R SOC - Rural Sociology

Offered By:
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Below are the courses available from the R SOC subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, class times, and textbooks.

R SOC 271 - The Politics of Food and Natural Resources View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Students will gain a sociological understanding of contemporary Canadian politics in the food and natural resources sectors. Examination of the nature of political organizations and policymaking in Canada; the particular roles played by the state, the public, and certain sectors of civil society, including social movements, industry organizations, labour unions, scientific organizations, and rural and aboriginal peoples. Contemporary case studies may include climate change and energy dependence, genetic engineering in agribusiness, the organic food products movement, mining in the circumpolar north, forestry expansion in the boreal region and cod management in the Atlantic fisheries. Not to be taken if credit received for ENCS 271 or REN R 271.


R SOC 355 - Rural Communities and Global Economies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

The historic and contemporary role of rural regions and extractive economies in the global marketplace is discussed from a macrosociological perspective. Sociological concepts are applied to the study of the structural constraints and opportunities facing social and economic systems in rural regions. Prerequisite: *30 or more of university level course work.


R SOC 365 - Sociology of Environment and Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 3-0-0)

Examines the relationship between development and environment at the local, regional, national and international levels. Critically discusses development strategies, the environmental and social forces promoting them, and the distribution of environmental and social impacts. Also examines alternative development strategies, sustainable development experiences and relevant international policy.


R SOC 375 - Public Participation and Conflict Resolution View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The anatomy of environmental and resource management conflict is examined through a lens of critical sociological theory and deliberative democracy. Focusing on contemporary case studies of conflict in energy production, forestry, conservation and protected areas management, social practices and strategies for conflict resolution are explored. Prerequisite: *54 or consent of instructor.


R SOC 400 - Special Topics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Individual study. Study of selected topic or problem requiring both written and oral reports. Prerequisite: consent of the Department Chair. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


R SOC 410 - Research Methods and Policy Applications in Applied Environmental Sociology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

Empirical applications of theory and methods used in environmental sociology, rural sociology, and natural resource sociology. Involves one or more case study projects that focus on conceptual understandings, field research methods, and policy analysis in the human dimensions of resource management. Prerequisite: R SOC 355, R SOC 365, or R SOC 450.


R SOC 416 - Collaborative and Participatory Research Methods View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Designed for students seeking knowledge and skills for applied and collaborative social science research. Draws on diverse methodological theories with emphasis on themes, issues and tools needed for engaged scholarship. Prerequisite: R SOC 365.


R SOC 443 - Resilience and Global Change View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 0-3S-0)

This course explores the links between community and environmental sustainability using the lens of social-ecological resilience. What values/beliefs, knowledge, practices and norms have contributed towards the sustainability of local resources and ecosystems? How are small social groups demonstrating resilience in the face of larger scale political, economic, cultural, and environmental change? Drawing on interdisciplinary social science literature, the course critically discusses concepts, theories and issues of resilience from around the globe. Normally offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: *60.


R SOC 450 - Environmental Sociology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

Introduction to a field in sociological inquiry that addresses how individuals and groups influence, and are influenced by, natural resources and environmental conditions. Examination of individual-level influences, such as beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as broader social-level influences at the institutional and organizational level. Focus is on providing an understanding and appreciation for the interaction between human attitudes, behaviors, and organizations with other components of the ecosystem. Prerequisite: *60 or more. An introductory Sociology course is strongly recommended.


R SOC 460 - Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 0-3S-0)

Traditional Knowledge is recognized as integral to environmental sustainability and the social and cultural well-being of indigenous peoples. The course focuses on the development of Traditional Knowledge as a field of inquiry and policy debate in Canadian society. Critical attention to the history, politics and theory behind its definition, classification and use will provide students with perspectives on its importance in addressing emergent issues of environmental change. Normally offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: *60.


R SOC 500 - Research Projects in Rural Sociology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Individual study. Investigations of a special problem involving field or library study and preparation of written reports. Prerequisite: consent of the Department Chair.


R SOC 515 - Quantitative Social Research Methods View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2)

Principles and practice of social research within environmental and natural resource sociology. Topics include survey research, evaluation research, data collection, multi-variable analysis, and report writing. Prerequisite: SOC 315 or equivalent.


R SOC 516 - Collaborative and Participatory Research Methods View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Designed for students seeking knowledge and skills for applied and collaborative social science research. Draws on diverse methodological theories with emphasis on themes, issues and tools needed for engaged scholarship. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 416. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


R SOC 543 - Resilience and Global Change View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 0-3S-0)

This course explores the links between community and environmental sustainability using the lens of social-ecological resilience. What values / beliefs, knowledge, practices and norms have contributed towards the sustainability of local resources and ecosystems? How are small social groups demonstrating resilience in the face of larger scale political, economic, cultural, and environmental change? Drawing on interdisciplinary social science literature, the course critically discusses concepts, theories and issues of resilience from around the globe. Normally offered in alternate years. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 443. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


R SOC 555 - Advances in Environmental Sociology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

In-depth examination of a select set of current theoretical and empirical areas in the sub-discipline of environmental sociology. Examines the relationships among various environmental and social problems and how such problems and undesirable conditions can be and are being addressed. Prerequisite: R SOC 450.


R SOC 558 - The Sociology of Environmental Risk: Theory and Applications View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Theoretical and empirical research on the study of environmental risk in the social sciences, and their application in various institutional areas. Divergent theoretical perspectives on risk within the social sciences, directions taken by empirical researchers in the analysis of the construction and perception of environmental risk, as well as current institutional mechanisms for risk management and social impact assessment. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.


R SOC 559 - States, Social Movements and the Environment View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Covers classic and contemporary theories of states and social movements and their application to environmental and ecological issues. Topics include the Environmental State; relationships among state and societal forces; sub-national, national, and international environmental politics; political distinctions among environmental and ecological issues; and the potential for sustainability governance. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.


R SOC 560 - Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 0-3S-0)

Traditional Knowledge is recognized as integral to environmental sustainability and the social and cultural well-being of indigenous peoples. The course focuses on the development of Traditional Knowledge as a field of inquiry and policy debate in Canadian society. Critical attention to the history, politics and theory behind its definition, classification and use will provide students with perspectives on its importance in addressing emergent issues of environmental change. Normally offered in alternate years. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 460. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


R SOC 600 - Directed Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Analysis of selected research problems and design of research projects in rural, resource, environmental and development sociology. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.


R SOC 650 - Environmental Sociology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

Introduction to a field in sociological inquiry that addresses how individuals and groups influence, and are influenced by, natural resources and environmental conditions. Examination of individual-level influences, such as beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as broader social-level influences at the institutional and organizational level. Focus is on providing an understanding and appreciation for the interaction between human attitudes, behaviors, and organizations with other components of the ecosystem. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 450


R SOC 655 - Rural Communities and Global Economies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

The historic and contemporary role of rural regions and extractive economies in the global marketplace is discussed from a macrosociological perspective. Sociological concepts are applied to the study of the structural constraints and opportunities facing social and economic systems in rural regions. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 355.


R SOC 665 - Sociology of Environment and Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 3-0-0)

Examines the relationship between development and environment at the local, regional, national and international levels. Critically discusses development strategies, the environmental and social forces promoting them, and the distribution of environmental and social impacts. Also examines alternative development strategies, sustainable development experiences and relevant international policy. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 365.


R SOC 675 - Public Participation and Conflict Resolution View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The anatomy of environmental and resource management conflict is examined through a lens of critical sociological theory and deliberative democracy. Focusing on contemporary case studies of conflict in energy production, forestry, conservation and protected areas management, social practices and strategies for conflict resolution are explored. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Not to be taken if credit received for R SOC 375.


R SOC 900B - Directed Research Project View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(VAR, UNASSIGNED)
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