The Social Science Methods Department offers three compulsory courses in methodology that form an integral part of the Social Science Program at John Abbott College. The courses are Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research (QM), Social Science Research Methods (RM) and Integration of the Social Sciences (ISS). A multidisciplinary approach is emphasized, and the courses are taught by faculty from various social science disciplines.
Some of the resources available to students include the Social Science Drop-In Lab in H-431, where peer tutors help students with QM, RM and ISS. A lab technician is also available to aid students with course-related problems and research.
Members of the Department
514-457-6610 ext. 5019
514-457-6610 ext. 5983
BACKGROUND: Bachelor of Arts - History & East Asian Studies – Université de Montréal
Masters of Arts - History – McGill University
EXPERTISE: history of Japan and Asia
COURSES TAUGHT: History of Western Civilization, Research Methods in the Social Sciences,
Integration in the Social Sciences
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I lived and taught English second language for 1 year in northern Japan.
514-457-6610 ext. 9717
I received my Ph.D. in political science from the Université de Montréal and my MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics. I am teaching introduction to politics, international politics, and political economy, as well as methodology courses. My main research interests lie in the interactions between domestic politics and international affairs, the impact of political violence on democratic institutions, terrorism and the rally-around-the-flag phenomenon. I previously worked for the European Commission on the transition of the East European countries and their integration to the European Union.
Jenny CockburnMethods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5486
514-457-6610 ext. 5878
David Desjardins has been a member of the Department of Economics at John Abbott College since the winter semester 2000. He Currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Concordia University, graduating with honours in Econometrics. Having done all of the course work and passed comprehensive examinations, he holds a Ph.D. A.B.D (all but dissertation), which he may finish should the timing prove right. He has also studied at the University of British Columbia (Economics) and McGill University (Law).
His research interests are in the area of financial economics and econometrics as it pertains to financial markets; more specifically, the area of liquidity, asset pricing, and the term structure of interest rates.
Professor Desjardins has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level along with college level classes since 1996. Given his specialty in Econometrics and statistics, much of the teaching centres around statistics and its applications.
• Introductory macroeconomics
• Introductory microeconomics
• Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
• Research Methods in the Social Sciences
• Integration in the Social Sciences
• Introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics
• Introductory statistics
• Intermediate macroeconomics and microeconomics
• Econometrics (theoretical and applied)
Richard ElementMethods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5629
Dario GuiducciMethods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5118
514-457-6610 ext. 5734
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Nicola holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a specialization in National and Subnational Aspects of Development from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She graduated from the Honours Social Science Program at John Abbott College in 2001.
While in Ottawa, Nicola held various positions on Parliament Hill, though most of her career has been spent in the international non-profit sector. For 10 years she coordinated healthcare and education programs at the World Federation of Hemophilia where she contributed to the improvement of access to care and treatment for people with inherited bleeding disorders all over the world.
Nicola is teaching Modern Political Ideas and Quantitative Methods. She joined the Political Science department in 2017.
514-457-6610 ext. 5817
Catherine Humes has been a member of the Department of History at John Abbott College since the fall semester of 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and History/Classics from McGill University, as well as a Master of Arts in the History and Philosophy of Religion from Concordia University, and a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in History and Religion from the University of Toronto (OISE). Her interests include the history of religion, gender and social justice, and pedagogy centered on critical thinking and student engagement. She is a member of the Harassment Awareness Committee and participates in the Women’s Studies and Gender Relations Certificate at the College
514-457-6610 ext. 5498
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André LeBlanc began his university studies in the sciences, taking a B.Sc. in biology and psychology at the University of New Brunswick in 1990. He went on to do his Master’s (1993) and PhD (2000) at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.
After completing his PhD, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en science et technologie at the Université du Québec à Montréal (2000-2002) and in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University (2002-2003). In 2004 he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he taught for three years as a visiting assistant professor in the History of Science and Technology Programme at the University of King’s College. In 2010, he spent a month teaching as a visiting professor in the Master en Histoire et Philosophie des Sciences at the University of Bordeaux and has been teaching a seminar on the Historical, Philosophical, and Social Aspects of Science at the Science College of Concordia University since 2011.
Professor LeBlanc joined HEPS in January 2008 and has been happily teaching history, research methods, and the history and methodology of science ever since. He has published in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, History of Science, Scientia Canadensis, and the Human Nature Review. His research interests include the nature of the placebo effect, the relationship between science and religion, the role of mind in evolution, and the problem of free will from the perspective of science.
514 457 6610 ext 5550
514-457-6610 ext. 5390
514-457-6610 ext. 5722
514-457-6610 ext. 5918
I have been a teacher of History at John Abbott College since 2012. I have a Master’s in History from Concordia University, where my research focus was on 20th century Mexican history. In my graduate research, I looked at ideas about race in the construction of the nation after the Mexican Revolution, and the role that history textbooks have played in diffusing these ideas to schoolchildren. In my work outside the college, I am involved in community work with migrants to Canada, trying to work towards more equitable access to basic services and human rights. I’m passionate about history, and strive to share that passion with my students here at the college.
514-457-6610 ext. 5416
514-457-6610 ext. 5592
HO-306 - Geosciences
Laura joined the Geosciences Department in 2013. She has a BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria, an MSc in Forestry from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, and a PhD in Geography from York University. Her research interests are in gender, political ecology and urban social-environmental justice with a regional focus on Central America.
514-457-6610 ext. 5535
H-304 - History, Economics, Political Science (HEPS)
Professor Sotiron has been a member of John Abbott College’s Political Science Department since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University, as well as a Master’s in Political Science from UQAM; his thesis was on Hindu nationalism. He also serves as a member of the Methods committee of the College.
With regards to student life, Professor Sotiron is involved with the JAC Model UN programme as well as the annual inter-collegiate debate event hosted at the college. What Professor Sotiron enjoys most about teaching at JAC is fostering healthy debates in class by discussing political ideas with students.
Courses taught: Modern Political Ideas 385-250-AB
Introduction to Political Science 385-100-AB
Integration in the Social Sciences 300-301-AB
Research Methods 300-300-AB
Quantitative Methods 360-300-RE
Gordon SpicerMethods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5709
For further information on courses taught in the department, please visit the Social Science section of the Course Calendar.
Social Science Drop-In Lab
Social Science Drop-In Lab
Open Monday to Friday
8:30 – 16:30
- For use by Social Science students on a drop-in basis
- Computers, textbooks, study guides and reference materials are available for course-related problems, research and applications. Software includes Microsoft Office, SPSS and Inspiration. The lab is also connected to the Internet.
- Peer tutors for methods courses (QM, RM and ISS) are available at posted times (posted on lab door around week 4).
Resources / Links
- Basics of APA Style Tutorial (with audio)
- APA Formatting and Style Guide – Purdue University Online Writing Lab
- Cite It (APA and MLA Styles Tutorial) – works best in Chrome/Safari
- Concordia University Library
- McGill University Library
- Library and Archives Canada
- Statistics Canada
- NationMaster Statistics
- Royal Statistical Society
- Social Science Research Network
- Gallup Polls
- Nielsen Media Research
- Movie Mapper: The Brand Hype Database
- Health Canada Online
- Canadian Council on Social Development
- World Health Organization – Data and Statistics
- The History Place
- UN Population Information Network
- UN Food and Agricultural Organization
- Government of Canada
- Bank of Canada Review
- World Bank – Data