Social stratification and mobility

Group dynamics is the term used to describe the psycho-dynamic phenomena in groups. It is “a field of inquiry dedicated to advancing knowledge about the nature of groups, the laws of their development and their interrelations with individuals, other groups and larger institutions”.

Group Dynamics is designed to provide students the opportunity to study the principles underlying the process of group action and interaction in social situations and in professional leadership and supervisory group situations



"The fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives. This also constitutes a transformation of consciousness. It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this--things are not what they see. Social reality turns out to have many layers of meaning. The discovery of each new layer changes the perception of the whole. [Sociology invites] the sudden illumination of new and unsuspected facets of human existence in society. This is the excitement and…the humanistic justification of sociology. People who like to avoid shocking discoveries, who prefer to believe that society is just what they see, who like the safety of the rules and maxims of…the 'taken-for granted,' should stay away from sociology."

Pre-requisite: None

Purpose of the Course

To equip students with the Science of Society and Technology

This course is an introduction to sociology intended to give basic knowledge to students on basic social systems, the major social structures and issues on development. The course selects some areas of study from various sections of sociology studies to give students a wide scope of social issues without intensively study of any specific area due to the time constraint and the wide scope of the subject matter. The unit is meant to help the students evaluate their own society and as leaders implement the required changes and impact their communities.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the student should be able to:

  1. Discus sociological concepts and technology.
  2. Discus sociological processes and links them to technology.
  3. Apply sociological analysis to social issues in society.

Course Description

 The science of society, origin and development, scope and the relationship with other social sciences, founding fathers of sociology: Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, Marx, Weber; sociological perspectives and sociological analysis; the nature and function of social institutions and their effects on human lives, man and society; sociological processes; sociological  concepts: social structure, social interaction, social organization, social inequality, alienation and social stratification, social change, deviance and social control. Meaning of technology, the role of technology in social development and change.


Teaching Methodology

Lectures, tutorials; and group discussions.


Instructional Materials and/or Equipment

Whiteboard, Computer, Liquid Crystal Displays and Flip Charts


Course Assessment

Continuous Assessments -          30%

End of Semester Examinations - 70%


Core Reading Materials

Course Textbooks


Course Textbooks


  1. Giddens A., Duneier M., Appelbaum R. P. and Carr D. (2016). Introduction to Sociology (10th ed.). New York City, New York, USA: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN-13: 978-0393265163.
  2. Tischler H. L. (2013). Introduction to Sociology (11th ed.). Boston, MA, USA: Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1133588085.
  3. Schaefer R.T. (2014).  Sociology: A Brief Introduction (10th ed.). York City, New York, USA: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages. ISBN-13: 978-0078026720.


Course Journals

  1. 1.      Mapping the Social Landscape . Mc Graw Hill.  ISBN 97-0-07-352807-6
  2. 2.      Cambridge Journal of Economics. Online ISSN 1464-3545.  Print ISSN 0309-166X
  3. 3.      Technology in Society. Elsevier. ISSN: 0160-791X


Reference Materials:


Reference Textbooks

  1. Ferris K. and  Jill Stein J.(2016). The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology (5th ed.). New York City, New York, USA: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN-13: 978-0393264302.
  2. Ritzer G. (2014). Introduction to Sociology (2nd ed.). London, UK: SAGE Publications, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1483302942.
  3. OpenStax (2015). Introduction to Sociology (2nd ed.). Houston, Texas, USA: OpenStax. ISBN-13: 978-1938168413.


Reference Journals

  1. An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist   perspectives. Routledge. ISBN: 9780415312592
  2. Social Science & Medicine, Towards Sociology of Diagnosis ISSN: 0277-9536
  3. Science, Technology & Human Values. Print ISSN: 0162-2439. Online ISSN: 1552-8251



this course seeks to...

Course Purpose

The aim of the course is to introduce you, the learner, to the foundational knowledge and skills of political psychology.

Learning Outcomes

by the end of the course, you should be able to;

  1. Demonstrate knowledge about the field of political psychology including its definition, its various domains of study, and its methodologies
  2. Examine the impact of personality on political behaviour; the role of social cognition, social influences, and social relations factors in political behaviour
  3. Examine the myriad of factors involved in the political psychology of group; the various psychological and political factors impacting voting behaviours
  4. Explore the political psychology of race and ethnicity; and examine the impact of political psychology as it is related to broader international concerns such as nationalism, political extremism, and war

Criminology is an interdisciplinary field in both the behavioural and social sciences, which draws primarily upon the research of sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, psychiatrists, biologists, social anthropologists, as well as scholars of law. Therefore, the course seeks to equip students with knowledge on the sociological notion of crime, its causes and mechanisms of correction and prevention.

The purpose of the course is to introduce the learner to the foundational knowledge and skills in political psychology.