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SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT


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CDC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hrs)

Semester: May – August, 2018


Class Meetings: Online
Lecturer’s Title & Name: Mr. Wilkins Ndege Muhingi
Lecturer’s Contact: 0723 848 038 Email: wilkins.ndege@pacuniversity.ac.ke
Consultation Time: Flexible
Spiritual Formation: Devotion & to always start and end with a word of prayer. (Main verse
Romans 12: 2)

Purpose of the Course

The purpose of this course is to examine theories of sociology that explain society and explore
the development of social institutions and their influence on human behaviour.

Expected Learning Outcomes


At the end of the course, the learners will be able to:
a) explain basic concepts and theories of sociology;
b) describe how individuals are shaped by culture, socialization, micro-level social
interaction, and organizational life;
c) analyze social construction of crime and deviance and how they relate to criminality and
crime rate;
d) apply the knowledge acquired to interpret their everyday experiences and connect them to
the social world;
e) assess the forces challenging social institutions today.

Course Content
1. WEEK: Definition, Historical origin of sociology and Pioneers of Sociology
2. WEEK: Meaning and nature of sociology, major theoretical perspectives
3. WEEK: The socialization cycle, socialization agents and their role Proverbs 13: 20
4. WEEK: Social interaction and social structure Titus 2: 3-5
5. WEEK: Social inequality, and social class Galatians 3: 28
6. WEEK: Culture, deviance, social, racial and ethnic inequalities Excl 3: 1, Jeremiah
29:11, Acts 20: 30
7. WEEK: Social order and social control 1st Corinthians 15: 33
8. WEEK: Stratification by gender, age and social stratification James 2: 1-10, Titus 2: 9
9. WEEK: The social institutions 1st Corinthians 12:12-31Romans 12: 4-5
10. WEEK: The family as a social structure Proverbs 22: 6 1st Timothy 5: 8
11. WEEK: Social mobility Mark 8: 36, proverbs 28: 6
12. WEEK: Social change and changing society by sociological approaches; Isaiah 43: 19
13. WEEK: Collective behavior and resistance to social change Matthew 10: 14, 1st cor
15:51

Modes of assessment
Lectures, active group discussion, power point presentations and case study.

Instructional materials/equipment
Online Blackboard discussions, textbooks, Web links and student handouts (files).

Modes of assessment

Course Assessment Tests 40%


Final Exam 60%
Total 100%

Recommended Course Text Books

Macionis, John J. (2013) Sociology Toronto: Pearson.


Giddens, Anthony (2003) Sociology New York: Pluto press

Further Resource Reading


Adorno, Theodor W. (2000) Introduction to sociology. Polity Press: Cambridge UK
Henslin, James M. (2002) The Student's Guide to Introductory Sociology Rocky: New York
Mountain
Odetola, T.O. &Ademola, A.(1993) Sociology: An introductory African text. London:
Macmillan.
E-Books
Zygmunt, B , Tim, M. (2014) Thinking Sociologically (2nd Edition). Carlton: Wiley

Smith, K.(2014).Key Issues in Modern Sociology: Émile Durkheim and the Collective
Consciousness of Society : A Study in Criminology. London: Anthem Press.

Journals
Development in Practice by Routledge, on behalf of Oxfam GB available at
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journlas/carfax/09614524.htmlwww.developmentinpractice.org