This course introduces the major theoretical models and paradigms used to explain the development of Caribbean societies, historical influences, the cultural, structural and ideological factors, which stimulated their development and the controversies influencing the development of Caribbean sociology.
This course focuses on the adaptation of populations to their physical environments. Its main concern is social organization of human beings, how they form and develop territorially based social systems and the changes within the physical, demographic and social aspects of communities and urban areas.
This course introduces the philosophical issues central to sociological research and knowledge; epistemology and ontology and their impact on perspectives, the nature of explanation, controversies, values and ethics in sociological research. Attention will be given to the research methods of sociologists, their techniques and problems of designing and implementing research.
This course focuses on the nature, construction, historical bases and maintenance of social inequalities, their impact on social placement, economic organization and the nature and distribution of power.
This course focuses on understanding the complex nature of social change, the impact of the developed societies on the developing world and the effect of these on social development and policy choices. Emphasis will be placed on historic and current debates on development.
This course studies the major social institutions in the society, their cultural, structural and ecological characteristics and how these affect the behaviour of individuals. It also examines the complex relationship between institutions and the nature, distribution and use of power in them.
- Teacher: Cheripha Connell
This course investigates the concept of culture and its use as an analytical tool in the study of society. It also examines how culture and other biological and psychological factors shape the personality and behaviour of individuals and how these in turn impact on society.
This foundational course focuses on the nature of sociology, career options for students of sociology, the use of the sociological perspective in everyday life and the study of the world around while introducing the student to the various theoretical perspectives, which guide sociological research and analysis.