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COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Sociology

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This foundational course introduces students to the nature of sociology, the development of the discipline (both internationally and within the Caribbean). It focuses on career options for sociology students, introduces sociological perspectives and how these can be used in everyday life, as well as how these various perspectives guide sociological research and analysis. Students will also be introduced to the concept of culture and its uses as an analytical instrument in the study of society and Caribbean socio-cultural diversity will also be examined. Social institutions such as the family, education and religion will also be an integral part of this course. Students will also be exposed to the study of social stratification and inequality and how the daily lives of Caribbean people are affected by these concepts.

PREREQUISITES: Students wishing to take this course must have a grade 1 or 2 pass in the following CXC subjects – Social Studies, Caribbean History, English A, and English Literature.

ORGANIZATION: This is an introductory course expected to span fifteen (15) teaching weeks and consists of seven (7) units. Students will be continually assessed through coursework and a group research project.

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE: This course is mainly designed for students who want to pursue further studies in the Social Sciences. Generally, however, by taking this course, students will be able to understand their place in society, and even understand the reasons for our current social reality. As a social science subject it draws on and relates to other subject areas thereby enabling students to make connections with the various other subjects they might be pursuing. At the end of this course students should have a better understanding of and appreciation for their society, and many having qualified would have a wide range of career options....
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