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The University of Windsor’s Sociology and Criminology MA programs have an established
reputation for critical, contemporary, and interdisciplinary scholarship and for recruiting
excellent graduate students year after year. The Sociology MA program leverages the combined
expertise and resources of the Department to develop an innovative program that attracts
graduate students to the University of Windsor from Canada and the world.
The Department’s full-time graduate faculty consists of 19 active researchers with national and
international reputations. They have exemplary records of funding and training highly qualified
graduate students. The combined network of expertise provides Sociology and Criminology MA
students with invaluable exposure to diverse faculty resources and research opportunities. The
programs are housed in state of the art research facilities in a scholarly, dynamic, and
collaborative research environment.
Through coursework and thesis research, seminars and networking experience, the programs
provide students with an opportunity to acquire academic and professional knowledge in multifaceted areas of social research.
The programs are designed to meet the clear and growing demand for highly qualified personnel.
We emphasize student training and the development of research competencies and skills
demanded of contemporary professionals. Our students are prepared for work in research settings
including community-based or market research, work in public policy, in government or nongovernmental organizations, and work in the private sector in areas relating to human resources,
equity, and community development.
Our graduates have very successful careers. They have positions within and outside academic
institutions in Canada and the world. Graduates working outside of the University have obtained
professional positions in national and international research institutes, government and policy
departments, legal research agencies, union, and, advocacy organizations. We are very pleased to
have the opportunity to help launch the professional careers of our students.
For admission to the MA programs in Sociology or Criminology, applicants must hold an
Honours degree in Sociology or Criminology or Anthropology or a related discipline from a
recognized university.
Students from related disciplines or International Students not having a sufficient background in
statistics and/or sociological or criminological theory may be required to take 02-250 (Basic
Quantitative Methods) and 48-308 (Intermediate Statistics) and/or 48-291(Theorizing Social
Life) and 48-391 (Contemporary Sociological Theory)/48-373 (Contemporary Criminological
Theory). Possession of the minimum academic requirements does not ensure acceptance.
Applicants will be assessed with respect to their academic qualifications, achievements, and
letters of recommendation. The specifics of the application process are outlined below.
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All applications must be received by February 28 for consideration for the following September
admission. There is no admission for Summer/Inter Sessions or Winter Semester.
Applications must include:
• Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, must be sent directly to the Office of
the Registrar, Graduate Studies Division;
• Letter from the applicant indicating a statement of interest or plan of study; the student must
indicate their preference for either the Thesis Program or Course Stream Option in this letter.
Students should also include their preferred type of methodology (Quantitative or Qualitative) in
this letter.
• Two academic letters of reference in a sealed envelope with the referee’s signature across the
seal (these may be sent by the applicant or under separate cover by the referees);
• A resumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV).
The Graduate Committee will review all applications. Ranking of all applicants will be based on
the Committee’s assessment of the quality of their application and the availability of graduate
faculty to advise, supervise, and provide funding/research training in conjunction with their own
research projects and the diversity of subject areas represented in the applicant pool. If you have
a 73% average or better we strongly encourage you to apply.
See the Graduate Studies Application Information page for general admission requirements and
application procedures.
Registration for each semester (Fall, Winter, Summer) is done online through either Student
Information System (SIS) or MyUWindsor. Full-time students must maintain continuous
registration or receive permission for a leave of absence.
*Students must consult with their advisor/supervisor when selecting courses or when
dropping or changing a course.*
The Graduate Web Calendars contain registration and research requirements for each program.
Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the requirements for their particular
The Graduate Web Calendar for Sociology and Criminology can be found on the graduate
studies website.
Please complete your registration as follows:
1. Contact your advisor/supervisor for counselling in order to complete course selections.
2. Log on to the University's website SIS or MyUWindsor and register.
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3. Course changes made after the last day to register via the web must be submitted for approval
using a regular Add/Drop Form which can be found in the lobby of the Registrar's office
(Chrysler Hall Tower).
All Graduate Students must register via the web with the exception of 02-48-590* (Thesis
Proposal Course which is ONLY for THESIS STUDENTS). To register in this class,
students must:
1. Obtain an add/drop form from the registrar's office which must be signed by both the student's
supervisor and the graduate chair.
2. Submit the completed form to the Registrar's Graduate Office (located inside the main
registrar's office inside and to the right).
Additional Registration Notes:
For the purposes of registration, a thesis is considered one course.
The Graduate Program Chair may review all web registrations in order to ensure correct course
See the Graduate Studies website for a comprehensive list of funding sources.
Graduate Assistantships
Students may be eligible for three (3) semesters of Graduate Assistantship funding and may be
eligible for one (1) additional semester of funding (depending on available resources).
• Financial support in the form of Graduate Assistantship is offered to suitably qualified full-time
MA students.
• Assistantships are allocated according to criteria set out in the Agreement between the
University of Windsor and Canadian Union of Public Employees, (CUPE) Local 4580.
The Department attempts to match the needs of instructors with the qualifications of students in
assigning these duties.
Graduate Assistants may be assigned to conduct one or two introductory criminology, sociology,
or anthropology tutorials or labs, and/or, to assist individual instructors with course related
All Graduate Assistants are required to attend the GA/TA Orientation Workshop held in
September. The workshop is designed to familiarize the Graduate Assistant with the general
teaching duties and regulations associated with holding an assistantship.
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After acceptance, further information can be found in the Graduate Assistant Information tab in
the resource section of the Sociology and Criminology Graduate Student CLEW site.
Research Assistantships
Research Assistantships are available from professors in the Department holding research grants.
A member of the Department has a Canada Research Chair and regularly offers fellowships and
research assistantships to qualified students pursuing work related to their research program.
Scholarships and Funding
At Windsor we are proud to offer a competitive funding program for graduate students:
Scholarships for both Canadian and International students: students entering research-based
programs with averages that meet or exceed the equivalent of a Canadian 80% may be
considered for an entrance scholarship.
International students may also be eligible for scholarship and bursary support through programs
based in or administered through their home country. We recommend that international students
investigate potential sources of support prior to making an application to graduate school, noting
that, in Ontario, tuition costs for international students are higher than those for Canadians and
Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants).
Early application is strongly encouraged to be considered for scholarship support
Important Scholarship Deadlines
Early application is strongly encouraged to ensure consideration for financial support. The
department offers scholarship workshops to assist students in writing proposals and submitting
applications. The following application deadlines will apply for students wishing to be
considered for scholarships*:
For September (Fall) admission, students must submit a complete application package by May 1
For January admission, students must submit a complete application package by September 1
For May admission, students must submit a complete application package by January 1.
*students who are deferring their acceptance must do so by the late registration day of the term
prior to the one in which they intend to start their program, in order to be considered for an
Entrance scholarship. For example, a student deferring to the Winter term must give notification
in writing to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the late registration day of the previous Fall
Registration deadline:
All graduate students (both new and in-program) who do not register by the posted late
registration deadline for each semester will forfeit their scholarship for that semester. Late
registration deadlines for each term are posted in the "Academic calendar/dates" section on
the Registrar's web-site. For question and details please contact the graduate studies office.
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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowships (SSHRC)
For doctoral students both Doctoral Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Ph.D. program are available. Doctoral Fellowships are valued at $20,000 per year, and CGS Ph.D. Program is valued at $35,000 a year for 36 months. By the time of taking up the award
students will have completed a Master’s degree, or at least one year of doctoral study.
Support for Master's students has recently become available through the Canada Graduate
Scholarship - M.A. program, and is valued at $17,500 for twelve months. It is non-renewable.
Applicants must have completed no more than 12 months at the graduate level by the expected
start date of the award. These awards are intended to develop research skills and to assist in the
training of highly qualified personnel. Candidates must demonstrate a high standard of academic
achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities.
Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Information is available
in the Office of Graduate Studies or at Deadline set by the department is usually
early November.
Canadian Institute of Health Research Scholarships (CIHR)
More information is available at
International students may apply for awards marked with an asterisk (*)
* Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
The Government of the Province of Ontario provides annually a number of postgraduate awards.
An Ontario Graduate Scholarship is awarded for one academic year, which may consist of two or
three consecutive terms. One-term awards are not granted. The value of the OGS is $5,000 per
term, thus you may receive $10,000 for two consecutive terms or $15,000 for three consecutive
terms. The purpose of these awards is to encourage excellence in graduate studies in all
disciplines. The minimum academic qualification is s four-year degree or its equivalent.
Applicants should have an 80% grade average or better in the most recent two years of study.
The awards may be held for three consecutive terms and must be held for at least two
consecutive terms. International students should note that while they are eligible to apply for
OGS support, there are a very limited number of awards allocated to international students.
Further information and application forms are available from the Office of Graduate Studies. See
Graduate Studies website for exact deadlines.
Discipline-specific or designated awards (awarded by departments or external donors) can be
found on the Graduate Studies website.
Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) which generally provides loans. Apply through
To estimate your tuition fees you can use this tuition fee calculator from the Cashier's Office:
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Note: There is no Criminology Option in the drop down box but you can select Sociology as the
fees are the same.
Always refer to the graduate calendar for current requirements.
The essential components of the Master of Arts degrees in Sociology and Criminology are course
work and a thesis. Students are expected to complete four (4) graduate courses in two (2)
consecutive semesters. In the third semester students are expected to start on their Proposal (48590). Once the Proposal is completed and defended then the student will begin work to complete
their Thesis. Course selections and course changes (including dropping a course) MUST be
made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.
The minimum passing grade in a graduate course is 70%. A student who fails to achieve a
grade of 70% in a graduate course may repeat the course one time. Scheduling considerations
may require the Graduate Committee to substitute an alternative course. If a student fails to
achieve a grade of 70% in their second attempt, or fails to achieve a grade of 70% in two
courses, a recommendation will normally be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the
student be required to withdraw from the program.
Normally, a student will take two courses in the Fall term and two courses in the Winter term.
However, if a student fails to pass a Fall term course, it is the student's responsibility to ensure
that they make up the lost course in the Winter term. Students must consult with their supervisor
regularly. If a student wishes to drop a course, they must obtain permission from the instructor
of the course AND their supervisor.
Total Courses:
Four (4) 500 level graduate courses (online registration after consultation with supervisor)
Directed Reading: Development of a Thesis Proposal (48-590) (normally taken in Winter
semester or during Inter/Summer Session and counts as a full time course). (Use Registrar's
Add/Drop form, register with Supervisor and this form requires the signature of the Graduate
Chair - must be turned in to the Registrar's Office Graduate Division)
Major Requirements:
48-500 or 48-501 (Contemporary or Classical Theory)
48-505 or 48-506 or 48-507 (Quantitative or Qualitative or Survey Research Methods) *
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Two (2) other graduate courses from 48-520, 48-521, 48-540, 48-550, 48-555, 48-561, 48-562,
48-565, 48-567, 48-568, 48-569, 48-587, (one course from another graduate program may be
substituted with advance permission of the Graduate Committee).
48-590 Directed Reading: Development of a Thesis Proposal (Usually one term)
48-797 Thesis (Usually two terms)
48-566 (Contemporary Criminological Theory)
48-505 or 48-506 or 48-507 (Quantitative or Qualitative or Survey Research Methods) *
Two (2) other graduate courses one of which must be from 48-561, 48-562, 48-565, 48-567, 48568, 48-569, the other may be 48-5XX except 48-500, 48-501, 48-505, 48-508 (one course from
another graduate program may be substituted with advance permission of the Graduate
Committee) *
48-590 Directed Reading: Development of a Thesis Proposal (Usually one term)
48-797 Thesis (Usually two terms)
Faculty Advisors may recommend particular courses to develop the skills necessary for Thesis
work. After completion of the courses, the focus shifts to the Thesis 48-797 (MA Thesis), which
is an independent research project conducted in consultation with your Thesis Supervisor and
Thesis Committee.
*Pending Senate Approval
Temporary Advisor
On entering the program, students will be assigned a Temporary Advisor. Temporary Advisors
are provided for incoming students to assist with course selection and to provide advice on
succeeding in the graduate program. Your temporary advisor does not have to be your Thesis
By the end of the second semester, students in the MA Thesis stream will be required to
declare a title and provide an abstract for their Thesis and to list the members of their
Supervisory Committee. This information must be included on a form that students obtain
from the graduate secretary. This form must be completed and turned in to the graduate
All MA Students must submit a report concerning their progress through the program by May 1st
of each year. Permission to continue to register in the program depends on a satisfactory report.
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The Thesis Committee
The Thesis Committee must consist of:
A supervisor selected from the Department's Graduate Faculty. Criminology Thesis students
must select a supervisor who teaches in the area of Criminology or who has publications and
research in the area of Criminology.
Two (2) other University of Windsor faculty members, one of whom shall belong to a program
other than the one in which the student is obtaining the degree
Additional members may be added with the approval of the Graduate Chair and the Executive
Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The majority of the members of a Thesis Committee must have graduate faculty status and the
Supervisor must have graduate faculty status. In the case of co-supervision one of the cosupervisors must have graduate faculty status.
Additional members may be added with the approval of the Graduate Committee. A form listing
the Thesis Committee members must be completed by the end of the second term and be
submitted to the Graduate Secretary for approval by the Graduate Chair and the Executive
Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The member(s) from outside the program need
not participate in the direction of research but shall contribute a judgment on its completion.
Establishing a Thesis Committee
The best way to establish a Thesis Committee is to:
Meet a variety of professors, not only those with whom you have taken classes.
Prepare a list of possible thesis topics and your theoretical orientation and methodological
Make appointments with graduate faculty members you would like to work with. Ask
them questions about their preferred thesis procedures and expected time for completion
of coursework and thesis. Ask what their expectations are of their graduate students and
consider these in relation to your own expectations. Determine their availability of the
next two years.
Discuss potential Committee Members with your Advisor. Mention faculty that you
would like to have on your Committee. Listen to the suggestions of your Advisor and
agree on one or two choices.
Approach your second reader and ask her/him if they would be interested in serving as
second reader on your committee. If they do not have time or indicate reluctance, do not
persist. Move on to the next person on your list. Follow the same procedure with your
external reader. Inform them who the other two Committee members are and what your
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study will be about. Also discuss your proposed time frame from Proposal to Thesis
Defense. Check the schedules of the other two committee members.
If you have a problem with any member, discuss your problem with your Thesis Advisor.
If you have a problem with your Thesis Advisor, try to work it out and if this proves to be
impossible, discuss the problem with the Chair of the Graduate Committee or the Head of
the Department. If you find yourself in the position where you want to change your
Thesis Advisor or the composition of your Committee, ensure that: (1) all parties are
informed in writing, and (b) approval of the Graduate Committee is obtained. Do not
assume because you like a particular professor that this person will be the best Advisor
for you, nor should you assume that a professor will want to be your Thesis Advisor
because you received a good grade in your course.
Keep in mind that faculty are not expected to advise more than four students at one time.
The Thesis Proposal
Students should register in 48-590 the same semester they are working on, or, defending their
Thesis Proposal. Credit is received for course 48-590 upon successful completion of the defense
of the proposal.
The Thesis Proposal is an outline of your Thesis project, prepared under the supervision of the
Thesis Advisor and Committee. Ask your Advisor for an outline, examples (a grant proposal
form derived from major funding agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada or the Canadian Institute for Health Research can serve as the standard format
for the proposal), and assistance.
The Thesis Proposal should be a concise document of no more than 15 double spaced
pages that discusses:
the central research topic of the Thesis
the significance of the research
the theoretical framework guiding the research
proposed research methods
a plan and schedule for the completion of the Thesis
the feasibility of the research project
any ethical issues arising from the research
The Thesis Proposal must be approved at a meeting with the Thesis Committee before the
research can proceed. The purpose of the meeting is to reach an agreement that the research is
well-designed, feasible, and appropriately grounded in the relevant literature. All MA Students
are required to comply with the ethical principles, values, and standards contained in the
Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association's Code of Ethics.
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If your proposal includes research involving human subjects it must be approved by the
University of Windsor Research Ethics Board before the research work commences. The
Research Ethics Board administers the Tri-Council Policy Statement. Please see the Research
Ethics Board's website at
The Advisor must notify the Graduate Secretary when a date and time has been set for the
Proposal defense. The student must submit one (1) copy of the Completed Thesis Proposal to the
Graduate Secretary at least ten (10) business days in advance of the Proposal date. The student
must also provide copies of the Proposal to all of their Thesis Committee members at the same
time. The Graduate Secretary then distributes a notice concerning the date, time, place, and title
of the Thesis Proposal to members of the Department, graduate students and the Graduate
Studies Office. For details about the Defense itself, ask your supervisor. Students are welcome
to attend each other's defenses.
Thesis Preparation
There are two formats for a Master's Thesis currently in use in this department. The student may
choose which format to use in consultation with their Thesis Committee. The first is a journal
article format, based on the structure of an article found in a scholarly journal such as The
Canadian Review of Sociology. The second is a more traditional Thesis structure, in which the
student produces a document of 70 - 100 double-spaced pages that provides a review of the
literature, theoretical framework, research methods, analysis, and conclusion. The Thesis should
display awareness about the theoretical, methodological and practical choices made during the
research process and the implications of the research.
You can read previous students published Theses as they are available through the Leddy Library
Thesis research and writing processes vary significantly depending on the methods used and
preferences in working style. Research may begin after the successful defense of the Thesis
Proposal. Many students find it beneficial to meet with the Advisor weekly, or bi-weekly,
because it enables them to remain focused and to work expeditiously through challenges and
issues as they arise.
Please note: students are considered full-time students while enrolled in the Master's Program
including the period of study in which they are working on their Thesis Proposal and Thesis. As
such, they are not expected to have full time employment outside of the University, or work
more than 10 hours per week at the University under a CUPE 4580 Collective Agreement
Contract (However, you can hold a fellowship/RAship at the same time as a GAship).
Once you being your research, you may want to devise a schedule with your Advisor that
establishes specific times at which your work is to be submitted. Many students find it useful to
submit work as it is completed, receiving feedback before additional work is undertaken.
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Your Committee is composed of three professors, each with their own unique insights and skills.
Keep in constant contact with all of the members so that you and your project can benefit from
their comments and considerations.
The Thesis must be prepared according to the Procedures to Follow in Preparing a Thesis or
Dissertation which is distributed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies
Master's Degree Thesis Requirement Synopsis Link’s can be found on the Graduate Studies
The Thesis must follow the style form of the Canadian Review of Sociology, outlined on the
Leddy Library Style Sheet Format for Sociology and Criminology, or another standardized
format (e.g. Canadian Journal of Sociology, APA, MLA, Chicago Guide to Preparing Electronic
Manuscripts). Check with your Advisor for selection of the appropriate format.
Thesis Defense
Students are strongly encouraged to attend other MA Defenses.
A copy of the completed Thesis must be submitted to each Thesis Committee member and to the
Graduate Secretary at least ten (10) business days before the oral defense. You must bring a copy
of the Thesis to the Administrative Officer in the Graduate Studies Office to be checked for
grammar and format well in advance of the deadline for graduation (allow 2 business days for
format checking). Students are also required to pay the costs of binding and having their Theses
microfilmed. Students can choose from two options for depositing their final Thesis: paper-only
deposit and electronic deposit. Ma Theses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Electronic Deposit
An ETD (electronic thesis or dissertation) is an electronic version of a thesis or dissertation.
Please see CLEW for more information about electronic deposits of thesis.
The essential component of the Master of Arts degree (course stream option) in Criminology or
Sociology involves course work which includes the acquisition of demonstrable research skills.
The MA course stream is intended to provide students with general knowledge of the field of
Criminology or Sociology. Students are encouraged to design their program of study to reflect
the diversity of subject areas in the Department.
Students will be assigned a faculty advisor prior to their Fall start date. Course selections and
course changes must be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. Students
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accepted directly into the candidate year will proceed towards the degree by completing a total of
seven courses and achieving at least a 70 % in all courses.
Total courses: Seven (7) 500-level graduate courses*
Major Requirements:
48-500 or 48-501 (Contemporary Sociological Theory of Classical Sociological Theory)
48-505 or 48-506 or 48-507 (Qualitative or Quantitative Research Methods) *;
Five (5) additional graduate 500-level courses from current substantive sociology and
criminology course offerings. *One (1) course may be taken outside of the Department (48-)
with prior permission from the Graduate Committee.
48-566 (Contemporary Criminological Theory);
48-505 or 48-506 or 48-507 (Qualitative or Quantitative or Survey Research Methods);
Five (5) additional 500-level courses, three (3) of which must be selected from 48-561, 48-562,
48-565, 48-567, or 48-568. (Two (2) of these courses may be selected from any 48-5XX course
offerings.) *One (1) course may be taken outside of the Department (48-) with prior permission
from the Graduate Committee
*Pending Senate Approval
Every student in the Master's program must undertake a full program of study for a minimum of
one academic year (three semesters). These semesters are consecutive (Fall/Winter/Intersession
& Summer). All students should be aware that course offerings in the Inter/Summer session are
vastly reduced and therefore it is recommended that students in the course stream option obtain
the majority of their course requirements during the Fall and Winter semesters, taking three (3)
courses in Fall and three (3) courses in Winter.
Absence from the program for a semester requires permission for a leave of absence which must
be obtained from the Graduate Committee.
Changing from thesis option to course stream option, or vice versa, requires approval of the
Graduate Committee.
The minimum passing grade in a graduate course is 70%. A student who fails to achieve a grade
of 70% in a graduate course may repeat the course one time (scheduling considerations may
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require the Graduate Committee to substitute an alternative course). If a student fails to achieve
a grade of 70% in their second attempt, or fails to achieve a grade of 70% in two courses, a
recommendation will normally be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the student be
required to withdraw from the program.
Graduate Assistantships during Inter/Summer Sessions for Course Stream Students
Please be aware that while offers of assistantships are made for three (3) semesters they are NOT
guaranteed during the Inter/Summer sessions as there are limited course offerings and positions
available. If a student completes their course requirements prior to receiving three assistantships,
they will not receive any further assistantships nor will they receive monies in the amount
equivalent to an assistantship as per the CUPE 4580 agreement (which can be found in the
Graduate Assistantship tab in CLEW).
All courses listed will not necessarily be offered in any given year.
All courses are taught as seminars.
48-500. Sociological Theory
A seminar on current and emerging trends in social theory from social constructionism to world
systems theory, including contemporary debates on impacts of globalization, modernity and
postmodernity, and the recovery of neglected voices in sociological theory.
48-501. Classical Theories and Beyond
A seminar on selected classical writings by theorists such as Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, as
well as critical extensions of their work. Attention will be paid to contributions to the sociology
of knowledge.
48-505. Quantitative Methods and Statistics
Construction and testing of regression and logit models, sampling and questionnaire
construction. Additional topics may be selected in view of the needs and interests of students.
48-506. Qualitative Methodology I
An examination of the ethics and politics of research. An emphasis will be placed on interviews
and life histories, discourse analysis, and select approaches to historical sociology. The course is
designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in various research activities and
48-507. Survey Data
Student will work in teams to develop questionnaires, gather data, and prepare them for analysis.
Extensive reading will be required on sample design, questionnaire design, and survey
administration. (2 lecture, 1 laboratory hour each week.) (Cross listed with 46-507)
48-520. Social Movements and Popular Mobilization
Seminar on the theory and research of large-scale transformations through historical and cross-
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cultural examinations of such topics as the development and impact of social movements, states
and social revolutions, and the mobilization of people around issues concerning human rights,
working conditions, racism, gender, sexuality, environment, peace, poverty, and globalization.
48-521. Social Inequality and the State
Seminar on the theory and research of structured inequality in the national and international
context. The focus will be on the role of the state in creating, sustaining and altering different
aspects of inequality in terms of resource attainment, political ideology and behaviour. Policy
related issues may include globalization, family, sexuality, multiculturalism, immigration,
employment, crime, education, health and welfare.
48-525. International Development and its Discontents
Seminar on the central theoretical and empirical issues raised in understanding the ways in which
national and global processes of socio-economic development are experienced locally.
48-540. Race and Ethnic Relations
A comparative analysis of race and ethnic relations focusing on such issues as ethnic
stratification and mobility patterns, assimilation and cultural pluralism, and policies and
legislation governing multiculturalism, employment equity and collective rights.
48-550. Family Relations and Gender Politics
An examination of historical and contemporary debates on gender politics within the context of
family formation and social change in Canada. Special attention will be given to the gender
division of labour, sexuality, economy and class, and to related social justice issues such as state
regulation of marriage, divorce, child care and procreation, reproductive engineering and rights,
and ideological power structures and practices that construct family members in particular social
and cultural contexts.
48-555. Sexualities and Social Justice
This course will investigate the relationship between sexuality, power inequalities and social
change. This may include an examination of the impact of globalization processes on sexualities,
the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities and movements, the
racialization and gendering of sexual identity (and the sexualization of racial, ethnic and gender
relations), the criminalization of sexualities, and the construction of sexual 'health'.
48-561. Crime and Exclusion
An exploration of research and theory on the conception, construction, and production of crime
and other exclusionary processes. Substantive topics may include violence, victimization and the
impact of culture, borders, inequalities, and regulatory agencies on crime and deviance.
48-562. Security and Regulation
An examination of research and theory on the regulatory agencies of criminal law and social
policy (e.g. courts, police, corrections, social service agencies), modes of regulation (e.g.
discipline, surveillance, detention) and their application (e.g. to bodies, spaces, borders and
48-565. Law and Governance
This course examines perspectives on moral regulation, the social construction of law and law as
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governance. The focus will be the analysis of various forms of law, policy and regulation.
Substantive issues to be covered may include sexuality, immigration and exclusion, labour and
economic policies, drug policies and communication, or cultural policies.
48-566. Contemporary Criminological Theory
An advanced analysis of social theories in Criminology. Various perspectives will be covered
including feminist, Marxist, cultural, postmodern, and constructionist theories.
48-567. Current Issues in Criminology
An examination of contemporary research in criminology, deviance, and/or social justice.
Students will critically engage with the results of recent research central to these areas of
48-568. Critical Perspectives on Policy Development
This course provides an in-depth study of the process of policy formation, development, and
implementation in the area of crime and criminal justice broadly defined.
48-569. Culture and Globalization
This seminar course uses cultural perspectives to explore processes of globalization. Topics may
include migration, mass mediated practices, transnational organizations, work and employment,
and human rights.
48-587. Selected Topics in Sociology
This course involves an examination of a selected topic within Sociology based on new
developments in particular areas, special faculty interests, and opportunities afforded by the
availability of visiting professors. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester.
48-590. Directed Readings: Development of the Thesis Proposal
Students will register for this course with a faculty advisor in their declared area of specialization
with the purpose of developing a thesis proposal (Available only for thesis students).
Adam, Barry D. (PhD, Toronto 1977; University Professor)
Social Movements, Social Theory, Gay and Lesbian Studies, HIV Research, Globalization and
Social Change
(519)253-3000 x 3497
[email protected]
Albanese, John (PhD, McMaster 2003; Associate Professor)
Physical Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology.
(519)253-3000 x 3973
[email protected]
Arnold, Robert (PhD, McMaster 1988; Associate Professor)
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Quantitative Methods, Family, Stratification, Program Evaluation.
(519)253-3000 x 3980
[email protected]
Basok, Tanya (PhD, York 1988; Professor)
International Migration, International Development, Ethnicity.
(519)253-3000 x 3498
[email protected]
Cheran, Rudhramoorthy (PhD, York 2001; Associate Professor)
Ethnicity, Migration, Racialization, Identity, International Development.
(519)253-3000 x 2194
[email protected]
Cradock, Gerald (PhD, University of British Columbia 2003; Associate Professor)
Family, Children, Child Abuse, Government Inquiries.
(519)253-3000 x 3981
[email protected]
Datta, Paul (PhD, 2008, Carleton, Assistant Professor)
Contemporary and classical social theory, the philosophy of social science, political sociology,
the sacred, religion and culture.
Deukmedjian, John Edward (PhD, Toronto 2003: Associate Professor)
Policing, Security, Intelligence, Conflict Governance.
(519)253-3000 x 3985
[email protected]
Drakich, Janice (PhD, York, 1982; Associate Professor, AAU Head)
Women in Education, employment equity, salary and promotion through the ranks, social
psychology, family, sexuality, and gender
(519)253-3000 x 2190
[email protected]
George, Glynis (PhD, Toronto 2000; Associate Professor)
Social Justice, International Development, Gender and Social Movements.
(519)253-3000 x 2196
[email protected]
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Ku, Jane (PhD, Toronto 2003; Associate Professor)
Newcomer Settlement, Immigrant Women, Feminist Activism.
(519)253-3000 x 2228
[email protected]
Lewis, Jacqueline (PhD, Toronto 1994; Associate Professor)
Crime, Deviance, Socio Legal Studies, Qualitative Methodology, Health & Illness.
(519)253-3000 x 2207
[email protected]
Lippert, Randy (PhD, University of British Columbia 1998; Professor)
Law and Society, Criminology, Policing and Security.
(519)253-3000 x 3495
[email protected]
Mann, Ruth (PhD, Toronto 1996; Associate Professor)
Criminology/Delinquency, Deviant Behaviour/Social Disorganization, Collective
Behaviour/Social Movements/Family.
(519)253-3000 x 2186
[email protected]
Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor (PhD, Calgary 1989; University Professor)
Sexuality and Homosexuality, Medical Sociology, Sex and Gender, Quantitative Methodology.
(519)253-3000 x 2200
[email protected]
Nakhaie, Reza (PhD, Waterloo 1986; Professor)
Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Stratification/Mobility, Political Sociology.
(519)253-3000 x 3706
[email protected]
Omorodion, Francisca Isi (PhD, Benin, Nigeria 1995; Associate Professor)
Development, African Immigrant Families, Trafficking, Women and Adolescent's Health.
(519)253-3000 x 2203
[email protected]
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Soulliere, Danielle (PhD, Wayne State 2001; Associate Professor)
Crime/Deviance, Victimology, Sex and Gender, Popular Culture.
(519)253-3000 x 2004
[email protected]
Office/Research/Study Spaces
The Leddy Library offers private study rooms for Graduate Students
Graduate Study Carrels
only for full-time graduate students
those interested must have their name put on the waiting list at the Circulation Desk
if your application is successful, a $50 key deposit is required
carrels are assigned to a student for a maximum period of two years
those assigned Study Carrels must abide by their rules and regulations
Students have access to a department lab with 25 MS Windows-based computers. SPSS, Corel
Draw, MS Office, and other software are available in the lab using the University's Novell
network. The university also maintains a student lab and classrooms at the Computer Centre that
are open approximately 20 hours each day on weekdays, and for shorter hours on weekends.
Access to email, the Internet, additional software (E.G. SPSS, SAS, IMSL), library catalogues,
and current listing services are available in both these labs through the University system which
can be accessed from off-campus for a modest fee. The University subscribes to the data
liberation initiative, making national and International databases appropriate for research on a
wide variety of issues available to students. Staff at the Leddy Library and/or at the Academic
Data Centre will happily assist in locating files of interest.
Survey Research Centre
A Survey Research and Graduate Data Analysis lab is located in 9B CHT (Chrysler Hall Tower).
This lab contains ten computers and workstations connected to the University network.
Computers are outfitted with all software and Internet capacities available at the University of
Windsor including R, SPSS, and STATA software and access to Fluid Surveys for development
of print or online surveys. Also resident on these computers are Scolari N6 for analysis of
qualitative data, Citation for bibliographing and archiving of articles, and STATA statistical
software (on some computers).
Learning Centre Lab (CHS 154)
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A small computer lab with office space is located in Chrysler Hall South Room 154. This room
may be used for individual or group interviews, for statistical computer or for quiet study. The
room is equipped with six computer workstations, a printer, six large study desks, and a small
table with chairs. Incoming graduate students may use this room to hold their office hours in for
their graduate assistantships.
Feminist Research Group
The Feminist Research Group (FRG) is a multidisciplinary group of graduate students seeking to
highlight feminist research at the University of Windsor. The FRG has organized a conference
dedicated to graduate student feminist research (broadly defined) across all disciplines (E.G.
Nursing, English, History, Psychology, Human Kinetics, Sociology, Law, Philosophy, Women's
Studies, and Visual Arts).
Becoming involved in the FRG provides an opportunity to meet new people, discuss feminist
issues, be exposed to new ideas, and develop professionally as you organize the conference. To
learn more about the FRG, please visit their website at or email
[email protected]
University Computing Centre
The University Computing Centre is located in room G01 of the CAW Centre and is open
extended hours on weekdays during the term. Its 80 computers are loaded with R, SAS, SPSS
and Statistica.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Lab
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Lab is located in Room G103 of Chrysler Hall
North and contains 30 Windows machines loaded with R and SPSS.
Graduate Student Society (GSS)
The website is:
The Graduate Students Handbook is a publication of the Graduate Student Society and is
designed to offer graduate students guidance and assistance in academic, personal, and financial
matters while they are registered at the University of Windsor. All registered graduate students
receive a copy of the Graduate Student Handbook as its publication is partially funded through
the Graduate Student Society compulsory fee structure.
The GSS administers the drug and dental plan for graduate students.
The GSS has scholarships and bursaries available. Please check their website for information.
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The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is the official representative organization of all graduate
students at the University of Windsor. Elected representatives of the Graduate Student Society
represent graduate students at different levels of the University, including the Board of
Governors, the Senate, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council, and on many of
the committees of the aforementioned bodies. The GSS representatives have full voting rights at
these meetings. Involvement in a wide range of committees and organizations enables the elected
representatives and staff of the GSS to act as a conduit of information including current events
and activities, decisions, policies, and issues for graduate students. Through its work, the GSS
actively represents and advocates for graduate students’ interests. Graduate students at the
University of Windsor are also members of Canada’s national and provincial student
organization, the Canadian Federation of Students (local 48), and are active members of the
Federation’s National and Provincial Graduate Caucuses.
From the GSS Constitution:
The purposes of the Graduate Student Society are:
To organize students on a democratic, co-operative basis for advancing students' interests, and
advancing the interests of the student' community;
To provide a common framework within which students can communicate, exchange
information, and share experiences, skills, and ideas;
To bring students together to discuss and co-operatively achieve educational, administrative, and
legislative change whenever decision-making affects students;
To facilitate co-operation among students in organizing services which supplement the learning
experience, provide for human needs, and which develop a sense of community with our peers
and with other members of society;
To articulate the desire of students to fulfill the duties and be accorded the rights of citizens in
Ontario, in Canada, and in the international community;
To achieve the goal of a system of post-secondary education which is accessible to all, which is
of high quality, and which is rationally planned; which recognizes the legitimacy of student
representation and the validity of students’ rights; and whose role in society is clearly recognized
and appreciated.
The GSS is located at 484 Sunset Avenue (upstairs - please contact the GSS for alternate
meeting location if access is a concern). Phone number is (519) 253-3000 X3915, Fax (519)
561-1401, and email is [email protected]
The International Student Society
The International Student Society (ISS) provides guidance and assistance to international
students regarding student authorization, immigration regulations, and financial matters.
About ISS
The International Student Society (I.S.S.) is a political body that aims to provide the
administration of the affairs of the International students and to lend assistance, as well as
protection of rights and interests, within our power, to international students, in academic and
other matters.
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What we do?
The I.S.S. acts as a unifying force for all international students on campus and serves as a
medium of communication between the members of the I.S.S. and the governing bodies of the
University, the UWSA or any other recognized society.
The ISS is also a member of the Windsor International, Diversity Action Committee, and the
Senate Student Committee (Senate Standing Committee).
All international students are members of International Student Society and can attend all events
organized by ISS. The I.S.S executive team on the other side, consists of members elected during
the school year for a period of one year, by international students. The executive team is in
charge of representing international students, planning and coordinating activities and events
throughout the year etc.
To get in touch with the executive team you can e-mail [email protected]
Our mailing address is:
401 Sunset Ave
International Student Centre
2nd floor of Laurier Hall
Out on Campus (OOC)
Out on Campus provides a positive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer,
Questioning, Two-Spirited, Intersex, Pansexual and Asexual individuals (or LGBTTIQQ2SPA)
and their allies on the University of Windsor campus. Those who are attending St. Clair College
are also encouraged to participate in our events!
We hope to provide further understanding and celebration of diversity on campus, specifically
relating to gender and sexuality as they are socially defined and personally experienced.
Throughout the year Out on Campus holds a variety of events, but for more information feel free
to click on our 'Events' tab. If you have an idea for an event please drop us an email
at [email protected]! We hope to see you out soon!
Out on Campus is located in Dillon Hall Room 252. Our facebook group is
Womyn's Centre
Our Mandate
Advocacy of the fundamental rights of womankind.
To educate others on issues surrounding women.
To promote and enhance the status of women
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Our Objectives
To support all women, as individuals or groups, whose needs and aspirations are consistent with
our mandate.
To advocate for an educational system free of sexual bias.
To educate our community on women's physical, economic, social and mental conditions.
To ensure accessibility to all women, especially women who face intensive discrimination.
To eliminate myths, stereotypes, and ignorance about the Womyn's Centre, thus increasing
participation and bridging gaps in the community.
Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit us in person
CAW Centre, Second Floor, Room 291
Or drop us a line
519-253-3000 ext. 4507
[email protected]
Sociology & Criminology Student Society (SCSS)
The Sociology & Criminology Student Society is a student service dedicated to integrating
full-time and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Our purpose is to offer
approachable means for educational networking, mentoring, and enhancing the student
experience in hopes of generating useful resources for all students. We offer resources for
students and are not a social club.
Our Mandate: Students helping students succeed through cooperation, collegiality, and a
cohesive network of resources.
Who we are: Student leaders who wish to help others with Sociology and Criminology. We are
graduate students with Honours degrees in Sociology & Criminology and undergraduate student
leaders with various specialties. We are active in student and faculty committees, numerous
volunteer activities both on campus and in the community, and have extensive experience with
teaching and tutoring.
Graduate students have the opportunity to mentor undergraduates, form peer connections, and
engage in discussion of their field of research. Graduate students are encouraged to lead study
groups and become involved in all aspects of the society.
Where we are: The Sociology & Anthropology Graduate Research House (348 Sunset Ave.).
[email protected]
Phone: (519) 253-3000 x2209
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Medical Services
We are your family physician's office while on campus. The clinic at Student Health Services is
a medical practice. The clinic can take care of all your health care needs providing confidential,
student-centered health care, including comprehensive medical care, counseling, and referrals.
Patients must be University of Windsor students.
Even if you opt out of the student drug plan you are still welcome to see our dedicated team
of physicians, nurses and administrative staff.
Dental Services
Campus Dental Centre provides a comprehensive treatment for all dental needs right on campus.
We have a Pharmacy located right on campus.
They accept all health plans.
Student Counseling Services
The Student Counseling Services at the University of Windsor provide free, confidential,
psychological counseling to the registered students. They provide counseling related to academic
matters, financial stress, any mental illness etc. The services are provided by Psychologists, a
Clinical Therapist, a Social Worker and graduate students.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides leadership and expertise in pedagogy,
technology, and media production to enhance teaching and learning in support of the University
of Windsor’s Strategic Plan. The CTL enhances the practice, culture, and scholarship of teaching
and learning.
The CTL facilitates an ongoing series of presentations, workshops, and learning communities
that focus on learning-centered environments, instructional practice, learning technologies,
teaching dossier development, and other issues that impact student engagement and the student
experience at the University of Windsor. The CTL also sponsors an annual, international
conference on teaching and learning, and offers a certificate in university teaching, credit
courses, and half courses.
Examples of workshops include:
Teaching and Learning Series
The Summer Series on Teaching and Learning
GA/TA Academy
Early Career Faculty Presentations
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CLEW Workshops
Extended Workshops
Teaching Dossier Academy
Instructional Skills Workshop
Technology Workshops o CLEW Workshops and Training Sessions
Clicker Technology Workshops
Courses and Programs
University Teaching Certificate
The University of Windsor is now a national leader in post-secondary education – the only
university that offers an internationally-recognized certificate program in university teaching.
Despite the fact that much of an academic’s life is devoted to teaching activities, and student
learning remains a primary goal of the university, few have the opportunity to systematically
develop their teaching abilities, build a scholarly knowledge base about teaching, reflect on how
the various elements of their teaching practices fit together, or actively cultivate a critically
informed teaching persona as disciplinary practitioners teaching from a deeply-rooted academic
perspective. The University Teaching Certificate (UTC) program is intended to provide such
The UTC Program is designed to help academics develop as scholarly teachers engaged in
evidence-based, theoretically-grounded pedagogy, course-design, mentoring and assessment –
which makes it useful to any academic in any teaching role, from full-time faculty members to
graduate assistants. The UTC Program is academic in its scholarly basis, emphasis on critical
reflection, and rigorous assessment – yet it is designed to be immediately flexible, adaptive, and
practical, encouraging academics to apply what they are presently learning to their work as
teachers. Completion of a certificate will be neither the first nor last step in anyone’s pedagogical
education, but it will provide a scholarly framework for what has been, and will be, learned
informally through experience.
Every element of the UTC Program rests on several key assumptions: that academics of all
disciplines can make use of evidence-based, research-informed teaching practices; that critical
reflection on scholarly information, in combination with cycles of practice and feedback, can
improve any teacher’s effectiveness; that all academics have the potential to become more
effective teachers; that there are many kinds of effective teaching; and that the best teachers draw
upon a store of knowledge and skills to adapt to changing circumstances.
The UTC Program was developed as an outcome-based developmental series of experiences that
is: supported by the theoretical and empirical literature regarding teaching and learning;
informed by research into certificate programs at universities in Canada, the United States, New
Zealand, Belgium, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; fully compatible with the Ontario Council
for Graduate Studies (OCGS) degree-level expectations (depth and breadth of knowledge,
research and scholarship, level and application of knowledge, professional capacity and
autonomy, level of communication skills, and awareness of limits of knowledge), and the
Canadian Association or Graduate Studies (CAGS) and Tri-Council professional skills
(communication, management, teaching and knowledge transfer, and ethics); and fully compliant
with the best practices of the international educational development profession.
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faculty of arts, humanities, & social sciences