Sociology is a scientific study of social interactions, social institutions, social patterns, and social change of human society guided by sociological theories and methods. Caribbean society has been shaped by historical forces which have led to the emergence of several small diverse and divided societies, each unique in many respects but sharing a common history of colonialism, slavery, and indentureship. Despite evidence of socio-economic transformation and the influence of globalization, the region still maintains a distinct identity. In this regard, sociology can equip students with the necessary knowledge, orientation, and skills for understanding society in general and the Caribbean Society in particular.
The syllabus introduces students to theories and research methods of sociology, the sociological perspective, and the processes of social structural change with specific emphasis on the development and modernization of societies. Students will acquire a set of sociological competencies that will enable them to use the practical and problem-solving approaches to the analysis of society.
The syllabus consists of two Units, comprising three Modules.
UNIT 1: THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
|Module 1||Sociological Concepts, Perspectives, and Methods|
|Module 2||Social Institutions: Family, Religion, Education|
|Module 3||Social Stratification|
UNIT 2: DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE
|Module 1||Population and Development|
|Module 2||Crime and Deviance|
|Module 3||Caribbean Social Issues: Poverty, Health and Environment|