Sociology and Social Anthropology
Location: 6135 University Ave.
Halifax, NS B3H 4P9
Telephone: (902) 494-6593
Fax: (902) 494-2897
Chairperson of Department
Gardiner Barber, P.
Barkow, J.H., AB (Brooklyn), AM, PhD (Chicago). Psychological Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Evolutionary Psychology; West Africa; Human Nature
Binkley, M., BA, MA, PhD (Toronto). Maritime Anthropology; Coastal communities; Anthropology of Tourism; Women and Work; Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
Butler, P.M., BA (MUN), MA (UNB), PhD (Toronto). Power; Public Opinion; Politics; Quantitative Methods; Public Opinion Polling; Canadian Society; Occupations; Telework
Clairmont, D.H., BA, MA (McMaster), PhD (Wash). Social Problems; Public Policy; Justice; Work; Ethno-cultural Relations
Thiessen, V., BA (Man), MA, PhD (Wis). Family Sociology; Sociology of Occupation; Youth Transitions; Social Psychology; Survey Research; Social Statistics; Education; Aspirations; School-to-Work; Coastal communities; Social Stratification
Apostle, R., BA (Simon Fraser), MA, PhD (Calif, Berkeley). Economic Sociology; Research Methodologies; Sociology of Culture
Gardiner Barber, P., BA, MA (Auckland), PhD (Toronto). Culture and Political Economy; Development; Gender and Work; Globalization; Philippines; Transnationalism; Citizenship and Migration
Murphy, C.J., BA (StFX), MA (Dal), PhD (Toronto). Social Policy Research, Globalization, Policing and Security
DuBois, L. BA (McGill), MA, PhD (New School-NY). History and Anthropology; Political Culture; Argentina; Latin America; Human Rights
Fitting, E., BA (U of Toronto), MA, PhD (New School). Rural development; Mexico; gender and ethnicity; commodity studies and globalization; agricultural biotechnology
Helland, C., BA, MA (Concordia), PhD (Toronto). Sociology of Religion, Communication and Information Technologies, Social Networks
Noble, B., BA, MA, PhD (Alberta). Indigenous peoples, knowledge production, postcolonial relations, translocality, politics of transaction, anthropology of technoscience, public culture, museums and media
Oakley, R., BA (Hons) (SMU), MA, PhD (Toronto). Aging and the life course; Political economy of health and illness; development critique; South Africa
Ramos, H., BA (York), PhD (McGill). Political Sociology, Social Movements, Media Studies, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations
Whelan, E., BA (Hons) (Winnipeg), MA (Queen’s), PhD (Carleton). Sociology of knowledge; Sociology of Health and Illness; Gender; Science & Technology Studies
Gambold, L., BA (U. of Illinois), MA, PhD (UCLA). Economic Anthropology; Kinship; Development; Rural Culture; Gender; Postsocialist Societies; Russia
Guy, J.S., BA, MA (Laval), PhD (UQAM). Classical and contemporary social theory; Theories of modernity; System theory and globalization.
Hetherington, K., BA (Concordia), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (University of California, Davis). Environmental anthropology; latin america; agrarian change; rural politics; social movements and the state; bureaucracy, expertise and regulation; politics of knowledge
Martin, F., BA (Queens), MA, PhD (Melbourne). The Sociology of Addictions; The Sociology of Body and Emotions; Feminist Theory and the Sociology of Motherhood; Bioethics and Public Health; Forms and experiences of inequality inadvanced capitalist societies
Park, M., BA (Toronto), MA (York), PhD (London School of Economics). Political Sociology, sociology of work, social movements, globalization, Asia
Radice, M., BA (U of Sussex), MA (U Laval), PhD (INRS-UCS). Urban anthropology; anthropology of space and place; immigration, ethnicity and interethnic relations; theories of cosmopolitanism; Quebec; Canada
Yoshida, Y., BA in Internationl Relations Studies (Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan), MA, PhD in Sociology (McGill). Social statistics; Inequality in the Canadian Labour market; Race and ethnic relations; Immigration and integration; Inequality in healthcare access
Asbridge, M., BA, MA, PhD (Toronto)
Began, B., BA (Dal), PhD (UBC). Major appointment in the School of Occupational Therapy. Social Inequality; Health and Illness; Gender & Health; Racism & Health; Health Professions
Graham, J., BA Hons (Waterloo), MA (Victoria), PhD (Montreal), Major appointment in the Department of Bioethics. Medical Anthropology; Science Studies; International harmonization of standards & regulations
Waldron, I., BA (McGill), MA (London), PhD (Toronto)
Cohen, F., BA, MEd (Harvard), PhD (Minn)
Davis, A., BA (SMU), MA (Manitoba), PhD (Toronto)
Flint, J., BA (Vermont), MA (Memorial), PhD (Dalhousie)
Gamberg, H.V., BA (Brandeis), MA, PhD (Princeton)
Khasnabish, A., BA, MA, PhD (McMaster)
Looker, D., BA (Carleton), MA (Waterloo), PhD (McMaster)
Morgan, J.G., BA (Nott), MA (McMaster), D Phil (Oxon)
Phyne, J., BA (Memorial), MA, PhD (McMaster)
Raymond, B., MA, MLS (Univ. Of California - Berkeley), MA (Manitoba), PhD (Chicago)
Thomson, A., BA, BEd, MA (Dal), PhD (Cambridge)
I. Admission Requirements
The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology offers programs leading to the M.A. in Sociology, the M.A. in Social Anthropology, the PhD in Sociology, and Social Anthropology.
All candidates who are applying to the M.A. program in Sociology or Social Anthropology must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Candidates will normally be expected to hold a four-year degree in Sociology or Social Anthropology with at least an upper second class (A-) standing. It is expected that a candidate's undergraduate work will have included classes in theory and methods appropriate to the particular discipline. Promising applicants who fail to meet these requirements may be admitted to a qualifying year which, if successfully completed, would permit subsequent enrollment in the MA program.
All candidates who are applying for the PhD in Sociology or Social Anthropology must hold an M.A. in Sociology, Anthropology or its equivalent. Applicants must have a graduate academic record of at least A-. Priority for acceptance to the PhD program will be given to students whose areas of interest coincide with the Department's major areas of concentration. Priority in acceptance will also be given to students who have not acquired both a B.A. and M.A. from Dalhousie University, however, all applicants will be considered.
The internal deadline to apply to our program is January 15th. We admit once a year in September. The January 15th deadline is imperative if you expect to be considered for scholarships.
II. Degree Programs
A. Master of Arts (MA)
A full-time MA program is normally of one year's duration, its upper time limit (in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations) being four years. A part-time option is also available, its upper time limit (once again, in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations) being four years.
The normal program is made up of five full credits. A thesis (SOSA 9000.00, SOSA 9001.00), worth two credits, is required as are the following classes: Graduate Seminar (SOSA 5200.06) and Area Examination (SOSA 5300.06). An elective class (or two one-half credit classes) approved by the Graduate Education Committee constitute the final credit
An examination in the student's chosen area of specialization as well as defense of a thesis proposal are required
B. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
In accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, the program has a two-year residency requirement. It is expected that the program will take approximately four years to complete.
The student will also complete any additional graduate classes, internal or external to the Department, that the student's Advisory Committee deems necessary.
By the end of the second academic year the student must have written three interrelated comprehensive exams in theory, in methods and in a substantive area. The student is required to pass all three comprehensive exams in order to continue in the PhD program. During this year, or the following, the student is required to make a presentation to a departmental colloquium on a topic that normally will be related to the research proposal. The latter must also be completed and approved by the Advisory Committee by the end of the second year.
For the third (and any subsequent) years the student will register for “thesis only” credit. By the end of the third year, the student must demonstrate a working knowledge of a language other than English which is relevant to the student's studies and research. If a student does not have an approved doctoral thesis proposal within three calendar years after acceptance into the program, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program. In accordance with Faculty regulations, an oral defense of the thesis is required.
III. Class Descriptions
Classes may not be offered every year. Please consult the current timetable upon registration to determine if these classes are offered.
SOSA 5001.03: Quantitative Analysis for the Social Sciences I.
SOSA 5002.03: Quantitative Analysis for the Social Sciences II.
SOSA 5003.03: Contemporary Perspectives in Ethnography.
SOSA 5004.03: Advanced Issues in Economy, Work and Development.
SOSA 5005.03: Advanced Issues in Social Justice and Inequality.
SOSA 5006.03: Advanced Issues in Critical Health Studies.
SOSA 5007.03: Tourism and Development.
SOSA 5011.03: Advanced Issues in Social Theory.
SOSA 5012.03: Special Topics in Sociology and Social Anthropology.
SOSA 5031.03: Social Policy Research Seminar.
SOSA 5060.03: Advanced Social Analysis.
SOSA 5072.03: Naturalistic Approaches to the Social Sciences.
SOSA 5200.06: Master's Seminar in Sociology and Social Anthropology.
SOSA 5300.06: Area Examination.
SOSA 5510.03: Graduate Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology.
SOSA 5520.03: Graduate Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology.
SOSA 5530.06: International Development Studies Through the Shastri Summer Institute in India.
SOSA 5540.03: Community-Based Co-Management.
SOSA 5600.03: PhD Seminar in Sociology and Social Anthropology.
SOSA 9000.00: MA Thesis - SOCI.
SOSA 9001.00: MA Thesis - SOAN.