Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences is the second biggest faculty at CARUMUCO. It offers different programmes which in turn provide quality sociological education that enriches students and, therefore, the communities in which they reside.

Currently the faculty has stopped to offer the programme waiting for some important clarifications from TCU but the faculty has already awarded the first pioneer a Bachelor Degree to students in the academic year 2014/2015.

Department of Sociology

Programmes

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (BASO)

Brief Programme Profile
The BA in Sociology, housed in the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSSc), is a three year programme. The programme is oriented towards job opportunities that require an understanding of people and social behaviour. It provides candidates with a wide choice of careers in the society such community development, management, social research, politics, education, market research and public administration.

The course has a good number of courses, core and elective of which a student has to pursue. Here is the complete list of all the courses under Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Programme Mission and Goals
The mission of the programme is to provide the intellectual basis and appropriate perspective for examining society and social behaviour. This perspective is vital to the development of an educated and tolerant public. It is also significant for training students for entry into social service positions. The primary and enduring function of the programme is to provide quality sociological education that enriches students and, therefore, the communities in which they reside. In addition, the Sociology Programme remains a vital component of the growing number of interdisciplinary in our University.

Programme goals include;

  1. Students should develop a knowledge base constructed on the accumulation of sociological research.
  2. Students should have an understanding of sociological theory.
  3.  Students should master sociological research methods and statistics.
  4. Students should be well versed in the articulation of sociological perspectives.
  5. Students should develop critical thinking skills.
  6. Students should become responsive to social conditions and problems.
  7. Students should be provided with the stimuli and models for the acquisition of professional values and roles.
  8. Courses should emphasize the need to develop reflective decision-making skills so that students may learn to apply their sociological knowledge.
  9. Course offerings should include a variety of multicultural and global topics that focus on traditional as well as contemporary institutional issues.

Instructional goals
The instructional goals of the programme are the following:

  • We focus on sociological research methods and theoretical analysis of the social world by examining both classic and contemporary sociological theory; teaching problem formulation, data collection, and analysis skills; and involving students with faculty research and their own research projects.
  • We foster student commitment to the improvement of society by teaching research and analytical skills needed to identify social problems and solutions to them; providing opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in the community outside of SAUT through practicum, independent studies, cooperative education, and the sociology student organization (called BASO Foundation).
  • We centre our teaching on the nature of power in society and the role of social characteristics such as class, race, ethnicity, gender, and age in determining people’s life chances.
  • We teach about societies and individuals by comparing countries and their social structures and cultures.
  • We help students develop the sociological imagination – an understanding of how individual behaviour is shaped by social structures and cultures.
  • We emphasize learning in which critical thinking is central and social events and arrangements are interpreted from multiple perspectives.
  • We commit ourselves to serving a full range of students by offering courses that accommodate non-traditional students: creating an inclusive curriculum and classroom environment that emphasizes multiculturalism and appreciation of differences; maintaining a faculty that is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender.

Students learning outcomes include
Students who complete their degree requirements in sociology should be able to:

  1. Define and understand major sociological concepts.
  2. Exhibit the ability to communicate a variety of sociological concepts.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology.
  4. Discuss the origin and development of the discipline of sociology including knowledge of the individuals who contributed to its growth.
  5. Demonstrate and understanding of the various sub-areas of sociology.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of multicultural variations and their importance in understanding cross-cultural relationships.
  7. Exhibit basic research skills by successful completion of
    a.) an original research proposal and
    b.) an independent research project.
  8. Successfully demonstrate a proficiency in statistical concepts and procedures used in sociological research.

The course has a good number of courses, core and elective of which a student has to pursue. Here is the complete list of all the courses under Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.