Spring 2016 - SA 300 E100

Canadian Social Structure (S) (4)

Class Number: 1988

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 5 – Apr 11, 2016: Tue, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • 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.


Perspectives on Canada’s social structure have radically changed.  This course will allow students to analyze in new ways Canada’s gendered social structure and young people's changing position within it. The initial review of historical approaches to class analysis will be followed by more contemporary comparative analyses of gendered class relations in postindustrial societies. Then, we will examine the socio-economic bases of social inequality, including income, wealth, poverty, occupation, and education. Thereafter, we will focus on how recent immigration from Asia brought changes in the ethnic and racial composition of the Canadian population and how stratified immigration policies have contributed to the emergence of new entrepreneurs. We also review how class and age is intertwined by focusing on youth. Its joining the of the workforce and recent labour market trends will reveal new insights into how Canada's postindustrial urban society has become structured unequally.


  • Test 1 20%
  • Test 2 20%
  • Research essay 40%
  • Participation 20%


Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
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Social Inequality in Canada: Patterns, Problems & Policies, Edward Grabb and Neil Guppy, Fifth Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009.

Registrar Notes:

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