Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Sociology: Population Dynamics

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Offered by: Sociology     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

The Population Dynamics Option (PDO) is open to PhD students in Sociology specializing in Population Dynamics. The purpose of this program is to provide graduate training in demographic methods (including life table analyses) and enhance students’ knowledge of critical population issues. As such, students will be required to take a course on demographic methods and an overview substantive course on the key population issues facing societies today. In addition, students will take one complementary course in Sociology; Economics; or Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, which focusses on a particular population issue such as population health, migration, aging, family dynamics, and labour markets and skills acquisition. Students will attend at least five of the seminars given in the Social Statistics and Population Dynamics Seminar series. Dissertation topics must be related to population dynamics and approved by the PDO coordinating committee.

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 (6 credits)

A minimum of three years of study is required.

  • SOCI 545 Sociology of Population (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The classic literature of sociology of population. Drawing reciprocal linkages between social and population processes: Historical, family and labour force demography, demographic and fertility transitions, mortality, ethnic and race relations, gender, macro-structural interaction theory, and the relation of population and the environment.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shelley Clark (Fall)

  • SOCI 625D1 Professional Development Seminar in Sociology

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Professional development of incoming graduate students in sociology.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Carl Eidlin (Fall)

    • Course will be offered every other week, during the Fall and Winter terms, for a duration of one hour.

    • Restrictions: Open to incoming graduate students in the Department of Sociology.

    • Students must register at the same time for SOCI 625 D1 and SOCI 625D2.

  • SOCI 625D2 Professional Development Seminar in Sociology

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Professional development of incoming graduate students in sociology.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Carl Eidlin (Winter)

    • Course will be offered every other week, during the Fall and Winter terms, for a duration of one hour.

    • Restrictions: Open to incoming graduate students in the Department of Sociology.

  • SOCI 626 Demographic Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Introduction to demographic measurement and modeling. Course covers direct and indirect estimation, standardization, life table construction, and population projections.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shelley Clark (Fall)

    • Specific topics may vary from semester to semester.

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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

Ph.D. candidates must take examinations in two subfields of Sociology. These fields will be chosen from the Department's areas of specialization. In this option, one of these fields must be in Population Dynamics.

Examinations must be completed and the student's candidacy for the degree established by August 31 of the Ph.D. 3 year. Ph.D. candidates are required to submit a thesis on an approved topic. The topic must be approved by a dissertation proposal committee convened by the student's dissertation supervisor. The thesis should be completed within five years after the initial residency period of two to three years.

Further details on the requirements and regulations for the thesis and the fields in which the Department is prepared to direct research may be obtained from the Sociology website at www.mcgill.ca/sociology/faculty and at /gps/thesis.

Complementary Courses

(12-24 credits)

6 credits from substantive courses at the 500 level or higher subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee.

3 credits must be taken within the Department from the list below:

  • SOCI 506 Quantitative Methods 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Advanced statistical analyses focusing on advanced methods such as event history analysis and analysis of contingency tables.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 504 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

  • SOCI 507 Social Change (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : An examination of the major sociological theories of long term macro social change. Topics include why industrialization began in Europe instead of Asia, the divergence among societies in systems of class, gender, ethnic and racial inequality, and whether industrial society has entered a new post-industrial or post-modern phase.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken SOCI 672. Undergraduates by permission of instructor only.

  • SOCI 508 Medical Sociology and Social Psychiatry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The social construction of mental illness and disease, the personal and professional definition and recognition of illness, the distribution and determinants of illness, disease, sickness in the population, and the politics of medical research.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 309 or SOCI 310 or Permission of the Instructor.

    • Note: Open to Social Studies of Medicine students.

  • SOCI 510 Seminar in Social Stratification (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Recent theoretical and empirical developments in social stratification and inequality. The study of social class, with attention to the anomalous findings on heterogeneity in labour markets and the labour process, status attainment processes, and the socio-political and industrial attitudes of the working class. Students will prepare quantitative analysis of Canadian survey material as well as critical qualitative reviews.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 511 Movements/Collective Action (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : A critical examination of classical and more recent approaches to the study of social movements and collective action. Discussion of: the role of grievances and interests, incentives and beliefs, conditions of breakdown and solidarity, mobilization and social control, the dynamics of collective action.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 512 Ethnicity & Public Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Major themes in the theoretical literature on ethnicity. Public policies with direct and indirect implications for inter-ethnic relations will be studied. Policies affecting areas such as language, education, immigration, employment and promotion, multiculturalism and welfare. Examples drawn from several multi-ethnic societies. Political, constitutional, and economic problems associated with these policy initiatives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 230 or permission from the instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken SOCI 629.

  • SOCI 513 Social Aspects HIV/AIDS in Africa (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Examination of the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Gender inequality, sexual behaviours, marriage systems, migration, and poverty are shaping the pandemic as well as how the pandemic is altering social, demographic and economic conditions across Africa.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 514 Criminology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : A survey of the major schools of thought that have developed to explain criminal behaviour from the emergence of modern criminology in the 18th and 19th centuries to current debates.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jason Carmichael (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

    • Note: Grad students and U3 students only.

  • SOCI 515 Medicine and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The sociology of health and illness. Reading in areas of interest, such as: the sociology of illness, health services occupations, organizational settings of health care, the politics of change in national health service systems, and contemporary ethical issues in medical care and research.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Alberto Cambrosio (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate students require permission of instructor

  • SOCI 516 Sociological Theory & Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Selected topics of current faculty interest in sociological theory and research.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 330 or Permission of Instructor.

    • Note: Topics will vary from year to year.

  • SOCI 519 Gender and Globalization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Focus on the diverse forces of globalization that impact the lives of men and women. Critical analysis of key theories and concepts implicated in the intersection of globalization processes with gender dynamisms.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 270 or permission of instructor.

  • SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Review of the major demographic, economic and sociological theories of internal and international migration. The main emphasis will be on empirical research on migration and immigrant groups.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Thomas Soehl (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: 15 credits in the Social Sciences

  • SOCI 525 Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Comparative perspective to illustrate processes involved in the development and evolution of health care systems around the world. Countries examined will represent different welfare state regimes, health care system typologies, levels of development and wealth.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 525. Not open to students who are taking or have taken PPHS 525.

    • Note: This course is cross-listed in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and in Sociology.

  • SOCI 529 Political Sociology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Key theories and empirical areas of political sociology. Major works relevant to each theme will be read and analyzed. Topics include: political socialization, the social psychology of political behaviour, class and politics, political organizations, elite studies. A research paper in one of the areas covered will be required.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 530 Sex and Gender (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar critically reviews theoretical perspectives and research on sex and gender in various domains of social life. It gives special emphasis to work which considers the meaning of gender and how it differs across time and place.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to Honours Sociology students and to Sociology Majors with the permission of the instructor

  • SOCI 535 Sociology of the Family (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar reviews literature on major research areas in family. The course examines families in the past, the study of family using a life course approach, and considers selective areas which may have had significant influences on contemporary family such as work and family, family violence, and cultural variation in families.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Undergraduate students require permission of instructor

  • SOCI 538 Selected Topics in Sociology of Biomedical Knowledge (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The seminar will examine recent work in the sociology of biomedical knowledge. It will focus on the technological shaping of biomedical knowledge, i.e., on the impact of new technologies and equipments on the development of biomedical knowledge.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 545 Sociology of Population (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The classic literature of sociology of population. Drawing reciprocal linkages between social and population processes: Historical, family and labour force demography, demographic and fertility transitions, mortality, ethnic and race relations, gender, macro-structural interaction theory, and the relation of population and the environment.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shelley Clark (Fall)

  • SOCI 550 Developing Societies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Comparison of alternative explanations of underdevelopment: the impact of social stratification, relations of domination and subordination between countries, state interference with the market. Alternative strategies of change: revolution, structural adjustment, community development and cooperatives. Students will write and present a research paper, and participate extensively in class discussion.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 555 Comparative Historical Sociology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The analysis of patterns of state and nation-building in historical and comparative perspectives with particular attention being given to methodology.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Efe Peker (Winter)

    • Restriction: Undergraduate students require permission of instructor

  • SOCI 560 Labour and Globalization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The relationship between labour and globalization, focusing on globalization of production, working conditions, national labour responses, and the emergence of transnational campaigns for labour rights and new forms of private regulation.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 307 or Permission of Instructor

  • SOCI 571 Deviance and Social Control (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar focuses on how social groups enforce rules (and maintain social order) through coercion and socialization. It reviews current research and critiques key theoretical approaches to social control. Included are discussions of regulating institutions such as prisons and mental asylums, and the roles of gossip, manners and etiquettes.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 588 Biosociology/Biodemography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course will explore linkages between social and biological systems, their influence on health and well-being over the life course, and on health disparities. Topics include classical sociological approaches to biosocial processes, sociobiology (reductionist, but population-based), and newer demographic studies on gen-environment, epigenetic, and stress-metabolic/allostatic processes.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 590 Social Conflict and Violence (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course examines recent theory and research on the comparative study of social conflict and political violence. Topics covered include the causes and consequences of international wars, state repression, civil violence, guerrilla warfare, and terrorism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 601 Qualitative Research Methods 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Qualitative data interpretation and analysis. Coding, identifying themes and memo-writing. Students conclude their qualitative research project, writing up findings in the form of a publishable-quality paper.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jan Doering (Fall)

    • Seminar will be offered once a week, during the Fall term, for a duration of two hours (1x2).

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 600

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

  • SOCI 620 Quantitative Methods 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course provides an introduction to generalized linear models for analyzing categorical and correlated data. The main topics include: (1) logistic/probit models (including multinomial logit, logit models for ordinal data) and (2) Extensions to multilevel and panel data analysis. The exposition covers model specification,estimation, hypothesis testing, remedies for violations of statistical assumptions, and interpretation of the results. The emphasis is on applications of these models in social science research, and research articles in sociology are used to illustrate the application of these models and techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restriction(s): Premission of instructor.

  • SOCI 621 Fixed and Random Effects (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Fixed and random effect regression. Emphasis on longitudinal panel data and hierarchical data.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 622 Event History Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Applied introduction to event history analysis, a set of statistical methods used to analyze changes from one state to another (i.e. transitions) and the effects of independent variables on the timing and likelihood of these transitions.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Céline Le Bourdais (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

  • SOCI 623 Latent Variable Models (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Latent variable models attempt to explain complex relations between manifest/observed variables by simple relations between these variables and an underlying unobservable or “latent” structure. Topics include both cross-sectional (Latent Class, factor analysis) and longitudinal (Latent Transition/Hidden Markov, Latent Class Growth Analysis, Growth Mixture Models) versions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

  • SOCI 624 Social Networks (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Social networks from various standpoints, including classical theory, formal models, methods for empirical analysis, and substantive applications.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 652 or Permission of Instructor

  • SOCI 631D1 Informing Social Policy with Canadian Data (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Tools needed to work with complex Canadian surveys in order to address social issues. Theoretical sessions given by experts from the academic community and statistical agencies are combined with laboratory workshops where students apply advanced statistical methods to survey data and complete their own research projects.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduate course in statistics (SOCI 461 or equivalent); passive bilinguism (French and English); and permission of the instructor

    • Passive bilingualism (English and French) required, as training will be given in both languages. Maximum enrollment: 12. With permission of the instructor. The course is offered over 2 semesters, and meets 6 hours every 2 weeks.

    • Students must register for both SOCI 631D1 and SOCI 631D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both SOCI 631D1 and SOCI 631D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • SOCI 631D2 Informing Social Policy with Canadian Data (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Tools needed to work with complex Canadian surveys in order to address social issues. Theoretical sessions given by experts from the academic community and statistical agencies are combined with laboratory workshops where students apply advanced statistical methods to survey data and complete their own research projects.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 631D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both SOCI 631D1 and SOCI 631D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • SOCI 720 Reading in Social Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Supervised readings in social theory supervised by a member of staff. Topics will be chosen to suit individual interests.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 730 Reading and Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Supervised readings and research supervised by a memeber of staff. Topics will be chosen to suit individual interests.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

3 credits must be related to population dynamics from the list below:

  • ECON 622 Public Finance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A survey of the role of government in the economy (excluding the macroeconomic side - stabilization, etc.). Topics include markets and market failure; public goods; externalities; the theory of the second-best and the study of collective choice, including voting; and the collection of revenue to finance government activity, including optimal taxation of commodities and income.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ECON 634 Economic Development 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A systematic treatment of the characteristics and problems of economic development in underdeveloped countries.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Matthieu Chemin, Franque Grimard (Fall)

  • ECON 641 Labour Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A synthesis of theoretical developments in the area of labour economics with stress upon problems of empirical testing.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Fabian Lange (Winter)

  • ECON 734 Economic Development 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Problems of economic growth and planning in selected underdeveloped countries. Topics covered vary from year to year in response to student interests; growth, poverty and income distribution, LDC labour markets and institutions, trade and development, international debt problems, issues in trade policy.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Matthieu Chemin, Franque Grimard (Winter)

  • ECON 741 Advanced Labour Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Selected theoretical and policy issues in labour economics.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Theodore Papageorgiou (Fall)

  • ECON 742 Empirical Microeconomics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Surveys the empirical techniques used in applied microeconomic fields, particularly development and labour economics. Focus is on the formulation of empirical models derived from economic theory, and on various estimation methodologies, including panel data econometrics, limited dependent variable models, and duration analysis. A "hands on" approach is emphasized.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Saraswata Chaudhuri (Winter)

  • ECON 744 Health Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The emphasis will be on describing and analyzing the structure and performance of the Canadian health system, though some attention will be given to recent attempts by the federal and provincial governments to deal with current problems in this field. Readings will be selected from the economics and health literature.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • EPIB 648 Methods in Social Epidemiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Methods for conducting studies in social epidemiology and population health will be covered. Topics will include causal inference; measurement and concepts of social exposures; methods for study design and analysis. Techniques for descriptive and etiologic investigations of socioeconomic position, gender, race and ethnicity, geography, and social policies will be discussed.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Samuel Harper, Jay Kaufman (Fall)

  • EPIB 681 Global Health: Epidemiological Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : A review of selected epidemiological research focussing on global health and disease topics. Research will be mostly from developing countries and research methods will be highlighted. Case studies will be used to illustrate specific applications and challenges.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Theresia Gyorkos (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: With permission of instructor.

  • PPHS 501 Population Health and Epidemiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : This course presents concepts and methods of epidemiology at the introductory level. The use of epidemiologic methods for population and public health research and practice will be illustrated. A review of selected population health questions such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the cardiovascular disease epidemic, cigarette smoking, or screening for disease will be presented.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mathieu Maheu-Giroux (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 501.

    • Course not open to students enrolled in Epidemiology or Public Health programs.

  • PPHS 525 Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : Comparative perspective to illustrate processes involved in the development and evolution of health care systems around the world. Countries examined will represent different welfare state regimes, health care system typologies, levels of development and wealth.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 525. Not open to students who are taking or have taken SOCI 525.

    • Note: This course is cross-listed in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and in Sociology

  • PPHS 527 Economics for Health Services Research and Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : Key health policy topics in developed economies using analytic frameworks and tools from economics. Major topics include health insurance, health care financing, and the roles of individuals and public and private institutions in the health care system.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Erin Strumpf (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 527.

    • NOTE: This course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all departments, with the permission of the instructor. A background in introductory economics is useful, though not required.

  • PPHS 528 Economic Evaluation of Health Programs (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : Concepts and methods used to carry out economic evaluations of health programs and interventions, including public health interventions, pharmaceuticals, and other health care interventions. Includes topics such as calculation of unit costs, measurement of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and assessment of uncertainty in cost-effectiveness analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Eric A Latimer (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 528.

    • No prior background in economics is required.

    • Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all departments.

  • PPHS 529 Global Environmental Health and Burden of Disease (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : This course presents the grand challenges in global health from environmental and occupational risks along with the multi-disciplinary methods used to identify, control, and prevent them. It will introduce students to knowledge and skills in core disciplines of environmental health and approaches to environmental risk recognition, control and prevention in a global context.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Scott Andrew Weichenthal (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 529.

    • 1. Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.

    • 2.This course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all departments.

    • 3. Previous coursework in statistics and environmental science is useful, though not required.

  • PPHS 615 Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    PPHS : Introduction to the field of infectious disease epidemiology taught from a public health perspective. Topics include analytic methods, study design, outbreak investigations, surveillance, vaccine development and evaluations, screening, modelling, and infectious causes of cancer or chronic diseases.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: EPIB 601 or Permission of Instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 615.

    • Note: An undergraduate level biology course is highly recommended.

  • SOCI 502 Sociology of Fertility (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : An upper-level course that will cover the major theories and findings from the social scientific study of fertility behavior. Readings and discussion will focus on the causal linkages between social change and transitions in fertility behavior. We will examine contemporary and historical fertility behavior and transitions across the globe.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): Open to graduate students and final year undergraduates

  • SOCI 512 Ethnicity & Public Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Major themes in the theoretical literature on ethnicity. Public policies with direct and indirect implications for inter-ethnic relations will be studied. Policies affecting areas such as language, education, immigration, employment and promotion, multiculturalism and welfare. Examples drawn from several multi-ethnic societies. Political, constitutional, and economic problems associated with these policy initiatives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 230 or permission from the instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken SOCI 629.

  • SOCI 513 Social Aspects HIV/AIDS in Africa (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Examination of the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Gender inequality, sexual behaviours, marriage systems, migration, and poverty are shaping the pandemic as well as how the pandemic is altering social, demographic and economic conditions across Africa.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Review of the major demographic, economic and sociological theories of internal and international migration. The main emphasis will be on empirical research on migration and immigrant groups.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Thomas Soehl (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: 15 credits in the Social Sciences

  • SOCI 525 Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Comparative perspective to illustrate processes involved in the development and evolution of health care systems around the world. Countries examined will represent different welfare state regimes, health care system typologies, levels of development and wealth.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 525. Not open to students who are taking or have taken PPHS 525.

    • Note: This course is cross-listed in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and in Sociology.

  • SOCI 535 Sociology of the Family (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar reviews literature on major research areas in family. The course examines families in the past, the study of family using a life course approach, and considers selective areas which may have had significant influences on contemporary family such as work and family, family violence, and cultural variation in families.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Undergraduate students require permission of instructor

  • SOCI 588 Biosociology/Biodemography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course will explore linkages between social and biological systems, their influence on health and well-being over the life course, and on health disparities. Topics include classical sociological approaches to biosocial processes, sociobiology (reductionist, but population-based), and newer demographic studies on gen-environment, epigenetic, and stress-metabolic/allostatic processes.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

6 credits from the following streams:

Qualitative Stream:

  • SOCI 601 Qualitative Research Methods 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Qualitative data interpretation and analysis. Coding, identifying themes and memo-writing. Students conclude their qualitative research project, writing up findings in the form of a publishable-quality paper.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jan Doering (Fall)

    • Seminar will be offered once a week, during the Fall term, for a duration of two hours (1x2).

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 600

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

and

3 credits from the following:

  • SOCI 620 Quantitative Methods 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course provides an introduction to generalized linear models for analyzing categorical and correlated data. The main topics include: (1) logistic/probit models (including multinomial logit, logit models for ordinal data) and (2) Extensions to multilevel and panel data analysis. The exposition covers model specification,estimation, hypothesis testing, remedies for violations of statistical assumptions, and interpretation of the results. The emphasis is on applications of these models in social science research, and research articles in sociology are used to illustrate the application of these models and techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restriction(s): Premission of instructor.

  • SOCI 621 Fixed and Random Effects (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Fixed and random effect regression. Emphasis on longitudinal panel data and hierarchical data.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 622 Event History Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Applied introduction to event history analysis, a set of statistical methods used to analyze changes from one state to another (i.e. transitions) and the effects of independent variables on the timing and likelihood of these transitions.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Céline Le Bourdais (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

  • SOCI 623 Latent Variable Models (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Latent variable models attempt to explain complex relations between manifest/observed variables by simple relations between these variables and an underlying unobservable or “latent” structure. Topics include both cross-sectional (Latent Class, factor analysis) and longitudinal (Latent Transition/Hidden Markov, Latent Class Growth Analysis, Growth Mixture Models) versions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

OR

Quantitative Stream:
6 credits from the following:

  • SOCI 620 Quantitative Methods 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course provides an introduction to generalized linear models for analyzing categorical and correlated data. The main topics include: (1) logistic/probit models (including multinomial logit, logit models for ordinal data) and (2) Extensions to multilevel and panel data analysis. The exposition covers model specification,estimation, hypothesis testing, remedies for violations of statistical assumptions, and interpretation of the results. The emphasis is on applications of these models in social science research, and research articles in sociology are used to illustrate the application of these models and techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restriction(s): Premission of instructor.

  • SOCI 621 Fixed and Random Effects (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Fixed and random effect regression. Emphasis on longitudinal panel data and hierarchical data.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 622 Event History Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Applied introduction to event history analysis, a set of statistical methods used to analyze changes from one state to another (i.e. transitions) and the effects of independent variables on the timing and likelihood of these transitions.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Céline Le Bourdais (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

  • SOCI 623 Latent Variable Models (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Latent variable models attempt to explain complex relations between manifest/observed variables by simple relations between these variables and an underlying unobservable or “latent” structure. Topics include both cross-sectional (Latent Class, factor analysis) and longitudinal (Latent Transition/Hidden Markov, Latent Class Growth Analysis, Growth Mixture Models) versions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 504 or equivalent

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

If an exemption is obtained for one or both of the qualitative or quantitative stream courses above, another one must then be substituted in its place.

0-12 credits from the following:
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 2018

    Instructors: Thomas Soehl (Winter)

  • 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 2017

    Instructors: Eran Shor (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to U3 and graduate students

  • SOCI 600 Qualitative Research Methods 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Overview of qualitative research design and modes of data collection, particularly observation, interviewing and focus groups. Students are required to design and undertake their own qualitative research project. Introduction to computerized tools for qualitative data management, transcription and analysis.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jennifer Elrick (Winter)

    • Restrictions: Permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken SOCI 540.

  • 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 2017

    Instructors: Axel Van den Berg (Fall)

If you are admitted at the Ph.D. 1 level and an exemption is obtained for one or more of the four courses above, another one must then be substituted in its place.

Faculty of Arts—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 23, 2017) (disclaimer)