Gillian Stevens, PhD, MA, BA Honours

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
Email
gillian.stevens@ualberta.ca

Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
Email
gillian.stevens@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

I earned my BA and MA degrees at Carleton University in Ottawa and my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having grown up in a bilingual neighbourhood, I was interested early on in the structuring of language use and language acquisition within and between language groups.  Much of my research concerns the social and demographic processes that affect how people in multilingual families, neighbourhoods, and societies adapt to the constraints and opportunities in multilingual contexts. 


Research

I am currently investigating predictors of successful acquisition of a second language among Asian immigrants in North America.  In addition, I am also uncovering the political, social and demographic processes that encourage immigrants in North America to marry native-born Americans and Canadians.

Courses

SOC 315 - Introduction to Social Methodology

Research design, data collection, and data processing strategies used by sociologists. Topics include research values and ethics, reliability and validity, experimentation, survey research techniques, historical methods, field research, and content analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 210 or consent of instructor.


SOC 515 - Quantitative Methods in Social Research

Prerequisites: SOC 210 and 315 or equivalent. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in SOC 412 or 417. Not available for credit for students with credit in R SOC 415.


SOC 605 - Seminar in Teaching and Professional Skills


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