Frequently Asked Questions

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St. Thomas University

Q. What makes sociology at St. Thomas University different from other sociology programs?

A. From your first classes in sociology, you will be encouraged to challenge and to question what counts as 'knowledge', to think about how knowledge itself is constructed through social processes. We explore a wide variety of ways of thinking about social issues, both looking at the big picture of world society and Canada's place within it, and the micro-sociology of intimate personal relations, and how these are changing. We are committed to social justice. We seek to use the tools of sociology to empower people to challenge and change structures that perpetuate inequality and injustice.

Q. What kinds of courses do you offer?

A. Our sociology majors program is organized around a diverse range of core courses in theory and methodology:

  • Canadian Society and Atlantic Canada
  • Political Economy: We offer courses in inequality in society, social problems, ecology, political economy, social movements, war, globalization, and development.
  • Women's Studies & Gender Studies: We offer a range of core courses particularly including courses in feminist theory, gender relations, employment equity policy, women in third world, women in education, and in law, and a specialized course in Chinese women.
  • Deviance, law, women and law, and social control and social justice.
  • Communications and mass media, Internet as social process, sociology of knowledge, and of science.
  • Substantive studies in race and ethnic relations, religion, family, work, and education.
  • Overlap with the Fine Arts Programme in offering courses in the sociology of art and culture, and of music.

For more information see Choosing Courses.

Q. What skills will sociology give me?

A. Students of sociology learn important generic skills of analysis, research and communication, and have experience in working independently and in study teams. You will learn to think about situations and events as complex processes unfolding in time, and to bring diverse perspectives to bear on issues, and especially to pay attention to the competing and minority voices. You will be alert to complex interrelationships, sensitive to how policy decisions commonly have unintended and unforeseen consequences, and aware of the importance of social justice in achieving positive social change.

You will develop the research skills needed to apply principles of scientific reasoning to explore causal relationships, and the critical insight needed to appreciate the strengths and limitations of available evidence. These skills are important for work in a broad rage of professional fields.

For more information see Career Paths.