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Faculty of Social Sciences McMASTER UNIVERSITY

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The Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University offers you an educational experience of the highest quality. After our students complete their studies, they enjoy considerable success whether they go to graduate school, continue their education in some other way or enter the job market. The flexibility of your first year in the Faculty of Social Sciences will help you to discover your interests by giving you the opportunity to take courses from a wide variety of disciplines. First-year courses are designed to provide an overview of each discipline and to help you to choose a major (or majors) best suited to your interests and learning style. Elective courses taken to complement your studies may be selected from other Faculties, subject to meeting prerequisites. You should also feel free to make use of the extensive academic advising offered through the Office of the Associate Dean. While some students have well-defined academic plans, others are unsure of their academic interests and may find it useful to talk to one of our academic advisors.


Inquiry As a first-year student you are encouraged to complete Inquiry 1SS3. Taught in small classes of 30 students, it provides an opportunity for students to learn how to ask good research questions, search out and evaluate evidence, develop well-reasoned conclusions and present outcomes to the class. Research has shown that students who complete Inquiry 1SS3 receive higher grades in university courses, complete their degree on time and are more likely to obtain the Dean’s Honour List standing.

Experiential Education The Faculty of Social Sciences offers an education that combines academic study with hands-on experience – we call it Experiential Education. This unique blend provides you with the opportunity to: take our tuition-free course, Social Sciences 2EL0, which

pursue a placement or practicum that allows you to

provides an introduction to career planning through

develop professional skills in the field while earning

experiential learning

academic credit

participate in the diverse learning strategies used by

test drive your career choices before graduation

our award-winning professors, including: field trips,

through our paid internships, career placements or

simulations, computer-mediated experiments and

volunteer opportunities.

academic placements within the community


Putting It All Together

After Level I you will further develop your academic

Hi-tech CEOs, university chancellors and others who know

interests. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers

the virtues of a social sciences degree have said:

three- and four-year Bachelor of Arts and four-year

‘our students develop a broad range of transferable skills

Bachelor of Social Work degrees. You can choose from one (or two) of our innovative programs: Anthropology



Neuroscience &




Religious Studies

Health Studies

Social Psychology

Labour Studies

Social Work

Political Science


that adapt easily to a changing workplace.’ These skills include: critical thinking communication skills problem-solving research and data analysis skills teamwork confidence with presentations abstract reasoning expository writing time management.


Level I Course Descriptions Note: The last digit of the course code indicates the unit value of a particular course (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units).

Anthropology 1A03

Anthropology 1Z03

Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society

The Human Species: Becoming and Being Human

An introduction to the comparative study

The study of interaction between biology

Students in Level I Social Sciences have a

of culture and society. Anthropology began

and culture based on examination of human

great deal of flexibility in their course selection

as a discipline devoted to the study of the

biological variation and evolution, past and

from within the Faculty of Social Sciences and

ways of life in “primitive� or tribal societies.

present. The course takes an anthropological

from other Faculties across the campus.

The nature of anthropology has changed

approach to investigating humans within

in the last thirty years; today, the scope of

the biological world; that is, it aims to study

anthropology extends far beyond the few

humans as biological organisms who have

remaining societies that have experienced

culture. Topics may include: human origins,

minimal cultural change. Examples are drawn

non-human primates, the concept of race,

from a broad range of societies at all levels of

disease, sex and gender. It will explore the role

social and technological complexity in order

played by culture, diet and disease in shaping

to explore some fundamental issues about

contemporary human biology and will ponder

human knowledge and behaviour.

the expanding human footprint on earth.

Anthropology 1B03

Economics 1B03

World Archaeology

Introductory Microeconomics

An overview of the long-term archaeological

Microeconomics is the study of the economic

history of humanity, with an emphasis on

behaviour of individual households, business

historical processes that include migration,

firms and the manner in which they interact

technological and stylistic change,

in the markets for goods, services and

intensification of food production, social

labour. This course pays particular attention

differentiation and political integration. The

to market structure (e.g. monopoly vs.

course will examine some of the scientific

competition) and the roles of government.

methods and theories currently implemented

The governmental roles considered include

by archaeologists in their search for answers.

those of market regulation (such as controls

Level I Program

Total = 30 units Required: 12 units (from the Faculty of Social Sciences) Electives: 18 units

for pollution and public utilities), provision of services (such as health and education) and income transfers (such as unemployment insurance and public pensions). The goals of the course are to help the student understand why we have the types of markets and the roles for government that we observe today and what would be the consequences, both good and bad, of alternative economic policies. The course makes extensive use of graphical analysis.


Economics 1BB3 Introductory Macroeconomics Macroeconomics concentrates on overall economic activity and on such aggregate measures as the unemployment rate, the inflation rate and gross domestic product. The main issue in this course is whether and how changes in government expenditure, taxation and monetary policies may affect the economy

biomedical perspective. This course will

We will also examine how the earlier activities of

focus on those issues through a critical social

the labour movement continue to have an impact

scientific perspective. Themes may include

on contemporary Canadian society.

ways of understanding health and illness, social justice and health and the politics of

Labour Studies 1C03

health care systems.

Voices of Work, Resistance and Change

Health, Aging and Society 1BB3

How is work shaped by gender, race, class and

Aging and Society

culture in a global world? How are workplace cultures of community and resistance built? Do

This course examines issues in aging from a

they transform our experience of work? In this

multidisciplinary perspective including such

course, questions will be raised about why work is

topics as: myths and stereotypes of aging, social

satisfying or not and under what conditions people

ties in later life and the aging of the Canadian

construct communities of work, at work. In order

population. It provides a deeper understanding of

to study these issues, the course will introduce

aging and the changing body, mind and self, as

students to information on where people work,

well as the meaning and experiences, challenges

the segmented structures of the labour market

Geography 1HA3

and opportunities of aging and later life.

and the changing form of employment relations

Human Geographies: Society and Culture

Inquiry 1SS3

in the short and long term. There is considerable discussion of the policy choices involving such issues as unemployment, inflation, government spending and taxes, international trade and others. The course makes extensive use of graphical analysis and simple equations.

This course provides an introduction to the theories and methods of human geography by providing an overview of the field and acts as a foundation for subsequent human geography courses. Topics covered include: culture (including language, ethnicity and religion); cities and urban society; symbolic landscapes; and environment and health. There will also be an opportunity to conduct fieldwork in the local area.

Geography 1HB3 Human Geographies: City and Economy This course provides an introduction to the theories and methods of human geography in the area of urban/economic geography. The course provides an overview of the field and acts as a foundation for subsequent courses in urban/ economic geography. Topics include: world population; environmental issues; theories of location and world urbanization trends. There will also be an opportunity to conduct fieldwork in the local area.

Health, Aging and Society 1AA3 Introduction to Health Studies Health, illness and health care are concepts that have many social, cultural, political and economic dimensions that go beyond the

Inquiry in the Social Sciences Inquiry is the art and skill of developing

towards more precarious, risky jobs.

Political Sciences 1G06 Politics and Government

understanding through the process of asking good

This course introduces students to the

questions, searching out evidence and arriving

theoretical and practical aspects of politics.

at well reasoned conclusions. In sections of only

Students will develop an understanding of

30 students, the course will help develop critical

the origins and significance of basic political

abilities in conducting an inquiry in the social

science concepts, such as democracy, citizens’

sciences. Students find these skills invaluable as

rights and responsibilities and political power,

they progress in other university work. The course

among others. The course will also introduce

is unique in that it takes the process of learning

students to contemporary political issues, such

to be crucial. It emphasizes a participatory

as controversies associated with Canadian

approach with the development of the ability to be

politics, international politics, multiculturalism or

self-directed and features small group instruction.

the justice system.

Labour Studies 1A03

Psychology 1X03

An Introduction to the Canadian Labour Movement

Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Why do some workers form unions while others don’t? Why do some advocate reforming the

This course explores the central theme that

current economic system while others have

rigorous research methods are required to

more radical political goals? How have workers

understand the broad topics of experimental

been affected by economic booms and busts,

psychology. Students will explore learning

political crises and war? This course will

and cognitive functions, higher order

explore these questions and more by examining

processes, social psychology, personality

the history of the Canadian labour movement.

and psychopathology through interactive web

Students will look at how workers, by forming

modules, class reviews, weekly small group

trade unions and political parties, have shaped

discussions and live lectures.

working life, political participation, legal employment rights and social welfare in Canada.


Psychology 1XX3

Religious Studies 1D06

Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Modern Study of the Bible

This course builds on the themes of Psychology

to the writings of the Bible, and to the study of

1X03 to understand that modern approaches

the Bible as an academic discipline. Substantial

to problems in psychology use multiple levels

portions of the Bible, in a modern English

of analysis. Students will explore how methods

translation, will be read. Attention will focus on

of neuroscience, evolution and behaviour

the circumstances in which, and the process

contribute to our understanding of sensory

by which, various parts of the Bible came to be

systems and behaviours critical to survival

written; also on how the Bible can be used to

as we interact with the environment.

illuminate the history of ancient Israel and

Religious Studies 1B06

early Christianity.

about injustice? This course introduces students to new perspectives on current issues, emphasizing the social context of what many

This course is designed to introduce students

see as personal struggles. Students examine our

sexism, heterosexism and ableism. Students will also consider the roles of social work and social workers in service provision, advocacy, organizing and policy development. The course a career in Social Work is for you.

Sociology 1A06

Religious Studies 1J03

A study of the world’s major religious and

Great Books in Asian Religions

philosophical traditions, including Hinduism,

This course introduces foundational books of

Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto,

the major religious traditions of Asia, including:

Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The course

Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism and

introduces major texts, thinkers and practices

Shinto, in their historical and cultural contexts.

An Introduction to Sociology This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of sociological inquiry. The instructor will provide an overview of the basic concepts and themes of sociological analysis. Students will explore various issues, such as deviance and crime, the world of work,

appreciation of these traditions and allows

Social Work 1A06

them to develop a deeper understanding of the

An Introduction to Social Work

academic study of religion.

to issues such as poverty, violence, racism,

can provide a basis on which to decide whether

World Religions

to increase the student’s knowledge and

world, our communities and ourselves in relation

Have you ever wondered how personal

social movements, political organizations, gender relations, race and racism, the family, and popular culture.

problems are caused or affected by society? Ever wanted to understand or do something

Typical Timetable – Term I Monday



Psychology 1X03 – Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Health, Aging and Society 1AA3



8:30 am 9:30 am

Psychology 1X03 (lecture)



10:30 am

Economics 1B03 – Introductory Microeconomics (lecture)

11:30 am

Economics 1B03 (lecture) Health, Aging and Society 1AA3 – Introduction to Health Studies (lecture)

Psychology 1X03 (lecture) Health, Aging and Society 1AA3 (lecture)

12:30 pm 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 3:30 pm

Sociology 1A06 – An Introduction to Sociology (lecture)

Sociology 1A06 (lecture)

Inquiry 1SS3 – Inquiry in the Social Sciences (lecture)


4:30 pm

Economics 1B03 (lecture) Sociology 1A06 (lecture)


Anthropology today is part of an interdisciplinary endeavour that studies four dimensions of humankind: the past of humanity, the cultures of present-day peoples, the biological component of human beings and language in a cross-cultural

Admission to Level II Students must complete the requirements of any Level I program, including at least two courses (6 units) from Level I Anthropology 1A03, 1B03, 1Z03.


perspective. It differs from other social

knowledge about biological, ecological and cultural factors that influence human behaviour

sciences in terms of its breadth (which is

theoretical approaches and practical methods for enhancing cross-cultural understanding

global), its methods and its outlook, which is

an understanding of particular cultures and ethnic groups from a global perspective

comparative, humanistic and – increasingly –

skills in social research, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork

both practical and applied. In the words

an understanding of the elements of human evolution and genetics

of Margaret Mead, a founding ancestor of

experience in writing both descriptive reports and analytical papers

cultural anthropology, "never doubt that a

the ability to analyze the root causes of social problems, and to work towards solutions with

small group of thoughtful, committed people

people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds

can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Focus of Study Our anthropology programs provide grounding in the four sub-fields of anthropology: archaeology

Did You Know... The Department of Anthropology has a state-of-the-art ancient DNA laboratory, perhaps the finest one of its kind in Canada? Our department has long term involvement in applied HIV/AIDS research in the African countries of Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi?

biological (or physical) anthropology

The Department has a new area of specialization in the Anthropology of Health?

cultural anthropology

Each summer, the department offers an archaeological field school at Dundurn Castle in


Hamilton? Students learn how to excavate an archaeological site and receive hands-on instruction in such techniques as mapping, field recording and laboratory analysis.



Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses and governments make decisions and of how they might make better decisions. Economists analyze behaviours in most areas of human activity. What is the most efficient and fair way to provide health care and education? What are the benefits and costs of free trade among countries? What are the benefits and costs of pollution control strategies?

Focus of Study Our general interest field courses, which require only introductory economics as a prerequisite, examine issues such as those associated with public expenditure and taxation policies, labour markets and environmental regulation. More advanced courses have additional prerequisites and cover such policy areas as labour problems, health care, natural resources, money and banking, finance, industrial organization, the aging society, international trade and finance and development. Economics provides an

Students must complete the requirements of any Level I program including Economics

Research projects coming from these initiatives support classroom discussions on: the advantages of using tradable pollution permits rather than pollution

1B03, 1BB3 and Math 1K03 (if Calculus and

taxes to effectively regulate the emission

Vectors 4U was not completed).

of environmental pollution

Did You Know... Members of the Department of Economics

effective ways to manage fisheries or forest resources the extent to which globalization limits

participate in several major research

independent policy making by governments

initiatives at McMaster:

in countries that engage extensively in

The Research Institute of Quantitative

international trade such as Canada

Studies in Economics and Population

how large will the pension and health

The Program for Socio-Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis The McMaster Experimental Economics Laboratory The Public Economics Research Data Laboratory The Statistics Canada Research Data Centre The Offord Centre for Child Studies?

care burden be on today’s young workers when the baby-boomers retire sensible long-run targets for the size of the Canadian government debt the pros and cons for Canada of free trade with the USA and Mexico selecting the best taxes to cut from – among the HST, income taxes and payroll taxes – in order to help reduce unemployment.

Possible Careers Recent graduates have found employment as:

excellent preparation for graduate training not

economic analysts

only in economics but also in law, business


administration, public administration, health

financial planners

administration and other areas.


Admission to Level II

economic forecasters managers (government/business) economic consultants.

Geography “The need for an education in geography – knowing where things are, why they are, and why this knowledge matters – has always been paramount in all societies. It is no different today. Both geographic knowledge and an appreciation of the value of geographic perspective are essential to help individuals and groups make sense of the changing worlds in which we live.”

William Norton, 2007

Focus of Study

Possible Careers

McMaster offers Bachelor of Arts degrees

Recent graduates have found employment as:

in Geography, Geography and Environmental Studies and Geography and Another Subject

environmental analysts assistant controllers

consultants policy analysts

(Combined Honours). Upon entry into an honours

GIS analysts

research assistants

program in Level II students are required to take two methods courses (Statistical Analysis

teachers urban planners.

Many others have gone on to graduate studies or professional programs.

and Research Methodologies in Geography).

Admission to Level II

Students will also select courses from the

Students must complete the requirements of any Level I program including six units of Level I

following themes:

Geography or Environmental Science courses.

GIS and Spatial Analysis Urban Geography

Did You Know...

Health and Population

McMaster’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences offers:

Location and Transportation Environment. Human geography examines the spatial organization of people and their activities. There are three recurrent themes in human geography: Humans and the land: the evolution of the human world with reference to people, their cultures and physical environments Regional studies: the study of regional variation in human societies Spatial analysis: the study of why phenomena are located where they are

a state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab an outstanding collection of more than 140,000 maps access to Statistics Canada Research Data Institute? Current research projects of the department’s faculty members include: environmental issues in the Hamilton area psychosocial impacts of exposure to environmental contaminants the roles of the public in health-care decision-making environmental health urban economic and regional migration modeling urban transportation energy use and emissions migration integration of disabled persons in the workplace teaching and learning in geography and environmental studies?

and the explanation of spatial patterns of

As a complement to lectures, students benefit from inquiry components in most courses,

human activity.

methods courses (including geographical information systems), and a variety of field courses and trips? Experiential education is an important component of the Geography programs.


Health, Aging and Society Programs in Health, Aging and Society focus on the significance of health and aging in institutional and cultural contexts. The perspectives of the social sciences are brought to bear on the diverse means and practices associated with health, aging and society. Students will learn methodologies associated with the approaches, debates and representations of aging and health in a variety of context (e.g., media, policy, literature). Special emphasis will be placed on the development of the students’ ability to critically analyze and interpret information. In our Honours program two fields of study are available: Gerontology and Health Studies. There is also a BA program and a minor in Health Aging and Society that combines the best of both areas of study.

Gerontology Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of aging, a fascinating and complex area of investigation that requires integration of biological, psychological, social, health and economic knowledge. Gerontology examines issues related to an aging population and explores the meaning, experiences and context of later life and growing old.

Did You Know... McMaster was the first university to offer an undergraduate Gerontology program in Canada? Health, Aging and Society 1BB3 students have the opportunity to attend tutorials led by older adults from the community? Research interests of faculty who teach Gerontology courses include: old age security policies, health economics, homecare workers and family inheritance?

Focus of Study At McMaster, Gerontology is studied from a wide variety of perspectives. We offer courses on topics such as: social aspects of aging the aging mind issues in aging families social and health policy for an aging society aging, work, retirement and pensions images of aging in literature aging and health aging body

Strengths of the Program Faculty come from diverse academic backgrounds with a wide range of research interests and expertise Provides a multi-disciplinary focus

diversity and aging

on the study of aging and in-depth

aging and mental health

knowledge on a wide range of topics

issues in long term care homes research methods in gerontology.

Admission to Level II Enrollment in Honours Gerontology is limited.

and issues in gerontology Community professionals are involved in the classroom, as placement supervisors and as thesis advisors Small class size allows for a high level

Admission is competitive and is done through

of student-faculty interaction and

an application process. To be considered,

fosters a “sense of community� among

students must complete the requirements of

students in the program

any Level I program, including Health, Aging and Society 1AA3 and 1BB3.

Experiential learning, with practical and applied components, is available in several courses


Health Studies Health Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary background in the social and cultural dimensions of health, illness and health care. Health Studies examines the contributions of Western medicine in the Canadian context, explores other ways of understanding health and illness, and examines health and health care from an international perspective.

Focus of Study The broad aims are: to introduce questions that social scientists ask in the study of health and illness to understand some of the implications of the social and cultural study of health and illness for health services and policies to help students critically analyze and interpret health-related information, debates and representations in such contexts as: the media, public policy, community activism, literature and the arts. Beyond first year, courses include: Mental Health Work and Health Environment and Health Ethical Issues Disabilities and Chronic Illness Health Economics Social Aspects of Reproductive Health

Admission to Level II Enrollment in Honours Health Studies is limited. Admission is competitive and is done through an application process. To be considered, students must complete the requirements of any Level I program, including Health, Aging and Society 1AA3 and 1BB3.

Research Research interests of faculty who teach in the program include: the impact of environmental pollutants on child health cultural representations of health and illness migration of health care workers social organization of cancer care international comparison of disability policy systems complementary therapy use and health care decision-making among people living with HIV/AIDS midwifery and maternity care how religious beliefs influence and shape illness and healing experiences how social marginalization affects

Possible Careers Health Studies provides a solid basis for informed engagement in community, cultural and political contexts concerned with health and illness. The skills that students learn will be valuable preparation for many different areas of work and study, including: health-related occupations other careers where health and health care may be of interest, such as journalism, public policy or law further professional studies such as nursing, social work or medicine graduate studies.

people’s experiences of illness rehabilitation policy.

Social Identity, Health & Illness Health, Illness and the Body Health Policy Health in Cross Cultural and International Perspectives. As a minor, Health Studies complements any four-year program.


Labour Studies Labour Studies may be of interest to you if you would like to know: how work is changing in a global economy how unions are renewing themselves the impact of corporate strategies on workers how labour markets are being transformed how the role of women in the paid and unpaid labour market is changing whether changes in the workplace are improving the quality of life at work.

Focus of Study Work is studied as one component of a

Did You Know... students are able to become involved

larger life experience that includes family life,

in research projects with faculty?

community relations, gender relations, and

The Labour Studies Online Learning

state policy. The subject is broadly defined

Centre (

to include those in paid and unpaid work,

is one such student led project.

and in traditional and non-traditional workplaces. Course materials range from medieval roots of modern labour markets to discussions of how to deal with problems created by globalization.

Admission to Level II Students must complete the requirements of any Level I program including Labour Studies 1A03 and 1C03.

research activities of the unit are housed

Honours students may complete a fourth-year field placement course where they gain practical experience in an area of interest? You might: sit at the bargaining table while GM and the Canadian Automobile Workers hammer out a deal see what happens to workers when

in the Institute on Work in a Global

a firm downsizes or introduces

Society? Projects include:

new technology

- a major study of the relationship

help implement policies aimed at

between work organization and

reducing health and safety risks.

heart disease - the impact of globalization on social cohesion amongst workers - examining the treatment of contract workers globally - how reorganization of the public sector has affected workers - a study of international campaigns

Possible Careers community outreach workers international aid work labour lawyers human resource managers union research officers public policy analysts

to improve working conditions in


less developed economies

employment equity officers

- work reorganization and work/family balance in the public sector.

labour educators A number of students have gone on to law school, completed Masters in Industrial Relations or the Masters in Work and Society, taught by Labour Studies faculty at McMaster.


Political Science Who gets what, when and how? Who rules? Where does the power lie in Canada? What drives globalization? Can it be stopped? In political science, we consider these and other questions in looking at the future of Canada and other countries around the world. We also look at issues such as justice, freedom and democracy and the relationship between individuals and governments. At the international level, students examine the cause of conflicts, the conditions for peace and the impact of regionalization and globalization on individuals and communities.

Focus of Study

Admission to Level II

The department covers all aspects of political science

Students must complete the

with particular emphasis on:

requirements of any Level I program

Canadian Politics: public policy formation, social movements, political parties, organized interests, foreign defense and economic policy Comparative Politics: theories of comparative politics, methodology of comparative analysis, knowledge of selected geographic areas and political systems, human rights, regional integration and state policies. International Relations: covering globalization, international relations theory, international organizations and international political economy. Political Theory: examines political theory and the questions and ideas that provide a basis for political action. The major areas of study include the political thought of the ancient Greeks, liberal-democratic

including Political Science 1G06.

Did You Know... Some of our faculty research includes: the impact of globalization and

practical learning: in Political Science 3N06 Research Methods, Statistics and Political Analysis, as they conduct a general social survey of the student body and analyze the data in Political Science 3S03 Local Government and Politics in Canada,


when they visit City Hall and attend a

racism and tolerance in the United States and France private non-governmental authorities in the international system (for example, private authority of the internet) restoration of the environment around the Great Lakes the political experience of refugees

political economy critique of liberal theory.

reasons for economic success of

citizen groups, business, and other actors interact in

opportunity to combine theoretical and

the reasons for anti-globalization

theory including theories of the market and the

Public Policy: studies the way in which governments,

Political Science students have the

East Asia?

Council Meeting when they attend various UN simulations held each year around North America?

Possible Careers journalists policy analysts data analysts lawyers media and communication coordinators

the development and implementation of government

political assistants

policies. Students specializing in public policy learn

public affairs managers

how to analyze government efforts to address public

human resource personnel

policy problems.

teachers civil servants


Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour is the scientific study of brain and behaviour. It covers topics from perception (how we see objects, process speed, hear music); to cognition (how we think); to emotion and social behaviour (how we feel, how we interact with others); to psychopathology (how and why does behaviour sometimes go wrong); to development and evolution (how organisms develop in various domains, the role of genetics in development, the role of environment) and how the brain develops and how experience influences its development.

Focus of Study Animal Behaviour: the use of ecological, evolutionary,

Possible Careers Graduates are well prepared to pursue postgraduate training as well as

physiological and psychophysical approaches to

careers in medicine, neuroscience, law, speech and hearing pathology, clinical

understand behaviour and cognition.

psychology, forensics, business, teaching and environmental and biomedical

Cognition & Perception: Cognitive psychologists study

research. The types of entry-level jobs for which graduates are typically

how people mentally represent their experience and

prepared include those that use writing, analytical, people and research skills.

then use these representations to operate effectively.

Admission to Level II

Perception research seeks to understand how natural and artificial stimuli interact with our sensory systems. Developmental Psychology: is concerned with factors that affect physical, perceptual, cognitive, emotional and social development across the lifespan. The relative contributions of innate and experiential factors in development are studied. Evolution & Social Behaviour: Evolutionary psychology is where the study of social cognition, development and behaviour is integrated with the study of animal behaviour, physiology and the evolution of behaviour. Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience: The

Enrolment in the Honours BA program is limited. Students must complete any Level I program including Psychology 1X03, 1XX3 with a grade of B- in each and credit in Biology and Calculus. For the BA program, students must complete any Level I program including Psychology 1X03 with a grade of C- and Calculus must be completed by the end of Level II.

Did You Know... The 90,000 square foot Psychology Building provides state-of-the-art human and animal research facilities, including: an optical imaging laboratory, a transgenic procedure suite, neurochemistry suites, a computer lab, advanced eye-tracking and virtual reality systems, equipment for transcranial magnetic stimulation and the largest number of

question of how the brain works is a major focus of

electroencephalography (EEG) systems in one department in Canada?

this research area. Sensation, perception, learning,

The Music Cognition Specialization is a new multidisciplinary program

memory, reasoning, emotion and all other aspects of

which brings together science and the arts in a unique and innovative way;

brain functioning depend on cellular communication

studying questions about: the neural processing of music, the performance

within the nervous system.

and perception of music, how music induces emotional reactions and how musical experience and training affect brain development?


Religious Studies

All known civilizations, cultures and nations have been deeply affected by religion.

Religions have variously shaped peoples’ ideas of what is real and important about themselves and the world; created institutions such as temples, schools, synagogues and churches; produced literature in which they have recalled their history, instructed their followers and poured out their devotion; organized rites and rituals for the ordering of both the continuities and the changes of individual and communal life; crowned kings and queens and inspired revolutions. The study of religion, then, is one of the most comprehensive ways of understanding humankind and human visions of reality.

Possible Careers

Admission to Level II

The usefulness of a religious study degree is

Completion of any Level I program including

not limited to those who seek employment in

six units of Religious Studies courses.

religious organizations and may include: community workers

Did You Know...


Faculty in Religious Studies at McMaster


are engaged in research on:

religious educators

anthropology of pilgrimage, focusing on

public relations officers

an unofficial Catholic pilgrimage shrine

civil servants.

in Brittany

Focus of Study McMaster specializes in: Asian religions: both religious traditions

technology and ethics Buddhism, alcohol and tea in Medieval China new Jewish healing groups

and the religion and culture of the

Japanese religions

geographic area

Buddhist monastic law

Biblical studies: the Jewish and Christian Bible, scriptural themes, the history of early Judaism or Christianity Contemporary and comparative religions: cross-cultural study of

the emerging dialogue between theology and the new physics and biology the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls new approaches to Jewish-Christian relations in late antiquity?

religious phenomena including cults in North America; health, healing and religion; death and dying Western religious thought: Christian thought of all periods and the encounter of religious thought (both Christian and Jewish) with the science and secularism of the modern world.


Social Psychology

Students examine various aspects of social psychology from a multidisciplinary perspective to gain an understanding of how individuals behave, how small groups and communities interact and how societies develop practices and priorities.

Focus of Study Students will learn how to locate themselves in the complex fabrics of their cultures, their geographies and their power relationships. Students who are interested in many social science perspectives on how people develop over the lifespan and how they behave both individually and socially in different environments and circumstances should consider this program.

Admission to Level II

Did You Know...

Enrolment in this Honours program is limited.

Some of our faculty research includes:

Students must complete any Level I program

child and adult development

including Pscychology 1X03 and Sociology

human sexuality

1A06 with a grade of B- in each and credit in

intergroup relations

at least nine units of other Social Sciences

ethnopolitical conflict

courses from the following list:

relationship between psychology

Anthropology 1A03, 1B03, 1Z03 Economics 1B03, 1BB3

community versus individuality

Geography 1HA3, 1HB3

the social and personal impact of,

Health, Aging and Society 1AA3, 1BB3 Inquiry 1SS3 Labour Studies 1A03, 1C03 Political Science 1G06 Psychology 1XX3 Religious Studies 1B06, 1D06, 1J03 Social Work 1A06

Possible Careers

and response to, economic crises? Social Psychology students have the opportunity to combine theoretical and practical learning: in Social Sciences 3ZZ3 (Complex Problems From a Multidisciplinary Social Psychology Perspective), as they examine social problems from a multidisciplinary social psychology perspective

behaviour analyst

in Social Sciences 4ZZ6 (Integrative

career counsellor

Studies in Social Psychology), when

health care coordinator

they get to participate in a seminar,

human resources specialist

an experiential education opportunity,

marketing research

an internship, a group thesis, or some

parole officer

combination of experiences which result


in a capstone learning opportunity?

volunteer services


and sociology

Social Work

Have you ever wondered how personal problems are caused or affected by society? Ever wanted to understand and do something about injustice? Social Work might be for you. Social Work emphasizes the social context of what many see as personal problems. Social workers use their skills and knowledge to facilitate change with and for people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives and who struggle with the impact of injustice and oppression. As social workers, we see personal troubles as inextricably linked to oppressive structures. We believe that social workers must be actively involved in the understanding and transformation of injustices in social institutions and in the struggles of people to maximize control over their own lives.

Focus of Study Our program prepares graduates for the general practice of social work by developing: how to analyze personal, community, family and societal problems – including how social work and social welfare institutions affect and respond to these problems practical skills such as interviewing, counselling, community development, social action and advocacy

Admission to Level II

Experiential Education

Social Work offers two limited enrolment

You will have two field placements during

programs, a combined BA/BSW and a BSW

your degree. Working in a community

(for students who already have a degree).

organization you will:

The BA/BSW program requires: completion of the requirements of any Level I program with a minimum average of 67% one of: Sociology 1A06 or Social Work 1A06 six additional units from: Social Sciences I courses, Indigenous Studies 1A03, 1AA3, Women Studies 1A03, 1AA3 submission of an application form to the School of Social Work by March 1st of the year you plan to start the program, and

gain real-life experience working with service users and community groups apply skills and knowledge acquired in academic courses understand how social organizations and networks work collaborate with other professionals and learn social work values and ethics learn from and be supervised by a practicing social worker.

completion of the Social Work Admissions

Possible Careers

Test (S.W.A.T.)

Social workers work with and for all kinds of

Aboriginal applicants may request an alternative admission process.

people – people living in poverty, people who are ill, living with disabilities, experiencing

For detailed instructions on applying and

mental health difficulties or addictions, those

dates for the S.W.A.T. go to our website

in conflict with the law, people who are


young or old, refugees, new immigrants and Indigenous people. Social workers make vital contributions to the community by working as: counsellors and advocates community organizers administrators social planners, researchers and policy analysts.


Sociology Sociology is the study of individuals, groups, patterned behaviours, and social institutions such as the family, education, health and health care, the criminal justice system, media, paid and unpaid work, and politics.

At the core of sociology is a concern with various types of social inequality and movements for social change. Sociologists study a wide range of issues in a way that helps to explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.

Focus of Study The Sociology Department at McMaster offers expertise in six core areas: Social Inequalities, which examines inequalities based on race, gender and class Individual and Society, which examines how individuals are shaped by social processes Work, Occupations and Organizations, which explores organizations, paid employment, domestic work and labour unions Comparative Sociology, in which institutions are compared across cultures and history Sociological Theory, which provides the conceptual tools for analyzing social life Sociological Methods, which provides the methodological tools for analysis.

Admission to Level II

Did You Know...

Students must complete the requirements of

Sociology faculty excel in both teaching and

any Level I program including Sociology 1A06.

research? Our faculty are currently involved

Possible Careers

in the following research projects: community attitudes toward adoption

advertising consultants

anti-sweatshop campaigns

business consultants

Hasidic communities in Canada

career counselors

aboriginal/non-aboriginal relations

health care coordinators

the Ukrainian Diaspora

human resource specialists

struggles around worker health and

job analysts

safety in Ontario

labour researchers

women, restructured work and unions

media consultants

the transition from school to employment

parole officers

and changing forms of competition

police officers/administrators

among students


sociology of the internet/cyberspace

social workers

the popularization of the idea of

statisticians systems analysts teachers

“globalization� HIV/AIDS and alternative approaches to health care social construction of geological science male cosmetic surgery family inheritance men’s filial care-giving hockey violence recruitment of foreign-trained professionals.


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Regular Campus Tours Campus tours take about 1½ hours and are conducted by McMaster students. The entire campus is covered in the tour including a visit to at least one residence building. Please note: advanced notice of two to three working days is required tours are available Monday to Friday, from October 4 to December 7, 2010 and January 10 to April 5, 2011 tour times are 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. campus tours may be scheduled on some Saturdays with at least one week’s advance notice campus tours are also available throughout the summer, from mid-May to the beginning of August

You can meet students, staff and faculty, all who help define the distinct personality of

A visit is the best way to learn more about a university and get a feel for the campus.

the University. McMaster offers many opportunities to do this, from simply spending a couple of hours touring the campus to staying for a whole day and attending scheduled activities during one of our special visit days. Please contact us in advance to book your campus visit. This will ensure that we have time to make the necessary arrangements for

Virtual Tour ( Unable to visit McMaster in person? Explore our picturesque

you. When you register for your visit you will receive details about start times, location, where to park, etc. Remember parents and friends are always welcome to join you!

campus via one of our online tours. You can take a Guided Tour that follows the same route as an in-person walking tour, create a personalized tour or simply explore major campus hotspots. We also offer a basic version for users

To register for a campus tour, contact the Student Recruitment &

Tour Portal

Admissions Office:

will be provided for registered

phone 905-525-9140 ext. 23650 fax 905-524-3550

with a slower internet connection or older computer.

Complimentary parking passes


Special Visit Events

campus tour visitors upon

Fall Preview

March Break


arrival. Please refer to your

October 30, 2010

Monday, March 14 –

Saturday, May 7, 2011

visit display areas and talk

Friday, March 18, 2011

University-wide Open House event

with reps from academic,

regular campus tours

applicants will be sent information

tour booking confirmation e-mail for further details. It is best to enter the campus via the Sterling Street entrance (Central Campus). Directions can be found online at: welcome/findus.cfm

service areas and student groups in a relaxed and informal Roam Around Session tour the campus

faculty-specific activities available be sure to register in advance as group sizes are limited

in the Spring includes campus bus tours, special facility tours, sample lectures and lab demonstrations, opportunities to speak with professors, staff and students

Still have questions?

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