Special Topic: Sociol Control

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for SOCIOL 204.


Analyses the means by which different institutions, groups and individuals control the actions, behaviours and thoughts of people in contemporary modern societies––including our own. Discusses controllers, their targets, the mechanisms they employ and the goals they seek to accomplish. Analyses the dynamics of control–how control mechanisms change over time, as well as the means by which people resist. Examines how and why individuals resist or revolt against forms of social control and cultural domination. Prompts students to reflect how controlling processes have affected their everyday life.  

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for SOCIOL 204.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




The course will use appropriate texts, such as:

- Lorne Tepperman & Laura Upenieks. Social Control. Oxford University Press.

- George Orwell. 1984

- Aldous Huxley. Brave New World

- excerpts from Stuart Ewen. Captains of Consciousness

- excerpts from Irving Janis. Victims of Groupthink


100% Coursework: Quizzes, writing assignments and an in-class test


SOCIOL 204: 15 points


30 points at Stage I in Sociology, or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum of B+, or 90 points passed.