Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Sociology

COURSE CODE: BSCD 1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Public Administration, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (9hrs)

What is sociology?

  • The emergency of sociology
  • The sociological imagination
  • The Historical foundations of sociology
  • Founding fathers Comte, Durkheim, Karl max and Max Weber.
  • Sociology and other sciences

SOCIETY AND THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE (9hrs)

  • Definition of society and social structure
  • Basic elements of the social structure, roles and status, role conflict, role strain, social institutions
  • Social organization
  • Social processes

CULTURE (9hrs)

  • The concept of culture
  • Elements of culture
  • The concept of sub culture, cultural lag, ethnocentrism, xenocentrism
  • Socializations process (the nature nurture debate)
  • Agents of socialization

DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL (5hrs)

  • Concept of deviance
  • The nature of deviance (social construction of deviance)
  • Reasons for deviant behavior
  • Social control and methods of social control (formal and informal)

SOCIAL INEQUALITY AND ECONOMIC STRATIFICATION (6hrs)

  • Meaning of social stratification
  • Social organization (strata, hierarchy, power, and authority)
  • The basis of social inequality: age, sex, gender, class, and caste
  • Sex and gender
  • Social mobility
  • Ethnicity and nationalism
  • Global economic stratification

SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS (3hrs)

  • Education
  • Religion
  • The family
  • Demography

SOCIAL CHANGE (4hrs)

  • Social change as a dynamic process
  • Sources of social change
  • Impact of social change e.g. on gender relation

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Face to face lecture method
  • Group discussion and presentation