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The stimulating world of human behaviour and interaction opens up to you at Brock’s Faculty of Social Sciences. With our broad and cutting-edge programs ranging from communications and psychology to sustainability science and labour studies, Social Sciences offers opportunities for you to push boundaries while developing critical thinking skills as you explore the issues that societies face today and in the future.

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My experience at Brock University has been the most beneficial journey of my life. The Faculty of Social Sciences has a lot to offer and the friendly staff is always there to welcome and support you through your university career.

I am very pleased with the level of support I have received from my supervisors, and I have learned so much from the faculty and from my peers. I am now in my final year of the MA program, and I am confident that my time at the Centre for Applied Disability Studies has prepared me well for a career as a scientist-practitioner.

The MA in Applied Linguistics (TESL) at Brock is an amazing program and the professors here are just fabulous. This program covers almost all aspects of the applied linguistics including teaching theories, methodologies, research techniques, sociolinguistics and some key and hot issues.

I can say with confidence that taking the Master of Business Economics program at Brock University is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am currently working as a part of the federal government of Canada, conducting economic analysis of potential mergers and acquisitions to determine any potential harm to Canadian consumers. The MBE program opened the door for me to enter into this career path and prepared me not only to get a job but to excel in this highly demanding position.

I highly recommend pursuing a degree in Labour Studies at Brock. It will challenge you to think critically about the world of work and prepare you for a wide range of rewarding careers in the field of labour relations.

Several Brock University students were given the incredible opportunity to compete at National Model United Nations. National Model United Nations is the largest and most renowned United Nations simulation event in the world accommodating over 5000 students from over 400 universities around the globe. It was one of the best experiences I have had at my time at Brock University.

The faculty members at Brock are very knowledgeable and well respected in their own research area. The state-of-art research facilities allow students to fully pursue their research interests. As an international student from China, I particularly enjoyed the friendly and collegial spirit in the department. The psychology department at Brock University has truly made me feel at home!

Social Justice and Equity Studies helped me hone my critical thinking and research skills. It also helped me learn how to work with diverse groups of people and how to persevere. I learned very useful transferable skills and gained an appreciation for and understanding of various social justice issues.

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Department of Applied Linguistics

Applied Linguistics

Are you interested in how children acquire language, how the skills of second-language speakers develop, how various language disorders can be diagnosed and treated, or how social or cultural environments interact with language?

In our program, you’ll gain a strong foundation in linguistics, hands-on fieldwork, clinical observation, teaching practice and practical workshops to supplement your academic courses. We offer a choice of three majors: Hearing Sciences or Speech and Language Sciences and Applied Linguistics/Teaching English.

Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Subsequent Language

  • LING 1P92, 1P93, 1P94 and 1P95
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Hearing Sciences

  • LING 1P92, 1P93, 1P94 and 1P95
  • BIOL 1P91 and 1P92, or CHEM 1P91 and 1P92
  • one credit from PHYS 1P91, 1P92, 1P94
  • PSYC 1F90

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Speech and Language Sciences

  • LING 1P92, 1P93, 1P94 and 1P95
  • PSYC 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit (one credit from BIOL 1P91 and 1P92, PHYS 1P91, 1P92, 1P94 strongly recommended)

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Department of Child and Youth Studies

Child and Youth Studies

Learn and think about children, childhood and youth through diverse lenses. Our unique program draws on psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and criminology — among other disciplines — to really understand young people and their perspectives.

This theoretical and practical training offers an approach to understanding children, childhood and youth that includes: diversity, inequality, exceptionalities, families, cultures, social worlds, schools, peers, communities, popular and media culture, and international issues that span the globe. This wide-ranging knowledge base opens up doors to working with young people in a variety of capacities.

Child and Youth Studies

  • CHYS 1F90
  • PSYC 1F90
  • SOCI 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit or Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film

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Business Communication

This program aims to equip students with a sound theoretical basis for analyzing and practicing communication within the business environment. You may also study how digital technologies impact human communication in our concentration in Digital Culture.

Experiential learning opportunities are available through various program courses.

Business Communication

  • COMM 1F90, 1P96 and 1P97
  • FILM 1F94
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit

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Film Studies

Brock has the oldest — and one of the most distinguished — film studies programs in Canada. The program focuses on critical and historical courses that examine a variety of approaches to film and related media.

Most courses include weekly film screenings to introduce you to all kinds of cinema. Studying a wide range of films provides a thorough understanding of the medium for future filmmakers, critics and teachers. Experiential learning opportunities are available through various program courses.

Film Studies

  • FILM 1F94
  • COMM 1F90
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Media and Communication Studies

Are you interested in studying how people communicate, ways that social structures affect communication, or how new technologies are changing human communications?

The Media and Communication Studies program focuses on the impact of media and communication in the creation of meaning, identity and social change. The program emphasizes the study of media content, audiences and institutions in their political, economic and social contexts in Canada and elsewhere.

Media and Communication Studies

  • COMM 1F90
  • FILM 1F94
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Business Economics

Our Bachelor of Business Economics program is unique in Canada. If you’re interested in combining the studies of economics and business, this degree offers you the best opportunity.

With an emphasis on quantitative, communication and analytical skills, you’ll be well prepared for a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors of the economy. After your first two years, you may specialize in one of the following two areas: Financial Economics or Consumer Economics.

Financial Economics/Consumer Economics Stream

  • ACTG 1P91
  • ECON 1P91 and 1P92
  • one of ECON 1P94, MATH 1P01, 1P05, 1P97
  • MATH 1P98
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one-half non-business elective credit

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Business Economics Co-op

  • ACTG 1P91 and 2P12
  • ECON 1P91 and 1P92
  • one of ECON 1P94, MATH 1P01, 1P05, 1P97
  • MATH 1P98
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit

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Economics

Study the “science of choice” — learning how limited resources can best be used to meet the needs of individuals and society. You’ll look at how individual consumers choose to spend their time and money, and how producers predict and respond to consumer needs.

You’ll gain an understanding of the economy as a whole, from the banking system, unemployment, government debt and taxation, to international trade and exchange rates, and natural resource use and conservation.

Economics

  • ECON 1P91 and 1P92
  • one of ECON 1P94, MATH 1P01, 1P05, 1P97
  • MATH 1P98
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability seeks to protect the natural environment and ecological health while maintaining or improving the quality of human life.

This minor allows students to gain the core skills necessary for problem-solving in the contemporary era, where business and governments adhere to new environmental legislation, organizations are concerned with conservation, and society responds to environmental changes. Students in any discipline may obtain the minor by completing the required credits within online course options available. With a minor in Environmental Sustainability, you will have the opportunity to study sustainability issues from a transdisciplinary perspective – thinking outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline – and gain practical insight into how Canada and the world are moving forward to address these issues.

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Department of Geography and Tourism Studies

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Geography

Study Geography in Niagara – one of the world’s most diverse social and natural landscapes.

Geographers look at the world from a unique perspective, one that bridges the social and natural sciences. Our programs are designed to combine theory and practical experience to train you in Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Geomatics.

Geography

  • GEOG 1F90 and 1F91
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Social Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Tourism Studies

Study tourism in Niagara — one of the world’s premier travel destinations and home to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Our program is designed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving industry, incorporating principles of sustainability (economic, environmental, social and political) in tourism management and planning. Within the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, our program examines such questions as: Can we balance the economic benefits of tourism with the negative consequences of pollution, loss of biodiversity, economic inequality and unsuitable cultural change?

Tourism Management Stream

  • TOUR 1P91 and 1P92
  • COMM 1P97
  • GEOG 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one-half elective credit

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Tourism Management Stream Co-op

  • TOUR 0N90, 1P91 and 1P92
  • COMM 1P97
  • GEOG 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one-half elective credit

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Tourism and Environment

  • TOUR 1P91 and 1P92
  • GEOG 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • one elective credit

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Department of Labour Studies

Labour Studies

Work defines so much of our lives — our position in society, our economic well-being, even our self-image. Labour Studies is an interdisciplinary field and is home to popular courses, including Labour of Sport, Labour and Employment Law, Animals at Work, and our simulation-based Collective Bargaining course.

You’ll find a mix of theoretical and applied courses designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers in labour and employment relations, workplace education and training, public policy and administration, and social justice and advocacy.

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Labour Studies

  • One LABR credit numbered 1(alpha)90 to 1(alpha)99
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

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Department of Political Science

International Political Economy

Combine your studies and blend the analytical tools of Economics with Political Science’s knowledge of governments and international institutions.

Economic forces drive many vital international issues such as trade, development, globalized investment and production. The key actors are governments and international institutions such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund. Economic analysis investigates prices, tradeoffs and opportunity costs.

International Political Economy

  • ECON 1P91 and 1P92
  • one of ECON 1P94, MATH 1P05, 1P97
  • MATH 1P98
  • one POLI credit numbered 1(alpha)90 to 1(alpha)99
  • one Humanities context credit (HIST 1F95 recommended)
  • one Sciences context credit

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Political Science

Our program looks at five key areas. In Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, you’ll examine power relationships and the organization of power within and among states. The study of Public Policy asks how policies are made and implemented in the complex machinery of government. Political Theory/ Philosophy asks how power ought to be organized and to what end.

The concentration in Public Law is a superb pre-law program for those intending to pursue a legal career. The co-op in Public Administration is designed for those who seek employment in the federal, provincial or municipal levels of government. The co-op in Political Science is designed for those with broader interests in subfields such as political theory and international relations.

Political Science

  • One POLI credit numbered 1(alpha)90 to 1(alpha)99
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

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Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, and the program at Brock offers a diverse approach to this exciting field of study. We offer courses that cover topics relevant to a wide range of career paths, including child and adult development, forensics, clinical work, personality, group dynamics and neuropsychology.

Through lectures, seminars, labs and one-on-one mentoring, students can gain expertise in human behaviour and job-related skills such as critical thinking, team work, communication, problem solving, project management, research design and data analysis. Our department also provides specific courses that will help you with career preparation (e.g., job search and interviewing skills), as well as a wealth of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Engaging in co-op work terms, participating in the Psych Society, working as a teaching assistant in introductory courses or becoming an intern in one of our internationally renowned laboratories will enrich your studies and help you to launch your career.

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  • PSYC 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

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Department of Sociology

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Critical Criminology

The Honours Critical Criminology degree provides students the opportunity for an extensive examination of whose interests are served by ‘law and order’ ideologies, policies and practices of social control.

This degree offers a distinct orientation to law making, law breaking, law enforcement and social reaction.

Critical Criminology

  • CRIM 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

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Sociology

Sociology as a discipline challenges everyday assumptions about the world in which we live. Sociologists turn ‘common sense’ ideas on their head through critical examination of social institutions, relationships and conditions shaping the world and the experiences of individuals.

Sociology students are encouraged to develop and employ their sociological imagination to examine the complex social world, relationships and the human condition.

Sociolgy

  • SOCI 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

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Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies

You’ll examine how social constructions of gender shape the consciousness and lives of women and men of various races, ethnicities, classes and sexualities. You’ll explore diverse women’s histories, intellectual contributions and perspectives.

Employing methodological tools from a wide range of disciplines, you’ll scrutinize gender in relation to institutions, ideologies, histories, cultural artifacts, social interactions, science, bodies and cultures.

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • WGST 1F90
  • one Humanities context credit
  • one Sciences context credit
  • two elective credits

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Social Sciences

Our BA in Social Sciences degree is designed to allow you to pursue a more flexible pattern of study than a single or combined major.

The BA in Social Sciences program offers broad exposure to courses from across all of our Faculties. The majority of credits earned towards this degree must be offered by departments and centres within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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