MODULE 1: Sociology, Culture and Identity

The sociological perspective

Sociology as a discipline
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Development of sociology as a discipline The development of sociology in the Caribbean Sociology as a science


How society works

Concepts: social order (structure, function, power), social change, status and roles, values, norms and sanctions, social group (primary and secondary; in group and out group), socialisation (types and agents - school, family, peer group, mass media, religion)

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Functionalism Conflict theories Interactionism


The study of society
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Positivism and interpretivism Quantitative and qualitative research Surveys, observations, document study Cross sectional and longitudinal studies Sampling - probability and non-probability Ethical issues in research

Culture and identity
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Elements of culture (material and non material) Characteristics of culture Types of culture change Sub-culture and counter-culture Globalisation and culture Plantation society and culture

migration and contemporary factors o o Family and gender (the changing role of women and men) Problems associated with the family      Domestic violence Child abuse Conjugal separation Divorce Teenage pregnancy .o Caribbean socio cultural diversity: continuity and change. indentureship. conflict and assimilation. Creole and plural perspectives o Caribbean popular culture (music. dance art in a historical and social context) MODULE 2: Social Institutions  Family o Theoretical perspectives      African and Indian heritage Social pathology Functionalism Feminist perspective Kinship ideology and practice o Ethnic diversity and Caribbean kinship    Afro Caribbean Indo-Caribbean Indigenous o Changing Caribbean kinship patterns       Rate of marriage and divorce Men and fatherhood Female headed households Single parent households Family breakdown The impact of slavery.

naturism. post independence) Decolonisation and indigenisation Globalisation o Problems in Caribbean education     Student delinquency Dropout rates Male academic under achievement Lack of human and material resources . polytheism. Religion o o Types of belief systems (animism. dynamics:           Christianity Hinduism Islam Rastafarianism Vodun Shango Kumina Pocomania Revivalism Orisha o  Secularism Education o Theoretical perspectives    Consensus Conflict Interactionist o Development of education in the Caribbean    Establishment and expansion (post emancipation. monotheism) Theoretical perspectives    Consensus Conflict Interactionism o Familiarity with TWO of the following in terms of emergence. character.

MODULE 3: Social Stratification and Social Mobility  Concepts of stratification in a comparative perspective o o o o o o Class Colour Race Ethnicity Caste Gender  Theoretical perspectives o o o Conflict Functionalist Weberian    Education. equality and social mobility Changing patterns of Caribbean stratification Education and gender o o Comparative male and female enrolment and achievement Feminisation of the teaching profession .

UNIT 2 MODULE 1: Population Studies    Statistical concepts Relevant statistics Theories o o o o Malthusian Marxist Neo-Malthusian Demographic transition theory  Trends in population growth o o o Composition (age. age. religion. occupation) Trends )migration. natural disasters implications  Population control policies o o o Birth control Migration fertility  Population and development in the Caribbean o o Impact of population transition People as resources and consumers . urbanisation. ethnicity. nutrition and health. sex.

Deviance  Concepts o o o Social order Social control deviance  Theories o o o Functionalist Conflict Interactionist  Institutions of social control o o o o o o Family Education Religion Media Political system Legal system  Social distribution of crime o By:      Age Class Ethnicity Gender Locality o  Caribbean statistics and trends Issues of deviance o o o o o Drug abuse Juvenile delinquency Domestic violence White collar crime Corporate crime .MODULE 2: Social Order. Social Control.

MODULE 3: Social Development and poverty  Social development o Definition of concepts     Development Underdevelopment Modernisation Industrialisation o Indicators of development      Health Education Welfare Social services Quality of life  Theories o o o o o Early evolutionary Modernisation Dependency World systems Globalisation  Issues in Caribbean development o o o o o o Industrialisation Urbanisation Bureaucratisation Tourism Gender Health  Poverty o Problems in defining    Absolute or subsistence poverty Relative poverty Subjective poverty .

children and youth Unemployed Single parent families Indigenous people  Contributions of sociology to the analysis of poverty o o Social aspect Poverty alleviation policies ('needs ' and 'rights' based perspectives) .o  Problems of measuring poverty (poverty line model) Theoretical perspectives on the causes and persistence of poverty o o o Culture of poverty Marxist perspectives Conservative approach  Categories of the poor o o o o o People with special needs Elderly woman.

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