The Social Development Studies Major consists of psychology*, sociology*, social work and interdisciplinary (SDS) courses. 

  • *Not all PSYCH and SOC courses count for SDS. Click on each code below for a full list of SDS-approved courses.
  • Many of our courses are available in online format, but are not guaranteed to be offered online every term. See CEL's website for planned scheduled offerings.
  • For recent course outlines, visit our Outlines page.
  • Planning your next term and wondering what courses to take? Review our Choose Courses for a Future Term  PDF. Enrolment FAQs also has more information on troubleshooting schedule issues and what to expect if you're a direct-entry, upper-year, online or transfer student.

Online SDS Courses 

Note: Courses with "R" are offered through SDS at Renison. Courses without "R" are offered through the Psychology and Sociology departments. See CEL's website for planned scheduled offerings.

SDS

  • SDS 131R
  • SDS 150R
  • SDS 210R
  • SDS 220R
  • SDS 250R
  • SDS 251R
  • SDS 331R
  • SDS 350R
  • SDS 355R   
  • SDS 357R
  • SDS 358R
  • SDS 400R
  • SDS 405R
  • SDS 425R

SOCWK

  • SOCWK 120R
  • SOCWK 220R
  • SOCWK 221R
  • SOCWK 222R
  • SOCWK 300R
  • SOCWK 301R
  • SOCWK 321R

SOC

  • SOC 101 (main campus)
  • SOC 204R
  • SOC 207R 

PSYCH

  • PSYCH 101 (main campus)
  • PSYCH 213R
  • PSYCH 253 (main campus)
  • PSYCH 312 (main campus)
  • PSYCH 354R/PSYCH 354 
  • PSYCH 356R/PSYCH 356
  • PSYCH 444R​


 
 

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Notes

2Special Topics Courses

The following courses are offered subject to the research and/or instructional interests of faculty. Topics are subject to change, but material is unique to alternative SDS-offered courses. 

If listed on a plan (e.g. specialization), topic must be approved by the Department Chair to count for the plan. 

  • SDS 375R, 450R
    • SDS 450R is most commonly offered in seminar format. This class can be taken up to 3 times with unique topics per offering. Currently the topic "Comparative and International Education" is the only one approved by the department for a specialization (Education).
  • PSYCH 375R, 450R (rare)
  • SOCWK 375R, 450R (rare)
  • SOC 375R, 450R (rare)

3Independent Study / Special Studies / Thesis Courses

Students must submit an application to be enrolled in any of these courses. Learn more on our courses requiring application page.

These courses are graded numerically.

  • Independant Study courses provide space for SDS major students to pursue personal investigation on a topic of interest under the supervision of an SDS faculty member. Students are allowed credit for a maximum of 2 different course codes (e.g. SDS 398R + PSYCH 398R). Appropriate course code will depend on field of study and/or supervising faculty's expertise.
    • CODES: 398R and 399R across SDS, SOCWK, SOC and PSYCH disciplines
  • Special Studies courses provide full-time SDS faculty members the chance to support individual (or a small roup) of SDS major students through an in-depth empirical reflection of a contemporary social issue. Appropriate course code will depend on field of study and/or supervising faculty's expertise.
    • CODE: 490R code across SDS, SOCWK, SOC and PSYCH disciplines. 
    • NOTE: If wishing to use a 490R towards a specific SDS specialization, clearly indicate this in the application. Topic must be approved by the Department Chair as related to the specialization theme. 
  • The Honours Essay/Thesis courses are open only to SDS major students in the 4-year program who meet specific academic criteria. The honours essay/thesis provides flexibility for students to deeply explore topics through an extensive literature review and/or conduct their own research to better understand the research process. It is expected to run for at least 8 months in back-to-back terms. Supervision by a full-time SDS faculty member is required. 
    • CODES: SDS 499A/B

4Apprenticeship Courses

Students must submit an application to be enrolled in either of these courses. Learn more on our courses requiring application page.

These courses are graded with CR/NCR only. Students must ensure these courses will not impact the residency requirements for their degree.

  • You must apply for enrolment in the following apprenticeship courses:
    • SDS 495R, 496R
  • If you wish the course to apply towards a specialization, the research or placement must be related to the specialization.  You will request approval within the application form.
  • These courses are offered on a CR/NCR basis only.

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