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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.
- Equip students with the sociological concepts, theories/perspectives and methods to better understand human society
- Develop an awareness of the cultural heritage and identity of Caribbean people
- Develop an appreciation of family and kinship values, community cohesion, moral and social responsibility and commitment to the Caribbean
- Develop an understanding of Caribbean social issues
- Develop an appreciation of the dynamics of Caribbean society, focusing on socio-cultural continuity and change, diversity and similarity, consensus and conflict
CAPE Sociology: UNIT 1 SBA
MODULE 1: Sociological Concepts, Perspectives and Methods On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand the development of Sociology as a discipline; 2. understand the fundamental concepts in Sociology; 3. understand the main theoretical perspectives in Sociology; 4. understand the manifestations of culture in Caribbean society; 5. understand the key principles and practices of scientific research; 6. demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in research.
- Trace the development of Sociology from the classical to the contemporary period in mainstream and Caribbean Sociology
- Discuss the fundamental concepts of Sociology
- Evaluate the theoretical perspectives of Sociology
- Discuss issues related to cultural diversity and popular culture
- Explain the principles and practices of scientific research
- Distinguish among the various research methods
- Apply the research methods to a sociological issue
- Apply the ethical principles in research
MODULE 2: Social Institutions: Family, Religion and Education On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand selected core social institutions from mainstream and Caribbean perspectives; 2. appreciate the development and dynamics of selected Caribbean social institutions.
- Explain the characteristics, functions and transformations of the family in the Caribbean
- Evaluate the main theoretical perspectives commonly used for the analysis of the family
- Discuss the issues associated with the Caribbean family
- Explain the characteristics, functions and transformation of selected religions in the Caribbean
- Evaluate the main theoretical perspectives commonly used for the analysis of religion
- Discuss the issues associated with religion in the Caribbean
- Explain the characteristics, functions and transformations of educational systems in the Caribbean
- Evaluate the main theoretical perspectives commonly used for the analysis of education
- Discuss the issues associated with education in the Caribbean
MODULE 3: Social Stratification On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand social stratification; 2. understand the theoretical perspectives on social stratification; 3. appreciate the development and impact of social stratification in the Caribbean.
- Explain the concepts associated with stratification
- Identify types of stratification systems
- Assess theoretical perspectives on stratification in the Caribbean
- Discuss the evolution of Caribbean social stratification from slavery to present day
- Analyse the impact of stratification systems on Caribbean societies