Fall 2016 - SA 300 J100

Canadian Social Structure (S) (4)

Class Number: 3373

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Thu, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    DEBORAH Dergousoff
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



An analysis of the social institutions and structure of Canadian society. The focus of the course will vary from semester to semester, but typically it will examine different theoretical approaches to the study of Canada and, from these, develop a framework for the analysis of Canadian social institutions and class structure.


This course analyzes the structural dimensions of social inequality in Canada, paying close attention to the relationship between ethnicity, race, gender and social class and dynamics of domination, resistance and collective empowerment in Canada and beyond.  The gendered dimensions of social policy and the dynamic tension between change and progress in Canada’s relationship with its Aboriginal peoples are major themes that run through the course.  By examining the nature of social change and social progress in the intergroup dynamics of everyday life we will question dominant ways of thinking, and explore alternative ways for understanding and explaining Canadian society and politics.  Group discussions and assigned work are designed to help you develop good critical thinking skills, enhance your academic writing skills and explore creative means of academic expression.


  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Group Presentation and Participation 15%
  • Term paper 35%
  • Critical Commentaries (2 x 10% each) 20%


Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐ S10.04).  Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.    



Wayne Antony and Les Samuelson, eds. 2012. Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues, 5th ed. Halifax; Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.

Elaine Coburn, ed. 2015. More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. Black Point, NS: Fernwood Publishing.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html