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Sociology and Communication Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

Sociology and communication overlap in many concerns: nature, production, commodification, and politics of culture; communicative processes and social identity, class, gender, etc. This joint major is for those who share these common interests.

A minimum 2.50 CGPA is required for entry to this program. A minimum 2.25 CGPA is required for continuance in this program.

Students may complete their BA degree in either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Communication Requirements

Students complete all of

CMNS 110 - Introduction to Communication Studies (3)

An introduction to selected theories about human communication. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gary McCarron
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D104 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D105 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D106 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D107 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D108 We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D109 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D110 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D111 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
D112 Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SSCK 8669, Burnaby
OL01 Sessional
Dylan Chandler
TBD
CMNS 120W - Creativity and Communication Across Media (3)

Introduces students to the creative practice of multimodal writing and content creation for communication and media studies. Topics may include: creativity and idea generation; media literacy in digital environments; writing conventions for various platforms and genres; analytical writing and scholarly argumentation; audio-visual production for popular audiences. Writing.

CMNS 130 - Communication and Social Change (3)

An introduction to the forms, theories and institutions of communication as they relate to broader social change, with a focus on the political, economic and regulatory shifts characterizing Canadian and transnational media systems. This course is required for a major, honours or minor in communication.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Adel Farag
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D105 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D108 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D109 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D110 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D111 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
D112 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8660, Burnaby
OL01 TBD

and at least five 200 level CMNS courses, including

CMNS 201W - Empirical Communication Research Methods (4) *

An introduction to empirical research methods in diverse traditions of communication enquiry. Some methods recognize communication as everyday interactions; others analyze communication as a process; still others blend traditional scientific empiricism with analytical and critical methods derived from the arts and humanities. Topics include: ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing and operationalizing research, sampling, interviews, surveys, unobtrusive observation, content analysis, and the role of statistics in communication research. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 201 or CMNS 260 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ahmed Al-Rawi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 7651, Burnaby
D102 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 7651, Burnaby
D103 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 7651, Burnaby
D104 We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D107 Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCK 7651, Burnaby
D108 Tu 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 7651, Burnaby
D109 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
or CMNS 201 - Empirical Communication Research Methods (4) *

An introduction to empirical research methods in diverse traditions of communication enquiry. Some methods recognize communication as everyday interactions; others analyze communication as a process; still others blend traditional scientific empiricism with analytical and critical methods derived from the arts and humanities. Topics include: ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing and operationalizing research, sampling, interviews, surveys, unobtrusive observation, content analysis, and the role of statistics in communication research. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 201W or CMNS 260 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

CMNS 202 - Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research (4)

An introduction to interpretive approaches in communication inquiry. Topics include ethics, paradigms, conceptualizing the research process, documentary research, historical methods, discourse or textual analysis, ethnographic research, and performative research. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 262 may not take CMNS 202 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Taeyoung Kim
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D103 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D104 Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SSCK 7652, Burnaby
D105 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D106 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D107 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D108 Th 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D109 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby

* completion of this quantitative (Q) course satisfies part of the University's Q requirement.

Lower Division Sociology Requirements

Students complete minimum of 22 units, including all of

SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Anthropology asks fundamental questions about how people live and interact in different contexts. Engages with contemporary social life around the world, including the relations among people, ideas, and things. Provides analytical tools to help understand the role of culture and society in our lives. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Natasha Ferenczi
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D105 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D106 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D900 Cristina Moretti
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 3090, Surrey
D901 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3120, Surrey
D902 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3150, Surrey
D903 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 3120, Surrey
D904 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 3120, Surrey
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Explores how sociologists study, describe, and explain social life. Introduces the sociological perspective and applies it to fundamental social process and everyday issues. As we consider phenomena ranging from interactions among individuals to societal and global inequalities, students critically examine social issues to build their understanding of the world. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyle Willmott
Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D102 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D103 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D104 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D105 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D106 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D107 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D108 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D109 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D110 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D111 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D112 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D113 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D114 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D115 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D900 Agnes MacDonald
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 2600, Surrey
D901 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2990, Surrey
D902 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
D903 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 2990, Surrey
D904 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
D905 Mo 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SRYC 2990, Surrey
D906 Mo 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SRYC 2995, Surrey
SA 250 - Introduction to Sociological Theory (S) (4)

An account of sociological theory, outlining the main ideas and concepts of the principal schools of thought. Prerequisite: SA 150.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Evelyn Encalada Grez
TBD
SA 255 - Introduction to Social Research (SA) (4)

Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Scott
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D103 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
SA 257 - Understanding Quantitative Research in Sociology and Anthropology (SA) (4)

Takes the mystery, but not the magic, out of quantitative research in anthropology and sociology by introducing analytical skills necessary for reading, understanding, and critiquing quantitative research. Students evaluate popular coverage of social research; learn concepts related to statistical significance; conduct basic statistical analysis, including designing graphs and tables. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanna Crage
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
D102 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby

and one additional 200 division course designated (A), (S), or (SA).

Upper Division Communication Requirements

Students complete six upper division CMNS courses (minimum of 24 upper division units).

Directed study and field placement courses may not be used to meet this requirement.

Upper Division Sociology Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 20 units in upper division SA courses (five courses) which will include

SA 350 - Classical Sociological Thought (S) (4)

An examination of aspects of the work of one or more of the nineteenth or early twentieth century sociological theorists. Prerequisite: SA 250.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Agnes MacDonald
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby

and one of

SA 355 - Quantitative Methods (S) (4)

Examines the methods, concepts and statistical procedures central to quantitative sociological research. Emphasizing the meaningful application of statistical analysis to social issues, the course provides intermediate quantitative research skills. Students use statistics software to conduct applicable statistical analyses and interpret results. Prerequisite: SA 255 and SA 257. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanna Crage
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
SA 356W - Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA) (4)

An examination of qualitative field methods, including participant observation, interviewing, archival research, cross-cultural research, life histories, network analysis, mapping, and ethical problems of fieldwork. Prerequisite: SA 255. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Pamela Stern
TBD

and three upper division SA electives. All of these must be designated (S). One of these must be a 400 division course.

No more than four units of Directed Readings may be used toward completion of these requirements.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 60 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and minimum CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0 across all units attempted in each subject that is a major, a joint major, a minor, or an extended minor. FASS Departments may define specific requirements for their respective programs.

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Degree Requirements

For more information, please refer to the SFU Degree Requirements.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.