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Sociology studies all aspects of how human beings relate with each other. Such human relations range from intimate relationships, organizational and institutional dynamics, through to social processes that are felt at national and global levels. Substantive issues of interest to sociologists include health and illness, marriage and family, crime and deviance, science and technology, popular culture, social change, economy and society, gender and sexuality, education, social inequality, prejudice and discrimination, among many others.

What you will learn in Sociology

Explore the major ideas and insights of the founders of sociology, as well as contemporary thinkers who examine present-day social life. Master the essentials of social research – how to design questionnaires and carry out meaningful surveys, collect and analyze quantitative, qualitative, and historical data, and conduct participant-observation and interviews. Apply these skills to study and better understand numerous topics and issues in social life that interest you. Lakehead’s faculty are engaged in research in areas as diverse as health and illness, gerontology, gender and work, media and popular culture, the sociology of knowledge, sociological theory, sociology of the North, and global social change.

Streams of Focus in our Sociology Programs

While our BA and HBA programs are meant to be broad and flexible, we have three major streams of focus we are building that may be useful to students who wish to concentrate on particular topics or specific career-related trajectories. For example, students interested in policing, community planning, social services, grass-roots organizations, legal studies, government research and policy, social work, or careers in law, may be interested in our Social Justice in Northern and Rural Communities stream. Students interested in social planning, policy or services in the area of health and medicine will find our Health, Food and the Lifecourse stream useful preparation for professional programs and careers in these fields. We also offer a Media, Culture, and Technology stream for students with interests in sociology of knowledge, science and technology studies, education, environmental issues, and media communications. Please read below for more information on these exciting areas of focus offered in our undergraduate programs:

Social Justice in Northern and Rural Communities

Students taking the Social Justice in Northern and Rural Communities stream will examine questions of social justice relevant to communities located in peripheral regions and outside of large urban areas.   What are the main challenges, why do they exist, and what can be done about them? Students can explore, for example, the conditions that face Indigenous and resource dependent communities in Northern and rural areas.  They might also explore the consequences of fast-paced technological and environmental change as these affect agricultural communities, single-industry towns and those in remote regions.  This stream will prepare students for employment working in social and economic development in northern and or rural communities, including police and social services, and government policy and planning.

Recommended Courses:

SOCI 2817: Sociology of the North
SOCI 2213: Social Problems in Canada
SOCI 2214: Current Issues in Social Problems
SOCI 2301: Sociology of Law
SOCI 2221: Crime and Society
SOCI 2501: Family Sociology
SOCI 3116: Sociology of Violence
SOCI 3505: Sociology of Work
SOCI 3811: Surveillance and Society
SOCI 3818: Women in the North
SOCI 3213: Urban Life and Culture
SOCI 3205: “Race,” Ethnicity and Social Justice
SOCI 4012: Community Transitions
SOCI 4250: Law and Society
SOCI 4013: Food Security in Rural and Northern Communities

Media, Culture and Technology

In this stream, students analyze social aspects of science, technology, media, and material culture more broadly. What is the relationship of society to nature and the environment? For example, how is food a lens through which to understand our relationships to people and the environment? How are our cultural stocks of knowledge shaped by techno-science and the logic of contemporary media? Throughout this stream, we consider how material culture shapes, but is also shaped by, social life.  Students in this stream are well suited to careers in communication, journalism, advertising and marketing, and education, among many other choices.

Recommended Courses:

SOCI 2113: Environmental Sociology
SOCI 2755: Technology, Society, and Indigenous Peoples of Canada
SOCI 2555: Media, Culture, and Society
SOCI 3455: Digital Technology and Society
SOCI 3501: Sociology of Education
SOCI 3550: Gender in Contemporary Social Life
SOCI 4715: Sociology of Science and Technology
SOCI 4517: Society, Culture and Nature

Health, Food, and the Lifecourse

In this stream, students examine the relationship between social institutions and health inequities, aging, and the body. Students in this stream will explore new frontiers in health sociology and learn about the history of medicine, popular health movements and healthcare, sociology of the body, social determinants and health disparities, critical nutrition and the politics of diet, food security, rural and Northern health, theories of risk and health promotion, and contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches used in health sociology. Upon graduation, students who specialize in this stream will find employment in health care and health-related services or in a research or policy-related field. This stream also prepares students for further study in sociology, social justice, public health, medicine, nursing, midwifery, policy work, and health care.

Recommended Courses:

SOCI 2509: Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCI 2110: Food, Culture, and Society
SOCI 3111: Sociology of the Body
SOCI 3112: Sociology of Mental Disorder
SOCI 3114: Gender and Health
SOCI 3115: Food, Gender, and Health
SOCI 3117: Monsters, Monstrous Bodies, and the Evil Other
SOCI 3513: Sociology of Aging
SOCI 3515: Life Course Studies
SOCI 4010: Perspectives on Public Health
SOCI 4014: Women, Health, and Medicine
SOCI 4013: Food Security in Rural and Northern Communities
SOCI 4114: Sociology of Healthcare
SOCI 4511: Sociology of Disability
SOCI 4515: Issues in Social Gerontology
SOCI 4551: Sociology of Food and Nutrition

Careers in Sociology

Sociology is an ideal major for students planning to enter professions such as: social work, law, journalism and even medicine. Many graduates will decide to go into teaching or career counselling, while others enter careers in government, correctional services, community services and business. Since we teach excellent research skills, sociologists are often sought after to collect and analyze data for a wide range of organizations.