Sociology and Theoretical Perspectives

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

COURSE CODE: SOC 101

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.

UNIT OUTLINE:

Unit 1: Sociology as a Discipline
Unit 2: Theoretical perspectives
Unit 3: Culture and Identity
Unit 4: Research Methods
Unit 5: Social Institutions
Unit 6: Social Stratification
Unit 7: Social Control

CONTENT:

Unit 1: Sociology as a discipline

Unit Objectives: (3 hours)
At the end of this Unit the student will be able to:
1. Outline the development of Sociology as a discipline
2. Identify the factors contributing to the emergence of Sociology as a discipline in Europe and the Caribbean

Unit 2: Theoretical Perspectives

Unit Objectives:(4.5 hours)
At the end of this Unit the student will be able to:
1. Identify the founding fathers of Sociology
2. Identify and explain the different theoretical perspectives (functionalism, conflict and interactionist theories)

Unit 3: Culture and Identity

Unit Objectives: (3 hours)
At the end of this Unit the student will be able to:
1. Define culture
2. Identify and define the elements of culture
3. Identify and define the characteristics of culture

Unit 4: Research Methods

Unit Objectives: (4.5 hours)
At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:
1. Define Positivism and Interpretivism
2. Identify the methods used in Quantitative and Quantitative research 3. Identify the main methods of sampling

Unit 5: Social Institutions: Family, Education, Religion

Unit Objectives: Family (4.5 hours)
At the end of this Unit the student will be able to:
1. Define family
2. Identify the family types and structures in the Caribbean 3. Identify and explain the theoretical perspectives used to understand family life

Unit Objectives: Religion(4.5 hours)
At the end of this Unit the student will be able to:
1. Define Religion and the types of belief systems
2. Identify and explain the theoretical perspectives used to explain religion 3. Explain the concept of Secularization

Unit Objectives: Education(3 hours)
At the end...
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