Courses Catalogue

Sociology Of Education

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Secondary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


Teacher trainees need knowledge and skills sets in sociology of Education to examine the implications of various social problems of the whole school structure and the relationship between education and society, concerned with educational aims, methods, educational institutions, administration and curriculum. Teacher trainees need to demonstrate an understanding of how a variety of social and cultural characteristics may impact the functioning of schools and student learning, including socioeconomic status, ethnicity and cultural background, gender, geographic location and school type.


It is an introductory study of the dimensions of social structure, social control and social change in the context of education and schools in particular.Sociology studies social interaction in groups that is, consequences and patterns of individual behaviors, Sociology studies activities, associations, conflicts and roles in a society, in other words   we  study how human groups operate through different institutions for example schools, societies etc, Education sociology examines social institutions that influence educational process for example family, peer group, mass media, and school.


The course is intended to enable learners to examine various social problems of the whole school structureand the relationship between education and society, concerned with educational aims, methods, educational institutions, administration and curriculum. Also concerns with the economic, religious’ political, social and cultural forces of the society in which they function.


By the end of the course students should be able to:

§  Explain the concept of sociology and its relevancy to the teacher.

§  Appreciate the nature of the society, meaning, features, types and groupings

§  Explain the forms of education, its importance to the society and the societal perception of education

§  Analyse how the society’s social systems (culture, norms, values…) influence academic achievement, the positive and negative influence of societal environment on individual learning and other factors that could affect academic performance

§  Examine the concept of socialization, key features, types, modes of socialization and the agents of socialization 

§  Analyze the social problems faced by adolescents, the causes of school dropout, theories explaining dropout and ways to curb down the problem 

§  Discuss social mobility, types of social mobility, role of education on social mobility, relationship between educational qualifications and occupational level.

§  Describe the characteristics of the teaching profession, status of the teacher in the society, the role of the teaching service commission, functions of the Uganda teachers’ Association, the societal perception of teaching, role of PTA.