Proposal for Curriculum Change
to be approved by Council or by Academic Programs Committee
1. PROPOSAL IDENTIFICATION
Title of proposal:
Degree(s): M.A. Field(s) of Specialization:
Sociology of Development and Globalization
Level(s) of Concentration: Option(s):
Provides students an opportunity to complete an M.A. in
Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan and work
towards an M.A. in Sociology at Xi’an Jiaotong University
Degree College: Department: Home College:
Graduate Studies and Research Sociology Arts and Science
Contact person(s) (name, telephone, fax, e-mail):
Terry Wotherspoon, phone 6925; fax 6950; e-mail email@example.com
Date: November 30, 2005
Approved by the degree college and/or home college:
Proposed date of implementation: September, 2006
2. Type of change
Requiring approval by Council
A new Degree-Level program or template for program.
X A new Field of Specialization at the Major or Honours Level of Concentration or template for a
major or honours program
Conversion of an existing program from regular to special tuition program.
A change in the requirements for admission to a program
A change in quota for a college
Program revisions that will use new resources
A replacement program, including program deletion
A program deletion (consult Program Termination Procedures, approved by Council in May 2001)
Requiring approval by Academic Programs Committee
Addition of a higher Level of Concentration to an existing Field of Specialization.
Addition of a new Field of Specialization at the Minor Level of Concentration.
A change in program options
A change in the name of a Degree-level Program or Field of Specialization.
A change in the total number of credit units required for an approved degree program.
The dual degree program in Sociology of Development and Globalization has been developed in
conjunction with an emerging relationship between the University of Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong
University in China (which, as one of the top-ranked universities in China, has engaged in extensive
consultation in order to further consolidate its status as a world-class institution). It is part of a longer-term
series of initiatives undertaken in recent years as a result of academic exchanges that have resulted in
prospects for further collaboration in research and programming developments. Initial collaboration and
discussions focused on the two Universities’ shared priorities on internationalization, focused especially on
common interests in the development of capacity to undertake policy-relevant research within Sociology
and related disciplines, and on enhanced graduate student numbers and programming.
The proposal to offer options for a dual degree builds upon strengths identified in the Systematic Program
Review of Sociology, in which both graduate and undergraduate programs received A ratings. It is
intended to consolidate and expand programming and research opportunities in core areas of Sociology of
Agriculture and Development and Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations, as well as in the broader
departmental focus on studies and capacity development related to social policy.
The collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong University has generated a
multi-stage plan to foster the development of specific initiatives, beginning with Sociology collaboration but
potentially expanding to encompass many other disciplines and fields. The first stage, consolidated by
visits from Sociology faculty to Xi’an Jiaotong University (which has been ranked in China as one of the
leading institutions in the nation and which has been extensively engaged in arrangements to collaborate
with other leading institutions in several nations) to participate in academic symposia and consultation, has
included the formalization of a new Sociology Department at Xi’an Jiaotong University, joint application for
research and program funding in areas of policy-relevant social research, and provisions to facilitate
faculty and student exchanges. The development of the dual graduate degree program has emerged from
this phase. The second major phase, supported by a visit to the University of Saskatchewan by key
administrative personnel from Xi’an Jiaotong University, involves discussions to establish this program as
a prototype for further collaboration and joint initiatives, extending the relationship into other disciplines
and areas of mutual academic priorities and interest.
As part of these relationships, the Program in Sociology of Development and Globalization provides
opportunities for fully qualified graduate students who meet admission criteria in Sociology at both the
University of Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong University to pursue programs of studies intended to lead
to M.A. (with thesis) degrees from both institutions. In the process, they will gain experience in the two
national settings as they complete course requirements, conduct thesis-related research, and work with
student cohorts and faculty mentors in both contexts. The program is intended to build on comparative
research capacity and provide training to meet emerging strong demands for expertise and research that
links Canada, China, and other international settings. The program offers a unique opportunity for the
University of Saskatchewan to attract students from both China and other locales in Canada and
elsewhere who are seeking to gain expertise and experience in collaborative international research
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS (please see Appendix A, which provides the
framework agreement and program outline that has been negotiated between the two institutions):
The proposal creates a new option for students who are admitted to and meeting existing Sociology M.A.
program requirements. The unique character of the dual degree option lies in its focus on providing
opportunities for students to meet program requirements and work with students and faculty members in
both China and Canada. The program incorporates all existing admission and degree requirements that
pertain to M.A. (thesis) programs in Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong
University. Admission requirements, as stipulated by each institution, involve certification of language
proficiency required for applicants to each institution (for students who meet the language requirements,
no further language requirements exist within the program, although students are likely to have
opportunities to advance second language development within each context) and appropriate academic
background, as outlined under points 2, 3 and 4 in Appendix A (which contains the framework
agreement). Students must at the time of application declare their intent to be considered for admission
into the program.
Students admitted to the program must complete all existing M.A. (thesis) program requirements for each
institution. At the University of Saskatchewan, these requirements include the following: completion of 18
c.u. of graduate coursework, including Sociology 840.6 (Advanced Theory), Sociology 841.6 (Advanced
Methodology), and 6 additional credits of graduate coursework; registration, participation in and
presentation of a Sociology 990 seminar; registration in Sociology 994 (Thesis Research) – or Sociology
910 (Research Internship) during required terms in China - for each term until all thesis requirements have
The novel features of the dual degree option are that it is structured in such a way as to offer students the
capacity to receive graduate degrees from both institutions in conjunction with coursework, research, and
supervision experiences in each setting. It draws on existing fields of specialization with a focus on
Development and Globalization in order to incorporate expertise in areas of programming and research
strength within each of the two institutions; supervisory committees will consist of qualified faculty from
each institution, including co-supervisors who are approved as Adjunct Professors or who otherwise meet
requirements established by each institution for service on graduate supervisory committees. The unique
character of the dual degree is reflected in stipulations regarding supervisory committees, research
activities, and time frames in order to accommodate coursework, research activities, and faculty resources
within the two institutional and national settings (these are detailed in points 5, 6 and 7 in Appendix A). An
additional dimension of the program is that collaboration between the universities will involve a tuition
arrangement which enables students to maintain their status as full-time graduate students in both
programs while they are fulfilling program requirements in alternative settings (i.e., the first eight months at
the University of Saskatchewan; the following twelve month period in Xi’an; and subsequent period –
minimum of four months to fulfill University of Saskatchewan residency requirements – at the University of
The figure below provides an overview of the proposed dual degree option in comparison with current
M.A. (thesis) requirements in Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan:
Current M.A. (thesis) Dual Degree Option:
Academic Year Program:
U. of S. Sociology U. of S. Requirements Xi’an Requirements
Year 1, T1T2 At U. of S.
Coursework (18 c.u.): Coursework (18 c.u.):
- SOC 840.6 Theory - SOC 840.6 Theory)
- SOC 841.6 Methodology - SOC 841.6 Methodology
- 6 additional c.u. - 6 additional c.u.
Year 1, T1T2 At U. of S. At U. of S.
SOC 994: SOC 994:
- Supervisory committee to - Supervisory committee to - Supervisory committee
be established T1 or T2; be established T1; established;
- Thesis proposal approved - Thesis proposal approved - Thesis proposal approved
T2 or early in Year 2 T2
SOC 990 Seminar SOC 990 Seminar
Year 1, T3 In Xi’an In Xi’an
SOC 994 (summer
research) SOC 910 (research Summer research –
internship; fieldwork in China fieldwork in China
Year 2, T1T2 In Xi’an In Xi’an
SOC 994 (thesis research) SOC 910 (research Thesis research;
internship; thesis research)
Coursework (6 credits):
- Theory and Methods of Social
Engineering (2 cr);
- The Study of Social Problems
in Contemporary China (2 cr);
- 2 additional cr.
SOC 990 Seminar
Year 2, T3 At U. of S. At U. of S.
SOC 994 (thesis research) SOC 994 (thesis research
and defence) Thesis research/defence
SOC 990 Seminar – seminar
Year 3 At U. of S. At U. of S.
SOC 994 – completion of SOC 994 – completion of
thesis writing/defence thesis writing/defence
SOC 990 – seminar SOC 990 – seminar
The dual degree option will be introduced initially on a pilot basis, with limited numbers of students
admitted by both partner institutions. This arrangement will allow for careful monitoring by the Sociology
Graduate Studies Committee at the University of Saskatchewan, in conjunction with colleagues in
Sociology at Xi’an Jiaotong University, in order to ensure both that program demands can be met through
existing institutional arrangements and that students are able to make sufficient progress in meeting the
program requirements within the framework agreement. It is anticipated that a first student cohort,
consisting of no more than three to four incoming students, will be admitted to begin studies in September,
2006, continuing with small cohorts in each subsequent year or alternate year. (It was initially expected
that the first students in the program would be drawn from Xi’an Jiaotong University, but subsequent
interest in the program has also been expressed by qualified students at the University of Saskatchewan).
Proposed calendar description:
The Dual Degree in Sociology of Development and Globalization (M.A. with thesis in Sociology, University
of Saskatchewan and M.A. in Sociology, Xi’an Jiaotong University) is intended for students who wish to
gain expertise and experience in collaborative international research enterprises. The program is open to
students whose acceptance is contingent on meeting current academic and language requirements
established by both institutions. Students who are interested in the program are required to declare their
interest at the time of application; however, they are encouraged to contact the Sociology Department at
the University of Saskatchewan as early as possible in the application process in order to ensure that all
application requirements are coordinated and met within limits set by each university.
The program requirements and structure are as follows:
Year 1 (September-April) – University of Saskatchewan – 18 credit units, including SOC. 840.6; 841.6;
990; plus 6 other credit units. Students must register in SOC 994 and complete a thesis proposal during
Year 1 (May-August) and Year 2 (September-April) – Xi’an Jiaotong University – 6 credits, including
“Theory and Methods of Social Engineering” (2 credits); “The Study of Social Problems in Contemporary
China” (2 credits); plus 2 other credits; students must register in SOC 910 and complete data collection
and analysis during this time;
Year 2 (May-August) – SOC 994 - thesis completion and defence.
The dual degree option will be implemented through the current Sociology M.A. program. Because no new
courses or requirements are being introduced at the U. of S., additional resource requirements will be
minimal. The dual degree option incorporates existing courses, areas of program specialization, faculty
expertise, and library resources, and is consistent with long-range planning and priorities in the
Department and Colleges of Arts and Science and Graduate Studies and Research. The Department has
capacity to supervise the limited numbers of students projected in the first program cohorts, and additional
capacity will be provided by (i) a replacement faculty position approved for future recruitment to in the
general area of globalization and development and (ii) provisions for co-supervision by qualified faculty
members in Sociology at Xi’an Jiaotong University. Students in the dual degree option, as part of the
regular graduate cohort in Sociology, will be incorporated into existing arrangements with respect to office
space and other student resource commitments.
RELATIONSHIPS AND IMPACT OF IMPLEMENTATION
The dual degree option is being introduced to provide new opportunities for our own current and future
M.A. students, and for potential new international students. The program structure and arrangements do
not pose any requirements that affect directly other academic units, except insofar as students may
incorporate into their programs approved course options selected from regular graduate offerings in other
Departments, or engage faculty from cognate Departments as members of their supervisory committees
(consistent with current practice). The dual degree option is likely to attract interest from a small number of
students currently in or considering admission to the general M.A. program in Sociology, but the program
is oriented to attract new students from Canada and abroad rather than to serve as a mechanism to
compete with already-existing programming in the Department.
There are no new budgetary requirements associated with introduction and delivery of the new program
stream. The main areas of additional costs (associated with faculty and student travel between Canada
and China, and graduate student support) will be accommodated through current arrangements.
The program option is being implemented to accommodate the desires of those faculty and students who
seek experience in collaborative international research and, as such, will be reliant on commitments from
individuals to support travel and related costs or seek sources of external funding through research grants
and other parallel sources. Students in the dual degree stream are eligible to be considered as part of the
regular competitions for support through graduate scholarships, Teaching Fellowships, and related
funding support available on a regular basis in each of the participating universities.
As emphasized in the Rationale section (above), however, that the dual degree option is being
implemented as part of a longer-term series of arrangements between the University of Saskatchewan
and Xi’an Jiaotong University. Applications to government and academic funding agencies to support
international collaborative research and training initiatives (involving to a significant extent support for
travel and research for both graduate students and faculty) constitute significant components of these
relationships (notable examples include applications to SSHRC and CIDA). In addition, Xi’an Jiaotong
University has committed funding for one or more University of Saskatchewan Sociology faculty members
to teach courses in Xi’an during spring sessions on an annual basis, thereby further facilitating graduate
research and supervisory capacity in conjunction with the dual degree program, while one faculty member
from Xi’an Jiaotong University is currently at the University of Saskatchewan supported by a Canada-
China visiting scholar program.
Adaptation of an existing Sociology M.A. Program:
Dual M.A. in Sociology Offered by the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
The elements of the dual Sociology M.A. program are as follows:
1. The name of the program is M.A. Program in Sociology of Development and
2. Students admitted to the program must meet the requirements of the Sociology
M.A. admission of the University of Saskatchewan and the requirements of the
College of Graduate Studies and Research, and those of Xi’an Jiaotong
University, and must be officially admitted to both universities. The number of
students admitted to the program each year is to be determined jointly.
3. The minimal qualifications for admission to the M.A. program of sociology at the
University of Saskatchewan are: (a) Students have an undergraduate honours
degree in sociology or an equivalent sociology degree, or a degree in a related
discipline AND one year of make-up course work in sociology (30 credit units, i.e.,
equivalent of 5 full courses) including the completion of sociological theory and
research methods; (b) Students have an average undergraduate mark of 75% or
higher on the last 60 credit units of undergraduate study from a Canadian
university, or its equivalent from a non-Canadian university; (c) Non-English
speaking students have successfully demonstrated evidence of English language
proficiency. Currently, the University of Saskatchewan requires a minimum TOEFL
score of 550 for paper-based tests, or 213 for computer-based tests, or the
satisfactory completion of ESL level 50 at the University of Saskatchewan.
4. The minimal qualifications for admission to the M.A. program in sociology at Xi’an
Jiaotong University are: (a) Students have a four year undergraduate degree in
sociology; (b) Students have to pass national admission examinations [For
Canadian students, they have to pass two written exams on sociological theory
and research methods in either English or Chinese, arranged by the Department
of Sociology at Xi’an Jiaotong University]; (c) Non-Chinese speaking students have
successfully demonstrated evidence of Chinese language proficiency. Currently,
Xi’an Jiaotong University requires non-Chinese speaking international students to
pass the level C (or Level 6) Chinese Language Test arranged by Xi’an Jiaotong
University. However, if the required courses for the degree at Xi’an Jiaotong
University are taught in English, the Chinese language requirement could be
exempted with approval of the College of Graduate studies at Xi’an Jiaotong
University; (d) Students have an average undergraduate mark of 75% or higher on
the last 60 credit units.
5. Students admitted to the M.A. program enrol at the University of Saskatchewan for
the first year but will attend school for two terms (eight months from September to
April), as the first part of the one year training in Canada, to complete the core
courses, including SOC 840.6 (Advanced Theory) and SOC 841.6 (Advanced
Methodology), and 6 other credits of graduate classes in sociology as well as SOC
990 (Seminar), and develop an acceptable thesis research proposal. Students will
enroll in SOC 994 (thesis research) in their first and terms, and all subsequent
terms until their thesis requirement has been fulfilled, with the exception of the
twelve month period of study in China, during which time students will register in
SOC 910 (research internship). Students then enrol at Xi’an Jiaotong University for
the second year, and attend school for twelve months, from May to April, to gather
the data for the thesis and to complete three courses, 1 including “Theory and
Methods of Social Engineering,” The Study of Social Problems in Contemporary
China,” and another course as required by the Xi’an Jiaotong University. Students
return to the University of Saskatchewan for one term (four months from May to
August), as the second part of the one year training in Canada, to complete the
thesis and oral defence.
6. The thesis advisory committee is to be made up of one co-supervisor from the
University of Saskatchewan and one co-supervisor from Xi’an Jiaotong University
and two other members from either university. Faculty members serving as co-
supervisors must be certified by both universities as graduate faculty members
qualified to supervise graduate students.
7. Students must submit an acceptable thesis written in English to the advisory
committee, and successfully defend it in English in an oral defence. The oral
defence is held either at the University of Saskatchewan or Xi’an Jiaotong
University with long distance communication connection to both universities to
enable co-supervisors and faculty members on the committee to participate in the
8. Students who have successfully completed the program and have met the
requirements from both universities will be granted a master’s degree from the
University of Saskatchewan and a master’s degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University.
9. Students pay the first year tuition2 to the University of Saskatchewan and the
second year tuition3 to Xi’an Jiaotong University at a rate determined by the
respective university. The one year tuition paid to the University of Saskatchewan
covers the enrolment in two parts, from September 1 to April 30, and from May 1
to August 31 the following calendar year. In the unlikely event that students require
a third year to complete the thesis at the University of Saskatchewan, students pay
the third year tuition to the University of Saskatchewan.
10. Both Chinese and Canadian students are eligible to apply for and receive
scholarship, fellowship and assistantship support offered by the University of
Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong University.
2 credits for each course (40 lecture hours); 6 credits for three courses.
Graduate studies and research tuition and fees for 2005 – 2006 at University of Saskatchewan is
CAN$3,616.87, including tuition CAN$3,000, USSU health insurance CAN$174.99, USSU dental
insurance CAN$159.30, Canadian Federation of students CAN$9.76, GSA Activity Fee CAN$45.54,
Student service fee CAN$30.00, Recreation & athletic CAN$97.28, and international student fee
Graduate studies tuition fee at Xi’an Jiaotong University is ￥15, 000 Chinese yuan per year. Canadian
students can purchase medical insurance in China; about ￥40 Chinese yuan per year.
College of Graduate Studies and Research GSR 400.1
University of Saskatchewan COURSE
Tel: (306) 966-5751, Facsimile: (306) 966-5756
Graduate Course Proposal Form: NEW COURSE
In addition to this form, please complete and submit a Course Creation Information form, available on the
University website (http://www.usask.ca/university_council/acad_prog/reports/course_creation.shtml), to
the Department of Academic Services and Financial Assistance, Student and Enrolment Services
EXAM X Yes (must complete section 6.1) No
Basic information about the proposed course:
1. Department: Sociology College of: Arts and Science
2. Signature of Department Head or
Please print name: H. Dickinson
3. Information required for the Calendar:
3.1 Label & Number of course: Sociology 910.0
3.2 Title of course: Research Internship (China)
3.3 Total Hours: Lecture Seminar Lab Tutorial Other 240
3.4 Weekly Hours: Lecture Seminar Lab Tutorial Other 20
3.5 Term in which it will be T1 T2 T1 or T1 and X
offered: T2 T2
T3, T1, T2 (12 months, May (see left
1-April 30) column)
3.6 Prerequisite: Restricted to students registered in the Dual M.A. in Globalization and Development
(University of Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong University)
3.7 Calendar description (not more than 50 words):
Full-time formal or practical contributions to a research program in an unfamiliar environment.
Students in dual M.A. in Globalization and Development will register for this course in lieu of SOC
994 during required terms in China.
4. Rationale for introducing this course:
The course is intended as a requirement for students in the dual M.A. in Sociology - Globalization and
Development (University of Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong University), enabling them to maintain
registration status in the M.A. program at the University of Saskatchewan during a twelve month
period in which they have an opportunity to gain appropriate training and conduct thesis research in
China. Students will fulfill program requirements equivalent to those for Sociology 994 (Thesis
research) during the interval that occurs after initial registration in Sociology 994 in T1 and T2 of the
first year in the program and prior to completion of the 994 requirements after their return to the
University of Saskatchewan after the second term of the program’s second year.
5. Impact of this course.
The course will have minimal impact on students and program offerings. It offers students in the
Globalization and Development stream the opportunity to continue to register, and receive
supervisory support, for the period of time in which they are conducting research out of the country.
Students will not be charged tuition for this course by the University of Saskatchewan, although they
must register for it during a period in which they are concurrently registered in and paying tuition for
M.A. studies at Xi’an Jiaotong University. However, the impact of this arrangement is neutral, since
all students in the dual degree M.A. must fulfill residency requirements at the University of
5.1 Are the programs/courses of other academic units/Colleges affected by this new course
X No Yes (please list):
5.2 Were any other academic units asked to review or comment on the proposal?
X No Yes (please attach correspondence)
5.3 Will the offering of this course lead to the deletion or modification of any other course(s)?
X No Yes (please list):
5.4 Course(s) for which this graduate course will be a prerequisite?
5.5 Is this course to be required by your graduate students, or by graduate students in another
No X Yes (please list): Required for, and restricted to, students in the dual M.A. in
Sociology -Globalization and Development (University of
Saskatchewan and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China)
6. Course Information. (Please append the Course Outline (Syllabus), including a separate
Undergraduate Course Outline (Syllabus) if required. Guidelines for Academic Honesty must
be included in the Course Outline (Syllabus) supplied to students
Please note – no syllabus required as this is a research course assessed on the basis of “Completed
Requirements,” subject to completion of research terms in China under the supervision of thesis co-
supervisors and/or advisory committee members. Specific reading lists and research activities are to be
completed in the course of development of a research proposal and program by each student in
consultation with Thesis Advisory Committees.
Course objectives need to be clearly stated. Description of and Activities for Evaluation
must be listed.
Course Outline (syllabus) with Reading List must be included. Percentage of Total Mark for each evaluation
If undergraduate lectures are included, also submit the Professor must be a member of the Graduate
Undergraduate Course Outline (Syllabus) and include Faculty.
information on what additional activities make this a graduate
level course. For guidelines, see ‘Undergraduate Components
of Graduate Courses’ under ‘Forms, Graduate Chairs’ at
6.1 EXAM EXEMPTION: Please note, if there is no final exam or if the final examination is
worth less than 30% of the final grade please provide a brief statement which explains why a final
examination is inappropriate for this course.
This is a research course required for fulfillment of the thesis requirement. It is based entirely on research
and relevant training conducted in China, supervised by Sociology faculty at Xi’an Jiaotong University; no
letter or pass/fail grade will be assigned, but grading basis will be in accordance with the category of
7.1 Expected Initial cohort – 2.
7.2 From which M.A. (Sociology) – limited to students accepted to dual
colleges/programs? degree in Globalization and Development.
8.1 Proposed instructor(s): (Please include qualifications)
Instructors are thesis co-supervisors – Sociology faculty (University of Saskatchewan) who are
members of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and Sociology faculty (Xi’an Jiaotong
University) accepted as Adjunct Faculty or meet CGSR criteria for appointment as co-supervisors.
8.2 How does the department plan to handle the additional teaching or administrative workload?
No additional teaching loads involved – instruction is part of regular graduate supervisory
responsibilities and will be shared with faculty from Xi’an Jiaotong University.
Administrative responsibilities are minimal, and will be integrated into current Graduate Studies
Committee and graduate supervisory practices in the Department.
8.3 Are sufficient library or other research resources available for this course?
Yes, the research requirements fall into areas currently identified as core program streams in
8.4 Are any additional resources required (library, audio-visual, technology, lab equipment, lab
9. Date of Implementation: April, 2007
9.1 To be X annually biennially alternate years other
This course will conform to the academic requirements and standards for graduate
courses, including the rules of Student Appeals in Academic Matters (see
http://www.usask.ca/university_council/reports/12-06-99.shtml) and Academic Honesty
(see http://www.usask.ca/honesty/). Guidelines for Academic Honesty must be included in
the Course Outline (Syllabus) supplied to students
Date of Approval by College (of the home academic
The signature of the Dean of your College signifies that the necessary resources are either available or
shall be supplied by the College/Department budget.
College Signature (of the home academic
Please print name:
Attached to the proposal document should be a statement from the College which
contains the following:
1. Recommendation from the College regarding the program
2. Description of the College process used to arrive at that recommendation
3. Summary of issues that the College discussed and how they were resolved
Consultation with the Registrar for New Programs and Major
Revisions (in progress)
This form is to be completed by the faculty member responsible for the program proposal in consultation
with the University of Saskatchewan Registrar. Contact the Registrar (phone 6724) for assistance
Attach the completed form to the program proposal prior to submission to the Academic Programs
Committee. Additional comments may also be attached if required.
1. Proposal Identification
Full name of program: Dual M.A. in Sociology _______________________________________________
Short form (degree abbreviation): M.A. _____________________________________________________
Names of program options, if any (e.g. majors, honours, co-op): __________________________________
Previous program name, if different: ________________________________________________________
Sponsoring Dept./College: Department of Sociology/College of Graduate Studies and Research ________
Does the new/revised program name conform to standard University Nomenclature?
__ Yes __ No __ Name unchanged from existing program
Have labels (subject area identifier and course number) and titles for new and revised courses been
cleared by the Office of the Registrar?
__ Yes __ No _X_ Unchanged __ Not yet determined
Does the program timetable use standard class timeslots, terms and sessions?
__ Yes __ No _X Unchanged from existing program
4. Admissions and Quotas
Has the Office of the Registrar been consulted regarding new or revised admission criteria and
__ Yes __ No. _X_ Unchanged from existing program
5. Tuition and Fees
On what basis are tuition and other fees assessed? __ Course-based _X_ Program-based
If fees are course-based, do they conform to existing categories for course-based tuition?
__ Yes __ No __ Unchanged from existing program
6. Examinations and Grading
Are any new courses in the program exempt from holding a final examination, or have any existing
courses been revised so that they are now exempt from holding a final examination?
_X_ Yes __ No
Are any new courses in the program exempt from the percentage system of evaluation, or have any
existing courses been revised so that they are now exempt from the percentage system of
_X Yes _ _ No
Comments: There is one new course (SOC 910 – Research Internship) introduced to
accommodate the period of study in China. This course is equivalent to SOC 994 – Thesis
Research, and is to be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
Is the Office of the Registrar expected to undertake special recruitment efforts?
_X_ No __ Yes: Describe: No special recruitment efforts are required, as there is anticipated to be
existing demand through regular program recruitment channels. However, recruitment officers may
find the program to have a special appeal in general recruitment efforts because of the cooperation
with partners in China and study opportunities overseas.
Are there any ‘ceremonial consequences’ of the proposal (e.g. new degree hood, special
_X_ No __ Yes: Describe:
9. Schedule of Implementation
Does the Office of the Registrar foresee any difficulties with the schedule of implementation of the
new program/program revisions? This includes the sequencing of courses over
sessions/terms/years; the first or last dates on which new/revised/deleted courses will be offered
(bearing in mind that certain courses may be required beyond the last year of the program);
implementation of revised admission requirements or quota; and timetable for initiation, revision or
deletion of other features of the program.
__ Do not foresee difficulties
__ The Office of the Registrar has the following concerns:
10. Impact on Office of the Registrar and Institutional Systems
If any of the above sections will have an impact on the Office of the Registrar or on institutional
systems, please describe the impact and additional resources required (e.g. modifications to the
Student Information System, telephone registration system, or financial systems due to non-
standard nomenclature or timetabling; additional personnel needed for recruitment, resources for
design of new hood, etc.). (See the Information Technology Requirements form for the estimated
cost of systems modifications.)
_____T. Wotherspoon, Sociology______________________
Faculty member (for the sponsoring college/dept)