Sociology (MA)

An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you invest in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put his or her academic training to the test. The University of Ottawa is the place to recruit CO-OP students!

Only the top students are admitted to the program. Each one has achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 7 out of 10 (a B+ average). Students begin their first work term after one complete year of study giving them a strong academic background to help them succeed on the job. You may choose French-speaking, English-speaking or bilingual students. The sequence of work and study terms is shown below.

Skills that are in demand

Before starting their first work placements, CO-OP students in sociology get to know different aspects of major sociological issues such as:

  • Canadian society, its history and its characteristics
  • Relations between ethnic groups
  • Immigration and demographics
  • Social consequences of economic and environmental issues
  • Social participation, particularly youth participation
  • Evolution of the family structure
  • International development

They have developed their skills in critical thinking and summarization, research, statistics, report writing, communication and organization. This theoretical and methodological training allows interns to quickly integrate into your workplace and become, in little time, productive members of your team.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Work 2 Study Study
Examples of tasks at work
  • Analyzing complex social, economic and political issues
  • Conducting interviews, analyzing them and summarizing the results
  • Designing, carrying out and conducting statistical analysis of surveys
  • Drafting policies
  • Interpreting study results
  • Writing reports on both qualitative and quantitative research
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