Category: Faculty of Social Sciences
Published on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:45
Written by Admin Fulafia
There is a need to produce a crop of graduates equipped with appropriate knowledge to make contributions to the development of Nigeria, Africa and the global community, having been exposed to a broad foundation of knowledge in the field of Social Sciences in general, and in the various sub-fields of Sociology in particular.
The programme is designed to:
- Instil in students a sound knowledge of Sociology, an appreciation of its applications in different socio-cultural contexts and to involve the students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying the workings of society;
- Provide students with broad and well balanced knowledge of sociological theories and methods;
- Cultivate in students the ability to apply their sociological knowledge and skills to the understanding and solution of societal problems in Nigeria and elsewhere;
- Provide students with relevant knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of Sociology or multi-disciplinary areas involving Sociology;
- Instil in students an appreciation of the importance of Sociology in socio-cultural, legal, economic, political, industrial and environmental contexts;
- Develop in students a range of useful competencies for public or private service, and for self-employment.
Admission and Graduation Requirements
Candidates wishing to study Sociology must obtain a credit in mathematics and English Language as well as passes at the credit level in either economics, geography or Government and other two subjects at the SSC, NECO, GCE or their equivalent at not more than two sittings. An acceptable U.M.E. score is required.
Candidates for Direct Entry admission must possess five credit passes in the SSC, NECO, GCE or equivalents, of which at least two shall be at advanced level ; or four credits passes of which at least three shall be at advanced level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. Credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and any of Economic, Geography or Government are required.
To graduate, a student must have:
- Complete and pass the following number of units at each level 100 – 36 200 – 39 300 – 34 400 – 36 Total of 145 units including all compulsory courses specified by the University/Department;
- Complete and meet the standards for all required and optional Courses;
- Obtain a minimum CGPA of 1.5 and d. Meet other requirements that may be prescribed by the department, faculty and senate.
a) Regime of Subject Knowledge
While each University’s Bachelor’s Honours degree programme in Sociology is free to decide on the content, nature and organization of its courses or modules, it is expected that all programmes will ensure that students become conversant with the following main aspects of Sociology:-
- Major aspects of the history of sociological thought, the development of Sociology as a science of society, the development of various branches of Sociology including Social Psychology, Social Anthropology, Sociology of Mass Communication, Sociology of Crime and Delinquency, Political Sociology, Rural Sociology, Sociology of Law, Urban Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Development, Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Deviant Behaviour, Sociology of Education, Gender Studies, Socio Linguistics and Demography;
- Core theories and concepts in all branches of Sociology;
- Sociological methods of data collection and processing, both qualitative and quantitative;
- Models in sociological analysis;
- Statistical methods in sociological analysis;
- Appropriate information technology that is adequate for functioning in the digital age;
b) Competencies and Skills
A graduate of Sociology at the bachelor’s level should have the following competencies and skills:-
- Ability to demonstrate adequate knowledge and understanding of the essentials in all the subject knowledge / areas identified;
- Ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of social problems;
- Ability to recognize and analyze new problems and plan strategies for their solution;
- Communication skills in presenting sociological scientific research materials and argUTMEnts clearly and correctly, both orally and in written to a range of audiences;
- Competence in statistical and qualitative data, processing skills relating to sociological data and the use of appropriate computer programmes;
- Competence in the use of information technology such as word processing, Internet communication, information retrieval through on-line computer searches, etc;
- Subject-specific and transferable skills which allow for the pursuit of a wide range of careers after graduation.
c) Behavioural Attributes
A graduate in Sociology should be able to demonstrate adequate:-
- Knowledge of sociological concepts, theories and models;
- Knowledge of a wide-range of sociological research Methods;
- General knowledge in the various branches of Sociology;
- Computer skills;
- Ability to function as an entrepreneur in a wide range of choices;
- Study skills needed for further studies, and the
- Ability to apply critical sociological reasoning to problem solving.
Since the B.Sc. degrees are graded from first class to third class categories, it is crucial that procedures for the attainment of these classes of degrees are clearly spelt out. Accordingly, procedures in all Sociology departments for arriving at students’ attainment levels, or for the assessment of students’ achievements in Sociology should correspond to the knowledge, abilities and skills that are to be developed through the 4 year degree programme. It is therefore expected that evidence is provided on which the assessment of students’ achievement [and class of degree awarded] should be based. The following criteria are proposed:-
- Continuous Assessments, including essay assignments, tests and quizzes and examinations
- Tutorial performance
- Field work/practicum report
- Problem solving and experiential exercises
- Oral presentation in seminars and similar fora
- Planning, conduct and reporting of Research project
- Demonstration of skills in relation to conceptual analysis, problem identification and solving, nUTMEracy, computer and social skills
- Ability to transfer skills to appropriate practical situations Extent to which the knowledge base of students is extensive and extends beyond the work covered in the degree programme.