Mission and research fields

 

The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) has the following mission:

  • to promote and provide financial support for research in the fields of social sciences and humanities and the fields of education, management, arts and literature;
  • to promote and provide financial support for the dissemination of scientific knowledge in fields of research relating to social sciences and humanities and to education, management, arts and literature;
  • to promote and provide financial support for the training of researchers through merit scholarships for graduate and postgraduate students and persons who engage in postdoctoral research, through professional development scholarships for persons who wish to re-enter the research community, and through grants that allow the teaching duties of college level professors engaging in research activities to be reduced;
  • to create any necessary partnerships, in particular with universities, colleges and cultural institutions, and the government departments and public and private bodies concerned.

Areas of research

Arts, Literature and Society

Organizational Management

Writing and Fine Arts

Language and Languages

Cultures, Religions and Civilizations

Media, Communication and Information

The Development and Functioning of Individuals, Communities and Social Living

Living Environments, Planning and Appropriation of Human Spaces

The Economy, Employment and Markets

The Nature, Transformation and Governance of Society and Institutions

Education, Knowledge and Skills

International Relations and Development

Fundamental Issues and Meaning of Life

 

 

Arts, Literature and Society

Research on the mechanisms of the acquisition, production, transformation, dissemination and comprehension of arts and literature and their fundamental properties. This area also includes the analysis of literary phenomena and their associated theories, the study of literary corpora, and intertextual and transcultural issues including the connections between the literature of a given society and other literatures.

  • Analysis and Theories of Artistic or Literary Works
  • Analysis of Artistic or Literary Works
  • Arts, Literature and Subjectivity
  • Social Determinants of Arts and Letters
  • Reading and Reception
  • Artistic and Literary Marginality
  • Artistic and Literary Analysis Models
  • Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools, Styles and Corpora 
  • Artistic and Literary Theories
  • Mediation and Diffusion
  • Dissemination and Reception Contexts of Artistic or Literary Works
  • Social Impact of Arts Education
  • Social Identity of the Artist or Author
  • Agents of Legitimation
  • Cultural Industries
  • Methods and Strategies for Dissemination
  • Arts and Literary Policies
  • Arts Audiences
  • Artistic and Cultural Heritage
  • Heritage Business Management and Development
  • Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.)
  • Methods for the Conservation, Valorization, Restoration or Protection of Artistic and Cultural Heritage (Architectural, Literary, Musical, Theatrical, etc.)
  • Heritage Policies

 

Writing and Fine Arts

Research activities and processes associated with the creation or interpretation of artistic or literary works. Research/creation may involve various modes of exploration or experimentation, combine diverse artistic disciplines or explore different techniques, materials, forms or technologies with the goal of contributing to the development and enrichment of cultural heritage.

Production and Exploration In Visual Arts SOUND PRODUCTION, EXPLORATION AND PROCESSING
  • Printing Arts 
  • Electronic  Arts 
  • Comic Strips
  • Filmmaking
  • Drawing
  • Exploration and Transformation of Organic, Electronic or Synthetic Materials
  • Installations
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Video and New Media
  • Musical Composition
  • Musical Forms
  • Musical Genres 
  • Interpretation and Improvisation
  • Processing of other Audio Forms
PERFORMANCE AND THEATRICAL PRODUCTION LITERARY PRODUCTION AND EXPERIMENTATION MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPERIMENTATION
  • Adaptations
  • Choreography
  • Design and Planning of Space  
  • Dramaturgy
  • Gesture
  • Interactivity
  • Performance
  • Tales
  • Essays
  • Youth Literature
  • Mixed Genres
  • Poetry
  • Novels and Short Stories
  • Scripting
  • Theatrical Productions
  • Multiple Approaches to Creation
  • Merging Art Forms

 

Cultures, Religions and Civilizations

Research on the major stages of cultural development, understood to be a set of productions, symbolic representations, facts and events that mark or marked an era, a period, a society or its evolution. This area also includes the study of methods for the conservation and valorization of cultural heritage.

Prehistory HISTORY OF MAJOR ERAS, GREAT CIVILIZATIONS AND GEOGRAPHICAL CORPORA Religion
  • Archaeological Data Analysis
  • Prehistoric Art 
  • Population Movements
  • Archaeological excavation Methods and Techniques 
  • Origins and Development of Agriculture 
  • Origins and Evolution of Man
  • Stages of Development (Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic, etc.)
  • Sedentarization Process
  • Resource Production and Distribution Systems
  • Technology Development and Social Impact
  • Migrations, Populations and Cultural Exchanges
  • Mythology and World Representation 
  • Social Organization and Political Systems
  • Science and Knowledge
  • Moral Codification Systems
  • Religious Systems
  • Arts and cultural traditions
  • Life and economic production 
  • Philosophical Foundations
  • Canonical Law
  • Religious Dynamics
  • Criticism and Exegesis  of Sacred Texts
  • Major Religious Traditions
  • Religion, Culture and Space
  • Structures and Organization

 

The Development and Functioning of Individuals, Communities and Social Living

The study of individuals, groups and human communities and the dynamics that characterize, differentiate and drive them. Topics include the social determinants of well-being, problems of social adaptation of individuals or groups, life cycles and various aspects of individual and family development, in addition to research into social networks, social cohesiveness and social insertion and integration.

DEVIANT AND MARGINAL BEHAVIOURS Individuals Family
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Crime
  • Delinquency
  • Homelessness and Homeless People
  • Pornography
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Prostitution
  • Suicide
  • Drug Abuse
  • Ethnic and Intercultural Relations 
  • Violence
  • Mutual Aid Relationships and Social Networks
  • Identity Construction 
  • Life Cycles (Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.)
  • Affective and Emotional Development 
  • Cognitive Development
  • Insertion and Exclusion
  • Gender Relations
  • Sexuality
  • Socialization
  • Adoption
  • Home Economics
  • Single-Parent Families
  • Reconstituted/Blended Families 
  • Family Planning
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Couple Relationships
  • Reproduction and Ethical Problems
  • Familial Roles
  • Family  Trajectories
  • Family Transitions 
  • Civil and Religious Unions 
Life in society Social Transformations Social Services
  • Social Cohesiveness
  • Adaptation and Insertion Conditions 
  • Socio-Economic Conditions 
  • Local Cultures and Dynamics
  • Ethnic and Intercultural Relations
  • Mutual Aid Relationships
  • Social Networks
  • Tolerance
  • Professional Trajectories 
  • Values and Lifestyles
  • Ideological, Political, Economic and Social Contexts of Social Transformations 
  • Dynamics of Social Transformations 
  • Trends and Indicators
  • Social Movements
  • Social Policies
  • Family and Child Services
  • Specialized Services (Housing, Transportation)
  • General Social Services (Population)
  • Specific Social Services (Clientele)

 

The Economy, Employment and Markets

Research on economic development and the structure and dynamics of different markets across all sectors and forms of economic and financial activity. This area also includes the study of all types of economic policies, including employment policies, in addition to the study of economic methodologies and techniques for the modelling and analysis of economic data.

ECONOMIC PHENOMENA ON AN INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS LEVEL ECONOMIC PHENOMENA ON A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL LEVEL STATE OF THE ECONOMY, MARKETS AND PROSPECTIVES
  • Resource Allocation
  • Household Behaviour
  • Supply and Demand Dynamics
  • Savings
  • General Stability and Welfare
  • Production Factors Market
  • Shortage
  • Revenue Distribution
  • Market Structures 
  • Economic Flux and Systems 
  • Cost and Production Theory
  • Unemployment
  • Demand Elements
  • National Accounts
  • Open Economy and Globalization
  • Public Finances and Taxation
  • Inflation
  • Financial Tools
  • Monetary Markets and Interest Rates
  • International Capital and Products Market
  • National Capital and Products Market
  • Supply, Labour Market, Salaries and Production
  • Economic Policies
  • Monetary and Budgetary Policies
  • international Monetary Systems
  • Employment and Technology 
  • Insurance
  • Competitiveness and Competition
  • Contracts
  • Economic Growth and Cycles
  • Financial Assets Evaluation 
  • Investments
  • Stock Market
  • Real Estate Market
  • Economic Change
  • Industrial Organization and Sector Analysis
  • Economic Forecasts
  • Productivity
  • By-Products
  • R&D and Innovation
  • Regulation
ECONOMIC ANALYSIS METHODS Theories and Philosophies
  • Econometrics
  • Experimental Economics and Finances 
  • Model Building
  • Economic Thought and Theories
  • Production and Marketing Philosophies
  • Development Policies
  • Economic Systems

 

Education, Knowledge and Skills

Research on educational situations, contexts and processes. Topics include the study of school adaptation and integration and academic success and dropout, in addition to the process of learning, teaching modes, didactics and evaluation, the conditions conducive to the acquisition of knowledge or skills and teacher education.

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ADAPTATION LEARNING TEACHER EDUCATION
  • Intercultural Training
  • Educational Maladjustment
  • Occupational Integration
  • Educational Counselling
  • Literacy 
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Scientific Awareness
  • Distance Learning
  • Adult Education and Continuing Education
  • Modelling of Learning Processes
  • Learning Modes
  • Educational Approaches
  • Teaching
  • Epistemology of Teaching
  • Teaching Modes 
  • Educational Technologies
PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY AND COMPARATIVE STUDIES EDUCATION AND TRAINING MANAGEMENT EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT
  • Learning and Development Approaches
  • Education Systems
  • Systems of Thought (Education)
  • Philosophical Traditions in Education
  • Education 
  • Teacher and Student Performance Evaluation
  • Program Management (Education)
  • Resources Management (Education)
  • Teaching and Learning Systems
  • Economic  Contexts
  • Family Contexts
  • Political Contexts
  • Religious Contexts
  • Social Contexts

 

Fundamental Issues and Meaning of Life

Studies on systems of thought, values, normative systems and the ethical rules governing the development of individuals, knowledge and societies.

CONSTRUCTION OF THOUGHT, LANGUAGE, KNOWLEDGE AND SIGNIFICANCE ETHICS AND FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES OF LAW AND JUSTICE Evolution of thought ONTOLOGICAL AND METAPHYSICAL QUESTIONS
  • Epistemology and Methodology
  • Foundations of Religious, Mystical, Mythical and Moral Thought 
  • Fundamentals of Scientific Thought
  • Forms of Knowledge
  • Pragmatic Meaning
  • Logic Theories and Rules
  • Social Contract and Social Justice
  • Professional Ethics
  • Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights
  • Applied Ethics
  • Individual and Collective Ethics
  • Foundations of Ethics
  • Ideology and Social Policy
  • Individualism, Communalism, Pluralism and Tolerance
  • Moral Judgement and the Morals of Duty and Obligation
  • Liberties and  Constraints, Prohibitions and Sanctions
  • Individual and Dignity
  • Systems of Norms and Values
  • Schools of Thought
  • Knowledge Evolution Models
  • Thinkers
  • Periods and Currents of Thought
  • Philosophy and Ideology
  • Consciousness and Intentionality
  • Consciousness, Subjectivity and Personal Identity
  • Determinism and Subjectivity of Action
  • Divinity and Universe
  • Fate and Necessity
  • Perception and Representation
  • Practical Reasoning
  • Relation to Space and Time
  • Cultural References

 

Organizational Management

Research on issues relating to the management of organizations, including the planning, organization, management and control of various management functions and activities within organizations.

Management Technologies Finance and accounting
  • Communication and Public Relations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Evaluation, Analysis and Project Management
  • Management in Different Sectors 
  • Change Management (Structural, Technological and Cultural)
  • Crisis Management
  • Leadership
  • Political and Administrative Organization
  • Electronic Commerce 
  • Social, Political and Economic Impacts of Innovation
  • Technological Innovations 
  • Logistics
  • Employment and New Technologies
  • Production and Process Optimization 
  • Information Systems
  • Taxation
  • Risk Management
  • Laws, Standards and Regulation Impacts
  • Control Mechanisms and Performance Measurement
  • Financial Planning
Marketing Labour Relations Categories of businesses
  • Marketing and Distribution 
  • Market Analysis
  • Promotion, Advertising and Costs
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Working Conditions 
  • Collective Labour Agreements
  • Labour Standards and Laws
  • Public Policies
  • Labour Conflicts and  Relations 
  • Salary Payment
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Unionization
  • Cooperatives
  • Public Corporations
  • Large Private-Sector Companies
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Consortium

 

Language and Languages

Research into the mechanisms of the acquisition, comprehension, production and transformation of language and its fundamental properties. Topics include the study of learning, contact between languages and geolinguistic variations.

LANGUAGE INTERACTIONS LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTIES OF LANGUAGE
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Classification, Comparison and Evolution of World Languages
  • Language Contact and Linguistic Changes 
  • Dialects
  • Lexicography and Dictionaries
  • Translation Modes 
  • Language Rights and Policies
  • Automatic Language Processing
  • Linguistic Variation and Society
  • Formalism
  • Imagery
  • Language Acquisition, Comprehension and Production Mechanisms 
  • Memory
  • Mental Representation 
  • Symbolism
  • Grammar
  • Lexicology
  • Morphology
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Pragmatics
  • Rhetoric and Argumentation
  • Semantics
  • Stylistics
  • Syntax

 

Media, Communication and Information

Research focusing on the study of communication models and contexts, the conditions for the development of media and communications and how they change over time. Topics include the analysis of audience evolution; media content and impacts; the psychological, social and cultural impacts of new communication technologies; and communication and information policies.

ARCHIVES AND RESTORATION MEDIA CONTENT AND IMPACTS ETHICS, LAW AND RESPONSIBILITY
  • Collections, Acquisitions and Cataloguing
  • Conservation and Restoration
  • Archival Policies
  • Attitude Changes
  • Popular Cultures Produced and  Broadcast by the Media
  • Ideology Development
  • Media Influence on Behaviour
  • Public Opinion 
  • Stereotypes
  • Persuasion Strategies
  • Structures, Strategies and Impacts of Cultural Industries
  • Media Concentration
  • Right to Information
  • Law and Cyberspace Security
  • Copyright
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Media and Democratization
  • Civil and Social Responsibilities of Media
COMMUNICATION TYPES AND CONTEXTS MEDIA AND SOCIETY
  • Communication Contexts
  •  Interpersonal Communication 
  • Organizational and Interorganizational Communication 
  • Public Communication 
  • Audiovisual, Written, Audio and Visual Communication
  • Gestural and Verbal Communication
  • Audiences and Mass Media
  • Control of Information and Censorship
  • Impacts of New Information Technologies
  • Media and State-Citizen Relations
  • Means of Appropriation of Communication Mediums
  • Communication Policies: Regulation and Deregulation
  • Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.)

 

Living Environments, Planning and Appropriation of Human Spaces

Research into the organization, planning and development of spaces. Topics include habitat and living environments, planning and development practices and policies, the management and protection of natural and built environments, and the role of populations and migration.

DESIGN AND PLANNING ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY SPACE APPROPRIATION AND MANAGEMENT INDIVIDUALS AND SPACE
  • Architectural Conception 
  • Environmental Design Landscape Evolution Management  
  • Landscape and Environmental Organization 
  • Environmental Planning Practices
  • Environment Protection and Management
  • Ecological Trends
  • Social and Cultural Determinants of Environmental Protection 
  • Sustainable Development
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Environment Dynamics 
  • Human Ecology
  • Migratory Flows
  • Urban Area Management
  • Resources Management
  • Nature-Population Relation
  • Territory Planning
  • Urban and Rural Planning Policies
  • Cultural and Tourism Development
  • Regional Identity 
  • Mobility
  • People, Cities and Lands
  • Border Populations

 

The Nature, Transformation and Governance of Society and Institutions

Research into the characteristics, role, evolution and functioning of society, public institutions and civil society. Topics include the study of changes in public and private administration and the impact of these changes on the public and private sectors, and the study of the many aspects of political and civil dynamics: ideas, systems, groups, conflicts, power and the exercise of citizenship.

POLITICAL CULTURE, SOCIETY AND IDEOLOGIES Law POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURES ROLE OF GOVERNMENTS AND INSTITUTIONS
  • Interest Groups and Lobbying
  • Political Ideologies
  • Social Movements 
  • Political Parties
  • Political Socialization
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Penal Law
  • Procedural Law
  • Rights and Freedoms
  • Industrial Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • Jurisprudence
  • Justice Administration 
  • Local, Regional and National  Administration 
  • Centralization and Decentralization
  • State Constitutions
  • Governmental Bodies
  • Military Institutions 
  • Decision Making
  • Power and Organization
  • Political Regimes (Democracy, Monarchy, Federalism, Parliamentarism, etc.)
  • Parliamentary Organization and Procedure 
  • Electoral System
  • Foreign Affairs Internal  Affairs 
  • Armed Forces
  • Public Policies and Services 
  • Public Security and Civil Protection

 

International Relations and Development

Research on the interactions, exchanges and evolution of relations between nations and the development dynamics associated with them, in addition to the study of the cultural, social, legal, economic and political causes and consequences of globalization. Topics include issues relating to geopolitical reconfiguration, cultural exchange, security, diplomacy, international law and the protection of rights and freedoms.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT NATION RELATIONS REGIONAL RELATIONS
  • Foreign Aid
  • International Cooperation
  • International Arbitration and Law
  • Globalization 
  • International Criminal Court
  • International Agreements and Treaties 
  • Political and Military Alliances 
  • Armed Conflicts
  • Cultural Exchanges 
  • National Borders
  • Large International Projects
  • International Francophonie 
  • Political and Economic Integration 
  • International Organization 
  • Identity and Transnationality
  • Inter-Regional Relations 
  • Intra-Regional Relations