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SFU Library Sociology and Anthropology collections policy

The Undergraduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers courses designed to provide students with the theoretical and analytical tools to better understand the social and cultural forces that affect our lives and the lives of people in other societies. Such understanding is an important part of general education and should lead to more effective participation in society.

Both sociologists and anthropologists at Simon Fraser University are involved in research and teaching on Western industrial societies, in Third World societies, and on the theoretical and comparative questions that go beyond national boundaries.

As well as its intrinsic intellectual rewards, undergraduate training in sociology and anthropology provides invaluable background for students who intend to pursue careers in such fields as urban planning, journalism, law, public administration, welfare-related professions, teaching, personnel management, health care fields, and international development projects.

Courses offered by the department can provide students specializing in other disciplines with an appreciation of social and cultural processes that will complement their specialization.

The department offers honors and major programs in sociology and/or anthropology and minor programs in sociology and anthropology. Honors and major students may take options such as an applied social research "stream" and a co-operative education program. Joint major programs are available with Archaeology, Canadian Studies, Communications, Contemporary Arts, Criminology, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s Studies, and Art and Culture.

The Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a challenging graduate program of advanced study and research training, leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the two disciplines. There are currently 23 faculty (three joint appointments) who are able to undertake graduate supervision on a variety of topics in the two disciplines.

There is a broad range of faculty specializations and research interests - spanning several theoretical fields, ethnographic areas, and quantitative research projects - which are often pursued in a multi-disciplinary approach to sociology and anthropology.

Subject Specializations

  • Anthropological Theory and Institutions of Social Life
    Courses in this area include methodological and theoretical considerations in contemporary ethnography; myth, symbolism and ritual; anthropology of childhood; games, sport, and culture; urban communities and cultures; environment and society; the practice of anthropology; issues in anthropological theory; and historical anthropology.
     
  • Sociological Theory and Institutions of Social Life
    Courses in this area include Canadian social structure; gender relations; sexuality; social control; sociology of religion; sociology of sport; ecology and social thought; political sociology; political economy; social movements; information technology; sociology of knowledge; schooling and society; classical and Marxist sociological thought; philosophy of the social sciences; society and the changing global division of labour; and the sociology of art forms.
     
  • Ethnic Relations
    Includes studies in Canadian ethnic minorities.
     
  • Canadian Native Peoples and Other Minority Indigenous Peoples
    Courses in this area include the study of native peoples and public policy; comparative studies of minority indigenous peoples; and aboriginal peoples in British Columbia.
     
  • Health and Society
    Courses in the area include anthropology of medicine; culture, ethnicity, and aging; population and society; and the sociology of aging.
     
  • Social Policy and Social Policy Analysis
    Courses in social policy and analysis include study in tourism; population; social issues; environment; and other selected topics.
     

SFU Resources

The W.A.C. Bennett Library is the major location for the Library's sociology collection. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, there is a wide overlap with other SFU Library collections such as Archaeology, Canadian Studies, Communication, Contemporary Arts, Criminology, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Resource and Environmental Management, and Women's Studies. Small collections of sociology resources are also available at the SFU Surrey Library and the Belzberg Library at Harbour Centre.

Regional Resources

The University of British Columbia also has a large collection which covers many branches of the discipline.

Consortia and Document Delivery

SFU belongs to three consortia (Electronic Library Network; Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries; and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries). Document delivery agreements exist with all three of these consortia which allow delivery of journal articles and books from these libraries in a timely manner. Holdings and direct requesting from over 40 libraries are accessible through the Interlibrary Loan webpage and from many databases.

General Collection Guidelines

  • Languages: Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of materials in English.
  • Chronological guidelines: As the collection supports both historical and current research, materials covering all chronological periods will be collected. Emphasis will, however, be placed on materials whose subjects focus on the present and the recent past.
  • Geographical guidelines: The international nature of Sociology and Anthropology coursework and research mandates that materials dealing with all countries and regions be collected. There will, in addition, be specific focuses on materials that concern British Columbia and Canada.
  • Treatment of subject: All available treatments of the subject will be collected to varying degrees.
  • Types of materials: Collecting is split between books and journals. New journals added to the collection will normally be in electronic-only format where this option is the same price as, or less expensive than, print.
  • Date of Publication: Emphasis is placed on current publications. Retrospective acquisitions are normally only for the replacement of important titles which have deteriorated or disappeared.
  • Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: The interdisciplinary nature of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology creates a reliance and dependence on other parts of the library collection.

Subjects and Levels of Collecting

The following table lists the main subjects collected by the SFU Library in support of the Sociology teaching areas and research interests. Subjects listed are collected to varying depths. The method in which the library selects books on each subject is listed in the second column of the table. A designation of “Books” in this column means that items which fit the General Guidelines (above) for the subject in question are sent on an approval basis to the library. In such cases, a significant portion of the books on that topic will be acquired for the collection. A designation of “Forms,” on the other hand, means that only brief descriptions of the books on the subject in question are sent to the library. The liaison librarian, often with the assistance of the faculty representative or other faculty members, then selects the relevant items for acquisition by the library.

Sociology
 

Humanities Division
A. History Division
 
i. Science & Technology Division
 
(1) Medical History
Forms
B. Auxiliary History Division
 
i. Controversial Spurious Works
 
(1) Future Studies
Forms
C. Religious Division
 
i. Sociology of Religion
Forms
D. Law Division
 
i. Family Law Division
 
(1) Family Law - General
Forms
(2) Marriage & Divorce Law
Forms
(3) Annulment & Separation Law
Forms
(4) Desertion and Non-Support
Forms
(5) Parent & Child (Law)
Forms
(6) Guardian & Ward (Law)
Forms
(7) Adoption (Law)
Forms
(8) Legitimacy (Law)
Forms
(9) Birth Control (Law) Division
 
a. Birth Control Law - General
Forms
b. Abortion Law
Forms
c. Sterilization (Law)
Forms
d. Artificial Insemination (Law)
Forms
(10) Right to Life
Forms
(11) Incompetency
Forms
Social Sciences Division
A. Sociology Division
 
i. Sociology General
Books
ii. Social Theory
Books
iii. Social Conditions
Books
iv. Social Reform
Books
v. Social Organizations & Structure
Books
vi. Social Policy
Books
vii. Study of Groups
 
(1) Communal Groups
Books
(2) Small Groups
Books
viii. Sociology of Youth
Books
ix. Domestic Relations Division
 
(1) Marriage
Forms
(2) Unmarried Couples
Forms
(3) Divorce
Forms
(4) Intermarriage
Forms
(5) Polygamy
Forms
(6) Adoption
Forms
(7) Brothers & Sisters
Forms
(8) Family Planning
Forms
(9) Childlessness
Forms
(10) Parent & Child
Forms
(11) Illegitimacy
Forms
(12) Unmarried Mothers
Forms
(13) Foster Care
Forms
(14) Domestic Violence
Forms
x. Single Persons
Forms
xi. Sexuality Division
 
(1)Sexuality - General
Forms
(2) Sex Differences - Psychology
Forms
(3) Sex Education
Forms
(4) Sexual Deviation
Forms
(5) Homosexuality
Forms
(6) Change of Sex
Forms
(7) Birth Control
Forms
(8) Abortion
Forms
xii. Social Stratification Division
 
(1) Social Stratification General
Books
(2) Lower Classes
Books
(3) Middle Classes
Books
(4) Upper Classes
Books
(5) Intelligentsia
Books
xiii. Demography
 
(1) Vital Statistics
Books
xiv. Urban Sociology
Books
xv. Industrial Sociology
Books
xvi. Sociology of Labor
Books
xvii. Rural Sociology
Books
xviii. Medical Sociology
Books
xix. Social Behavior
Books
xx. Social Attitudes
Books
xxi. Social Change
Books
xxii. Sociometry
Books
xxiii. Social Statistics
Books
B. Sports and Recreation Division
 
i. Sociology of Sport
Books
C. Applied Social Studies Division
 
i. Social Services Division
 
(1) Social Services - General
Forms
(2) Public Welfare
Forms
(3) General Social Work
Forms
(4) Group Homes
Forms
(5) Social Administration
Forms
D. Applied Interdisciplinary Social Studies Division
 
i. Cultural Analysis
Forms
ii. Environmental Studies Division
 
(1) Energy Policy
Forms
iii. Population Studies Division
 
(1) Population Studies - General
Forms
(2) Immigration & Emigration
Forms
(3) Assimilation
Forms
(4) Internal Migration
Forms
(5) Refugees & Aliens
Forms
iv. Disasters Division
 
(1) Disaster Preparedness & Planning
Forms
v. Conflict and its Resolution
Books
vi. Violence
Books
vii. Race Relations Division
 
(1) Race Relations General
Books
(2) Multiculturalism
Books
(3) Special Ethnic Studies Division
 
a. Special Ethnic Studies - General
Books
b. Black Studies
Books
c. Hispanic American Studies
Forms
d. Native American Studies - North America
Books
e. Native American Studies - Central America
Books
f. Native American Studies - South America
Books
g. Jewish Studies
Forms
h. Arab Ethnic Studies
Books
i. Native Race Studies
Books
j. White Ethnic Studies
Books
k. Other Ethnic Studies
Books
viii. Discrimination Division
 
(1) Discrimination - General
Books
(2) Discrimination in Housing
Forms
(3) Anti - Semitism
Forms
(4) Racism
Forms
(5) Sexual Harassment
Forms
(6) Other Kinds of Discrimination
Forms
ix. Gay & Lesbian Studies Division
 
(1) Gay & Lesbian Studies - General
Forms
(2) Gay Studies
Forms
(3) Lesbian Studies
Forms
(4) Transgender Studies
Forms
x. Minority Groups
Books
xi. Women
Books
xii. Men
Books
xii. Children
 
(1) Girls
Books
(2) Boys
Books
xiii. Gender Studies
Books
xiv. Social Pathology
Forms
xv. Sexual Abuse
Forms
xvi. Crimes Against Humanity
 
(1) Holocaust
Forms
xvii. Pornography
Forms
xviii. Sociology of Youth
Forms
(1) Sociology of Youth - General
Books
(2) Juvenile Social Problems Division
 
a. Juvenile Social Problems - General
Forms
b. Juveniles & Drugs
Forms
c. Juveniles & Alcohol
Forms
d. Juveniles & Sex
Forms
xix. Sociology of the Disabled Division
Forms
xx. Sociology of Middle Age
Books
xxi. Sociology of Leisure
Books
E. Medicine Division
 
i. Allied Medical Fields Division
 
(1) Medicine Related to History
Forms
(2) Medical Anthropology
Books
(3) Infectious Diseases Division
 
a. AIDS and HIV
Books
ii. Hospitals Division
 
(1) Patients & Patient Care Division
 
a. Terminal Care
Forms
b. Other Special Patient Care
Forms
(2) Specific Types of Hospitals
 
a. Nursing Homes
Forms

Anthropology

Fine Arts Division
A. Anthropology Division
 
i. Native American Art Division
Forms
(1) Native American Art - General
Forms
(2) Pre-Columbian American Art Division
Forms
a. Pre-Columbian American Art - General
Forms
b. Eskimo Art
Forms
c. North West Coast Native American Art
Forms
d. Plains Indian Art
Forms
e. Great Lakes Native American Art
Forms
f. Southwest Indian Art
Forms
g. East Coast Indian Art
Forms
(3) Latin American Art Division
Forms
a. Latin American Art - General
Forms
b. Archaic Mexican Art
Forms
c. Mayan Art
Forms
d. Zapotec Art
Forms
e. Toltec Art
Forms
f. Aztec Art
Forms
g. Inca Art
Forms
h. Amazon Region Art
Forms
i. Fuegian Art
Forms
j. Period of Conquest Art
Forms
(4) Post Columbian Native American Art
Forms
(5) Native American Designs & Motifs
Forms
Humanities Division
A. Folklore & Mythology Division
 
i. Folklore Division
 
(1) Folklore - General
Forms
(2) Native American Folklore
Books
B. Religion Division
 
(1) Ancient Religions
Books
(2) Primal Religions
Books
(3) African Religions
Books
(4) Special Religious Movements
Books
Social Sciences Division
A. Anthropology Division
 
i. Anthropology General
Books
ii. Social & Cultural Anthropology Division
Books
(1) Social & Cultural Anthropology - General
Books
(2) Primitive Society
Books
(3) Kinship
Books
(4) Tribes & Tribalism
Books
 
(5) Ritual (Anthropology)
Books
(6) Material Culture
Books
B. Linguistic Anthropology
Forms
C. Ethnology
Books
i. Ethnopsychology
Books
D. Applied Social Studies Division
 
i. Applied Anthropology
Books