MSc Sociology

The MSc. Sociology is an exciting discipline that attempts to study human social behavior scientifically.  It encourages an objective and dispassionate approach to the analysis of human social activity. 

 The programme covers topics such as social theory, research methods, Caribbean culture, social policy development, health care, politics and social problems. 

 Sociology can be a great area of study for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching, research, planning, demography, cultural studies and statistics.  In addition, sociology majors may choose to continue in sociological research by pursuing the MPhil or PhD.

Students should be prepared to demonstrate strong research and writing skills and have an aptitude for statistical analysis.  Students should be prepared to collect and analyse data, write analytical papers and give presentations.

 The MSc sociology is largely a taught programme with a research project.

 Students are required to read ten three-credit courses, namely:

Eight (8) compulsory courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

SOCI 6000

Current Trends in Sociological Theory

3

SOCI 6001

Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation

3

SOCI 6014

Reading Course in Sociology (Year-long)

6

GOVT 6003

Political Sociology I

3

SOCI 6040

Family Systems and Dynamics  

3

SOCI 6003

Advanced Research Design and Statistics in Sociology

3

GOVT 6004

Political Sociology II

3

 

Students would be required to do two (2) of the following courses:

 

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

SOCI 6016

Sociology of Development

3

SOCI 6004

Caribbean Social Problems

3

SOCI 6020

Peoples & Culture of the Caribbean

3

SOCI 6025

Health Sociology

3

AND

 

3

SOCI 6010

Research Project

6

 

 

 

Students must also complete a six-credit research project in order that the degree is awarded.

 

Full-time students are expected to complete the programme in three semesters (sixteen months), whilst part-time students can complete the programme in five semesters (30 months).

 

Entry requirement into this programme is normally an Upper Second Class degree, though other qualifications as well as experience may be considered in admitting students into the programme. On acceptance, students may be required to read some undergraduate courses. In such instances, these students will normally be registered as qualifying students in the MSc programme.

 

Qualifying students must pass all their courses on the first attempt. Full-time students in the MSc programme, will normally be required to withdraw from the programme if they should fail more than two courses in any one semester. Part-time students must pass at least three courses in an academic year.

Failure in a course is deemed to have occurred when the student has failed either the coursework or the examination or both. In such an instance, the student will have one chance at resitting either the part (coursework or examination) of the course failed or repeating the entire course. Students will not normally be allowed more than two attempts at any course. Effectively, failure after two attempts at a course would require withdrawal from the programme.

 

With respect to the project, full-time students must complete the project in the semester following the passing of all courses. Part-time students must complete the project by the end of the second semester following the advice to proceed to project. Extensions for submission of the project, for both part-time and full-time students, will be limited to one three-month period beyond the end of the semester when submission was required. All extensions would be granted only on the recommendation of the supervisor.

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