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Historical Methods in Sociology

This course will be a lot of work. However, you might also have fun, and you might also learn something about doing historical sociology. The best way to learn about historical methods in sociology is to get your hands dirty. By the end of this course, your hands will be filthy. The course will be made up of a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and active learning. You will be given opportunities to develop your historical-sociological research skills through completing a number of assignments. You will learn about different styles of historical sociology, controversies about ‘grand historical sociology’, and methodological issues and problems associated with using different kinds of historical documents for historical sociological research. You will also learn about oral history interview techniques, how to extract historical and contemporary data from the Canadian census and how to identify and make use of archival data.

SOCIOL 3W03

Historical Methods in Sociology

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

This course will be a lot of work. However, you might also have fun, and you might also learn something about doing historical sociology. The best way to learn about historical methods in sociology is to get your hands dirty. By the end of this course, your hands will be filthy. The course will be made up of a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and active learning. You will be given opportunities to develop your historical-sociological research skills through completing a number of assignments. You will learn about different styles of historical sociology, controversies about ‘grand historical sociology’, and methodological issues and problems associated with using different kinds of historical documents for historical sociological research. You will also learn about oral history interview techniques, how to extract historical and contemporary data from the Canadian census and how to identify and make use of archival data.


Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III Honours Sociology with a C.A. of at least 5.5 or registration in Level IV of an Honours Sociology program