Sociology is the study of individuals, groups, patterned behaviours, and social institutions such as the family, education, health and health care, the criminal justice system, media, paid and unpaid work, and politics.
At the core of sociology is a concern with various types of social inequality and movements for social change. Sociologists study a wide range of issues in a way that helps to explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.
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Provides students with a strong sociological foundation of knowledge on aging.
- Individuals and Society
A focus on the study of individuals, their perspectives and their interaction with others.
- Social Inequalities
Examines inequalities based on race, gender and class.
- Deviance and Social Problems
Focuses on social factors contributing to deviant behaviours and social problems in society.
- Work and Occupations
Explores the social and health implications of employment, unemployment, domestic labour and labour unions.
- Sociological Methods
Provides the methodological tools for analysis.
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- Health and Health Care
Examines the effectiveness of the delivery of health care in Canada and other countries.
- Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
Examines social issues surrounding ethnicity and race.
- Ideology and Culture
Examines how the culture of a society is expressed and is transformed through outlets such as sports, the mass media and the internet.
- Sociological Theory
Provides the conceptual tools for analyzing social life.
- Gender, Sexualities and Family
Examines the role of gender in society, and focuses on the relationships among gender, sexuality, family, work, and broader political and economic institutions in society.
Describes the nature of the educational system.
Applying to the Sociology Program
All Social Sciences students start in the Level 1 program. You will apply for the Sociology program at the end of your first year after successful completion of the Social Sciences Level 1 program including Sociology 1A06.
- Honours Sociology B.A.
Grade Point Average of 5.0 (C) including a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in SOCIOL 1A06 A/B.
Combined Honours B.A. in Sociology & Another Subject
Grade Point Average of 5.0 (C) including a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in SOCIOL 1A06 A/B. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other B.A. subject.
Minor in Sociology
SOCIOL 1A06 A/B (6 units), Levels 2 or 3 Sociology, of which at least 9 units are level 3 Sociology.
- For more information about the sociology program, check out the undergraduate calendar and visit the Sociology website.
- Environmental consequences of the war on illicit drugs in Colombia
- How politics shape reputations- the case of George Soros
- Female employment and escape from poverty among recent immigrants
- Social factors that shape evaluation processes
- Health consequences of job insecurity
- Traditional weddings and the reinforcement of heterosexuality
- Alliances between settler-Canadians and indigenous people
- Modern life and Hassidic communities
- Neighbourhood composition, work-family conflict and distress
- The global immigration consulting industry
- Anti-slavery movements in the United States
- Lawrence Krader, noetics and social theory
- Applied regression analysis and statistical computing
- Comparative analysis of polygamy
- The construction of social problems
- Media and the promotion of the Canadian music industry
- Aging and society
- Sexual behaviour in Canada
- Workplace health and safety
- Active learning in the classroom
- Cultural representations of health
The Sociology program at McMaster offers a wide variety of courses in such areas as culture, deviance, education, family, gender, ethnic and race relations, health and health care, media, methods, occupations, organizations, theory, sexualities, social inequality, technologies, and work.
Experiential learning, inquiry-based learning, and problem-based learning is emphasized.
The broad aims of the program are to provide students with a strong skill set that includes:
- Clear and logical thinking, analytical skills
- Compiling ideas and facts in a clear, organized and concise manner
- Writing and presenting reports and essays, expressing ideas clearly and logically
- Planning and organizing work leading to the solution of a problem
- Identifying and locating sources of information
- Managing time in order to meet multiple demands
- Negotiation and group work
- Interviewing techniques, statistical analysis using software packages
- Supporting arguments and decisions with facts and statistics
Examples of career paths include: