B.Sc. Sociology

Course Description

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

This course is designed basically as an introduction to the discipline of sociology. It concentrates on the history of the discipline, a description of the subject matter, and areas of specialization and how sociologists do their work.

SOC 102: Introduction to Sociology II

This is concerned with analyzing issues. It revolves around such uses as the uses of sociology, major concepts in sociology, forms of sociology, forms of social structure and the foundation of social life.

SOC 103: Introduction to African People and Culture

This is an introduction to the study of human origins and culture achievements. The study covers social anthropology, historical, theoretical and mythological perspectives. It studies and makes analysis of ethnographical studies of African societies, people and their cultures, both as scientific reporting and a literary form. It also examines African culture in contemporary settings, social organizations, languages, polity, economy and worldviews

SOC 104: Nigerian Heritage

The course examines the making of Nigeria into a nation, Nigerian cultural heritage, her population vis-a-viz development, her literature, art, religion and discipline vis- a-viz nation building. The course is crucial to the understanding of our contemporary predicament.

SOC 105: Introduction to Psychology

This course introduces the students to the field of psychology. Psychologists explore behavior and mental processes, including perception, cognition, attention, emotion, intelligence, phenomenology, motivation (conation), brain functioning, and personality. This extends to interaction between people, such as interpersonal relationships, including psychological resilience, family resilience, and other areas.

SOC 106: Introduction to Social Anthropology

The course introduces students to the field of social anthropology in contrast to cultural anthropology. Topics of interest for social anthropologists have included customs, economic and political organization, law and conflict resolution, patterns of consumption and exchange, kinship and family structure, gender relations, child bearing, socialization and religion. Present day anthropologists are also concerned with issues of globalism, ethnic violence, gender studies, transnationalism and local experience.

SOC 107: Introduction to Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of various aspects of humans within past and present societies. Social anthropology and cultural anthropology study the norms and values of societies. Linguistic anthropology studies how language affects social life. Biological or physical anthropology is a scientific discipline concerned with the biological and behavioral aspects of human beings, their related non-human primates and their extinct ancestors.

SOC 201: History of Social Thought

This course is an introduction to the main contributors of social thought and to the rise and development of modern sociology

SOC 202: Elements of Scientific Thought

This course examines sociological thoughts with particular reference to the emergence of scientific thought in sociology. The industrial revolution and all the scientific approaches that have given sociology its scientific nature by founding fathers and values free scientific endeavor.

SOC 203: Social Change

This course examines the theoretical perspectives, institutional analysis of social change, and concept of modernization amongst other indices in the society.

SOC 204: Rural Sociology

The fundamental nature of rural societies, their sociological systems and patterns of transformation/the identification ‘and utilization of nature of human resources.  Social change in rural societies. Rural society institutions and their adaptation to chance.

SOC 205: Social Psychology

An examination of theories of social psychology. A comparison of cross cultural system of socialization to chance.

SOC 206: Introduction to Social Services

This course introduces students to the profession of social work and human services in general. It presents an introductory integration of social work both as a field and method. In addition, it seeks to show students how social work helps people to solve their problems in social functioning to strengthen their social relationship.

SOC 207: Sociology of the Family

Analysis of the principles of kinship, classification and of the types and functions of groups formed on those principles. Study of marriage as an institution

SOC 208: Sociology of Mass Communication

The course provides some basic functions for the study of human communication. It’s designed to aid student’s better understanding of the nature, functions and concepts of mass media and their institutions. Theoretical, conceptual and evaluative aspects of human communication will be examined. Also to be considered are the implications of the growth of mass media institutions, the way in which they modify behavior and help to fashion society now and in the future.

SOC 209: Introduction to Medical Sociology

This course introduces cultural, social and psychological factors in diseases and illness, as well processes in distribution of illness. Social definition of illness and the organization of the health professions and health facilities

SOC 210: Sociology of Education

This course takes an in depth study into the relationship that exist in the education sub system and institutions, the relationship between the teacher and the learner. Themes of knowledge, education skill acquisitions training and relationship with white society. Formal, semi -formal and informal types of education analyzed.

SOC 211: Introduction to Population Studies

Students would be introduced to some demographic theories such as the ones put forward by Malthus and others be done in relation to contemporary situation in Nigeria. Basic demographic variables such as fertility, mortality and migration would be introduced. Sources of demographic data will be studied

SOC 212: Sociology of Knowledge and Technology

The sociology of knowledge and technology is the study of the relationship between human thought and the social context within which it arises, and of the effects prevailing ideas have on societies and their technological advances. It is not a specialized area of sociology but instead deals with broad fundamental questions about the extent and limits of social influences on individuals’ lives and the socio-cultural basics of our knowledge about the scientific and technical world.

SOC 213: Introduction to Sociology of Ageing

This course exposes students to the interaction between sociology and social gerontology. It examines the demographic and historical factors that underlie the phenomenon of an ‘ageing’ society. It reveals the various ways that physical, psychological, and especially social processes influence the ageing experience of individuals. This includes how a variety of social contexts shape the ageing experience to produce differences by gender, race/ethnicity, and social class as well as the interaction between individuals, society and its institutions.

SOC 214: Youth and Development

Youth and Development is a sociological course devoted to the study of the development, history, culture, psychology, and politics of youth. The field studies not only specific cultures of young people, but also their relationships, roles and responsibilities throughout the larger societies which they occupy.

SOC 301: Social Research Method I

Formulation of social issues in research and research problem. General concepts concerning scientific methods in social science research etc.


SOC 302: Social Research Method II

Roots of research, the various types, research methods and their merits and demerits. Field experiments of method etc.

SOC 303: Social statistics

The course is concerned with the role of statistics in social science enquiry. Nature of measurement, presentation of data, central values, measures of deviation, correlation, nature of sampling, probabilities and normal distribution, inference, hypothesis and test of significance

SOC 304: Sociology of Deviant Behavior, Crime and Delinquency

Nature and extent of crime, theories of crime causation, traditional control of deviancy in African societies with application in the contemporary administration of justice. Criminal behaviors in Nigeria and its relation to persons and cultural conditions.

SOC 305: Political Sociology

An examination of social and cultural context of power, political activities and behaviors. Political organization, trade unions, elite development for movement for political change. Theories of power distribution and contemporary political issues.

SOC 306: Introduction to Organizational Studies

Structural properties of organizations and the consequences. Bureaucracy and complex formal organization in various institutional settings and relationship among organizations in the community. Major theoretical and methodological problems in studying complex organizations. Problems of formal organizations in the new states.

SOC 307: Introduction to Gender Studies

An introduction to women studies, a survey of traditional and contemporary attitudes of male centered societies to women, feature which shape this attitudes, and public issues in women

SOC 308: Health and Safety at Work

The course discusses industrialization and its health hazards and the implication in the health conditions. Issues like pollution, toxic waste, noise, stress and strain, injuries, dust etc. are examined amongst others.

SOC 309: Sociology of Urban Life

This study involves the general analysis of contemporary urban phenomenon including the nature and problems of urban life as well as its multiple complexities.

SOC 311: Sociology of Law

A sociological treatment of social and consequences of law and legal process. The traditional African legal culture and their contemporary relevance. The structure and functioning of legal Systems Law and society, law and economy, law and cultural processes.

SOC 312: Social Stratification and Mobility

An examination of the theoretical modes of stratification system, the course attempts a comparative analysis of the stratification process on social mobility in industrial and development societies with special reference to Africa

SOC 313: Social Problems

An examination on social problems in the world, and tries to analyze its repercussion on social, economic and political lives of the people affected. It examines the problems of alcoholism in Nigeria. The problem of civil disorder, prostitution, religious riot etc. the course makes good suggestion for problems of unemployment, and problems

SOC 314: Sociology of Religion

The function of religion institution societies. The relationship between religion and society in relations. Stable small communities, the approach of social anthropology to African religion. The rise of new religious and reforms movement. The place of religion in modernized complex societies. Religion and social change

SOC 315: Sociology of Non-violent Change

The course looks at the origin and development of the non-violent movement. Students are introduced to the various theories and empirical case studies of various scholars such as Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jnr. The student is able to understand the connection between the seemingly abstract theories and practical events that affect their everyday lives.

SOC 316:  Race and Ethnic Relations

Meaning and origin of race and Ethnicism. Identity politics and crises in Nigeria, analysis of basic concepts such as discrimination, stereotype, prejudice, sentiment, crises, explanation on core value and their related challenges. Extrapolation on sectarian religion and ethnic crises in Nigeria and the way forward.

SOC 401: Contemporary Sociology Theories

Major theories and school of thought in the 20th century. Contemporary development of classical sociological theories. The major orientation in contemporary sociological theory: functionalism, symbolic interactionism, conflict theory, ethnomethodology, exchange theory and other perspectives. Application of these theories to contemporary problems.

SOC 402: Demography

The nature and development of population study, its scope and methods. Some basic concepts of population growth. Problems of population in Africa, issues of policy.


SOC 403: Regional Ethnography

Advanced Study of sub-Saharan Africa as a major ethnological region. Human origins and early man. Physical anthropology and archaeology, race and racism. The cultural regions of Africa, language and population, migration in the society and history, people and cultures of Africa.

SOC 404: Sociology of the Third World.

Decolonization and the emergence of third world. The process of industrialization in developing societies. Industrial work grounds and informal organizations. Relationship between workers and management.

SOC 405: Urbanization and Labor Movement

The phenomenon of urban growth in various forms of labor migration. The theories and economies migration. Characteristics of Nigerian cities.

SOC 406: Research Project

Original research in sociology or social anthropology, conducted under the supervision of a member of staff.

SOC 407: Sociology of Development

Theories of development and of its relation to growth, sociological implications of development, its effects on society and family structure. The impact of colonial policies and post-independence international conditions. Also examines various development strategies

SOC 408: Industrial Sociology

The analysis of major management theories. The process of industrial development in developing countries. Industrial workgroups and informal organized relation between workers and management

SOC 409: Criminology

Examines the basic concept of crime, criminal behavior, the penal system, and the judiciary amongst others. The enforcement agencies and the rehabilitation strategies of the offenders are also examined

SOC 410: Public Bureaucracy:

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of public bureaucracy in Nigeria. Attention is mainly on public organization and government parastatals. Issues such as professionalism in bureaucracies are examined.

SOC 411: Rural Development in Nigeria

The course is concerned with the critical analysis of strategies and policies to reduce rural poverty and inequality, the relationship between agriculture, rural and national, development strategies and their consequences for various groups in the Nigerian society. The roots of rural and agrarian problems, strategies and policies will be taught.

SOC 412: Sociology of Medicine

The course examines health and illness behavior as it is to social structure. Medical organizations and progression, the profession of medicine etc. It also studies the politics of medical care, traditional and modern forms of health delivery systems in Africa, their respective uses and social effects, public health in Nigeria. The hospital as a social system and the mental hospitals as a total institution. The poor, the doctor and society.

SOC 413: Health and Ageing

Social interactions between members of the society are at optimal level when everyone is in good health. But in most cases, one’s ability to make meaningful contributions is compromised with age. This course provides the student with an overview of the changes that occur with ageing.

SOC 414: Sociology of Terrorism

The sociology of terrorism is a developing subfield of sociology that seeks to understand terrorism as a social phenomenon and how individuals as well as nation states respond to such events. Students are taught to differentiate this field from terrorism studies which sometimes overlaps with the psychology of terrorism.

SOC 415: Military Sociology

This course studies the military as a social institution, focusing on its internal social structure, organization and culture. It examines the role the military is playing in Nigeria and other third world countries.