Courses: 2nd Year 1st sem., B.Sc. Sociology
SOC211: History of Sociological Thought I(3 credit units)
Taking the enlightenment as a point of departure, the course examines the history and philosophical foundation of the emergence and development of sociological thought, the focus is also on the influence of the prevailing intellectual climate, historical factors and specific thinkers on the rise and establishment of sociology as a scientific enterprise. Key areas examined include the Enlightenment, Philosophy and the rise of the social sciences, the rise of Positivist Sociology and the “Marxian watershed”.
SOC221: Social Statistics(3 credit units)
The course examines the role of statistics in social inquiry, the nature, measurement, presentation of data, central tendencies, and measures of deviation, probabilities and normal distribution. The key objective is to familiarize students with the basic techniques for processing quantitative and qualitative data in the social sciences and the understanding and interpretation of statistical reports.
SOC231: Introduction to Criminology(3 credit units)
The historical development of the subject and its theories puts into perspective the relative nature of social deviance and social control, and highlights the socio-economic and political contexts of crime and criminal law.
SOC261: Nigerian Social Structure(2 credit units)
The course introduces students to the nature, evolution and transformation of Nigeria’s social structure and its implications for a proper understanding of contemporary socio-economic and political issues in the country.
GST211: History and Philosophy of Science(2 credit units)
Man - his origin and nature, Man and his cosmic environment, Scientific methodology, Science and technology in the society and service of man, Renewable and non-renewable resources-man and his energy resources, Environmental effects of chemical plastics, Textiles, Wastes and other material, Chemical and radiochemical hazards Introduction to the various areas of science and technology, Elements of environmental studies.
GST221: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution(2 credit units)
Basic concepts in peace studies and conflict resolution, peace as vehicle of unity and development, conflict issues, types of conflict, e.g. ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts, root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa, indigene/settler phenomenon, peace – building, management of conflict and security, elements of peace studies and conflict resolution, developing a culture of peace, peace mediation and peace-keeping, alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Dialogue/arbitration in conflict resolutions, role of international organizations in conflict resolution, e.g. ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations, etc.
SOC241: Sociology of Religion(2 credit units)
The course examines religion as a social and spiritual phenomenon. The focus is on the function of religious institutions in society, the relationship between religion and society, the rise of new religious movements and reform movements; religious leaders, and leadership, religious groups in Nigeria as well as religion and social change.
SOC251: Sociology of the Family(2 credit units)
The course involves a cross-cultural examination of how procreation for society is organized through the institutional mechanisms of marriage, family and kinship descent systems. The course also examines the impact of socio-economic pressures arising from industrialization, urbanization, and education etc on the dynamics of the contemporary family.
SOC271: Gender in Society(2 credit units)
The course makes a global survey of men, women and “gender.” The relationships between sex (biological) and gender (social) are considered in the context of the nature debate. The main theoretical frameworks on the relationships and positions of women and men in society are examined.
POL221: Introduction to Political Analysis(2 credit units)
The course surveys political systems and highlights principal components of politics like power, influence authority, legitimacy, among others. It also hints on regime types and political structures, representation, political participation and political culture.
HIS203: Nigeria from 1800-1970(2 credit units)
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