Almost all material acquired is in the English language.
To provide the materials necessary to support the undergraduate and graduate course instruction program, the graduate thesis research program and the research activities of the Faculty.
Material is acquired primarily from the United States, Canada and Great Britain, followed by some core material on Latin America.

The material acquired is currently produced (except for some o.p. classic works). Much retrospective buying of reprinted material is done, and attempts are made to acquire this in microform. The course of study extends back to include at least the eighteenth century.

  • Books, primarily currently produced, but occasionally o.p. - Periodicals, mostly current, but occasionally backfiles are acquired. These latter increasingly in microform.
  • Films are acquired by the Department and housed AV- Services
  • Selected Theses.
  • Radical Canadian ephemeral materials are acquired by the Library and housed in its Radical Canadian Archives in the Division of Research Collections.
  • Video tapes of CBC programs on Sociology. Housed in AV-Services.
  • Census materials.
  • Bibliographies and Catalogues of the holdings of major sociological institutions.
  • Machine Readable Data Tapes are occasionally acquired when national census statistics are unavailable in paper form. These acquisitions are made only when funds permit.
  • Data yearbooks similar to the Canada Year Book are acquired for a large number of countries.

This policy should be looked at in conjunction with those of Psychology, Anthropology, Social Work, Religion, Economics, Geography, and Political Science. The Department of Sociology supports a full undergraduate honours program and full master's and doctoral degree programs, in all areas in which the sixteen faculty members have competence to teach and to supervise.

The Department of Sociology supports a Doctoral Program in the three rather wide areas of:

The Individual and Society (A)

          Includes the sociology of health care and the methodologies of participant observation and cognitive mapping, as well as much of "social psychology". The latter includes "social influence", "interaction", and "small groups"; "social exchange theory", "Symbolic Interactionism" and "critical theory".

Occupations and Organisations (A)

          Includes both formal and informal organization, bureaucracy, power, authority, and organizations, neo-institutionalism, social control, gender and organizations, globalization and organizations, work, education, and health organizations, occupations, professions, knowledge in professionalization, skills, deskilling and reskilling, culture of work organizations, and occupational status and prestige.

Social Inequality (A)

          Includes social class, objective class structures, subjective class identification and consciousness, power, authority, race and ethnic inequality, gender/sex inequality, income inequality, status differences based on occupation and life style, age and generational inequalities, regional differences, and global inequalities.                               

Other Areas of Study Include:

Aging (A)

Deviance and Social Problems (A)

Education (A)

Family (B)

Health and Health Care, Environment and Health (A)

Ideology and Culture (A)

Methodology (A)

Political Sociology (A)

Race and Ethnic Relations (A)

Sociology of Gender (A)

Sociological Theory (A)

Sociology, General (B-C)

The Department recommends the purchase of materials in all areas of Sociology at the B and C levels.

Arts and Social Sciences