Sociology and Anthropology Course Descriptions

Details of course content/syllabus.

YEAR ONE

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO. OF UNITS
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology I2
SOC 141Introduction to Anthropology2
SOC 111Elements of Scientific Though I2
SOC 107Nigerian Peoples and Culture2
GSS 102Use of English I2
GSS 108Igbo Language I2
ELECTIVES I      Choose 3 of these courses
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology I2
ECO 101Introduction to Economics I2
PSC 101Introduction to Political Science2
LAW 101Introduction to Nigerian Law I2
 Total:20

 

YEAR ONE

SECOND SEMESTER

 

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO. OF UNITS
Soc 102Introduction to Sociology I2
Soc 142Nigerian Cultural Heritage2
Soc 143Intro to African Societies & Culture2
Soc112Elements of Scientific Thought II2
Soc 102Use of English II2
GSS 103Introduction to Logic & Philosophy2
GSS 109Igbo Language II2
Electives IChoose 3 of these courses
PSY 102Introduction to Psychology I2
ECO 105Introduction to Economics I2
PSC 102Introduction to Political Science2
LAW 102Introduction to Nigerian Law I2
 Total20

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

YEAR ONE- FIRST SEMESTER

SOC 101- INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY I (2 CREDITS)

 

This course is a general attempt to introduce the student to that body of knowledge known as sociology. Emphasis shall be laid on making the student understand why sociology is a worthwhile aspect of human corpus of knowledge.

Contents

  • The definition and scope of sociology
  • The origin/history of sociology
  • The relationship between sociology and other sciences
  • Culture- aspects of culture
  • Norms and values
  • Socialization- agents of socialization
  • Social role- role behaviour and role strain
  • Relationship between sociology and anthropology, sociology and political science.
  • The concept of culture, the emergence of culture
  • The characteristics of culture: its dynamic nature, variability, universality; the concept of ethnocentrism, cultural relativism
  • The concept of material and non-material culture; ideal Vs real, high Vs popular culture
  • The concept of subculture: ethnic, class, age, religious, and occupational subculture; counter-culture.
  • The concept of norms and values, social role behaviour, role strain, role conflict
  • Enculturation, acculturation, culture shock, the significance/importance of culture
  • The concept of socialization; the basis of socialization: why socialization
  • Factors that make socialization possible in human beings
  • The agents of socialization: the family, school, church, the workplace.
  • Other agents of socialization: the mass media, peer group, political parties, clubs, youth organizations etc.

 

SOC 141- INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY (2 CREDITS)

This is an introductory course in Anthropology that is directed towards new students in other to help them understand the basic concepts, theories and methods in Anthropological studies. It is also directed towards preparing the new students for advanced studies in anthropology.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Opening remarks and observations. General statements
  • What is Anthropology? Derivations from Etymological and Linguistics considerations
  • Anthropology as the science of the human constitution and culture. Ethnic relations. Ethnicity. Ethnocentrism
  • Culture: the created world of man. Nature and culture. Nurture
  • History of the anthropological science. Herodot, Plato, Ibn Khaldun, Marpolo, j.j. Rosseau, Malinowski, etc.
  • The tripartite aim of anthropological study and research
  • Anthropological theories: the comparitistic, bio cultural circle
  • The historical method of Franz boas and school of thought
  • Sub- divisions of anthropology: physical anthropology, social anthropology and ethnography
  • The relationship between anthropology and sociology
  • The anthropological methodology and sociology
  • The study of anthropology methodology: participant observation
  • The study of anthropology today

SOC 111-ELEMENTS OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT 1 (2 CREDITS)

The course enables the students to be capable of differentiating scientific knowledge from other forms of knowledge. The culture of science is used in explaining social phenomena as studied by social scientists and the usefulness of scientific methods for the study of sociology.

Course Outline

  • Opening remarks and observations
  • What is science? Definitions
  • Constitutive elements of scientific thought: concept, proposition, opinion, hypothesis, theory
  • Scientific reasoning: induction and deduction
  • Classification of the sciences: the fundamental sciences, the cultural sciences, the social sciences, the natural sciences
  • Scientific thought and the temperaments (sanguine, melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic)
  • The principles of gainful reading: diagonal reading and intensive reading practices
  • Remote preparations for successful scientific production: self-preparation, work organization.
  • Other elements influencing scientific thought and presentation: word choice and variety, the influence of alcohol and hard drugs
  • Evaluation, Revision.

YEAR ONE- SECOND SEMESTER

SOC 102- INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY II (2 CREDITS)

In this section, the student is further introduced into the other diverse areas of Sociology. The aim here is to consolidate the gains of the first semester courses; and give adequate grounding of the basic concepts.

  • Review of the contributions of Auguste Comte to the theoretical understanding of human society.
  • Review of the theoretical contributions of Karl Marx: the theory of Marxism: a general overview.
  • Review of the theoretical contributions of Emile Durkheim to the understanding of human society.
  • Examination of the concept of association’; types of social groups; their characteristics
  • Social institutions: definition; the process of institutionalization; types of social institutions; the religious institution- definition; the nature of religious beliefs Vis- a- Vis other types of beliefs
  • The structural elements of religion as a social institution
  • The functions of the religious institution
  • The economic institution; definition; types of economic systems viz; pre-industrial, the post-industrial economy.
  • The basic types of economic systems: capitalism, socialism
  • The educational institution: definition, functions of the educational institution
  • Factors that affect access to educational opportunities i.e. Differential access to education.
  • Marriage as a social institution; definition, pre-requisites of marriage, forms or types of marriage, instability in marriage, importance of marriage
  • the family as a social institution: types of family, functions of the family
  • social conflict, and social change: causes of conflict, causes of social change
  • Social control: meaning, forms and methods of social control.
  • Review of general theoretical basis of sociology by looking at the works of some founding fathers.
  1. Auguste Comte- The Birth of Sociology
  2. Karl Marx- The theory of Marxism
  3. social conflict- causes of conflict
  4. social change- causes of change
  5. Emile Durkheim- consensus and solidarity
  6. societies, definition types
  7. social control and criminology
  8. groups and associations
  9. social institution; family, economic, political, religious

Texts: Otite and Ogionwu- An introduction to Sociological Studies (1979).

Haralambus- Sociology: Themes and Perspectives in Sociology

SOC 142 – NIGERIAN HERITAGE (2 CREDITS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION 

This course tends to study different ethnic groups in Nigeria. First and foremost it will delve into the study of these ethic groups right from the traditional settings.

The way of life of the people will be clearly depicted in their culture which comprises of their religion, occupation marriage system, etc.

The behavioral differences among ethnic groups will be examined.

Finally, the course looks at its variation in relation to the environment and social life of Nigerian ethnic groups. 

COURSE OUTLINE

  • General statements. Opening remarks. Terminological explication
  • Types of heritage: natural, cultural, technological
  • The content of the Nigerian cultural group heritage
  • Cultural provinces and cultural groups of the Nigerian society
  • Artifacts from various parts of Nigeria. Their significance and message: Nok terra cotta, Igboukwu archaeological, Ikom Monoliths, etc.
  • Heritage, culture and tradition. Good and bad elements of the Nigerian cultural heritage.
  • Heritage and national pride
  • Heritage studies. World heritage site
  • Reflections and conclusions

TOPICS

  1. The General character of Nigeria British administration in Nigeria
  2. The Kalabari of river state
    • The Ekine

Head Hunter’s association

Religion

Culture

  1. The Yako of the cross river

Marriage

Inheritance

The Ward

Age set

The priest council

The channels of communication

  1. The Igbo people.

Occupation: farming and trading

Livestock tenancy

Traditional government among the Igbos

Marriage in Igboland

New trends in Igbo family life

Status placement among the Igbos

  1. The Kingdom of Benin

Extent and decline of the empire

The village

The town chiefs

The Oba

  1. The Yoruba

Yorubas and belief system

Yoruba and divinities

Yoruba and ancestors

Beliefs in charm

Incantation

  1. The peoples of Northern Nigeria:

Hausa, Fulani, Nupe

Fulani Zazzau (zaria) relations in Sokoto

Choice of the kings of zaria

Method of election

The kingdom of Zaria itself

Zaria and its vassals

Society in Fulani Zaria

  1. The Tiv.

Residence

Modern trends

SOC 112 – ELEMENTS OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT II (2 CREDITS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The elements of scientific thought II is a continuation of the first one which described the scientific nature of social sciences. Though we still have to discuss this scope but much emphasis will be laid on the nature of sociology and science. This course therefore would acquaint the students with the various issues bordering on sociology and science.

Finally the basic issues of values and norms in social science will be discussed.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • What science is; what science is not.
  • The bases of science: foundations/characteristics of science
  • Ethics in science: ethical norms that govern scientific activities- the ethics of research
  • Science as a means; science as an end
  • The relationship between science and values; problems of value encountered by social science practitioners
  • How values affect social science work: the contribution of Max Weber; values for the social sciences
  • The value of social science: the importance of social science fields
  • Science and sociology: sociology as a science
  • The basic models of sociology: the historical research method
  • The descriptive method of investigation
  • The survey research method
  • The experimental method
  • Attributes required for research: incentives and rewards; the scientific life

SOC 143 – INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN SOCIETIES AND CULTURES (2 CREDITS)

This is a course that deals with the different societies found in the African continent.

It looks at their culture, economy, politics, structure, as well as any unique character that may be exhibited by these societies.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Opening and general remarks and observations
  • The physio- geographical features of the African continent
  • The vegetational zones of the African continent. Fauna and flora
  • The natural drainage networks of the African continent; river Nile, etc.
  • The main racial types inhabiting the African continent
  • The peoples and cultures of old Africa
  • The national boundaries of present day Africa
  • Special focus: the berbers, the Hutu, the Tutsi and the janjawied
  • African languages and languages families
  • Elements of social organization: marriage, family and kingship
  • The national boundaries of present day Africa
  • The elements of African culture
  • Evaluation
  • The Ibo of Nigeria
  • The Yako people
  • The Benin kigdom
  • The Ashanti of Ghana
  • The lozi of zambia
  • The zulu’s of south Africa
  • The Nusmen
  • The ILA of Central Africa
  • The Buganda and bunyoro people of central Africa ETC

YEAR TWO

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO. OF UNITS
CSC 101Computer Programming and Languages2
SOC 213History of Social Thought I2
SOC 291Social Statistics I2
SOC 231Socio-Cultural Change I2
SOC 261Social Psychology I2
SOC 215Marxist Sociology2
ELECTIVES I Choose any two of the following 
SOC 281Sociology of Education2
SOC 251Sociology of Mass Communication2
SOC 282Sociology of the Family2
ELECTVES IIChoose any non-departmental course of 200 level which does not fall below 2 credit units.2
 TOTAL18

 

YEAR TWO

SECOND SEMSTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO. OF UNITS
SOC 214History of Social Thought II2
SOC 262Social Psychology II2
SOC 244Language and Culture in Society2
SOC 232Socio-Cultural Change II2
SOC 292Social Statistics II2
CSC 102Application of Computer2
ELECTIVES I Choose any two of the following 
SOC 252Sociology of Knowledge and Tech.2
SOC 234Women in Society2
SOC 221The Military and the State2
ELECTVES IIChoose any of these 
ECO 263Economic Problems in Nigeria2
PSC 212Political Ideas2
TOTAL18

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

YEAR TWO – FIRST SEMSTER

SOC 213 – HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT I (2 CREDITS)

This course shall trace the gradual development of systematic theories about human society and culture from their earliest beginnings.

From the less scientific, or rather, informal deductive speculations of Ancient Greek Philosophies through the 18th century enlightenment western philosophies to the current scientific highly methodical exposition of views concerning man and his environment.

Primarily, attention will be focused on the leading ideas of the great Thinkers of the 19th and early 20th centuries whose contributions have indeed given Sociology its character and dynamism.

COURSE OUTLINE SOC 213

Sociology – Definition, Early beginning,

Greek Social Thought – A look at Plato and Aristotle

Medieval Philosophy

Thomas Aquinas

Ibn Khaldun

Social Contract Theory

Concept of Progress

The Enlightenment Period

Baron Montesquieu

Auguste Comte & the Birth of Sociology

SOC 291 – SOCIAL STATISTICS (2 CREDITS)

The role of statistics in Social research. Nature, types and measures of variables. Data presentation, construction and uses of statistical tables, graphs and charts. Frequency distribution and measures, sample and sampling technique.

SOC 231 – SOCIAL CHANGE I (2 CREDITS)

It is a well-known fact that no society can exist without experiencing change in one way or the other. This course will be divided into four categories. The first one will examine the concept of social change as it affects the society. The various forms of social change will be explained for easy assimilation of the concept. The second one will have to look at the various theories of social change. The third one will tend to discuss extensively the rate and direction of social change and the causes of social change.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction of the concept of socio-cultural change and its effects
  • Forms and direction of social change
  • Characteristics of social change
  • Causes of social change
  • Theories of social change
  • Dimensions of social change
  • Factors responsible for acceptance/rejection of social change
  • Significance of social change
  • Concept of social problem – definition, identification of social problems of a group, terms used in the study of social problems
  • Fallacies (wrong views) about social problems
  • Causes of social problems and the relationship between social change and social problems
  • Why study social problems?
  • Discussion of specific social problems in Nigeria with emphasis on their causes, patterns, reasons for their increase and recommendations for curbing such problems
  • Over-population
  • Sexual harassment
  • Child labour and abuse
  • Prostitution
  • Crime
  • Street children etc.

Finally, the problems associated with social change will be explained to enable students be aware of the factors that can hamper social change in society.

SOC 261 – SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY I (2CREDITS)

This course studies the relationship between the individual and society; and the reciprocal impact between the two. The analysis of the individual as the product of the society. Major concepts together with theoretical position are comprehensively examined;

Outline

  • Background/Introduction & Definitions of Social Psychology
  • Social Psychological Assumptions
  • The existence of social expectancies
  • Possession of Worldview
  • Human individuality
    • Similarities & Differences between the subject matter of social psychology and sociology
    • Social psychology and other social sciences
    • Socialization – meaning, types, agencies of socialization
    • Outcomes of socialization/personality formation through the agencies of socialization
    • The need to achieve
    • The phenomenon of conscience and its socialization
    • Attitude – meaning, attitude formation and change, components of attitude, functions of attitude
    • Methods of Research in social psychology
  • Observation
  • Field Studies
  • Experimentation, etc.
  • Organs and process of social interaction – Definition of the concept of social interaction, its features, functions and structure.
  • Groups – Types of groups, functions of groups, characteristics of groups de-individuation
  • Group behaviour & influences of groups on individual behaviour
  • social facilitation effect
  • conformity hypothesis
  • sensitivity
  • risky and cautious shift
  • Group think – meaning, characteristics, solutions
  • Crowds and their characteristics
  • De-individuation as it operate in crowds
  • Contagion thesis of crowd behaviour

 

SOC 281 – SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (2 CREDITS)

Major focus is on the following:

  • Sociological perspectives on education
  • Social inequalities and educational achievement
  • Education and social mobility
  • Cultural imperialism and education
  • Nigerian culture and education. This includes issues in examination misconduct, corruption and others.
  • The school as an organization
  • Relevant education: with special issues e.g. Art and science enrolment, academic/vocational divide, cost of education. Nigerian educational structure
  • Quality education. Deals with concerns for fall in quality and the factors involved.

SOC 251 – SOCIOLOGY OF MASS COMMUNICATION (2 CREDITS)

This is a course that is intended to expose student to the different communication models in both traditional and modern societies.

It also deals with the importance of Mass Communication to both modern and traditional societies. 

SOC 282 – SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY (2 CREDITS)

The origin, nature and growth of the family. The family as a social institution and its relations to the society in terms of types and functions. Study of marriage and the changing structure of family in modern societies. Varieties, principles kinship classification and types of kinship. Family instability and disorganization in different cultures. Theories of family studies. The future of the family.

Specifically, in this we shall be dealing with the following topics:

  • Origin of the family
  • Kinship
  • Terminologies and definition of family
  • Comparative/descriptive analysis of different family forms and lifestyle
  1. impact of modernization on Nigerian family
  2. changes in the position of African Women
  • changes in the role of the family
  1. factors accounting for family instability
  • Functions of the family
  1. biological
  2. psychological
  • social
  • Theories of incest taboo

YEAR TWO – SECOND SEMESTER

SOC 214 – HISTORY OF SOCIAL THOUGHT II (2 CREDITS)

Essentially a continuation of the history of the development of sociology, from Auguste Comte to Weber which is the era of sociological systems. Attention should be paid to the contribution of other prominent 19th century sociologists like Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx.

Development of sociological thoughts Evolutionism, Diffusionism and Functionalism. These schools of sociological thought shall receive adequate attention.

SOC 262 – SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY II (2 CREDITS)

This course continues on the same philosophy as those already mentioned in the first semester.

The course discusses on a higher level the reciprocal impact of the individual on society and the society on the personality of the individual.   

Theories of how the group affect the individual will be explored in greater details. Normal and Abnormal personality and theories of abnormal personalities shall be discussed.

SOC 244 – LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN SOCIETY (2 CREDITS)

This is a course that deals with the different language families as well as well as the culture of the societies that speak them.

  • General and opening remarks. The course as one of the few course undertaking an inter-disciplinary survey, this time with linguistics
  • Definition and explanations of important concepts and terminologies: linguistics speech community, verbal repertoire, phonology, semantics, etc.
  • Dialect, pidgin, Creole and standard language
  • The language families of the world
  • The twelve most important language of the world
  • Language as a socio-cultural variable (phonological, semantic, etc.).
  • Language change and language politics.
  • Language shift and interference
  • The social functions of language
  • The cultural functions of language
  • Language as indicator and marker
  • The acquisition of language: primary language, bilingualism, multilingualism
  • Evaluation and conclusion

SOC 215 – MARXIST SOCIOLOGY (2 CREDITS)

The sociology of Karl Marx has made great impact on the world. The course analysis, the philosophical basis underlying the assumptions of Karl Marx’s contribution to sociology of conflict: students are expected to be capable of defining social reality from this theoretical stand point and equally appreciate how the theory has influenced socio current and organizations cross-culturally.

SOC 252 – SOCIOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY (2 CREDITS)

The course enables students appreciate the relationship between material and non-material culture, how this affects man cognitive processes/or ability to define social reality. This is seen as imperative in student’s ability to analyze processes of social dynamic especially over the three technological revolutions in human history and also how technology affects the social dynamics.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
  • Knowledge and the social environment
  • Nature of knowledge
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • History of sociology of knowledge
  • Classical thoughts in theories in the sociology of knowledge
  • Marxian view on sociology of knowledge
  • Manhelm’s theory
  • Types of knowledge
  • Technology
  • Micro level
  • Macro level
  • Technology and society
  • Arguments for indigenous technology
  • Background of scientific and technological practice in Nigeria

SOC 292 – SOCIAL STATISTICS II (2 CREDITS)

Measures of dispersion, proportions, percentages, rates and ratios. Measurement of central tendency (mode, median, and mean). Variance and standard deviation. Elements of probability, statistical estimation of association, inferential statistics and analysis of variance (2 units)

SOC 234 – WOMEN IN SOCIETY (2 CREDITS)

Begins with examining the behaviour and experiential differences between women and men, so as to establish the extent of cultural construction and biological determination. The course also examines the sources of social inequality between women and men from various sociological perspectives. It focuses on the processes and consequences of such inequality viewed from a human right perspective and seeks to identify possible areas of social change. It also utilizes empirical evidence to establish women’s constraints and potentials, towards obtaining women’s more equitable participation in socio-economic and political development.

SOC 221 – THE MILITARY AND THE STATE (2 CREDITS)

Definitions of concepts: Military, State, Politics, Government, Peace, War, authority in the Military Officer, Army, Navy, Air Force, Cavalry, Infantry, Democracy, Ideology etc. The course seeks to analyze the impact of the military on the social dynamics.

 YEAR THREE

FIRST SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO. OF UNITS
SOC 393Methods of Social Research I2
SOC 382Sociology of the Aged2
SOC 322Sociology of Crime and Delinquency I2
SOC 345African Social Thought2
SOC 364Inter-group Relation2
SOC 316Social Theories2
SOC 365Social Stratification & Mobility2
SOC 371Urban Sociology2
PSC324Foreign Policy2
 TOTAL:18

 

YEAR THREE

SECOND SEMESTER

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO. OF UNITS
SOC 394Methods of Social Research II2
SOC 323Sociology of Crime and Delinquency II2
SOC 324Political Sociology2
SOC 372Rural Sociology2
SOC 335Social Movements2
SOC 355Formal Organization2
ELECTIVES IDo the following:2
SOC383Sociology of Religion2
SOC384Sociology of health and Illness Relation2
ELECTIVES IIChoose one 300 level course outside the department from the department of psychology. Head of department to determine. (the chosen course must not be below 2 credit loads)
 TOTAL:18

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

YEAR THREE – FIRST SEMESTER

SOC 393 – METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH I (2 CREDITS)

This course is one of the key courses in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. It exposes the students to the fundamental knowledge of social research. In this course key elements of social research methods are inculcated. The student learns to be a producer not only a consumer of scientific knowledge in social sciences.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • What is science and scientific method?
  • Pure and applied science
  • The strength of the scientific method: hard science and soft science – sociology is hard science
  • What is research and research method
  • Importance of research and research methods in Nigeria and for any society
  • Kinds of data. Qualitative and Quantitative
  • Kinds of and how to present them
  • Hypothesis in research method
  • Theory, facts and hypotheses
  • The research process
  • Research format for the department – projects
  • The problem in selecting research topics
  • Questionnaires schedule, guide and sections in any questionnaires and questionnaire format
  • Participant and non-participant observer methods in research
  • Research designs

SOC 382 – SOCIOLOGY OF THE AGED (2 CREDITS)

In this course we shall be looking at the process of aging in human societies as well as the factor that influence the different outcomes of aging. A number of theories have been put forward to explain the processes that lead to different outcomes in the aging process of man in the society. These theories will be reviewed to see how successful aging can be promoted among the aged population in Nigerian society. In this course, we are also interested in understanding the special needs of the aged and the ways of catering for the aged population in the society. Specifically, in the course, we shall be looking at the following topics.

  • Introduction to the course
  • Relationship between sociology of aging and other disciplines
  • History of sociology of aging
  • Theories of aging
  • Care for the aged in traditional Nigerian society
  • The aged in modern society
  • Ways of taking care of the elderly
  • Needs of the elderly

At the end of this course, students will be assessed in a written examination. The final assessment of student’s performance in t his course will, however, comprise of the performances in the written examination and continuous progress assessment, which will be made up of contributions to class discussions and periodic class tests.

SOC 322 – SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME AND DELIQUENCY I (2CREDITS)

The nature of social deviance

Concepts of crime and delinquency defined

Theories of crime in historical perspective

  • The Classical approach
  • The biological school
  • The psychological/psychiatric perspective
  • The Sociogenic approach: including the process of developing a deviant role career.
  • Radical/critical theories of crime
  • Perspectives on juvenile delinquency: The strain theory;
  • The control theory; and the cultural deviance theory of delinquency
  • Crime and crime control in society etc

SOC 345 – AFRICAN SOCIAL THOUGHT

Legacies of African philosophies and political thinkers; African thought in historical perspective; communalism, ‘isusu group’ or co-operative work groups, the concept of the centre, Sacred, profare age sets etc. Negritude consiencism, Ujamaa; Zikist movement, apartheid; Africans in Diaspora

Course Outline

  • Opening and general remarks and observations
  • Opening uniqueness of African thought pattern: how does the African think?
  • African thought pattern versus Western Philosophy
  • The cosmological and the mysterious in African thought
  • The thought pattern of African freedom fighters: Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, etc.
  • African thought pattern in contemporary literature: Wole Soyinka and others
  • The Negritude
  • Pan-Africanism
  • African in Diaspora
  • The contributions of Africans to World Civilization
  • Whither Africa?
  • Evaluation and conclusions

SOC 364 – INTER-GROUP RELATIONS (2 CREDITS)

The course examines the nature and dynamics of inter group transactions. It also examines the relations between people of different cultures, religions, ethnicities, ideologies, etc. with special reference to plural Nigeria.

COURSE OUTLINE:

  1. Introduction
  2. Models of Inter group Relations
  3. Process of group interactions
  4. Patterns of group interactions
  5. Roots of Ethnic conflict
  6. Types of adjustment to Prejudice and Discrimination
  7. Inter group relations in Nigeria
  8. State creation: An attempt to reduce Inter group conflict
  9. Benefits of State Creation

SOC 316 –   SOCIAL THEORIES (2 CREDITS)

This is one of the courses of the department. The course exposes the student to the general gamut of sociological thought or social philosophy. The course cover as much as possible the social philosophies of the ground masters of sociology beginning from Ibu Khaldeun through Auguste Comte – Durkeim, Marx Weber to the social theorists of the beginning of the century. The difference between grand theory and theories of middle range will be examined. Finally, the course will show the importance of social theory for social research.

TOPICS:

  • Nature of Sociological Theories
  • Theory classification, macro/micro dichotomy grand, middle range perspective
  • Elements of theory building: concepts, variables and indicators
  • Theory and Research founding fathers of Sociology and sociological theory: Auguste Comte, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Maxweber.

SOC 365 – SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND MOBILITY (2 CREDITS)

This is a course that identifies the different ways through which people are classified in society. It also shows the possibility of one moving from one group to another, the criteria for this movement, as well as the direction of movement.

The course covers what is obtainable in traditional societies as well as modern society.

It is a course on social morphology and social metrics.

  • The nature of social differentiation, social ranking.
  • Social stratification: definition and dimensions of stratification
  • The pre-requisite of stratification
  • The theories of stratification: functionalist, conflict
  • The structure of stratification systems: the case model
  • The estate model of stratification
  • The class model of stratification
  • The continuous model; the egalitarian model of stratification
  • Social mobility: definition, the initial placement , the concept of life chances
  • Types of social mobility.
  • The process of social mobility: factors influencing social mobility
  • The concept of social equality/inequality
  • The criteria for social selection

 

SOC 371 – URBAN SOCIOLOGY (2 CREDITS)

We are in the vanguard of nations which are undergoing the process of Urbanization.

As a consequence almost every aspect of our lives is affected by the rapid movement of people from rural to urban communities. It is then becomes imperative that students should be acquainted with issues concerning our urban milieu. The problems associated with the urban setting and urbanization.

TOPICS:

  • The concept of Urban Sociology

(a)The Ecological approach

(b)The Organizational approach

  • Early Europeans who had contributed to the study of urban sociology. Max Weber, George Simmel, Oswald Spenglar.
  • Chicago School
  • Robert Redfield
  • Louis Worth
    • Urban Ecology
  • Elements of the Ecological System
  • The Ecological patterns of urban growth
  • Burgess concentric zone theory
  • Harris and Ullman’s Multiple Nuclei theory
  • Contemporary Urbanization
  • Dichotomy between industrial and developing countries
  • Urban growth and over-urbanization
  • Urban migrants and their adjustment.
  • Rural-Urban migration
  • City to city migration
  • Migrants in African cities.

 

YEAR THREE – SECOND SEMESTER

SOC -394 –METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH II (2 CREDITS)

This course continues with different methods of social research already started in SOC 301. It exposes the student to various techniques of scientific methods of social research.

 

It stresses specific methods, research strategies and tools used in sociological research, systematic and participatory/non/participatory observation. Survey research, collection and analysis of secondary materials and will also advance into the fields of quantitative research methods; Exposes students to correct usage of literature in social research.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Population and our study of population: population in demography and population in research method.
  • The probability theory in research.
  • Sampling and sampling methods
    • simple random sampling
    • stratified random sampling
    • Ratio-random sampling/quota sampling purposive sampling and its limitation in hard method
    • Snow-ball sampling methods
  • Sociometry and Sociometrix
  • Use of library-referencing methods: kinds of referencing
  • Theoretical framework in research: what does it mean and how to achieve
  • Coding of data in research
  • Tables,. Figures and tabling
  • Field research and case study
  • Longitudinal research
  • Proof in research: test-post-test methods
  • Descriptive methods
  • Questionnaire revisited

 

 

SOC 355 – FORMAL ORGANIZATION

The course is designed to introduce the students to structural perspectives of Organizations and their consequences. Bureaucracies and complex formal organizations in various institutional settings and the relationship among organizations in the community, major theories in studying complex organizations. Problems of formal organization.

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

  1. Introduction

Nature and Scope of Formal Organization

< (a) What is organization

< (b) Types of organization

  1. Organizational Sociology and other social science related discipline
  2. Classification of organizations:

< Classification based on function

< Classification based on beneficiaries

< Classification based on mode of achieving compliance of members

< Classification based on the type of technology used

  1. Theories of organization

< Classical theories

< Neo-classical theories

< System theory

5 .Human Behaviour in organization

< Motivation

< Communication process in organization

< Decision making in organization

  1. Conflict in organization
  2. Organizational Development

 

SOC 323 – SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME AND DELIQUENCY II (2 CREDITS)

Principles of criminal law and procedure

  • Major divisions and procedure
  • Elements of crime and criminal law
  • Classification of criminal offences, implication for criminal procedure
  • Criminal liability; general defenses to criminal liability
  • Outline of criminal procedure Vs. civil procedure
  • Implications of offence classification for criminal procedure.
  • Functions of police-the delivery of police services
  • Perspectives on police behaviour: the psychological perspective, demand of the immediate situation, socio-cultural perspectives.
  • Other perspectives: role-conflict, sub-cultural, departmental characteristics approaches.
  • The concept of police subculture discussed in full
  • The role of the criminal court; bail system, bargain justice.
  • Factors that influence the behaviour decisions of magistrates and judges

 

The administration of justice: The police

  • The delivery of police services/functions of the police.
  • Perspectives on police behaviour.

 

SOC 324 – POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (2 CREDITS)

The course political sociology or sociology of politics is interdisciplinary. It is replete with social, economic and political matters. It is a study of political behaviour. What is the citizens’ approach to politics and how does politics in its broad usage affect the citizens’ life. It studies the interrelationship between politics and society, and seeks to uncover the peculiar role of the state in political processes. It covers such broad areas as political culture, political participation, political values and ideologies, social justice, political socialization, modernization and national development.

 

SOC 372 – RURAL SOCIOLOGY (2 CREDITS)

This course deals with fundamental features of rural societies; their technological systems and patterns of transformation; The identification, evaluation and utilization of nature and human resources; Social change in rural societies, rural social institutions and their adaptation to change; Advantages, disadvantages and problems of rural life.

  • Development of sociology from ancient to modern times
  • Development of Rural Sociology
  • Concept of rurality
  • Characteristics of rurality
  • Rural social institutions, namely, kinship, family, Marriage, political, Religious, Economic, among others.
  • Changes and continuity (Resilience) of Rural institutions (Marriage, Family, Political, Religious, and economic).
  • Factors Associated with Rurality in Nigeria
  • Rural Development: Concept and approaches.
  • Problems of development Capitalism- modernization, Dependency theory etc and their implications for rural Areas.

 

SOC 335 – SOCIAL MOVEMENT (2 CREDITS)

The course comprises of the concept of social movement as a collective behaviour aimed at achieving a desired objectives. It will have a look at the themes and theories of social movement in other to acquaint the students with the basic models in analyzing sequences of development of social movement.

 

Furthermore, it will have an insight into the ideology of social movement with particular stress on J.J. Rousseau and Karl Marx. Finally, the typologies of social movement will be explained in other to highlight the students with the different dimensions of social movement.

 

  1. Conceptualization of Social Movement.
  2. Types of Social Movement.
  3. Stages in the Development of Social Movements.
  4. Examination of the two richest sources of ideas on Social Movements.
  • Jean, Jacques Rousseau
  • Karl Marx
  1. Theories of Social Movement.

 

 

SOC 383 – SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

Sociology is quite competent to address the phenomenon religion apart from being engaged in the analysis of other social facts which produce responses in life and functioning of society. Every society practices one type of religion or the other and this phenomenon has great influence in the society as well as exercising constraint over its members. The impact emphatically recommends religion as an important subject matter of sociology.

 

Specific topics for study include:

  • The concepts definitions of religion
  • Varieties of religion Totemism, Animism, African Traditional Religion, Judaism, Christianity, Islam Religions of the far East, Hinduism, Buddhism Confucianism and Taoism.
  • Functions of Religion in society.
  • Dimensions of religion Belief, Ritual, and Experience.
  • Theories of religion
    1. Marx and Religion
    2. Durkheim and religious Ritual
  • Types of Religious organization:
    1. Churches and sects
    2. Denominations and cults
    3. Ecclesiae
  • Religion and politics/state.

 

 

 

SOC 384 – SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS BEHAVIOUR

This course is an introduction to social aspects of health, illness, and curing in different African societies with particular emphasis on Nigerian cultures; Interaction between folk and modern medicine; the delivery of health care as a social problem; the social structure of traditional versus modern health care delivery and their respective impacts.

 

Specific topics for study include:

  • Evolution of Nigeria Health Delivery System
  • Levels of healthcare Delivery
  • Definitions; Health, Disease, illness medicine
  • Socio-cultural significance of ill-health
  • Health systems: Traditional and modern
  • Process of Integrating Traditional medicine and modern medicine
  • Class-Disease Relationships
  • Disease Perception – Types and causes
  • Sociological Perspectives on health and illness

 

 

 

YEAR FOUR

FIRST SEMESTER

 

 

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO. OF UNITS
SOC 417Contemporary Sociological Theories I         2
SOC  473Demography         2
SOC  474Urbanization and Labour Migration I         2
SOC  436Sociology of Development  I         2
SOC  453Industrial Sociology         2
SOC  437Sociology of Third World         2
SOC  485Sociology of Medicine         2
SOC  418Models in Sociological Analysis         2
SOC  467Personality and Motivation         2
 TOTAL:        18

 

 

 

YEAR FOUR

SECOND SEMESTER

 

 

COURSE CODECOURSE TITLENO.  OF UNITS
SOC  419Contemporary Sociological Theories II2
SOC  475Applied Demography2
SOC  476Urbanization and Labour Migration II2
SOC  438Sociology of development II2
SOC  490Research Project6
SOC  446Regional Ethnography of sub-Saharan African2
SOC  425Sociology of Deviant Behaviour2
 TOTAL:        18

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

SOC 417 – CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES (2 CREDITS)

Major theorists and school of thought in the 20th century; Contemporary development of classical sociological theories; The major orientations in con Temporary sociological theory; Evolutionary, functionalism (Durkheim/persons and Merton) Conflict Theory (Marx & Ralf Dahrendorf), Structuralism shall be studied.

 

Application of these theories to contemporary problems

 

SOC 473 – DEMOGRAPHY (2 CREDITS)

Definition of demography, subdivisions of demography, and basic concepts in demography. The field of demography in relation to other social science disciplines, the development of the science of demography. Sources of demographic data (census, vital registration, and sample surveys). Methods of analysis of demographic characteristics, structure and composition (age, sex, size, composition and distribution). Theories of demography. Measures of fertility, mortality and migration and implication for population growth and change.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Nature and development of demography
  • Scope and methods of population study
  • Important landmarks in the development of the science of demography
  • Number and distribution of the inhabitants of the world. The history of the development of census of peoples.
  • Census and the qualities of good census of the people.
  • Characteristics of the population of any given society
  • Age of composition of any given population and importance
  • Sex composition of any given population and importance
  • Educational composition of any given population and importance
  • Race, colour, ethnic stock and nativity of peoples of any given country, or zone of the country.
  • Marital condition of population. This affects population growth.
  • Rural and urban characteristics/status
  • Longitudinal studies and differential analysis of all the characteristics

 

SOC 474 – URBANIZATION AND LABOUR MIGRATION I (2 CREDITS)

This course gives an insight into the concept of Migration and its various parts. It has been observed that the dominant pattern of labour migration has been that of rural urban migration. The movement of labour from rural to urban is basically a reflection of the imbalance in the opportunities and life chances which exist between places. This course will reflect the reasons for migration, types of migrant which helps to elaborate the nature of labour participation. The consequences of migration on both the source and destination areas will be highlighted.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

– The concept of Migration

– Types of Migrant

– Why do people move to urban centres

– Theoretical motives for Migration “push-pull factors”.

– Consequences of Migration

– Western and Non-Western Concepts on the Perception between Town and – Rural Areas.

– Rural-Urban Distinctions

– Varieties of Urban Response

– An Integrated Approach to Urbanization

– Migrants Adaptation

– Problems of Adaptation

– The Migrant and the urban community

 

SOC 437 – SOCIOLOGY OF THIRD WORLD

Decolonization and the emergence of the third world. The characteristics of third world peoples, their cultural profiles. The North-South interaction and the conflicts.

  • Opening and general remarks: who are “Third World?”
  • Reflections on the various usage of the concept “World”, First World, Fourth World etc.
  • The central idea: the level of development, underdevelopment.
  • Characterizing features of third world countries
  • Development from view point of industrialized/undeveloped nations: scientific technology vs. traditional values.
  • Available models of development: the capitalistic models, the communistic, socialistic and indigenization.
  • The factors responsible stagnation in development of Africa.
  • Nutrition, health care and tourism
  • Innovation and development in “Third World”
  • Evaluation and conclusion.

 

SOC 436 – SOCIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT I (2 CREDITS)

The course generally deals with competing sociological conceptualizations of societal development. Emphasis on sociological perspective brings focus on possible ways of defining development beyond the purely economic; by giving commensurate emphasis on distribution of the social product, democratic processes and the elimination of class, gender and ethnic privileges.

Modernization and dependency theories are examined high-lighting their emphasis, merits, and shortfalls; and relationship to classical functional and Marxist views. Contemporary theories based on noe-Weberian and Neo-Marxist views are also examined. The view of ‘impasse’ in development theory is given due consideration and suggestions examined as to hoe to overcome this.

 

The course also looks at the process of globalization; is theoretical basis, its effects in general, as well as its relationships to the activities of MNCS in developing countries.

 

SOC 453 – SOCIOLOGY OF MEDICINE (2 CREDITS)

Examines the following areas of knowledge from a global perspective, with some references to the Nigerian context

  • Historical appraisal of the major stages in the emergence of medical sociology
  • Changing patterns of medicine and medical provision
  • Sociological theories and their application to health and illness.
  • Characteristics of disease
  • Characteristics of the medical profession (physician)
  • Hospital organization
  • Other health practitioners
  • Issues in provision and access to medicine
  • Professionalization

 

SOC 418 – MODELS IN SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS (2 CREDITS)

The course is built around two complimentary issues:

  • what types of explanations are used in sociology and
  • What types of data are used in constructing explanations in Sociology? The aim is to provide the student with the ability to evaluate a sociologist’s approach to any empirical area from two viewpoints.
  • Is the chosen model of explanation adequate and
  • Is the purported explanation adequate in terms on the chosen model?

 

 

YEAR FOUR- SECOND SEMESTER

SOC 419- CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES II (2 CREDITS)

This is a continuation of the study of the contemporary sociological theories already started in the first semester.

These include social exchange theories, phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, ethno methodology and critical theories. Emphasis shall be placed in applying these theories to contemporary problems.

 

SOC 475 APPLIED DEMOGRAPHY (2 CREDITS)

Definition of Applied Demography and basic concepts. The life table, its nature, construction and uses. Population estimation and projection, and application of dermological knowledge for employment, health, and education and business.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Measuring the rate of reproduction of population
  • Fertility levels birth rates, crude birth rate and standardized birth rate
  • Differential fertility and fertility trends
  • Measurement of mortality
  • Mortality levels, mortality differentials
  • Morbidity in society and mortality trends

Section Two

  • The logistic population curve
  • The demographic transition theory. The zero population growth?

Section Three

  • Control of population growth
  • Theories of control
  • Methods of control- natural and artificial
  • contraceptives and abortifacients
  • effects and the politics of birth control

Section Four:

  • Migration as index of population changes: types of migration. Migration theory and politics.

The use of population statistics for the understanding and solution of social problems. The student becomes a director of population census.

 

SOC 476-URBANIZATION AND LABOUR MIGRATION II (2 CREDITS)

The course exposes the students on what makes us the way we are and finds out whether the personality characteristics we exhibit influenced more markedly by genes or by the environment. Environment can be strikingly different. By the end students are expected to have explored the major theories of personality that determines a person’s adjustment to the environment. The course will also avail to us on what motivates people to work to achieve a particular goal, to sustain behavior in order to satisfy physiological and psychological needs.

COURSE OUTLINE

– The colonial Influence of Urbanization in Africa.

– Background to the Urbanization Problems

– Urban Explosion and Rural Stagnation

– Migration Policy in Nigeria

– The Employed and Unemployed in our Nigeria

– Source of Labour to Formal and Informal Sectors

– Problem of Unemployment and Solution

– Urbanization and Social Services in Nigeria

SOC 438- SOCIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT II (2 CREDITS)

The course examines the following issues in their relationship to societal development.

  • Industrialization, the NICS, TNCS and developing nations
  • International aid development
  • Global, regional and national social divisions, consequent inequalities and overall development.
  • Education, human capital approach, brain drain and unemployment.
  • Health provisions, global inequalities and national inadequacies
  • Environmental effects of industrialization and western interventions.

SOC 446 – REGIONAL ETHNOGRAPHY OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (2 CREDITS)

Course Aim: An in- depth descriptive and interpretative survey of the historical, political, social, cultural, economic and other factors responsible for the present image of the African continent, south of the Sahara.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Opening remarks to regional ethnography, why not of Africa in Toto?
  • The national boundaries of Africa, their significance and associated problems
  • Trade in traditional Africa: the trans-Saharan and caravans, trade routes
  • The significance of the Sudan for the development and image of Africa kingdoms of ancient Africa.
  • The significance of pre-colonial African technology: e.g.: the smelting and use of iron.
  • Elites and the formation of elite groups in Africa
  • The significance of hydrological problems, extreme climatic conditions and diseases for the ethnography of Africa
  • Rural- Urban migration causes and consequences
  • The influences of trans- continental slave trade and colonialism.
  • African languages and their value.
  • The political arena: one party system instead of federalism?
  • Religious conflicts, ethnicity
  • The contrast between west and east Africa
  • Evolution and Outlook: is Africa the Dark Continent?

SOC 467- PERSONALITY AND MOTIVATION (2 CREDITS)

The course attempts to familiarize students with major issues in personality and motivation including theory and practice of personality measurement; the structure of personality and relationship between personality and psycho pathology.

SOC 425- SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOUR (2 CREDITS)

The nature of social deviance; concept of crime, functions of criminology, methods of criminological research; ethnology o crime: sociological and economic, psychological, psychiatric and medical; criminal careers and criminal activities, history of penological theory and practice; control of problems of deviant behaviour such as juvenile delinquency drug addition, alcoholism, suicide, mental disorders and crimes from a sociological perspective in comparison with other known perspectives).

SUMMARY Structure of the programme is as follows:

YEARFIRST SEMESTERSECOND SEMESTERTOTAL
1181836
2181836
3181836
4181836
Total7272144

 

The courses are spread out as follows:

  • General courses –        5       (10 credits)
  • Inter- faculty course –        5       (10 credits)
  • Faculty core course –        10     (20 credits)
  • Departmental core course- 41     (86 credits)
  • Electives (including

compulsory and free                  –        23     (46 credits)

 

4.7. COURSE DISTRIBUTION

4.7a COURSES FOR PhD SOCIOLOGY

S/NCourse CodeCourse TitleCredits
1SOC 901Advanced Studies on  Sociological Theory3 Credits
2SOC 902Advanced Studies or Social Research Methods3 Credits
3SOC 904Advanced statistical Methods in Sociology/Anthropology3 Credits
4SOC-951Advanced Studies on Industrial Sociology3 Credits
  Choose One in Line With Area of Specialization 
5SOC-94!Advanced   Studies on  Criminology  & Deviance behavior3 Credits
 SOC-961Advanced Studies on Medical Sociology3 Credits
 SOC-970Advanced Studies on Population and Demography3 Credits
 SOC-975Advanced Studies on Gender3 Credits
 SOC-931Advanced Studies on Development3 Credits
 SOC-9SOAdvanced Studies on Industrial &Labour Relations3 Credits
 Total 12 Credits
 
 SOC-908Dissertation18 Credits
  Total30 Credits

 

7-4 b Courses for PhD Cultural Anthropology’

S/NCourse codeCourse Titlecredits
1       SOC  911Advanced Studies on Anthropological Theories3 Credits
2SOC-912Advanced   Studies  on  Anthropological   Methods (Ethnography)3 Credits
3SOC-913Advanced Studies on Cultural Anthropology3 Credits
4SOC-904Advanced           Statistical           Methods           in Sociology/Anthropology3 Credits
 Total 12 Credits
 
5SOC  908Dissertation18 Credits
  TOTAL30 Credits

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (PGD) COURSES

SOC-701: Sociological Theories                                                               3 Credits

Through the course students should be able to know: meaning, uses and types of theories in Sociology. Emphasis should be on macro theories and micro equivalents with appropriate examples. Students should appreciate relationship between theories and paradigms. Founding fathers of sociological theories should be discussed with respect to their contributions to the study of human society.

 

SOC-702 History of Social Thought                                                    3 Credits

In this course students should be able to appreciate forms of social thoughts that prevailed across cultures, hi African context thoughts like: Negritude, Cornmunalism, Assimilation, Indirect Rule, yiqaminizahonetc can be treated.

 

SOC-7Q3:  Research Methods in Sociology                                              3 Credits

Students are to learn; Place of Research in the scientific process, steps involved in !l research process: Types of Research; Research Design; Strategies of collecting quantitative’ and qualitative data; Methods of data presentation. Quantitative, Qualitative, Triangulation.

 

SOC-704:  Basic Computer Appreciation                                                3 Credits

Use of the Computer in sampling designs and selection  Epidemiological information (E Info).Application of SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) Use of Computer hypothesis testing.

 

SOC-705: Issues m Entrepreneur-ship                                                    3 Credits

Factors enhancing employment generation. Role of Small-Scale enterprises in nation Economic Development. Leadership theories that enhance entrepreneurial skills. Problems small-scale industries in a less developed economy. Politics and industrial development.

 

SOC-706: Introduction to Sociology                                                       3 Credits

Meaning and scope of Sociology, Sociology as an academic discipline, founding fathers Sociology. Social institutions, social change and social problems, Social Deviance a

Control,

 

SOC-707: Social Deviance and Control                                                  3 Credits

Concepts of Social Deviance and Control Forms of deviant behavior. Theories of crin positivistic school, classical school, Socio-Structural Theories, ?onus of Social Contra traditional and modem methods of social control. Problems of social control in Nigeria.

 

SOC-708: Race and Ethnic Relations                                                      3 Credits

Theories of Race and Ethnicity. Ethnicity and Nation-building, identity Construction a Citizenship debate across cultures Race and ethnic related social conflicts m Africa. Ethi militias in Nigeria and contestation of economic and political space.

 

 

 

SOC-709: Population and Environment                                                 3 Credits

Population size, composition and change. Sources of demographic data; migration a urbanization. Theories of urbanization population policies and national development Determinants of fertility, mortality and migration.

 

SOC-710:  Urban and Rural Sociology                                                    3 Credits

Urban and “Rural social organizations compared City population and movements. Theories city growth and development, problems and prospect of rural development, models of ru development in Nigeria.

 

SOC-711:  Social Statistics                                                                      3 Credits

Techniques and fundamental concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics. Statist! techniques to compare groups: t-tests, one way and two-way analysis of variance (ANOV. Parametric and non-parametric tests chi-square, Q plu, Lambda etc.

SOC-712: Anthropological Theory                                                          3 Credits

Evolutionary theory: recent/debates; race and racism; cultural assimilation and national development, class, caste and social integration, genocide and ethnic cleansing: Ethno-genesis and identity crisis in Africa.

 

SOC-713: Family, Kinship and Marriage                                                3 Credits

Types of Family in non-industrial societies. Kinship and Descent Systems. Forms of Marriage Polyandry, Polygyny, gay marriage, sororate, etc. Changing family types and the economy.

 

SOC-7I4:        Social Change and Development          •                             3 Credits

Meaning of social change end development: Theoretical approaches to social change and development. Types of social change; problems associated with social change. Social change and development in African context.

 

B) MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.Sc) IN SOCIOLOGY AND M.Sc CULTURAL

ANTHROPOLOGY’ COURSES

(I)  COMPULSORY/CORE M.Sc SOCIOLOGY COURSES.                                    

SOC-803:

Advanced Sociological Theories                                              3 Credits

Paradigm concept ia Sociology- Exemplars of social facts, Social Behavioral and Definitionists paradigm and their Methodological assumptions. Theory application in social research- Macro-theories and  their anomalies, social action theory, ethnomethodology 2nd social conflict

 

SOC-802: Advanced Sociological Research Methods                                3 Credits

Census, Surveys. Experimental and Quasi experimental designs, obtrusive and unobtrusive methods etc dais processing and analysis report writing, ethical issues peculiar problems of doing social research in Nigeria.

 

SOC-803: Computer Applications in Sociological Analysis                       3 Credits

Application of Computers in Data analysis with emphasis on Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS, Epidemiologies) Information (Epi info). Microsoft Excel, Use. of Computer in sampling designs, sampling distribution and parameter estimation. Use of Computers in Hypothesis testing using correlation and regression analysis, chi-square etc

 

SOC-804: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship                               3 Credits

Theories of Employment generation. Models of Employment generation, the state and small-scale enterprises in Nigeria. The public and private partnership debate in employment generation. Challenges, of Ignited formal employment opportunities.

 

SOC-805:       Statistical Methods in Sociology/Anthropology                    3 Credits

Review of descriptive statistics, Probabilities, Inferential Statistics, Linear Models, Use of Computer in data processing and analysis

Analysis arid application of independent t-test multiple regression, chi-square lest, Rules for statistical inferences.

 

(2)       COMPULSORY/CORE M.Sc CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY COURSES SOC-S03: Compiler Applications in Sociological Analysis                .     3 Credits

Application of Computers in Data analysis with emphasis on Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS, Epiderniological Information (Epi info). Microsoft Excel, Use of Compute in sampling designs, sampling distribution and parameter estimation. Use of Computers i? Hypothesis testing using correlation and regression analysis, chi-square etc.

 

SOC-804; Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship                              3 Credits

Theories of Employment generation, Models of Employment generation, the state and small-scale enterprises in Nigeria. The public and private partnership debate in employment generation. Challenges of limited formal employment opportunities.

 

SOC-805:        Statistical Methods in Sociology/Anthropology                   3 Credits

Review of descriptive statistics. Probabilities, Inferential Statistics, Linear Models, Use of Computer in data processing and analysis.

Analysis and application of independent E-test multiple regression, chi-square test. Rules for statistical inferences.

 

SOC-895:       Anthropological Theories                                                    3 Credits

History of Anthropological theory, a critical appraisal of the growth of the major schools of thought and ‘fc.ir contributions to present day Anthropological theory and practice. Exploration of issues and themes in Anthropology in the last 100 years and particularly of the African inputs in the last 30 – 50 years.

Theories of Race and Racism. Ethnicity, Evolutionism. Cultural diffusion. Assimilation.

Culture Conflict will be discussed in the context of global developmental challenges.

 

SOC-896:        Anthropological Methods (Ethnography)                          3 Credits

Research tools and approaches in Anthropology – Participant observation, interviews, Statistics, field records, action research etc. methods of analyzing and interpreting data; writing reports and proposals etc

 

(3)        DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (Choose any 3 courses from those listed below)

SOC-831: Contemporary Issues in World Development                          3 Credits

Models of develop men I across cultures: the Gross National product approach, the Human Development Index (HDl) approach; the North/South divide in the era of globalization. The Politics of AIDS in less developed countries, dependency syndrome and politics of National development across Africa,

 

SOC-832: African Developmental Challenges                                         3 Credits

Political conflicts in Africa: poverty reduction and African Development; capital flight, cultural imperial ism/technological dependency, ethnicity and National Development in Africa. Millennium Development Goals in Africa

SOC-833; Theories of Development and development                         3 Credits

Modernization theory Imperialism, the world system: Unequal exchange and Dependency theory. The stale and the other half in less developed Nations, Corruption and National Development

 

SOC-834: No I)-Govern menial Agencies as Development Partners            3 Credits

Characteristics of Non-Governmental Organizations, International NGOs as development partners of the Slate, donor agencies, research funding, project funding by NGOs, Domestic NGOs as development partners of the Slate Abuses and Benefits of NGOs.

 

 

 

SOC-835: Social Conflict and Social Development ‘                                  3 Credits

Theories   of Social Conflict. Social Conflict and emergence of New Social Institutions. Rebellion and social change. Social Revolution and Development, Consequences of social    conflict; refugee, crime, child labour and abuse etc.

 

(4)       CRIMINOLOGY

SOC-820: Theories of Social Deviance and Control                                 3 Credits

Review of the Psychological and positivistic school of crime. Socio-structural theories of crime are to be discussed cross-culturally. Theories of punishment crime control measures are to be cross-culturally treated,

 

SOC-821:  The Police in Modern Society                                                     3 Credits

Students should now the expected and observed functions of the police. Culture of policing, use of police discretionary powers, blue-coat crime, police and crime control, police corruption and brutality across cultures, police and fire arms use policy, public attitude to the police.

 

SOC-822:  Penology                                                                                      3 Credits

The prison and criminal Justice system: History and emergence of corrections; correction practices in less developed and developed countries; types of prisons, types of courts, capital and corporal punishment, suspended sentence, parole, community service.

 

SOC-823: Issues in the Administration of Justice                                      3 Credits

The philosophy of punishment: deterrence incapacitation, commensurate desert rehabilitation: The criminal justice process. Plea Bargaining, Delay in the administration of Justice, the role of the police, judicial staff, prosecution counsel etc; social status and jury” deliberations.

 

SOC-824: Crime Trends in Less Developed Countries                             3 Credits

The concept and perception of crime in LDCs. Political Offences, food and drug adulteration, armed robbery, vices. Over urbanization and crime. Application of selected theories of deviant “behavior and social control to crime problems “ia LDCs. Crime control strategies in LDCs: the Police, Courts and Prisons.

 

5)       INDUSTRIAL SOCIOLOGY

SOC-840; Contemporary Issues and Themes in Industrial Sociology        3 Credits Analysis of theories of industrial organization.  Organizational interdependence and net working in a globalized world, Managerial roles and organizational performance. Conflict sources and resolution methods in formal organizations. Informal social network and organizational performance.

 

SOC-841:  Technology and Industrialization                                              3 Credits

The politics of technological transfer Multi-National co-operations and inter-locking of capital small scale industries in the era of globalization; E-Waste, technology and leisure” Politics and Industrialization in Nigeria

 

SOC-842: Contemporary Issues in Labour and Industrial Relations         3 Credits

Leadership styles and organizational conflict Types of industrial conflicts, trace unionism and industrial relations: labour laws and state compliance; labour aristocracy.

 

SOC-843: Sociology of Work and Leisure                                                 3 Credits

The meaning of work and leisure. Organizational relations in work; gender issues in work relations;, work as a therapeutic strategy; work and community relations; leisure and labour productivity in Nigeria.

 

SOC-844:  Politics and Industrialization                                                    3 Credits

Politics and industrial location and management; politics and technological inter-dependency; the politics of quality control in the industries. Infra-organizational political process

 

(6)       DEMOGRAPHY/POPULATION STUDIES

SOC-850: Demographic Techniques                                                          3 Credits

Review of selected demographic concepts; sources of demographic data; mortality measures and models; standardization and decomposition; fertility measures and models; replacement and age-distribution determinants; estimation and projection.

 

SOC-851: Population Theories                                                              3 Credits

Review of Malthusian theory; Ricardo on political economy: Theories of migration for work in the 21st century” Early theories of Evolution and Natural selection; Biological evolution as evidence of genetic change in population.

 

SOC-852: Demographic Dimensions of Socio-Economic Development 3 Credits

Race and population growth/trends; Theories of fertility, mortality and migration as (they

affect socio-economic development and are affected by the same.

 

SOC-853: Demographic Processes   •                                                         3 Credits

Population redistribution; pull and push factors in international migration; Refugee situation across cultures; demographics and demographic trends; indirect methods of data collection in less developed countries.

 

SOC-854: Sociology of Human Fertility                                               3 Credits

Determinants of fertility rates; Birth rates in developed/less developed countries: state and population policies; gender issues in population growth; birth control measures

 

(7)       MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY

SOC-860: Contemporary Issues and Themes in Medical

            Sociology/Anthropology                                                        3 Credits

Traditional system of Health Care Delivery: Social Epidemiology and Modem Health Care System; Gender and Health-seeking behavior, Bio-cultural adaptation in Human Population Cultural Issues in handling HIV/AIDS.

 

SOC-861: Social Epidemiology                                                                   3 Credits

Analysis of the place of socio-cultural factors in the etiology of disease. Ecological adaptive processes lo health and illness. Socio-cultural factors affecting the use of modem health care facilities.

 

SOC-862: Health Care Delivery System                                                    3 Credits

Analysis of the structure of Nigeria’s Health Care Delivery System: Traditional Healthcare Practices and Orthodox equivalent; Drug Use and Abuses; Health Care policies in developed .and less developed countries. Problems of health care delivery in Nigeria; the three delays (delay a! home, in reaching a facility and accessing health care) in Nigeria.

 

SOC-863: Took and Approaches to Medical Anthropological Research 3 Credits Bio cultural approach, interpretive or meaning-centered approach, qualitative data analysis for health services; controlled research and its problems in the medical field. Uses and abuses of hospital records.

 

SOC-864: Gender and Health Seeking behavior                                    3 credits

Gender issues in decision-making at home, gender issues in seeking care: gender and sexuality; socio-cultural factors in controlling HIV/AIPS; Gender, Traditional arid rnodem belief systems on selected communicable and non-communicable diseases.

 

 

(8)       GENDER STUDIES

SOC-841: Gender Roles and Sexuality                                                       3 Credits

Theories of the social construction of gender. Theories of gender role development; sex and gender across cultures, globalization and gender roles; gay marriages and sexuality.

 

SOC-542: Women in Development                                                             3 Credits

Biological and cultural bases for the position of women in the society. Women in formal

organizations; feminist movement and women empowerment thesis; women in politics;

women in the professions; women organizations and community development. Culture,

women and reproductive rights.

SOC-872: Feminism in the Third World                                                   3 Credits

Conceptual issues in feminist movements, modernization feminism, liberal feminism; critical famine sin/radical feminism, socialist feminism, culture and feminist movement in the 3rd  world

 

SOC-S44: Women and Health                                                                    3 Credits

Cultural issues on adolescence reproduction rights; women and use of health-care delivery system, gender preference, safe motherhood culture, child-bearing and health of women, Commercial sex workers and HIV/AIDS control. Cultural issues in protecting women from HIV/AIDS

 

SOC-S45: Gender and Development                                                          3 Credits

Gender issues in Nigerian politics. Rural women arid national development project establishment. Monitoring and Evaluation by Nigerian women. Cultural constraints on enhancing female status in the society, ender concerns in state programmes; women in the professions.

 

(9)       INDUSTRIAL AND LABOUR RELATIONS

SOC-881:        Industrial Relations in Nigeria                                            3 Credits

The focus “will include definition, purpose and scope of industrial relations, development of industrial relations as a discipline and activity, approaches of industrial relations, labour management relations, the role of trade unions, the role of the state in industrial relations, industrial conflict, resolution cf trade disputes, collective bargaining and agreements.

 

SOC-882:         Technology and Industrial Relations                                   3 Credits

The inter-relationship between, technological change and industrial relations have often been a focus of discussion. The course therefore focuses on the effects of technology on labour-management issues such as manpower, training and development, skill and all-skill processes job security, creativity and innovation, technology and organization change, etc.

 

SOC-SS3:        Human Resource Management (HRM)                            3 Credits.

Human Resource Management encapsulates employer-formulated policies and practices that see the utilization and management of employees as a business resource in the context of a person’s overall strategy lo enhance productivity and competitiveness. The course therefore, focuses on work organization techniques, recruitment, selection and placement, performance appraisal, compensation, upgrading of skills and career development

 

(10)    CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

SOC-890: Comparative Social Institutions                                                3 Credits

Descent systems; comparative analysis of rural communities in different socio-cultural settings: coexistence of traditional and modem kinship systems in industrialized societies. Land holding in pastoral and agrarian societies; cultural issues in conflict resolution.

SOC-893: Cohort and Communication                                                  3 Credits

Cross-cultural analysis of types of Communication. Communication and social control; communication and social mobilization; modem methods of communication; culture. Communication as Opportunity.

 

SOC-892: Anthropological Issues in National Development                     3 Credits

Ethnic stratification and National question in Africa caste, ethnic conflict and nation-building; land holding, migration and citizenship debate in Africa. Traditional influences on contemporary institutions of nation-building.

 

SOC-893: Symbolic Anthropology                                                          3 Credits

The concept of lime and space m African – calendar and critical ceremonies, culture as an identity, urban ecology and segregation; the past in the present, cultural influences on political participation.

 

SOC8-94: Applied Anthropology                                                             3 Credits

A critical attempt at exposing students to opportunities available for using anthropological knowledge. Appreciating anthropology as a discipline vita to development, employment and self-empowerment the historical contexts of varied definitions and critical issues posed by development process, in time and space. Promote the strategies of personal arid disciplinary relevance to change and progress, through reflections on. and the design of, instruments for effecting solutions to socio-economic problems. Emphasis on the relevant of research. Involvement in policy making, implementation and investment in economic enterprise.

 

SOC 808: Thesis                                                                                                    12 credits

 

(C)      DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) IN SOCIOLOGY COURSES

SOC-90I: Advanced Studies on Sociological Theories                              3 Credits

Paradigm concept and classification of sociological theories; positivism and the rise of sociological theories; legacies of classical theorists to contemporary sociological models; major schools of thought in sociology: theory building and application in sociology.

The theoretical, philosophical, and the logical development of Sociology. The writings of major Sociological Theorists with special interests on the social and intellectual influences on their works. The relationship between classical and modern sociological theories. The major theoretical issues m modem Sociology. Works of leading contemporary Sociologists, the role of theory (grand and middle range theory) and concepts in sound research. The new thrust of sociological theory-meta theorizing, agency-structure integration, globalization and social theories, impact on development economics-

 

SOC-902: Advanced Studies on Social Research Methods                        3 Credits

Research design; preparation for field work: data collection techniques (quantitative and qualitative): methods of dais analysis: quantitative, qualitative, triangulation etc; Report -writing, Review of selected statistical packages for sociological analysts: analysis Of variance, correlation measures, regression, chi-square and independent t-test.

 

Research design; preparation for field work; data collection techniques (quantitative ant qualitative); methods of data analysis: quantitative, qualitative, triangulation etc; Report writing. Review of selected statistical packages for sociological analysis: analysis of variance, correlation measures, regression, chi-square and independent t-test.

 

SOC-903: Advanced Studies on Computer Application                           3 Credits

Use of computer in hypothesis testing, descriptive and inferential statistics, Epidemiological logical information; use of Computer in sample designing, parameter estimation, use of computer in data analysis and presentation, Use of power point

Use of computer m hypothesis testing, descriptive and inferential statistics, Epidemiological Information: use of Computer in sample designing, parameter estimation, use of computer in data analysis and presentation, Use of power point.

 

 

SOC-904: Advanced Statistical Methods in Sociology/Anthropology         3 Credits

Advanced review of descriptive statistics, Probabilities. Inferential Statistics, Linear Models. Chi-square etc. Use of Compute: in data processing and analysis. Application of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) independent ’t’ test: multiple regression, chi-square test. Rules for statistical inferences etc.

 

SOC 951: Advanced Studies on Industrial Sociology                               3 Credits

Analysis at advanced levels of theories of industrial organizations. Types of organizations, organizational interdependence and networking in & globalized world. Multi-national organizations and development in less developed economies. Organizational performance and managerial roles. Politics and industrialization. Leadership styles. Organizational conflict and strategies for resolution, labour laws, gender issues in work relations etc.

 

SOC 941:         Advanced Studies or; Criminology & Deviance behavior 3 Credits

Theories of crime and deviant behavior. Technology of crime, social structure and anomie; organized crime as a structured social process. Differential association theory; functions of social deviance; labeling theory. Women and crime in society. History of corrections; capital punishment, prison administration, brief review of criminology,- theory band research, probation, prison and correctional institutions, court intervention in prisons, maximum security prisons, provisional prisons, juvenile corrections, paroles and other release procedures: the criminal justice system in transition. Public attitudes to the police, culture of policing, use of police discretionary powers, blue collar crime, police brutality and crime fire­arms use policy- Police field practice? etc.

 

SOC 961:         Advanced Studies on Medical Sociology/Anthropology

History, concept and approaches, theoretical and empirical trends in medical sociology.

General concepts of diseases. The place of illness and medicine in belief system, (religion) and social structures. The impact of Changing social conditions and concepts and cure of illness.

 

SOC 970 Advanced Studies on Demography/Population Studies        3 Credits

The nature of population variables and its interaction with other socio-economic variables. The demographic background to development, planning, population growth, manpower and employment population, rural urban land use and migration; population and food production. population and health integration, family life and other services, population planning (family planning) and criminal behavior, population planning (family planning) and development. The meaning of development and nations! goals for sods] and economic development.

 

SOC 931:         Advanced Studies on Development Studies                         3 Credits

Theories and models of development, historical explanation of Sociology of Development in Eastern and Western blocs. Western theories of change ‘and contemporary conceptions of development: varying notions of development (GNP, infrastructure, quality of life, .value. trans formation, realization of human potentials); social and psychological perspectives on development: colonialism, state formation, development and underdevelopment, elites and national development with particular reference to Nigerian elites (intellectuals, the military, political, technological and cultural dependence and third world development, varying Systems of development (capitalism, socialism, mixed economy), roles of external and internal factors as foreign aid, multinational corporation; unequal exchange in the world market. Development options and strategies for authentic development.

 

SOC 975;         Advanced Gender Studies                                                   3 Credits

Biological and social constructions of womanhood, culture; dimensions of its impacts on views/ideas and perceptions of woman’s roles and statutes woman’s Life chances in relations 10 marriage, family life, education, property ownership and inheritance, work and social ‘ mobility, health and sexual control.

 

SOC 980; Advanced Studies on Industrial and Labour Relations 3 Credits

Roots of Industrial Relations (IB.) are traced. The continuing relevance of IR is explored. Assumptions underlying current understanding of conflicts which occur at work, about work. and over the rewards of work in industrial settings. Divergence of interests and orientation between individuals and groups in the course of their work experience, sources of conflict in the work place, the different perspectives of life, the unitary thinking, the pluralist analysis, and the radical perspective. The collective bargaining and wage tribunals as systems of wage tribunals as systems of wage determination as well as general government labour policy as they operate in Nigeria are critically examined

 

(D)     DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

COURSES

SOC-902:        Advanced Studies on Social Research Methods                   3 Credits

Research design; preparation for field work; data collection techniques (quantitative and qualitative); methods of data analysis; quantitative, qualitative, triangulation etc.; Report writing, Review of selected statistical packages for sociological analysis: analysis of variance, correlation measures, regression, chi-square and independent t-test.

SOC-9O3:        Advanced Studies on Computer Application                        3 Credits

Use of Computer in hypothesis testing, descriptive and inferential statistics, Epidemiological

Information; use of Computer in sample designing, parameter estimation, use of computer in data analysis and presentation. Use of power point.

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SOC-904:       Advanced Statistical Methods on Sociology/Anthropology 3 Credits Advanced review of descriptive statistics, probabilities, Inferential Statistics. Linear Models. Chi-square etc. Use of Computer in data processing and analysis.   •

Application of statistical package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) independent’!’ test; multiple regression, chi-square lest, Rules for statistical inferences etc.

 

SOC 911 Advanced Studies on Anthropological Theories                  3 Credits

Nineteenth-Century Evolutionism, Diffusionism, Historical particularism, factionalism (structural and psychological); Twentieth-Century Evolutionism, cultural materialism Marxist Anthropology Symbolic Anthropology: A humanistic method of inquiry’ Materialism versus culturalism, feminist Anthropology, Post-modernism and Anthropology’ Shifts in Anthropological Explanations. Intellectualism, Degeerationism, Cultural Ecology Neo-evolutionism, Ecological materialism, Structuralism- Ethno science, culture and Personality, Socio-biology, symbolic and interpretative anthropology, post modernism.

 

SOC-9I2:        Advanced Studies on Anthropological Methods (Ethnography)

3 Credits

A historical perspective to ethnographic research. Basic Research tools and strategies in small and large scale communities. Fieldwork goals and methods.

Aims, objectives and problems of ethnographic fieldwork. Field methods – Data collecting and recording. Analysis and presentation of data. Commencement of field project requirements and procedures. Participant observation, interviews, statistics, field records’ photography. Action research, Analyzing and interpreting data, writing reports and proposals.

SOC 906: Seminar                                                                                                  3 credit

SOC 908: Dissertation                                                                                            18 credit