Social Science Methods

Welcome


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

Vicki Beaupré-Odorico : Coordinator

Vicki Beaupré-Odorico

Coordinator
514-457-6610 ext. 5019
H-338
vicki.odorico@johnabbott.qc.ca


Julien Charest : Methods

Julien Charest

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5983
H-315
julien.charest@johnabbott.qc.ca

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.


Christophe Chowanietz : Methods

Christophe Chowanietz

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 9717
H-309
christophe.chowanietz@johnabbott.qc.ca

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 Cockburn : Methods (Summer 2018)

Jenny Cockburn

Methods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5486
HA-109
jenny.cockburn@johnabbott.qc.ca


David Desjardins : Methods

David Desjardins

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5878
H-319
david.desjardins@johnabbott.qc.ca

Education
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).
Research
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.
Teaching
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.
College courses
• Introductory macroeconomics
• Introductory microeconomics
• Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
• Research Methods in the Social Sciences
• Integration in the Social Sciences
University courses
• Introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics
• Introductory statistics
• Intermediate macroeconomics and microeconomics
• Econometrics (theoretical and applied)


Richard Element : Methods (Summer 2018)

Richard Element

Methods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5629
H-348
richard.element@johnabbott.qc.ca


Dario Guiducci : Methods (Summer 2018)

Dario Guiducci

Methods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5118
H-336
dario.guiducci@johnabbott.qc.ca


Wendi Hadd : Methods

Wendi Hadd

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5734
H-348
wendi.hadd@johnabbott.qc.ca


Vanessa Harrar : Methods

Vanessa Harrar

Methods
514-457-6610
H-244
vanessa.harrar@johnabbott.qc.ca


Nicola Hope : Methods

Nicola Hope

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5102
H-307
nicola.hope@johnabbott.qc.ca

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.


Catherine Humes : Methods

Catherine Humes

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5817
H-305
catherine.humes@johnabbott.qc.ca

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


Abdulrahman Karouma : Methods

Abdulrahman Karouma

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5498
H-220
abdulrahman.karouma@johnabbott.qc.ca


André Leblanc : Methods

André Leblanc

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5062
H-317
andre.leblanc@johnabbott.qc.ca

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.


Jessica Legere : Methods

Jessica Legere

Methods
514 457 6610 ext 5550
H-344
jessica.legere@johnabbott.qc.ca


Julien Morency-Laflamme : Methods

Julien Morency-Laflamme

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5390
H-309
j.morency-laflamme@johnabbott.qc.ca


Azra Rashid : Methods

Azra Rashid

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5722
HA-110
azra.rashid@johnabbott.qc.ca


Tanya Rowell-Katzemba : Methods

Tanya Rowell-Katzemba

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5918
H-304
tanya.rowell-katzemba@johnabbott.qc.ca

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.


Luba Serge : Methods

Luba Serge

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5416
H-338
luba.serge@johnabbott.qc.ca


Laura Shillington : Methods

Laura Shillington

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5592
HO-306 - Geosciences
laura.shillington@johnabbott.qc.ca

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.


Jean-Michel Sotiron : Methods

Jean-Michel Sotiron

Methods
514-457-6610 ext. 5535
H-304 - History, Economics, Political Science (HEPS)
jean-michel.sotiron@johnabbott.qc.ca

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 Spicer : Methods (Summer 2018)

Gordon Spicer

Methods (Summer 2018)
514-457-6610 ext. 5709
HO-310
gordon.spicer@johnabbott.qc.ca


Courses

For further information on courses taught in the department,  please visit the Social Science section of the Course Calendar.

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Supplemental Information

Social Science Drop-In Lab

Social Science Drop-In Lab
H-431

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).

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