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Conference Program 2012

Sociology and Criminology Undergraduate Student Conference

8: 30 – 9:00 - Registration
Location: Conference Room, G1205, Cedar Building

9:00 – 9:30 - Opening Ceremonies – Welcome Speech
Location: Conference Room, G1205, Cedar Building

Dr. Amir Mirfakhraie and Dr. Frances Chiang, Sociology Department, KPU
Steve Dooley, Co-Chair, Sociology Department, KPU
Dr. Diane Purvey, Dean, Faculty of Arts, KPU

9:45 – 10:45 - Concurrent Sessions 1, 2, 3 & 4

Session 1 – Panel: Policing and (In)security in Canada
Location: Room 324, Fir Building
Chair: Mike Larsen

‘Accountability across the Policing Field’ – Jacqueline Tarantino, Criminology, KPU
‘Agent Provocateurs’ – Karissa Paull, Criminology, KPU
‘Comparing “Extraordinary” Indefinite Detention Against Other Methods of Indefinite Social Control’ – Cory Rypkema, Criminology, KPU

Session 2 – Policy Analysis
Location: Room 326, Fir Building
Chair: Erling Christensen

‘The Adoption Act: Adoption for Same Sex Couples’ – Sim Badesha, Sociology, KPU
‘Young offenders’ legal Rights Comprehension’ – Maria Goldin, Psychology, KPU
‘Roadside Memorial Policies and Perspectives in the City of Langley, BC, Canada’ – Aimee Fauteux, Sociology, KPU

Session 3 – Panel: Postmodernist Readings of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables
Location: Room334, Fir Building
Chair: Greg Chan

‘Finding Canadian Identity in “Anne of Green Gables”’ – Kathy McClement, English, KPU
‘Equality Through Competition: Anne’s Relationship with Gilbert in “Anne of Green Gables”’ – Rachelle Hall, English, KPU
‘An “Outspoken Morsel of Neglected Humanity”: Anne Shirley, the Unexpected Feminist Icon’ – Jennifer Hodgson, English, KPU

Session 4 – Aboriginal Identity, and Health
Location: Room1362, Fir Building
Chair: Charles Quist-Adade

‘Understanding Within Indigenous Frameworks: A Book Review on “Dancing on Our Turtles Back” by Leanne Simpson’ – Melinda Bige, Sociology and Anthropology, KPU
‘Aboriginal Health in BC: Intersectionality in Political Discourse’, Lee Van Wagoner, Sociology, SFU

11:00 – 12:15 - Concurrent Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8

Session 5 – Panel: Criminological Perspectives on Human Rights
Location: Room 324, Fir Building
Chair: Mike Larsen
‘The Conflict Between Science and Politics: A Content Analysis of Media Representation of Insite’ – Viktoriia Kovalska, Criminology, KPU
‘Guantanamo Bay and the Violation of Human Rights’ – Janroop Pannu, Criminology, KPU
‘Aboriginal Rights vs. State Sovereignty: Exploring the Right of Aboriginal People to Safe Drinking Water’ – Narpinder Rehallu, Criminology, KPU

Session 6 – Race/Ethnicity and Gender: Discrimination and Oppression
Location: Room 326, Fir Building
Chair: Charles Quist-Adade

‘Muslim Females within France’s Schools’ – Muhjah Abousaleh, Psychology and Counseling, KPU
‘Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence’ – Sim Badesha, Sociology, KPU
‘Misuse of Assumptions: Runaway Brides and Grooms’ – Robin Curry, Anthropology, Sociology and Asian Studies, KPU
‘Does Race Matter in International Beauty Pageants?’ – Selena Zhong, Sociology, UBC

Session 7 – Media: Impacts and (Mis)representations
Location: Room 334, Fir Building
Chair: Annette Reynolds

‘Social Influences of TV Sitcoms’ – Preet Mondair and Faaria Patel, Sociology, KPU
‘Perceptions of Teen Parenthood and Media Portrayals’ – Aliya Rahiman, Ania Jedrzejewska, Sally Chen, Ashley Palmarchetty, and Taamisah M., Criminology and Sociology, KPU
‘Captain America Media Project’ – Ashley Hoyem, Political Science and Sociology, KPU
‘The Changing Face of Ghanaian Media: A Representation of Homosexuality in the Ghanaian Media’ – Faith Bates, Criminology, Sociology, and Counseling, KPU

Session 8 – Knowledge Building and Research Methodology
Location: Room 1362, Fir Building
Chair: Erling Christensen

‘Barriers Experienced by a Visually Impaired Student‘– Yvonne Stewart, General Studies and Counseling, KPU
‘Support and Oppositions of Sex Education Predictors’ – Barbara Talkington, Sociology, Western Washington University
‘Longitudinal Ethnographic Research on Social Mobility’ – Yousef Hosny, Sociology, KPU
‘A Further Look into Multidisplinary’ – Saed Abu-Haltam, Sociology, KPU

12:20 – 13:00 - Lunch
Location: Conference Centre, Room G1205, Cedar Building

Poster Presentation: ‘Neo-Liberalism: Strategies, Efforts, and Methodologies of Right-Wing Think Tanks’ – Yousif Samarrai, Philosophy and Economics, KPU

13:00 – 14:00 - Keynote Speaker
Location: Conference Centre, Room G1205, Cedar Building

Dr. Gillian Creese, Professor, Department of Sociology,
University of British Columbia
‘Migration, Gender and Identity across Generations’

14:10 – 15:25 - Concurrent Sessions 9, 10 & 11

Session 9 – Stigma, Identities and Culture
Location: Room 324, Fir Building
Chair: Annette Reynolds

‘Bitch, Slut, Cunt, Whore, Words and Identities’ – Alyssa Nielsen, KPU
‘Humour and Homophobia: Interactions and Implications’ – Jenn Clark, Psychology, KPU
‘Increasing Positive Perceptions of the Homeless and Mentally Ill’ – Isabel Scheuneman Scott, Criminology and Psychology, KPU
‘Vampires: A Cultural Obsession’ – Sim Badesha, Sociology, KPU

Session 10 – Inequalities: Class and Strategies
Location: Room 326, Fir Building
Chair: Erling Christensen

‘South Korea’s Competitive Educational System’ – Tania Leiva, Psychology, KPU
‘On hegemonic Deconstruction of Labour Unions in North America and Its Consequences for the Working Class’ – Brian Hnatiak, Sociology, KPU
‘A Critical Review of the Intersecting Social, Political and Economic Forces Faced by Non-Profit Organizations in Canada’ – Jessica Lee, Sociology, SFU
‘Welfare and Income Assistance Reform in BC’ – Jennifer Job, Sociology, KPU

Session 11 – Canada and Beyond
Location: Room 334, Fir Building
Chair: Charles Quist-Adade

Fundamentalism Breeds Fundamentalism: South Asian Diaspora in Britain’ – Lliam Easterbrook, English, KPU
‘Famine in Somalia: Putting an End to Starvation’ – Saadia Sheikh, Communications, SFU
‘A Close Analysis on How Canada Influences Third-World Countries’ – Sofia Rodriguez, English, KPU
‘Foreign Aid in Africa: A Critical Analysis in Development Assistance’ – Iman Ghahremani, Criminology, KPU

15:25 – 15:40 - Coffee Break
Location: Conference Centre, G1205C, Cedar Building

15:40 – 16:40 - Plenary Session: ‘From Undergraduate to Graduate Studies: Lessons from Kwantlen Alumnus’
Location: Conference Centre, Room G1205, Cedar Building

‘From Surrey to Glasgow:  An Alumnus' Reflection on his Experience at Kwantlen and Beyond’
Kyle R. Mitchell, (PhD candidate in sociology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland)
‘Adjusting to Grad School: How Funding Helps?’ – Trishia Coburn, MA Student, Forensic Psychology, SFU
‘My Road Map to Grad School – Turning Passion into Profession’ – Stephan Struve, MA Student, School of Communication, SFU
‘Carving Your Path to Success: Getting a Degree vs. Getting an Education’ – Sara Yasan, M. Ed., UBC


16:40 – 17:00 - Closing Ceremonies
Location: Conference Centre, Room G1205, Cedar Building

Dr. Amir Mirfakhraie and Dr. Frances Chiang, Sociology Department, KPU