Reviews for course code SOC (Sociology)

SOC 100: Introductory Sociology (2015)

Difficulty: 1/5

Review: This course is an absolute breeze and a pleasure to take. The course touches on many interesting societal concepts and issues, and is not meant to overwhelm you, but simply introduce you. The course also teaches quite a large amount of material that is tested on the MCAT. This is a highly recommended Arts option.

Soc 225: Criminology (2017)

Difficulty: 2/5

Coursework: 2 Midterms & Final (33% each)

Instructor: Marta-Marika Urbanik

Textbook: Required

Review: Criminology is a fairly interesting arts option, however, keep in mind that while you get to hear some crazy stories of past crimes, most of the course consists of memorizing theories. Marta was a great prof, who, in her late 20’s just wanted to be treated like a fellow student (she kept telling us to stop posting stories of her on Chitter). For her thesis, she shadowed a gang in Toronto and has many interesting stories as a result. Marta makes an effort to bring in as many guest speakers as possible ranging from cops who’ve worked undercover to diagnosed schizophrenics to former prostitutes – which definitely shakes up the class material. The tests are fair, though the questions definitely need to be read very carefully. Also note that you have to actually read the textbook as up to a third of the questions will be from the textbook. Overall, I’d say the actual classes were more fun than the testable material, but criminology is definitely a decent and enjoyable arts option.

SOC 242 – Biologically Coordinated Social Psychology (2016)

Difficulty: 1/5

Course work: Midterm (30%); Final (35%); Diary (35%; kept throughout whole semester)

Instructor: Dr. Leslie Hayduk

Review: This course is like a mix of biology, sociology, and philosophy all rolled into one. Dr. Hayduk is clearly passionate about social psychology, and truly wants all students in his class to succeed. For a neuroscience student, this course is very easy – it doesn’t require massive amounts of memorization, just understanding of course material, and the ability to draw connections between various concepts. The ‘Diary Project’, where you critically analyze a personally chosen social psychology research paper after every class via diary entries, is very different from anything that neuroscience students are used to. However, it allows you to dissect a research paper at your leisure throughout the semester, learn how to form an educated opinion about it, and it’s also a nice break as you’re essentially producing material instead of consuming and studying material.