Sociology

Sociology

Sociology  

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

a) Admission  

UTME

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.          

Direct Entry 

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.  

b) Graduation  

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.  

Learning Outcomes

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.  

Attainment Levels

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. 

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