Zachary Seguin

SDS Courses

SDS 131R – Social Ideas, Social Policy and Political Practice

An introduction to some of the major social and political ideas of Western civilization. Attention is given to the influence and applicability of these ideas to social policy and political practice in contemporary Canada.

SDS 150R – Lifespan Processes

An examination of the significant psychosocial events during the lifespan with consideration of the impact of crises. Topics may include attachment, loss, stress, identity crisis, role change, mid-life transition.

SDS 205R – History of Education in Canada

This course considers the development of education as an institution within Canadian society and provides an understanding of significant educational issues and policies from a historical perspective.

SDS 210R – Children's Rights in Canada

This course examines children's rights from a moral and comparative legal perspective. Students explore the welfare and developmental interests of children, the corresponding duties of parents, custodians, educators, and social workers, and the nature and scope of public educational authority in the common law jurisdictions of Canada.

SDS 215R – Education and Social Development from a Global Perspective

This course explores education and social development from a critical global perspective. Students learn the connections between educational practices and global conditions by focusing on themes such as citizenship, human rights, peace, and environment.

SDS 220R – Changing Concepts of Childhood

Childhood has changed as a social and cultural concept. This course will trace these changes, examining sociological, psychological, cross-cultural, historical and political factors. Art and literature will also be used to reflect attitudes about childhood.

SDS 231R – Introduction to Social Policy Processes

This course examines the policy-making process in Canada at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels to give students a sense of the players and their roles. It examines how policy agendas are set and the role of power and interest groups in the policy-making process; it also examines the various types of policies and the implementation process.

SDS 240R – Art and Society

Social issues and themes explored through the arts. Topics include art and social change, war and peace, propaganda, art of conscience, and the response of artists to poverty, hunger and catastrophic events. Specific applications include art as cross-cultural awareness and art as therapy.

SDS 242R – Religious Diversity and Social Development

Religious traditions and beliefs contribute both positively and negatively to social development. This course explores the interrelationship of religious diversity, multiculturalism, and attitudes towards social issues.

SDS 250R – Social Statistics

This introductory level statistics course will emphasize the collection, manipulation, descriptive presentation, and statistical analysis of social research data.

SDS 251R – Social Research

Introduction to the philosophy and methodology of applied social science research including treatment of the problems and strategies of research design and execution.

SDS 260R – Ecology, Society, and Justice: Social Development and the Environment

This course introduces theory and concepts of social ecology, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the interrelationship of social and environmental well-being. Students critically examine the implications of environment and environmentalism for human society, as well as explore ideas for community action and social institutions that reflect a social-ecological ethic.

SDS 288R – International Organizations

This course introduces students to major international organizations, focusing on intergovernmental organizations. The course explores the following major issues relating to international organizations: their origins, their functions, their impact in various policy areas, and their role in international cooperation on addressing various global issues.

SDS 311R – Public Policy and Native Peoples in Canada

This course examines the evolution, logic, processes, and impacts of government policies developed specifically for Native peoples, with particular attention to government policy as both a cause of and a response to social problems within Native communities.

SDS 312R – Homelessness & Public Policy

This course provides students with a basic overview of homelessness in modern society. Its goal is to familiarize students with the human, social, political and economic aspects of homelessness. Throughout, the emphasis will be on understanding homelessness from a public policy framework - its incidence and prevalence, etiology, consequences, and strategies for its prevention and amelioration.

SDS 322R – Community Engagement and Social Development

This course highlights the importance of community engagement for individual, community, and societal well-being and introduces theory and methods related to social inclusion and participation in community. Through case examples and hands-on experience, this course explores approaches to research and professional practice designed to stimulate social development through community engagement.

SDS 330R – International Public Policy

This course introduces students to major international public policies, including macroeconomic and fiscal policies, public transport and infrastructure policies, health care and social welfare policies, educational policies, and energy and environmental policies. Through a comparative and cross-cultural examination of major public policies, students will acquire better understanding of the major policy issues that affect the everyday lives of citizens.

SDS 331R – Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Public Policy

This course examines the hidden causes of inequality and associated social injustices. It provides a snapshot of main issues associated with modern society and the evidence that ties them to persistent inequality and injustice. The course reviews not only the major types of inequality but also social and public policy responses to them.

SDS 345R – Self-Development and Identity Formation: A Sociocultural Perspective

This course examines interdisciplinary approaches (sociological, developmental, psychological, critical, sociocultural perspectives) to identity formation, development, and maintenance. Relevant theories, literature, and research will showcase diverse approaches to understanding social and cultural factors that impact identity formation.

SDS 350R – Adult Life Crises and Events

A study of normal events occurring during the adult years, why they happen and how we cope with them. Relying on research, popular literature, and life experiences, students examine social change, the future, adult development and adjustment.

SDS 351R – Qualitative Research in Social Development Studies

This course introduces students to a variety of qualitative approaches to social development studies, including ethnography, narrative inquiry, participatory action research, and case study research. While undertaking short research projects, students will engage in scholarly debates regarding knowledge, ethics, power, and rigour in the analysis and production of qualitative evidence.

SDS 353R – The Evolution of Family Law in Canadian Society

This course examines the evolution of family law in indigenous, francophone, anglophone, and other communities in Canada. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course not only explores the demographic, economic, social, and political contexts in which family law developed but also assesses its significance for Canadian society.

SDS 354R – Values and the Contemporary Family

An exploration of how religious, economic, political and other social institutions shape values in our society, and what impact society's changing values are having upon marriage and the family.

SDS 355R – Resilience and Social Support

This course is a survey of resilience and social support grounded in interdisciplinary study. Students explore how factors such as gender, age, culture, physical and mental health, personality, cognition, severity, and social/interpersonal systems of support affect stress, coping, and resilience.

SDS 357R – Family Violence

An application of the principles and models of medical, psychogenic, and sociogenic adjustment to an understanding of family violence. The treatment of victims of family violence, the prevention of such violence, and social policies affecting family welfare are considered.

SDS 358R – Child Maltreatment: Identification and Prevention

The objectives of this course are to provide an understanding of the dimensions and causes of child maltreatment, to develop skills identifying cases of this social problem, and to explore current methods of management and treatment of persons involved in child maltreatment situations.

SDS 367R – Aging and Social Development

This course examines aging from the perspective of human and social development. On individual, group, family, community, and systemic levels, it analyzes interventions for enhancing the well-being of the elderly, emphasizing the roles of social justice and civic engagement in Canadian society.

SDS 370R – International Learning Experience

This course examines sociocultural realities of a country other than Canada through on site experience and academic study.

SDS 375R – Studies in Interdisciplinary Social Science

This course will deal with selected topics in interdisciplinary social science. Subjects will be dependent upon the research and/or instructional interests of faculty.

SDS 388R – Globalization and Social Development

This course explores the rise of globalization, its impact on economics, politics, society and culture, and its implications for national development and social policies.

SDS 398R – Independent Study

Interdisciplinary focus, in greater depth than is available in other courses, on a selected area of concern to the student. Available to individuals or small groups of third- or fourth-year Social Development Studies students and arranged with one of the program's faculty members.

SDS 399R – Independent Study

Interdisciplinary focus, in greater depth than is available in other courses, on a selected area of concern to the student. Available to individuals or small groups of third- or fourth-year Social Development Studies students and arranged with one of the program's faculty members.

SDS 400R – Comparative Social Policy

This course introduces students to the main methodological approaches in comparative policy analysis. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of key issues involved in comparative social policy research, and develops their analytical skills in systematic comparison. It explores the implications of globalization on social policy development; considers the impact of transnational policy making bodies; and considers international variation in policy challenges as well as variation in policy responses to those challenges.

SDS 405R – Cosmopolitanism and Social Development

What does it mean to be a "citizen of the world"? Cosmopolitanism is a social and political philosophy that views all human beings as members of a moral, political, relational, or cultural community. From a critical and comparative perspective, students in this course explore the philosophy of cosmopolitanism and its implications for social development in diverse social, political, and cultural contexts.

SDS 411R – Decolonization and Social Action

This course focuses on the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples within, against, and beyond settler colonialism. We explore the concepts of decolonization, resurgence, unsettling, and reconciliation and address issues of settlement, sovereignty, treaty relationships, solidarity, appropriation, and the relationship between Indigenous struggles and other movements for social change.

SDS 415R – Gender Relations within Educational Institutions

This course focuses on gender in education as both an analytical category and a teaching/learning tool. The course introduces students to the study of gender, intersected with class, race, sexuality, and disability, by focusing on pedagogy, curriculum, and identity development.

SDS 420R – Critical Encounter with Human Nature

This course explores human nature, issues fundamental to human life, and theories which have developed around these issues. The approach is interdisciplinary and intercultural/interreligious with emphasis on such themes as self knowledge, community, loneliness and anxiety, free will and purpose in human life, and the nature of human happiness.

SDS 425R – Educational Equity in Canada

This course examines the social foundations of education (traditionally philosophy, sociology, and history of education, but also cultural and equity studies). Through an interdisciplinary framework, this course considers the roles that schooling systems, teachers, and students play in both reproducing and challenging social inequalities and injustices.

SDS 431R – Radical Ideology and Social Policy

From a critical and comparative perspective, students explore the impact of radical political ideologies on US and Canadian political institutions and processes. Students consider the potential implications of an ideologically polarized political landscape for social policy and social development.

SDS 435R – Restorative Approaches to Education

This course aims to develop understandings and skills in restorative approaches to education through dialogue, communication, and relational pedagogy. Through examining the current state of schools and communities engaging with restorative approaches for children and youth, this course will explore transformative options for promoting sustainable equity and inclusion.

SDS 440R – Optimal Living

This course takes an interdisciplinary perspective to consider what conditions foster optimal living. Topics may include the mind-body connection, spirituality, simplicity, healthy relationships, work-life balance, community engagement, leadership, generativity, and meaning.

SDS 441R – Popular Culture and Social Change in the Radical Imagination

This course examines the role of popular culture in movements for social and political change. Students will explore both historical contributions and contemporary realities where popular culture becomes a site that fosters the radical imagination.

SDS 445R – Pedagogies of Democratic Education

Engaging pedagogies for democratic education is a central goal of public and parapublic organizations, particularly schools. Yet such democratic engagement is understood in varying ways based on diverse identities. This course draws on experiential education to critically examine democratic education, including civic knowledge, values, and action.

SDS 449R – Race and Gender Equality

This course examines stereotypes and prejudices from a social sciences perspective, focusing on understanding and applying the research in schools, the workplace, and the home. Topics include overt and subtle prejudice, situational barriers to stigmatized groups' success, and interventions that promote equality by reducing prejudice and its negative effects.

SDS 450R – Senior Seminar in Special Topics

Senior seminars may include weekly readings, individual and/or group projects, class presentations and discussions, research proposals, essay/literature reviews, assignments, midterms, and final exams. Consult departmental listings for topics and prerequisites for the current year.

SDS 451R – Community Based Research for Social Development

This course introduces research approaches that prioritize community participation in the active creation and democratic use of knowledge for social development. Through concrete examples, this course explores the role of power in knowledge production, and examines fundamental principles and dilemmas in community-engaged research.

SDS 490R – Special Studies

An independent, in-depth study, based on empirical research and/or extensive reading from multiple disciplines on a contemporary social issue under the direction of individual instructors in Social Development Studies. Available to individuals or small groups of fourth-year Social Development Studies Majors and arranged with one of the faculty members from the plan. The project must be approved by the academic supervisor of the course prior to registration.

SDS 495R – Research Apprenticeship

This course invites students to work with a professor on the latter's research project. During this unpaid apprenticeship (six to eight hours per week throughout the term), students will do agreed-upon tasks to help them acquire skills and gain understanding of the research process and of the discipline itself. The faculty member and the student will determine the exact duties together. A document outlining these duties must be approved by the Social Development Studies Chair and kept on file. The course is offered on a credit/non-credit basis only. Paid or volunteer positions outside this course are not eligible for credit.

SDS 496R – Applied Apprenticeship in Social Development Studies

This course provides third- and fourth-year Social Development Studies students with an opportunity for an unpaid apprenticeship in an applied setting. The course consists of two components. The apprenticeship component normally requires a commitment of 6-8 hours per week for 10 weeks. The seminar component requires students to meet bi-weekly, as a group, with a course coordinator to set learning goals, to discuss issues arising from their apprenticeship, and to present their apprenticeship experiences and outcomes.

SDS 499A – Senior Honours Essay/Thesis

Under the supervision of a faculty member, students focus on an area of Social Development Studies and either complete an essay involving in-depth literature research and analysis or complete a scholarly report on their own study involving literature review, research design, data collection, and analysis.

SDS 499B – Senior Honours Essay/Thesis

Under the supervision of a faculty member, students focus on an area of Social Development Studies and either complete an essay involving in-depth literature research and analysis or complete a scholarly report on their own study involving literature review, research design, data collection, and analysis.