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Sociology

A good first degree in Sociology or Social Work from an approved University. For the purposes of assessing suitability, candidates may be interviewed or be required to take entrance examination or both.

SOC. 551: PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

This course deals with the exploration of sociological theories and their practical implications to understanding Man and Society, Positivism, functionalism and conflict perspectives. The interactionist and dramaturgical perspectives as well as ethno methodology and phenomenology; The exchange theory would be discussed. 

 

SOC. 552: SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS

The course is characterized by myriad of social problems including poverty, unemployment, streetism, prostitution among others.  The course applies functionalism, conflict, interactionist perspectives to the explanation of social problems. Other sociological theories developed in the interpretation of social problems are also discussed.

 

SOC 553: RESEARCH METHODS

This course gives an in-depth analysis of Social Science Research Methods.  There would be the examination of the elements of Research, Theory, Research Design and Survey Research, Modes of Observation, Analysis of Data, formulation of hypothesis, independent and dependent variables and the unit of analysis, treatment and control of groups and also how to choose samples.  Further, knowledge of the classification of the purpose of research into categories such as Exploratory Research, Descriptive Research for establishing relationships and research for determining causality would be analyzed.

 

SOC 554: ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE TECHNIQUES

The course aims at enhancing students knowledge on some important areas in contemporary topics related to quantitative analysis, which enables them to make statistical inferences based on empirical observations.  The first quarter includes descriptive statistics and probability theory, such as measures of central tendencies and the spread of distribution.  It also introduces students to how to make deductions and inferences from a sample population and estimating the population mean, which covers variance, hypothesis testing and analysis of variance.

 

SOC 555: ADVANCED SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT

The course focuses on how societies develop, persist and change and also on the explanations that have been advanced by the founding fathers.  There would be the examination of the works of earlier theorists like Auguste Comte (1798 – 1857), Karl Marx (1818 – 1883), Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903) and Emile Durkheim (1858 – 1917), Georg Simmel (1858 – 1918), Max Weber (1864 – 1920), Thorstein Veblen (1857 – 1929), and G.H Mead (1863 – 1931) postulated.  The study of  thought of the founding fathers of sociology is important because the basic features of social life they addressed are still prevalent in modern times, for example, the transformation societies from traditional to modern, increasing division of labour, rationalization of social life, class divisions of society, exploitation and poverty among others. 

 

SOC 556: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The course involves theoretical and comparative perspectives on development.  It engages in an examination of the social and cultural bases of the idea of development in human societies.  The central concern is to explain the nature, causes and effects of societal transformation and development.  The course primarily seeks to provide students with the major theoretical paradigms used by sociologists in the analysis of societal development including modernization, dependency and world systems theory.  Students at the end of the course would be able to analyze and interpret context of development and underdevelopment in the third world. Other dimensions such as industrialization, population, education among others which are used in order to account for social development will be examined. 

                             

SOC 557: DEVIANCE AND CRIMINOLOGY

This course examines issues of deviance and social control in societies. The three (3) major perspectives, namely functionalism, conflict and interactionism would be applied to the analysis of deviance as well as the labeling theory.  The theories and agents of Social Control including Parents, Teachers, Doctors, Police, Judges, Probation Officers and the Mass Media would be discussed. 

 

SOC 558: SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

The nature of religion; Classical approaches in Sociology of Religion: Arguments for the existence of God (ontological, cosmological and teleological), Theism and Probability; the Moral argument and the argument for special events, experiences; Grounds for belief and disbelief in God.  Theories of religion, The Problem of Evil, and the Challenge of Modern Science, The Major Religions of the World   (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, some Eastern Religions – Buddhism, Hindaism, Confucianism, Taoism),  New Religious Movements.  Religion and the environment, Religion and Leadership, Religion and Culture and Secularism would be discussed.

 

SOC 559: SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATION

The course mainly deals with two issues.  Firstly, to investigate the nature of social relations involved in the production of goods and services.  Secondly, to determine whether the task people perform at work provide for the satisfaction of human needs,.  The focus will be on complete analysis of work and employment which includes social, economic and political environments, labor process, managerial control systems, employee resistance and the effects of technological change.  The course also discusses the transformation of work and the increasing participation of women in the labour force. It is designed to equip students to evaluate the sociological perspectives and theoretical approaches to organization and analysis of work behaviour in industry.  The course also discusses industrial democracy, workers participation and management, trade unionism in Africa and industrial relations. 

 

SOC 560: SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILY

This course would examine the social dimensions of family. It gives a sociological account of the family which is regarded as one of the basic institutions for societal existence. Power and authority in the family, patterns decision – making, socialization of children, social class and parent psychological perspectives, cultural variations in family would be analyzed. There would also be a discussion of the impact of other social institutions such as political, religion, economic and educational institution on the family.

 

SOC 561: LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

The course would examine critical aspects of human behaviour, organizational design and processes to develop a conceptual understanding of organizational human resource issues such as motivation, leadership, communication, decision-making, team work and effectiveness. Approaches to organizational behaviour and the relevance of the literature to understanding behaviour in organizations, issues of behaviour in organizations, and theoretical frameworks and projected management practices, would be discussed.

 

SOC562: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS           

The course would equip students with increased understanding of how to improve the contribution of staff to organizational performance and update competencies in Human Resource Management.  The students would also appreciate latest developments in civil service reforms, or national/sectoral human resource management and understand the relevance of learning achieved on the programme to their own settings. It would examine concepts and practices in human resource management, overview of Human Resource Management, behaviour in organizations, employee resourcing, human resource development, reward management employee relations and employment and personnel administration.

 

SOC 563: SOCIOLOGY OF MARRIAGE

Students would be introduced to cross cultural perspectives on marriage. Choice of spouse, i.e. dating and mate selection, formal and informal rules, and the impact of industrialization on marriage would be examined. There would be the analysis of the patterns of interaction between spouses. Causes and effects of domestic violence, divorce and remarriage, one parent families, dual earner marriages, delayed childbearing and marital satisfaction would also be discussed.

 

SOC. 564: GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT

This course aims at introducing students to current development issues in the Third World, paying attention to the analysis of gender and socio-cultural and economic issues.  It looks at feminist critiques of development and Third World critiques of feminism.  These are then applied to a range of specific issues including the nature of poverty; work, household and division of labour; gender dimensions in rural change, gender and industrialization.  The environment, developmental issues and approaches to gender planning in development would also be discussed.  It also focuses on contemporary gender and human right issues such as CEDAW, African Union Charter and its Protocols, the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and the Criminal Code 1960. 

These are then applied to a range of specific issues including; health, violence, culture; employment; economic reforms and approaches to mainstreaming gender into national policies.  Students completing this course will be sensitized to a range of perspectives relevant to the policy dimension of Governments and Non-Governmental agencies in developing countries, especially Ghana.

 

SOC 565: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

The course is designed to introduce students to the definition of Sociology of Education, value of studying Sociology of Education and objectives of  Education.  The course aims at providing detailed knowledge to students on the Culture, Social Functions of School Education and agencies of Education.  Issues of School Units including: the Community as a School Unit, the School as a Social Unit and the School Community Relations which are of long-standing interest in the study of Sociology.  In this course we shall give special attention to Education and Social Control, Occupational Attainment, Equality and Social Stratification.  There would also be Comparative structures of education allocation in Ghana, Child growth and development as well as the psychological of human learning.  Other areas to be discussed would include the management and finance of education in Ghana and current issues such as the Capitation Grant, Free School Feeding Programme, the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education and the Universities as centres of research and training.

 

SOC 566:  ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

The course examines the intricate relationship between ecology, human habitation and social organization.  It addresses problems related to settlement patterns, population activities, cultural values and the impact which such activities have on the  environment as a whole.  It highlights environmental impact assessment procedures, as well as environmental management techniques and policy formulation.  Students would be equipped with knowledge to be able to assist businesses and communities in the development of sustainable, sound environmental procedures with resultant improvement in environmental performance.

 

SOC 567: GENDER AND SOCIOLOGY

This module focuses on feminist’s perspectives in sociology.  The aim is to provide students with background in gender theory with a critical introduction to key perspectives in gender studies. It focuses on feminist theories such as Marxist, Socialist; Radical, Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis; and Queer theory.  A feminist approach to health and the body is also considered.  The course entails a Gender theory workshop which includes seminars and lectures for both semesters.   Feminist issues and social stratification in society-class, race, ethnicity, the dynamics of patriarchy, equality, power and the sexual division of labour in society would be discussed.  In addition, it examines the issues on socialization; the family and household; gender division and social change; women, crime and deviance.

 

SOC 568: SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH

The main thrust of this course is to explain how social factors, such as lifestyles affect health. Also, the social functions of health institutions and organizations will be examined. The course also investigates the styles of social behaviour characteristic of health personnel and those who are consumers of health care. The health differences between men and women, advanced nations and developing nations, as well as the rich and the poor would be critically examined.  The course examines the medical ethics particularly the areas of concern in medical ethics, the hospital organization (general and mental hospitals) and the role of health practitioners, such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists and dentists. Issues of Non-Traditional Medical Practice, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), social stress, dying and euthanasia, and the National Health Insurance Scheme, among others, will be discussed during the course.

 

SOC 569: ADVANCED COUNSELING TECHNIQUES

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding and usage of counseling theories, values and skills in professional practice.  It essentially aims at equipping students with the necessary skills and tools needed to meet social issues such as, poverty, rehabilitation, and conflict management  in modern societies.  It also examines the relationship between counselors and their service users, values and ethics of counseling among others. 

 

SOC 570: SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS

The course provides an understanding and need for Social Policy. It focuses on, what Social Policy is, the idea and concepts, the history and development, making and implementation of Social Policy in Ghana and elsewhere. It also examines some policy areas such as: Health, Employment, Education, Social Security, Housing and other development intervention. Examples are the Economic Recovery Programme/Structural Adjustment Programme (ERP/SAP), Livelihood and Empowerment Programme (LEAP) and their effects.

 

SOC 571: SOCIOLOGY OF LAW

This course is designed to further students’ understanding of the relationship between law and society, in particular the ways in which the legal system interacts with the social, economic, and political institutions of African Society.  Topics to be covered should include the legal profession, family law, minority rights and affirmative action, labour law, sexual harassment, abortion, criminal and civil commitment law, the death penalty, environmental law and students’ rights.

 

SOC 572: URBAN SOCIOLOGY

The course focuses on urbanization in ancient, medieval and modern industrial societies and developing countries. Major areas to be treated include city location, urban growth, regional ecology,  city planning, social organization and mass phenomena, with special reference to African cities, including urban personality, leisure activities and voluntary associations. 

 

SOC 573: MEDIA SOCIOLOGY

This course introduces students to sociological importance of  mass media, problems of mass communication, and theories of communication and ethics. It essentially looks at the effects of communications media on society; the Ghanaian world view. The course examines the electronic media and its attendant social media.

 

SOC 574:  SOCIAL GERONTOLOGICAL STUDIES

The focus of this course is on working with older people. The main topics include theories of aging, social, psychological, physical aspect and economic determinants of aging. The aged population, their needs, available resources and services in the community, assisting the aged in obtaining services, implications for the future, policy response to aging in Africa, elder abuse and combativeness would be assessed.  The course continues with the adaptation and life satisfaction in old age, personal adjustment problems, marital problems, family conflict, relocation, adjustment to separation and loneliness, anxiety over limited income, mental illness and interpersonal loss, and social security.

 

SOC 575: RURAL SOCIOLOGY

The main focus of this course is to identify from a sociological perspective the institutional arrangements which characterize the rural way of life as distinct from the urban. Topics to be covered include: the concept of rural development, theoretical approaches to the study of rural areas, importance of rural societies, rural settlement patterns and rural social structure; rural participation appraisal, women in rural societies, youth in the rural development, understanding of the complex problems of Rural Development of the developing world;  meaning and causes of rural poverty; the role of the state in the variety of developmental programmes will be studied.

 

SOC. 576: SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

The course is intended to provide a systematic and critical analysis of the fundamental methods of Social Anthropology and the basic substantive and theoretical issues. It  should  acquaint students with diverse theoretical orientations and wide range of methodological skills that will enable them engage in critical analysis and empirical research concerning culture of simple societies.   The institutions and social organizations in simple preliterate societies will be discussed.

 

SOC 577: POPULATION STUDIES

The course focuses on interpretation and appreciation of demographic information within the context of sociology, their critical relevance in political, social and economic planning, especially education, health and public services.  It also examines the  basic knowledge in population studies, i.e. rudimentary demographic techniques to analysis of census, survey and vital statistical data. Concepts, measures and analysis of population dynamics – fertility and migration, population projections and their relevance to issues in population studies and  interrelationships with social and economic changes.

 

SOC 578: POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

This course studies the distribution of power in society.  Theories of the state, revolutions, and the political activities of social classes, racial and ethnic groups, genders and other groups are examined.  The course also explores how social forces shape policy on issues such as welfare, health care, education, abortion, criminal justice, defense, and unemployment.

 

SOC 579: CONFLICT AND PEACE BUILDING STUDIES

The course is designed to expose students to a variety of literature to enhance their understanding of conflict and crisis management from different perspectives.  The main focus is to build students’ capacity to use alternative dispute resolution ADR principles and techniques to manage conflict and prevent crisis.  It is also to equip students with knowledge and skills to critically analyze and use different strategies to meaningfully and objectively manage conflict situations.  It provides an opportunity to build on strengths of different methods to deal with conflict to promote peace for social and national development.

 

SOC 580: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW

The course focuses on the application of   theories and principles of social psychology to the  understanding of legal issues.  It aims to explain how social and psychological situations/conditions can influence legal interpretations and legal decisions.  Areas of interest include jury selection deliberations, issues of evidence and perceptions of justice.