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									                                         Anthropology and Sociology
                                         Articulation Meeting Minutes
                                                  May 6, 2005
                                           Simon Fraser University

      ITEM                                     DISCUSSION                                      ACTION
                    The meeting was called to order by Chair, Jean Ballard.
                    Present : Jean Ballard (UCFV)—Chair; Francis Adu-Febirir
                    (Camosun); Roger Albert (North Island); Jim Anderson (North
                    Island); Doug Baer (UVic); Lori Barkley (Selkirk); Norma Boutillier
                    (VCC); Maureen Bracewell (Capilano); Alan Brain (Langara);
                    Margo Chapman-Kendall (Langara); Brenda Clark (Camosun);
                    Alan Danesh (Camosun; Gay Frederick (Malaspina); Johann Funk
                    (Okanagan College); Noga Gayle (Capilano); Rita Isola
                    (Capilano); Vinay Kamat (UBC); Michael Kenny (SFU); Steve
                    Mainprize (Douglas); Ron McGivern (TRU); Zahra Montazer
                    (Northern Lights); Joey Moore (Malaspina); Jake Muller (NWCC);
                    Tim Paterson (Douglas); Patti Peach (CNC); Ron Stuart
                    (Columbia); Peter Urmetzer (UBC—Okanagan); Gerry Veenstra
                    (UBC—V); Jennifer Orum (BCCAT—guest)
                    Regrets: Richard Floyd (Kwantlen); Doug Hudson (UCFV); Amir
                    Mirfakhraie (Kwantlen); Keith Preston (Coquitlam); Stevi Stephens
Approval of         Approved                                                               Moved by Alan
Agenda                                                                                     Brain
                                                                                           Seconded Jake
Approval of         Approved                                                               Moved by Margo
Minutes                                                                                    Chapman-Kendall
                                                                                           Seconded by Jake
Introductions       Introductions and verbal reports from all participating institutions
and Institutional   were presented [Appendix 1]. Most institutions report a slight
Reports             decrease in enrolments causing some concern—these all seem to
                    be institutional rather than departmental. However, a few reported
                    increased enrolments.
                    There was concern expressed over whether online courses will be
                    affecting ‗live‘ courses.
Business            Re: WQB courses. Alan Danesh expressed Camosun‘s concern
arising from        over the reconciliation of the academic freedom of instructors.
reports             SFU‘s answer was that only new course outlines need to be
                    submitted for approval; old courses being fine. New course
                    outlines should be submitted to Sarah Dench at SFU. It was
                    suggested we advise students accordingly if the equivalent to SFU
                    counts as ‗W‘. Guidelines are available online and from Sarah
                    Re: UBC: UBC has divided its Biological and Human Origins
                    course into two courses. Several members expressed concern
                    about the impact this might have on the existing transferability of
                    introductory anthropology courses.

Discussion of   Concerns were raised regarding the practice of some institutions
student         to require incoming students to present a course outline for a
requests for    course which already has been articulated.
                Jennifer Orum stated that this was not a systemic problem.
                Sometimes a course outline may still be required if a student is
                requesting the course be considered for transfer credit different
                from that which has been articulated or that a course be accepted
                in lieu of another as a prerequisite for an upper division course.
                However, if an institution is requiring course outlines before
                honouring an existing transfer agreement, BCCAT should be
Update on       Jennifer Orum (guest) presented a ‗Transfer friendly‘ course
BCCAT           outline (available on line at BCCAT website) stating that this was
                only a suggestion not a requirement. A sample outline was
                distributed plus a background paper.
                JO presented information on a new publication: the How to
                articulate handbook. At the end of May there will be a website
                available of about seventy-five pages. Question: will hard copies
                be sent?
                JO announced a revised edition of the articulation handbook and a
                new publication for first year secondary students: Transfer tips
                which is being distributed to advisory departments at the end of
                May (yellow cover and on the website also)
                The Online transfer guide is being redesigned with a stand-alone
                website by June. JO suggested that this will now be easier to use.
                There was a discussion about the use of the terms ―sending‖ and
                ―receiving‖ institutions. Transfer is now Multilateral Transfer (not
                just college to university), since virtually all institutions are both
                send and receiving.
                The Educational planner Opening doors has been taken over by
                BCCAT with the new name of Education Planner.
                The redeveloped transfer credit evaluation process automatically
                goes to credit.
                BCCAT has developed a position statement of expectations for
                instructor qualifications.
                BCCAT has developed policies and processes for private degree-
                granting institutions regarding how they are articulated (e.g.,
                University Canada West is consider a general arts programme)—
                on the BCCAT website is emerging issues and a statement by
                BCCAT. JO stated that we should expect that ‗new colleagues‘
                may be joining the table.
                BCCAT research on student performance (on SFU website)—
                October 2004—found that college and university-college students
                do well at universities.
                There was a discussion of the importance of tracking non-
                duplicated waitlisted students in order to determine the actual
                pressure on the system and the subsequent potential student
                transfer numbers.

Responding to       Alan Brain proposed that BC sociologists and anthropologists            Action: Chair to
global issues       consider forming a provincial group to address current social           contact R. Floyd
                    issues and global concerns. AB suggested there was value in             (Kwantlen)
                    such a forum and that as social scientists we have a responsibility
                    to actively address issues of social justice. Members made
                    several suggestions including using an electronic format or
                    conference, preparing position papers, and so on. The chair noted
                    that Richard Floyd has volunteered to do the organising.
                    It was suggested that one possible venue for a meeting/workshop
                    would be with the Society for Applied Anthropology and Medical
                    Anthropology in Vancouver next year (approximately April 6-ish)
                    with at least 2,000 participants.
                    A group met over lunch to further discuss this item. AB reported
                    that a new listserve will be developed for social activism, with a
                    proposed website by summer.

Linguistics         The chair advised that linguistics instructors have been discussing
                    a venue for articulation – either by joining an existing articulation
                    committee or by applying to start their own committee.
                    Anthropologists with an interest in linguistics may wish to be part
                    of these discussions, and should contact BCCAT for further
Flexible            Joey Moore reported on the flexible premajor initiative. The ad-
premajor            hoc subcommittee was successful in its bid for funding for a
feasibility study   feasibility study, which was undertaken by Jerry Hinbest. Joey
                    Moore highlighted the findings in the report. According to
                    Hinbest‘s survey, there is considerable support of developing a
                    flexible premajor, and the Hinbest report also notes some possible
                    challenges including the actual format of the transfer credit.
                    Jennifer Oram stated that BCCAT is supportive of our proposal,
                    and encourages us to apply for funding for the second stage of the
                    project – the actual development of the flexible premajor.              .
                    Margo Chapman-Kendall stated that this gives ‗ammunition‘ for           Moved Alan
                    colleges to support/encourage students to embark on a major in          Denesh
                    either anthropology or sociology.
                    Motion: That the subcommittee proceed with the application for          Boutillier
                    funding to conduct a comprehensive, full, flexible pre-major
                    Carried unanimously.                                                    Action:
                                                                                            subcommittee to
                    A letter of intent is to be forwarded to BCCAT by next week.            develop letter of
                    Proposed item for next agenda: preparedness of BA graduates for         intent and proposal
                    success at other universities (ie grad school).                         for funding

Nominations         Nominated: Richard Floyd
and election of                Jean Ballard
                    Moved that nominations close.                                           Moved by Alan
                                                                                            Seconded by Alan
                    Jean Ballard was unanimously re-elected.                                Brain
                    Margo Chapman-Kendall noted that we were pleased that Richard
                    Floyd ran and will continue to work with Alan Brain on the new

Date and place     The next meeting will by Friday May 5th at Capilano College.
for next meeting   Proposed time: 10am.
                   Motion to adjourn                                                      Moved by Alan
                                                                                          Seconded by
                                                                                          Margo Chapman-
Joint meeting      The Soc/Anth articulation committee meeting was followed by a
with First         joint meeting with the First Nations articulation committee. Eleven
Nations            members of Soc/Anth met with four members of First Nations to
articulation       discuss the challenges of articulating interdisciplinary FNST
committee          (ABST) courses with sociology and anthropology courses. Three
                   strategies to improve transferability of courses were discussed:-
                   1. Interdisciplinary course outlines need to be as clear as possible
                   regarding the perspectives used and content covered, and include
                   a list of the readings require.
                   2. The institution requesting transfer credit needs to examine the
                   course descriptions of the institution to which they are sending the
                   request, and identify (on the transfer request form) the course they
                   believe is the best match.
                   3. First Nations Studies/Aboriginal Studies programs might
                   consider having only some courses with the interdisciplinary title
                   (FNST, ABST), and use discipline-specific titles (Soc, Anth) where
                   content draws primarily from one discipline‘s perspective and
                   Members suggested preserving flexibility as much as possible,
                   and that transfer credit between FNST/ABST courses and
                   discipline specific courses (Soc or Anth) be considered where
                   there is 70% overlap in course material.
                   Moved that Jeannie Persoon be thanks for the excellent                 Moved Margo
                   arrangements provided for by Simon Fraser.                             Chapman-Kendall
                                                                                          Seconded by Jake
                   The Chair thanked Michael Kenny and Simon Fraser University for
                   hosting the meeting.

                                                 APPENDIX 1
                                       Articulation Reports May 2005

Camosun College – Sociology and Anthropology
(submitted by Alan Danesh)

There have been two notable developments in the current academic year at Social Sciences Department at
Camosun College: Sociologist Michiko Sakamoto-Senge retired this winter session. And the Department has
nominated anthropologist Brenda Clark to be the next Chair of the Department after Francis Adu-Febiri completes
his three-year term as Chair on June 1st after a distinguished service.

Capilano College – Anthropology
(submitted by Maureen Bracewell)

The first of our two new archaeology courses (Anth 233 - Archaeology of the Americas) was offered this past year
and will be taught again in Spring 2006; the second course (Anth 232 - Archaeology of Asia, Africa and Europe)
will be offered for the first time in Fall 2005.

We have just added two new, articulated cultural anthropology courses as well. The first (Anth 130 –
Anthropology of Religion) will be offered in Fall 2005. The second (Anth 140 – Visual Anthropology) will
probably be offered in the 2006-2007 academic year.

We have begun to offer “mixed-mode” sections (half in-class instruction, half online) of Anth 121 – Introduction
to Social Anthropology as an alternative to the traditional format.

Capilano College – Sociology
(submitted by Noga Gayle)

There are no changes to our programme in Sociology. Enrollment has been healthy for us.
Criminology has had long waiting lists - so a new Section was opened in the summer and we hired a Sociologist
to teach it.

College of New Caledonia—Anthropology and Sociology
(submitted by Patti Peach)

The College of New Caledonia is undergoing a rather disruptive and stressful period with (and from) a new
administration with „business‟ values; falling enrollments and financial cutbacks with both staff and faculty
layoffs. However, both Anthropology and Sociology maintain enrolments; in fact, with some popularity.
While there are no changes to report in our standard offerings (and no articulation concerns), we do have serious
doubts about online courses. Sociology has offered on relatively successful online course, while the single
anthropology at the College is being directed to produce two (archaeology and social anthropology) online
courses. This is a matter of some concern on intellectual property grounds, copyright issues and workload

College of the Rockies – Sociology/Anthropology
(submitted by Stevi Stephens)

[Note: Stevi is on leave this year, caring for her ailing father, and will likely extend her leave for another year.
Her courses are being taught by Marla Riehl]. No course changes at the college. The administration has added a
new dean and Univ. Studies will report to that person. Further changes to administration may be coming.

Columbia College – Sociology & Anthropology
(submitted by Ron Stuart)

College enrollment in both disciplines remains stable, with steady demand for introductory courses as electives in
the business-oriented programs that most students take. The majority now transfer to universities in B.C. and
elsewhere in Canada after completing between 30 – 45 credits at Columbia.

In the Fall of 2004, Columbia was awarded associate degree-granting status. It is anticipated that some students
will pursue this degree before transferring to university, and others will regard it as the completion of their
formal studies. Since this may necessitate a wider range of courses on the timetable, we are considering seeking
articulation and transfer credit for a number of second-year courses in both disciplines.

Coquitlam College - Anthropology and Sociology
(submitted by Keith Preston)

Despite College enrollment declining in recent semesters Anthropology (Anth 101 Introduction to Anthropology)
and Sociology (Soci 101 Introduction to Sociology and Soci 102 Canadian Society) courses continue to be
popular electives for our students who are mostly business majors.
There are no course or program changes to report on, nor do we have any articulation concerns at present.

Douglas College – Sociology/Anthropology
(submitted by Steve Mainprize, Sociology; Tim Paterson, Anthropology)

There have been no substantial changes to our discipline‟s FTE profile over the past year. We are continuing to
see a steady stream of retirements in our division. Our discipline saw the retirement of long-time sociology
instructor, Terry McCann (spring/summer, ‟04) last year and this spring/summer we will be losing Alan
McMillan, who as one of the longest serving instructors at the college will retire after 35 years of teaching
anthropology here at Douglas.

While we are saddened to lose such capable and excellent teachers in our discipline, we are also happy to
welcome Alison Thomas as our newest regular full time sociology instructor. Alison came to us from the
University of Victoria.

Over the winter classes were disrupted by the BCGEU job action that cost faculty members four days of teaching.
The administration elected to deal with this situation by canceling the Feb. 9 th all-day, college-wide PD event, in
addition to the cancellation of two „reading break‟ days (Feb. 7 th and 8th) for students. These days then became
teaching days. The college administration also added two days to the end of the semester. While this did cause
something of a muddle across the college, our area managed to complete the semester and requisite content of our

The labour front also saw Douglas College faculty vote to ratify the government-driven collective bargaining
process where we were presented with the two options. Our faculty association executive stood on the fence,
making no recommendation to the membership and thus tacitly supporting the option involving „value shifting‟.
As a consequence, the Ed. Leave fund is no more and we have 14 faculty members (and their replacements) who
had been granted Ed. Leaves in mid-Jan. by the college president. This question has yet to be resolved. Three
members of our Humanities and Social Sciences division have been affected and are currently seeking redress
through the faculty association, the president of the college, and legal counsel.

Langara College – Anthropology
(submitted by Margo Chapman Kendall)

We have had no changes in course offerings this year (no new courses). Our student numbers are down somewhat
in a few courses, reflecting the overall trend at Langara as well as at other post-secondary institutions. Stan Copp
and Tanja Hoffmann will again coordinate the Archaeology Field School in conjunction with the Katzie First
Nation. A significant change is that this summer students taking the field school will be able to earn a full
semester/15 university transfer credits. Over the past year we have had two part-time physical anthropologists
(Tiffany Rawlings and Jennifer Ramsay) and one part-time cultural anthropologist (Tad McIlwraith) picking up a
few sections.

Langara College – Sociology
(submitted by Alan Brain)

Starting last summer, Langara has been experiencing declining enrollment, and although Sociology has not been
hit as hard as some disciplines, student numbers are definitely down. Enrollment in Soc courses for Summer '04,
Fall '04, and Spring '05, was down compared to the equivalent semester twelve months prevously, in each case.
The Summer '05 numbers so far do not look like things have turned around. We have 7 sociologists teaching at the
moment (1 of them part-time) compared with 8 one year ago. A new second-year course, SOCI 2260: Sociology
of Popular Culture, is being taught for the first time this summer (by Karyn Eisler). Articulation went smoothly
with all institutions that responded to our request for transfer credit (though with a couple, things appear to be still
in the pipeline).

Malaspina University College - Anthropology
(submitted by Gay Frederick)

The Anthropology Department has added three new cultural anthropology courses to its roster of upper level
courses, Anth. 333 Kinship and Gender, Anth. 334 Ritual and Belief and Anth. 336 Visual Anthropology. As of
September 2005, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Management will be officially split into two
Faculties, Anthropology will be part of the new Faculty of Social Sciences. 2005 will also see the completion of
MUC‟s new Library Building including a much expanded Bookstore.

Malaspina University College Anthropology Department is hosting the 2005 Canadian Archaeological
Association Annual Meetings in Nanaimo May 11th to 15th. Archaeologist Imogene Lim is the conference chair
and organizer. Check out the programme on the CAA website and the Malaspina University College website.

Malaspina University-College – Sociology
(submitted by Joey Moore)

The Sociology Department has recently completed a reorganization of our course offerings and program
requirements to support our new Major in Sociology.

*        We have added SOCI 209 (Social Inequality) and this becomes a required course for all Majors and
Minors. As this course is intended as a "gateway" course that introduces some of the most important sociological
theories and concepts it may articulate as either a course in social inequality or a second-year theory course.
*        SOCI 210 (Contemporary Theory) has moved to the third-year as SOCI 312
*        SOCI 310 has been renamed "Foundations of Social Thought" and is now a requirement for Sociology
Minors as well as Majors

We can report that enrolment in Sociology Major and Minor programs has seen a solid increase this year. It is
expected that Jerry Hinbest will become a part-time regular member of the department. I am stepping down as
Chair and Dr. Linda Derksen will be taking the helm. Until further notice however I will be dealing with any
articulation questions.

North Island College – Anthropology
(submitted by Jim Anderson)

I. New Courses taught over the last year:
Ant 252 (Northwest Coast Prehistory): 1 section (PA)
Ant 253 (Seacoasts in Prehistory): 1 section (PA)
II. Trends:
          A. Drop in enrolment:
                   The numbers in every section were down over last year.
          B. Course Transfer conflicts and troubles, particularly with field schools.
III. Field School Summaries:
          Jordan: Instructor: Jim Anderson
          Last summer‟s 12 week field school in Jordan was somewhat different than previous seasons. First, the
political climate had cooled since the previous summer, when the shockwaves of the invasion of Iraq were still
spilling over into Jordan. This year we did not see a single public demonstration against America. Nevertheless,
we continued to keep a short leash on the students on their weekends off. Second, we were digging primarily an

Iron Age cemetery, which is different pedagogically, theoretically, and methodologically than excavating an
occupation site. Similar were the bland and predictable food, excruciatingly hot days, afternoon windstorms, and
incessant flies.
          Port Alberni: Instructor: Eric Forgeng
          This field school was held between May 10 and July 23, 2004 on the Somass River in Port Alberni. This
project was the first joint effort between North Island College and the Tseshaht First Nation, and was conducted
on approximately 150 hectares (375 acres) of the Tsahaheh Reserve, on the west bank of the Somass River at the
Paper Mill Dam. Three archaeological sites were recorded there in 1975, and as a result of the field school, these
have been combined into a single site measuring approximately 800 by 1,900 meters. Nine excavation units to a
maximum depth of one meter revealed deposits of historic trade beads and domestic refuse, nails and glass in the
upper levels, which overlay dense deposits of fire-cracked rock, burned bone and shell, and stone tool debris.
More than a dozen hearth features were recorded, indicating repeated seasonal occupations. The time span of
occupation probably spreads over 3,000 years, based on the presence of a stemmed projectile point and
microblades in the lower levels. Charcoal samples for radiocarbon dating were collected, and await analysis. A
total of around 750 artifacts were collected, not including the hundreds of kilograms of fire cracked rock that were
analyzed in the field. Artifact analysis and reporting is ongoing on a volunteer basis.
          Assessment for the course was based on participation (486 hours) for 20% of the grade, demonstration of
practical skills (50%), quality of field notes and forms (20%) and completion of a BC site form (10%) as a final
exam. Everybody passed, generally with excellent grades. The main point where students fell short was in the
completion of the time component, which required 40 hours a week for 12 weeks.

North Island College – Sociology
(submitted by Roger Albert)

There are no changes to our courses or programs in sociology. There is a bit of a problem with articulation
regarding our Ethnic Relations course. There is some issue as to whether it is a Native Studies or an ethnic
relations course. It might be interesting to discuss what constitutes a native studies course and an ethnic relations
course and how they might conceivably overlap.
Apart from that, all is quiet on the NIC front...except for falling enrollments, of course!

Northern Lights College - Anthropology/Sociology
(submitted by Zahra Montazer)

There have been some changes to the number of sociology and anthropology courses offered because of the
launch of a new Criminology program at NLC. Previously some sociology and anthropology courses were
required for the completion of the social work and university transfer program. The addition of criminology
program required more course offerings due to the greater demand. The college is also discussing the possibility
of offering an associate of arts degree in criminology, which means that this demand may increase in the future.

To respond to the high demand for sociology and anthropology courses, NLC hired a full time instructor to join
another full time and a number of cross-disciplinary instructors in the two fields.

During last year, NLC teleconferenced the second year courses in both Sociology and Anthropology. Previously
such courses were teleconferenced to other campuses. The use of world wide web and webct was also widely
embraced as a component to the instruction.

Northwest Community College - Anthropology and Sociology
(Submitted by Jake Muller)

Anthropology and sociology also include women's studies and criminology. We continue to offer the usual
amount of these courses. We are pleased to offer for the first time Anthropology 240: Introduction to Archeology
and Anthropology 245: Archeological Field Studies. David Archer will instruct these courses that includes a five-
week field component that will take place at the Dundas Island Group.

We continue to pursue our plans for a multi-discipline, sustainable communities program.

Selkirk College – Anthropology
(Submitted by Lori Barkley)

I missed articulation last year, so will report for 2003-2005. Anthropology continues as a one person, part-time
program. Enrollments have been dropping as a whole at the College, and this has lead to more cuts. I started
leave November 2003, and as enrollments fell the College cut 2 nd year anthropology courses in 2004-5, to be
reinstated upon my return to teaching in fall 2005. Two existing courses were redesigned for on-line delivery
through BC Campus: ANTH 100: Introduction to Anthropology (to be offered each semester starting in fall 2003),
and ANTH 210: Ethnic Relations (to be offered each winter, starting in 2004).

UBC - Sociology (submitted by Gerry Veenstra)

Sociology at UBC has seen some changes in personnel in the past year or so. Two colleagues left us a year ago for
other pastures - Christian Joppke and Nandita Sharma - and two more will be leaving in July of this year: Andre
Smith for the University of Victoria and John Torpey for the City University of New York. In addition, Graham
Johnson and Brian Elliott will be retiring in July 2006. On the recruitment side, two new colleagues start in July
2005 and one more starts in January 2006: Amy Hanser from Berkeley and Sylvia Fuller from Rutgers (both hired
through our economic sociology
competition) and Daniyal Zuberi from Harvard (from the urban sociology

The Sociology undergrad programs have changed in a small way, mainly pertaining to introductory statistics and
the number of credits required in Sociology courses at the second year level. For instance, the Sociology major in
the 2nd year now requires six credits of 200-level Sociology (formerly 3 credits of 200-level Sociology and 3
credits of STAT 203, introductory statistics) and, in 3rd year, 3 credits of introductory statistics (as taught by
Sociology in SOCI 328, the new required social stats course for the major program). Therefore students
transferring to UBC with 6 credits of introductory 100-level sociology and 6 credits of second-year sociology (but
excluding statistics, theory and methods courses, all of which are now offered at the 300-level at UBC) will be
prepared for the Sociology major program at UBC. Students who have completed second year theory, methods
and/or statistics courses at the originating institution may be able to use these credits towards their Sociology
major program on a case to case basis, but at the moment there are no guarantees toward this end.

University College of the Fraser Valley – Sociology and Anthropology
(submitted by Jean Ballard)

Our department (Social, Cultural and Media Studies) is currently reviewing its degree offerings and anticipates
some changes over the next two years. The changes being considered are as follows:
     Currently students in the combined Soc/Anth major are required to do either qualitative or quantitative
        methods at the upper level. We are considering merging our upper level qualitative and quantitative
        courses (SCMC 355 and SCMS 356) and adding a required graduating project. This is at the discussion
     We are looking at developing a minor in applied social research, which may involve developing new
        courses in advanced ethnography, social policy analysis, survey research and design, and program
        evaluation methodologies, as well as a community based senior research practicum.
     We hope to develop a minor in international and development studies, expanding our current
        international focus on Latin America. This may involve incorporating existing courses and new courses
        on Asia, Africa, Indo-Canadian Studies, globalization, community planning, and comparative societies.
        The Comparative Societies course will be a 2nd year introduction to the world system.

The two new minors are at the planning stage and we hope to move into development of the Letter of intent over
the summer. An SCMS Field Study Course may also be developed as a vehicle for student research for all three
of the above changes.

UCFV has moved to an eleven-month, tri-semester system this year. Over the last year, the largest area of growth
within the department has been in sociology enrollments, which grew by 15.4%. Overall, our department
enrollments have grown by 24% over the past 5 years, and we have seen a 22% growth in students graduating

from our programs. Our summer sections are completely full, and we are also currently offering our first study
tour to Spain. Next year will be our 7th Mexican study tour .

UVic – Sociology (Please note program changes and proposed changes)
(Submitted by Doug Baer, Chair)

First and second year course requirements for majors in Sociology:

All single-semester courses:

Soc. 100          Intro.
Soc. 202 Social Problems
Soc 211 Intro. to Soc. Research

3.0 units (2 semester courses) of university-level English or Writing courses with a GPA of 4.5 (between B- and B
or 70.0).

Change in process, effective fall 2006:

Sociology 308, History of Sociological Theory, will be renumbered Sociology 210.
This course remains a required course for Sociology majors. The Department switched the numbering from 210
to 308 a number of years ago but will now return this course to 2nd-year status.

Other possible changes:

The Department is reviewing its second year course offerings with a view towards offering more 2 nd year courses
and possibly introducing some choice so that the currently-required 211 + 202 would become 211 + {some
combination of other 2nd year courses}. Presently, 202 and 211 are the only courses offered at the 2 nd year level
(to this list, 210 is to be added; see above). Possible additions include a) social inequality, b) culture and mass
media c) an introductory-level sociology of health course. The discussion is, however, in preliminary stages

Two streams in the Sociology program at UVic:

For both Major and Honours students, there are two streams: Social Justice and Social Research. Social
Research includes a heavy quantitative methods component (2 stats courses – 3 for honours – and 1 quantitative
methods course) as well as exposure to qualitative methods. Students may complete the Social Justice program
with no exposure whatsoever to quantitative methods. The Social Justice program is far more popular than the
Social Research program (by a ratio of approximately 4:1). Social Research students are, for their part, more
successful in obtaining co-op program jobs, etc.

Math requirement for Statistics Courses:

Presently, students wishing to register in the department‟s 3 rd year 1st-level statistics course (Statistical Analysis
in Sociology) must have a first year mathematics credit or Grade 12 math. This requirement is not
uncontroversial in the Department and will likely be reviewed at length in the coming year. Over the past 2-3
years, roughly 50% of undergraduate students in the 2 nd year cohort in Sociology at UVic have indicated that
they have not completed Grade 12 math and would thus be ineligible for admission to the Social Research
program without the completion of a university-level math course.

Articulation issues for students transferring into UVic after 1 st year:

A student who has not completed the equivalent to Sociology 100 could complete this course in the fall term
(when we offer 2-3 sections), and then complete 211, 202 and 210 in the spring term (all three of these are offered
in each of fall and spring).

In general, there are no major course scheduling issues for transfers after 1st year

Articulation issues for students transferring into UVic after 2 nd year:

A student who has completed the equivalent of Sociology 100, 202 (Social Problems), 211 (Research) and 210
(classical theory) prior to arriving at UVic would be prepared to enter the Social Justice stream, subject to Math
and English requirements discussed below.
Students who have not taken equivalents for all of the 2 nd year courses but wish to enter the Social Justice
program would be affected as follows:
Missing Sociology 211: could take the course in the fall of 3 rd year, then take 374 (Qualitative Methods) and
373 (Critical Research Strategies) either in the spring (Jan-Apr) term or in 4th year (these 2 courses are offered
twice a year, once in each term). A Social Justice student can take 376, Quantitative Methods, instead of 374 if
he/she wishes. However, to do so, the student would need to wait until 4 th year since 376 is typically offered in
the fall only.
Missing Sociology 202: could take the course in the fall or spring of 3rd year. Presently, no further implications
in terms of other courses.
Missing Sociology 210: could take the course in the fall or spring of 3 rd year, as is presently the case with
students who, until fall of 2006, will register in this course as Soci 308. The contemporary theory course lists this
course as a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
Students who have not taken Grade 12 Math or a university-level math course by the time they transfer would
have some difficulties if they wished to enter the Social Research program:
To meet the prerequisite for Sociology 371A, they would need to take a u niversity-level math course. Since
371A is only offered in the fall and 371B, its follow-up, is only offered in the spring, this means that a student
would need to take the university-level math course in 3rd year and then register in 371A and 371B in fourth year.
For the Honours Social Research program, completion would be impossible: 472 (Advanced Statistical Methods)
is a requirement, and this in turn has 371B as its prerequisite. Thus, a student could complete a Social Research
Major, but not the requirements for the Honours designation.
Students who have not taken the equivalent of Sociology 211 and who wish to enter the Social Research program
would be affected by the same considerations as those who have not completed grade 12/university math, since
Sociology 211 is a pre-requisite for Sociology 371A, and the latter is only offered in the fall term.
Students who have not completed 2 university-level English or Writing courses (and obtained a 4.5 GPA in these)
may be denied permission to declare a major, but should be able to complete these courses in their 3 rd year in
order to graduate. The inability to declare a major in 3 rd year will affect admission to some courses. In 2004-
2005, no course was restricted to “ Sociology majors only” but a number of required courses had a “restricted to
Sociology majors until August 31” to give Soc. majors the first opportunity to register before others were allowed
in. The Department has, in the past, dealt with exceptional cases (individuals who intended to declare majors by
3rd year but could not due to the absence of the English requirement) with a waiver system that was worked out
on a case-by-case basis.

(See chart on next page)

 UVic – continued:

                      Year 1                Year 2                Year 3            Year 4
Social Justice        Soc 100               Soc 202               Soc 309           Soc 402
                                            Soc 211               Soc 373
                                            Soc 210               Soc 374 or 376f

Both:                 2 English or Writing courses
Social Research       Soc 100               Soc 202               Soc 376f          Soc 412s
                                            Soc 211               Soc 374
                                            Soc 210               Soc 371Af
                                                                  Soc 371Bs

 f=usually offered fall only {otherwise, usually offered in each term}
 s=usually offered spring only
 Soc 100 Intro 202 Soc. Problems 211 Intro Research 210 classical Theory (formerly 308) 309 contemp
 Theory 371A Stats I 371B Stats II
 373 Crit. Research Strategies 374 Qualitative Methods
 376 Quant. Methods
 402 Theory
 412 Soc. Explanation
 4th year requirements for Honours: 499, Honours paper (+ Soc 472, Advanced Stat. Methods, for Social
 Research only)

 Table does not list overall “total number of Soc. courses” required for degree


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