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 globalisation, 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 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 modernisation 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|
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Module I – Sociology, Culture and Identity
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1. Quantitative methods are better suited to undergo the rigours of sociological research in comparison to other methods. Discuss
2. The Functionalist perspective is not adequately suited to explain Caribbean society. Critically assess this claim.
3. The Theory of the Plural Society is best suited to describe Caribbean culture. Analyze this statement.
4. Assess the advantages and disadvantages of using participant observation as a research method in conducting studies in the Caribbean.
Module II – Social Institutions, Family, Religion Education
4. “Caribbean Families are pathological units”, assess this view. .
5. Does education provide the means to attain upward social mobility in modern Caribbean society?
6. The Caribbean is characterized by matrifocality. Is this a true assessment of Caribbean?
7. Identify ONE named Caribbean faith, explain how its origins,beliefs and practices have helped its practitioners to cope with daily life in the Caribbean.
Module III - Social Stratification and Social Mobility
8. “The Theory of the Plantation Society provides a comprehensive explanation of the Caribbean reality”. Critically assess this claim.
9. In what ways has Caribbean culture, contributed to individual identity?
10. Kamau Brathwaite's Theory of Creole society has successfully explained the nature of social relations within Caribbean societies. Discuss.