3 (1 credit)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Final research seminar.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Sylvie de Blois (Fall) Madhav Govind Badami (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ENVR 650.
    • Restriction: Open to students registered in Environment Option.
  • 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

* All students must have taken these courses or take them during the first year of the program. Students granted an exemption from any one or more of these courses by the Graduate Studies Committee must substitute another substantive seminar in its place.

Complementary Courses (3 credits)

3 credits from the following list:

  • ENVR 519 Global Environmental Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : How the problem of environmental degradation is dealt with at the international level. The scope and nature of global environmental protection issues that cross boundaries, both physical and conceptual. Actors, structures and processes of international society. Consideration of global commons and transnational resources and of environmental externalities.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jaye Dana Ellis (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ENVR 201 or ENVR 203 or permission of instructor
    • Restrictions: Open to students in the Environment Graduate Option (available to other students with permission of instructor). (Not open to students who have taken ENVR 580 -- section 001 -- in Winter 2002, Fall 2003, or Fall 2004
    • Note: This course has been offered three times as a Topics in Environment Course
  • ENVR 544 Environmental Measurement and Modelling (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Faculty of Science

    Overview

    Environment : Utility of geographic information systems, remote sensing and spatially-explicit modelling for environmental planning in conjunction with analytical frameworks used in the decision-making process (e.g., cost-benefit analysis, life-cycle analysis and multi-criteria decision making).

    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.

    • Prerequisites: NRSC 430 or GEOG201 or URBP 505 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Students registered in Environment Graduate Option (or permission of instructor)
  • ENVR 620 Environment and Health of Species (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : How major environmental problems affect the health of human and non-human species, and how environment and health interact at different spatial and temporal scales and with different components of the ecosystem. Immediate, chronic and evolutionary consequences on health. Uncertainty and causation.

    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.

    • Restriction: Open to students in the Environment Option (available to other students with permission of instructor).
  • ENVR 622 Sustainable Landscapes (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Tools and knowledge needed to evaluate landscapes for sustainable management. Processes that shape landscapes, consequences of alternate landscape patterns on ecological flows, implications of management choices on biodiversity and sustainability, and need for social innovations.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jeanine Rhemtulla (Winter)

    • Restriction: Students registered in Environment Option, or permission of instructor.
    • Note: An understanding of ecological principles is required to take this course. Comparative case studies will be used.
  • ENVR 630 Civilization and Environment (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Considers ways to reduce the human impact on Earth's life support systems through variables such as population size, wealth, technology, and conduct. Critically describes ethical frameworks for judging personal and policy choices, including post-collapse scenarios.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Peter Gilbert Brown, Mark Goldberg (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
  • ENVR 680 Topics in Environment 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Seminars and discussion of advanced, interdisciplinary aspects of current problems in environment led by staff and/or special guests.

    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.

    • Restriction: students taking the Neotropical Environment Option.
    • Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

or another course at the 500, 600, or 700 level recommended by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Environment Option Committee.

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