Course Enrolment

  1. I can't get into this SOC course because the SWS/STS says it's full. What can I do?
  2. How do I get into "balloted" courses?
  3. How do I get into 'E' (enrol at department) courses?
  4. Can I take a SOC course if I'm not doing a SOC subject POSt?
  5. I want to take a SOC course but I don't have the prerequisites? What do I do?
  6. I do not want do the SOC major POSt, but I really want to take SOC200Y. What can I do?
  7. For the major, do I really have to take SOC200Y and SOC203Y immediately after taking SOC101Y?
  8. I'm taking SOC101Y in the summer, with the intention of being a SOC major. During course selection this summer, can I select SOC200Y for September?
  9. What is an an Independent Research Course? What do I do to take one?
  10. How do I enrol in a course that requires permission of the instructor?
  11. I'm thinking about Sociology, but what courses can I expect to take in future years?
  12. This information was useful and answered a lot of my questions. But there's something you haven't covered. My situation is...

1. I can't get into this SOC course because the SWS/STS says it's full. What can I do?
We hope that you get the courses you want on your first try. If not, you may continue to try for a space in the course until the end of the add/drop period, which is the period at the beginning of every session when students can freely add or delete courses as space permits. The course selection process is "live" so timing is key. When another student leaves their space in a course, it is immediately available for the next student who requests it.

As you know, the U of T registration system is automated, which ensures fairness. The Department staff and instructors cannot favour certain students and "get them into a course." Furthermore, since the system is live and online, with students vacating and filling spaces remotely and at all hours, a waiting list is almost impossible to implement. Unfortunately this means that in the case of the more popular and often filled-to-capacity courses, you may have to make multiple attempts on ROSI to get in just when someone else deletes.

The best advice we can offer is to select your courses at the earliest possible date and time allowable, given your student status and year level. The date and time when you can begin selecting courses is given in the Timetable.

After the add/drop period, you will have to see your registrar to seek permission to add a course after the deadline. If a course ended up being full at the end of the add/drop period, no students can be added, and your registrar cannot help you. But if it did not end up full, and you happened to be trying at unlucky times, you may be able to add the course this way. However, once the last few spaces are filled, even the registrar cannot help you, so do not delay in seeing them.

The one case where we can help you is if you need a particular SOC course (not just any SOC course) to graduate this session; see your registrar's office and explain your situation.

2. QUESTION: How do I get into "balloted" courses?
You may be referring to older literature. "Balloting" is not used for SOC courses in 2005. Consult the current  Calendar and Timetable for up-to-date course selection instructions.

3. QUESTION: How do I get into 'E' (enrol at department) courses?
There are two types of courses in SOC with the 'E' indicator. See the dedicated section on 'E' courses by clicking here.

4. Can I take a SOC course if I'm not doing a SOC subject POSt?
As an Arts and Science student, you may take almost any SOC course even if you are not in a SOC POSt, as long as you have the prerequisites. These SOC courses will simply be part of your degree, i.e. some the courses that you take outside of your POSt(s) to "top up" to the total 15.0 or 20.0 courses in your overall degree.

Most SOC courses are designated as Priority to SOC students. These have the 'P' indicator in the Timetable. Although SOC students have early access in the first round of course selection, they are open to non-SOC students who may select them in the second round.

The only exceptions are the SOC courses designated as Restricted. These have the 'R' indicator in the Timetable. The Restricted designation is not lifted at any time. There are only a few such courses.

The indicator for every course and the precise dates of the first and second rounds of course selection are given in this year's Timetable.

5. I want to take a SOC course but I don't have the prerequisites? What do I do?
Take the prerequisites.

The prerequisites for Sociology courses are not very extensive. The Department will remove students from a course, at any time they are discovered, if they do not have the prerequisites. See the Calendar course listings for prerequisites. They are listed well in advance and are the responsibility of the student.

Prerequisites may be waived, but only in exceptional cases. See the Prerequisites Policy for more information. If you are fulfilling a prerequisite with a course taken at U of T Mississauga or Scarborough or another university, you must also see the Prerequisites Policy and follow the instructions to avoid being removed.

6. I do not want do the SOC major POSt, but I really want to take SOC200Y. What can I do?
While SOC200Y is Restricted to SOC majors in fall 2005, it is not Restricted in the 2006 summer session. You do need the prerequisite, SOC101Y. But you do not need to be in any SOC POSt to take SOC200Y in the summer. Go ahead and select it on ROSI. Of course, SOC200Y in the summer is available to Sociology minors and majors as well.

7.  For the major, do I really have to take SOC200Y and SOC203Y immediately after taking SOC101Y?
There is no penalty for not doing this, but we strongly recommend this sequence of courses. If you do not follow this advice, you may find yourself taking an extra session to complete your SOC POSt, especially if you are considering going on to do the specialist. The specialist courses build on each other and follow a sequence, as you can see from the prerequisites of each required course.

Another consideration is how theory and research methods provide a strong foundation for understanding material you will encounter in later sociology courses. Feedback from students who have taken SOC courses both before and after SOC200Y and SOC203Y confirms that the educational experience in the later courses was enhanced by their increased understanding of theory and research methods.

8. I'm taking SOC101Y in the summer, with the intention of being a SOC major. During course selection this summer, can I select SOC200Y for September?
No. Since you do not qualify for the major POSt until after you achieve 65% or more in SOC101Y, you will be in the group of people trying for SOC200Y at the end of summer. As soon as your qualifying SOC101Y grade is official, enrol in the SOC major. You have until September 25 to enrol, but don't wait that long as courses will continue to fill up. Then you will be eligible to select SOC200Y, which is Restricted to majors in September. While we anticipate enough space in SOC200Y for all SOC majors, including those enroling in the major at the end of their summer course, we cannot guarantee this. You may have to take it in a later session.

9. What is an Independent Research Course?
This is one of the two types of courses in SOC with the 'E' indicator. See the dedicated section on 'E' courses by clicking here.

10. How do I enrol in a course that requires permission of the instructor?
This is one of the two types of courses in SOC with the 'E' indicator. See the dedicated section on 'E' courses by clicking here.

11. I'm thinking about Sociology, but what courses can I expect to take in future years?
Aside from the required core curriculum, course offerings do vary from year to year. The Calendar has the complete listing, but not all courses are offered every session. The Course Descriptions have the specific offerings for the next session, plus more detailed information, instructors, reading lists, and marking schemes.

12. This information was useful and answered a lot of my questions. But there's something you haven't covered. My situation is...
You may have individual concerns not covered above that need further consultation. Drop in to speak to the Sociology undergraduate advisor for personal advising at the Department of Sociology,725 Spadina Ave., rm 284.

Undergraduate