Public Sociology (full year course)

This course is not offered for study in the current academic year.

Course description

This is a seminar and action research course. As such, seminars will focus in the first semester on learning about the definitions, debates and challenges of public sociology, the methods and forms of sociologists’ civic engagement, and how “impact” is understood and measured. The second semester will focus on examples will be drawn from around the world on a range of social issues locally, regionally and globally. In addition, the course will entail a civic engagement project, and progress will be monitored during seminars. The action research will be spread over the two semesters.

For those students enrolling in the capstone course (semester 1), they may consider enrolling in this course, and work on one year long project for which they would have to complete the requirements for the capstone (project results at that point, presentation, etc.), and carry on in second semester at which time they would complete the project.

Along with learning what it means to do public sociology, students will have the opportunity to gain research and work skills as they get ready for the job market.

Do you want to gain research and training experience in the field?
Do you want to develop links with a potential employer?

Full-year course –

Students must enroll at the start of the first semester, attend bi-weekly seminars, and submit a research essay/report of at least 6,000 words at the end of the academic year.


Preferably students taking 48 or more credits on senior level courses in Sociology are eligible to enroll on this course.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Understand the meaning, significance and challenges of “public sociology” in relation to furthering social justice and equality.
  2. Understand how the professional sociologist can have an “impact” through research, education and other mediums of civic engagement.
  3. Apply proper methodological knowledge to a public sociology activity (research or other forms);
  4. Develop critical thinking, analytical ability, creativity in analysing the data and writing up the project;
  5. Present and disseminate the results of research or other forms.
  6. Facilitate personal growth by engaging in public sociology

Course co-ordinator and teachers