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Sociology (SOCI) 426
Special Projects in Sociology II
(Revision 2)

Revision 2 closed March 12, 2008, replaced by current version.

Delivery mode: Individualized study.

Credits: 3 - Social Science

Prerequisite: Permission of the professor.

Centre: Centre for Global and Social Analysis

SOCI 426 is not available for challenge.


SOCI 426 is designed for students who have defined a research topic and completed background preparation, usually as part of SOCI 425. In this course, students complete original research expressed in a written research report. Topic selection and procedure for evaluation and schedule for completion are negotiated between the student and the professor. Students are expected to make extensive use of library resources and to obtain and pay for all primary materials used.


Upon completion of SOCI 426, students should be able to critically compare and contrast social and historical approaches to their selected topic; critically employ sociology concepts in the analysis of their topic area; and undertake a major research paper dealing with an area of their interest.


To receive credit for SOCI 426, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least "C-" (60 percent) and a grade of at least 60 percent on each assignment. You must successfully complete a learning plan, research proposal, and research paper. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Other Report Total
20% 80% 100%

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

Course Materials


Kirby, Sandra, and Kate McKenna. 1989. Experience, Research and Social Change: Methods from the Margin. Toronto: Garamond Press.

Other materials

The course materials include a student manual/study guide.