Skip To Content

Athabasca University

Dr. Mike Sosteric

Assistant Professor, Sociology



  • B.A. (High Hons.) (University of Regina)
  • B.A. (Hons.) (University of Regina)
  • M.A. (University of Regina)
  • Ph.D. (University of Alberta)


Introductory courses

If you are interested in taking a course with me, you can contact me at Note that if you are a post-secondary student in another institute, you may still be able to take courses with me and have those courses count as credits in your home institution. Contact your institution for information on transferring credit. AU’s collaborative programs & partnership arrangements.


Greetings, my name is Dr. Mike Sosteric and I am a sociologist in the Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences, Athabasca University. I teach and coordinate several of the University's Sociology courses (including our introductory courses, our statistics course, and several advanced study and reading courses) and am available for reading and individualized study classes in any of my areas of interest.

My interests are wide and range broadly, encompassing topics in sociology, psychology, and even religious studies and spirituality. I refuse to work inside boxes and this refusal is represented by the breadth and depth of my interests. A short list of interests is included below.

  • psychology
  • social psychology
  • stratification and inequality (gender and class based)
  • labour process /work and employment
  • gender inequality
  • violence in society
  • violence in the family
  • consciousness studies
  • entheogens and consciousness
  • critical studies of spirituality and consciousness
  • spirituality in psychology
  • psychological Archetypes
  • the process of socialization and social control
  • social violence

Course Development

I am currently working on three courses for the department, A Sociology of Spirituality, A Sociology of Mental Health Course, and a Sociology of Science.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy can be summed up in four words, "IT IS MY JOB.":

  • It is my job to make the materials interesting.
  • It is my job to make the materials relevant.
  • It is my job to write in a way that is engaging and enlightening.
  • It is my job to ensure that students can understand what I mean.

Towards the end of actualizing my philosophy, I spend a lot of time and effort writing interesting, relevant, engaging, enlightening, and easy to understand courses. I don't dumb down the content, but I do do the work necessary to present even complicated ideas in a grounded and easy to understand way. You can see a sample of my writing by visiting my columnist page at The Socjourn, of which I am the founding editor. You can also view a sample of my introductory Sociology courses (SOCI 287 and SOCI 288) by clicking any of the following links.

Introductory Courses

Sociology 287
Sociology 288
Sociology 288: Sociology of Religion Sample Units

Coming Soon

Updated March 31 2015 by Student & Academic Services

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.