In addition to traditional lectures and class readings, sociology students will complete hands-on individual and group assignments and have the opportunity to meet guest speakers in class, complete a mini-research project, or attend a field trip. Students can expect to use up-to-date technology and interactive online and in-class learning tools that engage students and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
C. Wright Mills’ “sociological imagination” is our ability to see the connection between our personal troubles and social structure. Sociology studies the interactions between individuals and the societies in which they live. If you are interested in how and why social constructs such as gender, race, class, ethnicity and religion influence our individual choices and social circumstances, consider an academic career in sociological study.
The Associate of Arts Degree (Sociology) is a 2-year, 60 credit, multidisciplinary program that includes arts courses with a focus on sociology (minimum 18 credits).
AC students gain from small class sizes and access to instructors with varied expertise in sociology that guarantees AC offers students a wide range of transferable sociology courses. All students have free access to private tutoring for assignments and readings through our Writing and Learning Centre.
Sociology graduates develop the critical thinking, communication, and research skills needed for future careers in social work, labour relations, human resources, market research, law, public relations, social policy research, education, health administration, and counselling.
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Joe Munsterman (MA, BA)
Joe is a graduate of the University of Washington and UBC where he studied both sociology and education.
He has diverse teaching experience in Sociology (Alexander College, UBC, Langara College, Canadian College) as well as being an award-winning instructor (student voted) in the UBC Department of Geography.
He has also helped teach graduate level courses in the Sauder School of Business and currently works in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Samantha May (PhD, MA, TESL)
Samantha’s research and teaching experience includes sociology and language revitalization as well as English as a Second Language teaching and academic writing.
After graduating from Simon Fraser University, Samantha gained first-hand experience as an international student while on the Japanese government MEXT program in Okinawa, Japan.
She completed her master’s in Linguistics and Communications and doctorate in Comparative Regional Culture and Area Studies at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, and continues her Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL)-sponsored research on language reclamation in Okinawan cultural arts.
Jillian Deri (PhD, MA, BA, Certificate in Ecology)
Dr. Jillian Deri is the author of Love’s Refraction; Jealousy and Compersion in Queer Women’s Polyamorous Relationships.
She earned her PhD in Sociology from SFU, holds a Masters in Women’s Studies, a BA in Geography, a Certificate from the Institute of Social Ecology and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (ILAC) and has been instructing Sociology and Women’s Studies for over 10 years.
She has taught at Douglas College, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia Okanagan and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. At Alexander College, she instructs the following courses: Introduction to Sociology, Canadian Society, Crime and Society, Social Theory, Popular Culture, and Social Movements & Social Change. Outside of academic, Jillian enjoys fashion design, yoga, dance and hiking.
Lindsay Simpson (MA, BA)
Lindsay holds a M.A in Anthropology from Simon Fraser University.
Her thesis, Studenthood: An ethnography of post-secondary student life, explores the distinct subjectivity of students through a variety of participant action research methods with a focus on the notion of student fragility. Using life course theory and the related concepts of tacking and vital conjunctures, Lindsay explores student navigational strategies and rethinks this demarcated period in the life course which has been traditionally perceived as a period of adolescent indecisiveness encapsulated as liminality. Lindsay’s future research aims to better understand how higher education marketing fosters an environment of student fragility that necessitates numerous institutionally sanctioned stress-relief practices.
Lindsay is currently working with Simon Fraser University and The University of Toronto on a national workforce intergration social enterprise (WISE) longitudinal evaluation project (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2017-2022). This study follows youth graduates of social enterprise-based training programs to see to what extent they can integrate into the workforce. Lindsay’s previous experience includes working with SFU’s Urban Studies Department on an employer transit subsidy study (ETSS). This project involved conducting experimental research on a worker transit subsidy program for downtown Vancouver hotel workers and included an examination of transit ridership levels, commuting patterns, and workplace performance.
Dr. Jing Zhao (PhD)
Jing received her PhD in sociology from the University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching interests include sociological theories, immigration, mobility, life course, reproduction, education, and culture. She also shares academic life with the public through settlement workshops, bilingual reading groups, and immigration forums.
The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)
The American Sociological Association
The International Sociological Association (ISA)