Sociology (SOCI) 427

Special Projects in Sociology III (Revision 1)

SOCI 427 Course Web site

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: Permission of the professor.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SOCI 427 is not available for challenge.

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During this course, students will complete original research, expressed in a research report or theoretical paper. Specific details, including the topic and methodology, will be determined through negotiation and agreement between the student and the instructor. Topics for research depend on the instructor's area of expertise or familiarity with the social issue under investigation. Students may access the course online to determine whether their interests match those of the instructor before registering.


This course will guide students through writing professional quality research papers and contributing in an original way to the discipline of sociology. The course leads you through the basic steps of the typical research and writing cycle, which, depending on the type of project being undertaken, includes initial formulation of the idea through literature review, conceptualization of research, execution of the research project, and writing a final report of findings. Students may choose to approach topics from either a theoretical or an empirical perspective.


To receive credit for SOCI 427, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least 60 percent and a grade of at least 60 percent on the research paper. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Preliminary Proposal Sample Reviews (2) Research Paper Total
10% 30% 60% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Other Materials

The course materials include a course guide.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, March 15, 2006.

Updated May 26 2016 by SAS