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 Benue State University, Makurdi

Department of Sociology

BRIEF HISTORY

 

Department of Sociology is one of the first departments established by the University. At the moment, the department runs a four year programme leading to a Bachelor’s of Science (B.Sc) Degree in Sociology.

PHILOSOPHY

The underlying philosophy of the programme is to produce grounded students/graduates who posses a thorough comprehension of the dynamics of human societies and cultures, and are equipped with a broad foundation of knowledge to enable them cope with life and make their contributions to national and international development.
The curriculum is uniquely designed to combine scholarship with relevance, scientific objectivity with commitment in providing students with wholistic knowledge in the principles, theories and methods of sociology.
objectives

The overall objective of the programme is for students to acquire the necessary sociological perspectives, concepts and skills that will enable them generally develop a global outlook, and specifically comprehend the evolution and transformation of the Nigeria state, economy and society. Thus, the programme aims at:

• Training sociologists with a thorough graps of the major sociological theories, models, concepts and skills as well as critical minds necessary for defining and providing solutions to societal problems;
• Providing an intellectual environment that enables the students realize their value and potential, raise their level of creativity and promote the spirit of discipline and self-reliance.
• To create a desirable milleu for positive behavioural changes which will enable students develop values like hard work, probity, discipline, creativity and self-reliance, dedication and patriotism essential to fulfill Nigeria’s National Development Objectives.
• Producing graduates whose concrete knowledge of the Nigerian state, economy and society enables them make their contribution to community and national development in the fields of industry, analysis, research, teaching, planning counseling, social welfare, culture, diplomacy, communications, public relations, self-employment etc.

ACADEMIC/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The department runs a four year degree programme to which admission is obtained through the Joint Matriculation Examination (UME). Candidates seeking admission into the programme are expected to posses a minimum of five credits including (English Language) at the GCE Ordinary Level, or its equivalent plus at least, a pass in mathematics. In addition the candidate must pass the UME in Social Sciences or Arts subjects at a level prescribed by the University.

Candidates for Direct Entry (the three year mode) should posses the General Certificate of Education, IJMB, Advanced Level Passes or their equivalence in any three Arts or Social Science subjects. Candidates who hold Senate approved Diplomas may also be considered.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

1. Candidates for the B.SC Sociology degree are required to take and pass a minimum of 36 credits each academic year make up of two semesters. A credit unit is defined as one contact hour per week per semester.
2. Candidates are required to take and pass the prescribed University-Wide General Studies Courses (GST) which are all credit-earning.
3. Candidates are also required to earn a minimum of ten and maximum of fifteen credits from Electives outside the department.
4. The total minimum number of credits required for graduation is 144 for UME students, and 108 for Direct Entry students which must be earned from courses offered within the department, recommended non-departmental courses and University-Wide General Studies Courses. Transfer students from recognized Universities are accepted on merit. Students with any other qualifications acceptable to the University Senate may also be admitted.

The courses have been categorized into ‘compulsory’ and “Elective’. Candidates for the B.Sc Sociology degree must take and pass all compulsory and General Studies Courses.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE OUTLINE (FIRST AND SECOND SEMESTER)

 

FIRST SEMESTER COURSES
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT UNIT
     
100 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 103 Introduction to Anthropology 3
SOC 105 African Societies 3
     
  ELECTIVE COURSES  
SOC 107 Individual Group and Society 2
     
200 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 201 History of Sociological Thought 1 3
SOC 203 Social Statistics 3
SOC 211 Introduction to Criminology 3
     
   ELECTIVE COURSES  
SOC 205 Sociology of Religion 2
SOC 207 Sociology of the Family 2
SOC 209 Nigerian Social Structure 2
SOC 213 Gender and Society 2
     
300 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 301 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
SOC 303 Research Methods 3
SOC 305 Sociology of Crime and Delinquency  
     
ELECTIVE COURSES  
SOC 307 Political Sociology 2
SOC 309 Formal Organization 2
SOC 311 Urban Sociology 2
SOC 313 Theory and Practice of Social Work 2
SOC 317 Women in Society 2
     
400 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 401 Sociology of Knowledge 3
SOC 403 Demography 3
SOC 405 Urbanization and Labour Migration 3
SOC 407 Data Analysis 3
     
  ELECTIVE COURSES  
SOC 409 Comparative Development Strategies 2
SOC 411 Medical Sociology  
SOC 413 Strategies for Crime Control 2
SOC 421 Social Problems and social Work 2
SOC 423 Sociology of Mental Health 2
SOC 425 Women and Development 2
SECOND SEMESTER COURSES
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT UNITS
100 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology II 3
SOC 104 Nigerian Heritage 3
     
  ELECTIVE COURSE  
SOC 106 Element of Scientific Thinking 2
     
200 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 202 History of Sociological Thought II 3
SOC 204 Social Psychology 3
SOC 214 Social Anthropology 3
SOC 216 Social Change 3
     
  ELECTIVE COURSES  
SOC 206 Works & Occupation 2
SOC 208 Introduction to the Sociology of Development 2
SOC 210 Sociology of Law 2
SOC 218 Introduction to Social Work 2
     
300 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 302 Statistic for Social Research 3
SOC 304 Social Inequality 3
SOC 306 Group Dynamics 3
     
  ELECTIVE COURSES  
SOC 308 Rural Sociology 2
SOC 310 Economy and Society 2
SOC 312 Sociology of Health & Illness Behaviour 2
SOC 314 Sociology of Industry 2
SOC 316 Nigerian Legal System 2
SOC 320 Marriage & the Family in Nigeria 2
SOC 322 Sociology of Gerontology 2
     
400 LEVEL CORE COURSES  
SOC 402 Models in Sociological Analysis 3
SOC 404 Sociology of Developing Societies 3
SOC 406 Research Project 6
SOC 408 Regional Ethnography 3
     
  ELECTIVE COURSES  
SOC 410 Sub-Saharan Africa 2
SOC 412 Sociology of Professions 2
SOC 414 Applied Demography 2
SOC 418 Comparative legal Systems 2
SOC 420 Industrial Sociology 2
SOC 424 Comparative Health Care Systems 2
SOC 426 Religion and Society 2
SOC428 Principle & Methods of Social Work 2

OUTLINE OF M.SC. SOCIOLOGY COURSES

 

CORE COURSES COURSE TITLE CREDIT UNITS
COURSE CODE First semester  
SOC 801 Advanced Sociological Theories 3
SOC 803 Advanced Sociological Research Methods 3
SOC 805 Issues in Entrepreneurship 3
  Second semester  
SOC 802 Models in Sociological Analysis 3
SOC 804 Advanced Statistical methods in Sociology 3
SOC 808 Computer Applications in Sociological Analysis 3
SOC 807 Seminar 3
SOC 806 Dissertation 10
  ELECTIVE COURSES CREDIT UNITS
  CRIMINOLOGY  
SOC 809 Police and Law Enforcement 3
SOC 810 Theories in Criminology 3
SOC 811 Correction 3
SOC 812 Administration of Justice 3
SOC 813 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice System 3
SOC 814 Victimology 3
  DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY  
SOC 815 Theories of Development 3
SOC 816 Political Economy 3
SOC 817 Social change and Development 3
SOC 818 Social policy and Planning 3
SOC 819 Women in Society 3
SOC 820 Gender and Development 3
SOC 821 Family, Kinship, Marriage 3
  DEMOGRAPHY  
SOC 822 Population Dynamics 3
SOC 823 Population Health 3
SOC 824 Research Methods in Population 3
SOC 825 Sexual and Reproductive Health 3
SOC 826 Population, Policy and Planning 3
  MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY  
SOC 827 Advanced Medical Sociology 3
SOC 828 Health Care Policy and Delivery system 3
SOC 829 Sociology of Health and Illness Behaviour 3
SOC 830 Sociology of Drug Abuse and Trafficking 3
  RURAL SOCIOLOGY  
SOC 831 Structure and Dynamics of Rural societies 3
SOC 832 Rural Development Planning and Evaluation 3
SOC 833 Comparative Rural Social Systems 3
SOC 834 Land tenure and Resource Management 3
SOC 835 Agricultural Extension Organization and Cooperative studies 3
SOC 836 Agriculture and Political Economy of Rural Development 3
SOC 837 Project monitoring and Evaluation 3
  SOCIOLOGY OF INDUSTRY  
SOC 838 Organization and organizational behavior 3
SOC 839 Work and occupation 3
SOC 840 Industry and society  
SOC 841 Labour unions in Nigeria 3
SOC 842 Theories of labour Relations 3
SOC 843 Industrial relations in Nigeria 3

PHD Courses

 

COUSOC CODE COUSOC TITLE CREDIT UNITS
  CORE COURSES  
  First Semester  
SOC 901 Advanced Sociological Theories 4
SOC 903 Advanced Sociological Research Methods 4
SOC 905 Computer Applications in Sociological analysis 4
    4
  Second semester  
SOC 902 Models in Sociological Analysis 4
SOC 904 Statistical Methods in Sociology 4
SOC 906 Advanced course in area of specialization 4
SOC 907 Research Seminar 4
SOC 908 Thesis 30
  ELECTIVE COURSES CREDIT UNITS
  CRIMINOLOGY  
SOC 909 Police and Law Enforcement 4
SOC 910 Theories in Criminology 4
SOC 911 Correction 4
SOC 912 Administration of Justice 4
SOC 913 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice System 4
SOC 914 Victimology 4
  DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY  
SOC 915 Theories of Development 4
SOC 916 Political Economy 4
SOC 917 Social change and Development 4
SOC 918 Social policy and Planning 4
SOC 919 Women in Society 4
SOC 920 Gender and Development 4
SOC 921 Family, Kinship, Marriage 3
  DEMOGRAPHY  
SOC 922 Population Dynamics 4
SOC 923 Population Health 4
SOC 924 Research Methods in Population 4
SOC 925 Sexual and Reproductive Health 4
SOC 926 Population, Policy and Planning 4
  MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY  
SOC 927 Advanced Medical Sociology 4
SOC 928 Health Care Policy and Delivery system 4
SOC 929 Sociology of Health and Illness Behaviour 4
SOC 930 Sociology of Drug Abuse and Trafficking 4
  RURAL SOCIOLOGY  
SOC 931 Structure and Dynamics of Rural societies 4
SOC 932 Rural Development Planning and Evaluation 4
SOC 933 Comparative Rural Social Systems 4
SOC 934 Land tenure and Resource Management 4
SOC 935 Agricultural Extension Organization and Cooperative studies 4
SOC 936 Agriculture and Political Economy of Rural Development 4
SOC 937 Project monitoring and Evaluation 4
  SOCIOLOGY OF INDUSTRY  
SOC 938 Organization and  organizational behavior 4
SOC 939 Work and occupation 4
SOC 940 Industry and society 4
SOC 941 Labour unions in Nigeria 4
SOC 942 Theories of labour Relations 4
SOC 943 Industrial relations in Nigeria 4

PHD COURSE DESCRIPTION

FIRST SEMESTER COURSES:

SOC 901 Advanced Sociological Theory (4 Units)
The course aims at a higher level of examining both the classical contemporary theories in Sociology and their relevance to explanation of current events, with particular reference to Nigeria. Such theories as structural-functionalism, evolution, conflict, symbolic interactionism, etc will be treated.

SOC 903 Advanced Sociological Research Methods (4 Units)
The focus is on logic of scientific social inquiry, ethical and epistemological problems of research in Africa, sampling problem, survey research, qualitative and quantitative methods with computer application.

SOC 905 Computer Applications in Sociological Analysis (4 Units)
The practical application of computers in data analysis would be presented with particular emphasis on Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), Epidemiological Information (Epi Info), Microsoft Excel and other data based programmes. Emphasis would also be placed on the use of computers in sampling distribution and parameter estimation. Furthermore the use of computers and other inferential statistical tools are presented discussed.

SECOND SEMESTER COURSES:

SOC 902 Models in Sociological Analysis (4 Units)
The course dwells on the process of model building, theory construction and concept formation, laws of interaction and causation, hypothesis and structure of scientific statement etc.

SOC 904 Statistical Methods in Sociology (4 Units)
Topics like probability and sampling distribution, contingency problems, correlation and regression analysis of variance, and test statistic will be covered here.

SOC 906 Advanced course in area of specialization (4 units)
Students are expected to take an advanced course in their own areas of specialization. The aim is for the students to broaden their academic scope. The Special Seminar will involve selected topics in Sociology in the following areas of specialization:-

Criminology

Police and Law Enforcement
Advanced Theories in Criminology
Correction
Administration of Justice
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice System
Victimology

Demography

Population Dynamics
Population Health
Research Methods in Population
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Population, Policy and Planning

Development Sociology

Theories of Development
Political Economy
Social change and Development
Social policy and Planning

Sociology and Labour Relations

Organization and  organizational behavior
Work and occupation
Industry and society
Labour unions in Nigeria
Theories of labour Relations
Industrial relations in Nigeria

Medical Sociology

Advanced Medical Sociology
Health Care Policy and Delivery system
Sociology of Health and Illness Behaviour
Sociology of Drug Abuse and Trafficking

Rural Sociology.

Structure and Dynamics of Rural societies
Rural Development Planning and Evaluation
Comparative Rural Social Systems
Land tenure and Resource Management
Agricultural Extension Organizations and Cooperative studies
Agriculture and Political Economy of Rural Development
Project Monitoring and Evaluation

SOC 907 Research Seminar (4)
This seminar will involve selected topics in Sociology. The seminar is the first opportunity for the student to demonstrate research competence before embarking on fieldwork.

SOC 908 Thesis (30 Units)
Ph.D. students are expected to choose a topic in their chosen field for a field or library research. A Thesis of a minimum of 150 pages would be written on such topic and presented. Students are expected to display a good knowledge in the formulation of a research problem and research questions, the setting of research objectives, formulation of basic assumptions or hypothesis, a wealth of exposure to literature, selection of a research methodology/instrument, and a good knowledge of data analysis, interpretation and recommendations.

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

 

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES  (Reviewed)

SOC 801 - Advanced Sociological Theory (3 units).
An advanced examination of modern postmodern social theory present-day approaches such as functionalism, structuralism, symbolic internationalism, Marxism Theoretical dilemmas such as structure and action, Marx and Weber, gender and analysis of language and culture ethno methodology, etc will be treated.

SOC 802 - Models in Sociological Analysis (3 units )
The course dwells on the process of model building, theory construction and concept formation, laws and interaction and causation hypothesis and structure of scientific statement, etc.

SOC 803 - Advanced Sociological Research Methods (3 units)
The focus is on the logic of scientific social inquiry, ethical and epistemological problems of research in Africa, sampling problem, survey research, quantitative methods, the application of participatory rapid appraisal (PRP) tools such as focus group discussions (FGD), semi-structured interviews (SSI), matrices, and institutional mapping among other tools would be presented and discussed.

SOC 804 - Advanced Statistical Methods in Sociology (3 units)
Statistical method and reasoning in advanced statistical application of statistical methods prior knowledge of statistics is required.

SOC 805 – Issues in Entrepreneurship (3 units)
The course discusses issues surrounding the definition and conceptualization of entrepreneurship from the perspective of various social science disciplines. Theories and models of entrepreneurship with respect to the push and pull factors of entrepreneurship development, barriers to entrepreneurship development are examined. The role of entrepreneurship in economic development of nations and in the global economy are also examined.

SOC 806 - Dissertation (10 units)
Students are expected to choose a topic on any social issue/problem for a field or library research. A dissertation of a minimum of 150 pages would be written on such topic and presented. Students are expected to display a good knowledge in the formulation of a research problem and research questions, the setting of research objectives, formulation of basic assumptions or hypothesis, a wealth of exposure to literature, selection of a research methodology/instrument, and a good knowledge of data analysis, interpretation and recommendations.

SOC 808 - Computer applications in Sociological analysis (3 units)
The practical application of computers in data analysis would be presented with particular emphasis on Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), Epidemiological Information (Epi Info), Microsoft Excel and other data based programmes. Emphasis would also be placed on the use of computers in sampling distribution and parameter estimation. Furthermore the use of computers and other inferential statistical tools are presented discussed.

SOC 809 - Police and Law Enforcement (3 units)
Comparative study of police and law enforcement system with particular reference to the British, American and Nigerian systems would be made. The role of police, police personality, police image, police discretions, police accountability/integrity and influence of the criminal justice system would be examined.

SOC 810 - Theories in Criminology (3 units)
The objective of this course is to help students identify, examine and understand the rationale and justification about crime and its phenomenon. It is also to expose students to various theoretical explanations that have been offered to examine crime, criminal and social reactions to both.

SOC 811 - Corrections (3 units)
The focus of this course is to identify, describe and understand the development of correctional services. The rationale for imprisonment, protection, parole and probation of offender; the major correctional theories and their application will be treated. The process of prisonization and alternatives to traditional methods of treatment and punishment will also be covered. The concepts of punishment, deterrence, reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration would be examined.

SOC 812 - Administration of Justice (3 units)
The objective of this course is to understand the concept of criminal law, the types of crime and elements of major crimes. The organization and interaction of the agencies of criminal justice system; the police, prisons, and juvenile justice system will be studied.

SOC 813 - Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice System (3 units)
Juvenile delinquency, its form and causes would be examined. The administration of juvenile justice system: the juvenile court, the probation of young offenders, the remand home, the reformatory, the approved school and the portal systems would be presented and discussed. Convention on the Right of the Child’s Rights Act (CRA) would be examined.

SOC 814 – Victimology (3 units)
The objective is to understand victims of crime, their nature/characteristics and corrective measures. Pertinent problems of crime victims will be analyzed.

SOC 815 - Theories of Development (3 units)
The focus is on the history and approaches in Sociology of development. Current theories like modernization, dependency, Marxism are examined; social structure, inequity, migration conflict etc are studied using Nigeria as a case study.

SOC 816 - Political Economy (3 units)
A comparative study of economic system of African mode of production in contrast with other societies, their historical development and contemporary relevance is studied. The impact of industrialization; modernization and technology and the place of Nigeria and Africa in the global economy are covered

SOC 817 - Social Change and Development (3 units)
This explores that conceptual framework offered by various social science disciplines to the study of development. Examination of specific issues and case studies drawn from different parts of the world with major focus on Africa and Nigeria is done here. Balanced development in Nigeria through population, settlement pattern, dispersal of industries, etc will be considered.

SOC 818 - Social Policy and planning (3 units)
The concept of social policy and the role of the state in the formulation and implementation of social policies will be examined together with models of social analysis. Special attention would be paid to social policies in relation to the family, health, education, housing, social security and the socially disadvantaged, social problems, ethnic minorities, utilities and other social services. The politics of social policy and social services provision would be implicated in the discussion.

SOC 819 - Women in Society (3 units)
The course begins with the basic concepts in gender studies but with particular emphasis on women. Theories of gender such as: Psychological theory of gender/psychoanalytic feminism, the interactionist perspective of gender, the functionalist theory of gender, modernization feminism, Liberal feminism, Critical feminism/radical feminism, Marxist theory of gender, socialist feminism, Intersectionality theory of gender, and the structured dialectical theory would be discussed, the role of women in national development will be examined. Various strategies for poverty eradication, enhancing female status; sensitization of the myriad problems confronting women in society are to be covered.

SOC 820 - Gender and development (3 units)
The aim of this course is to train students in gender issues and to raise their consciousness to the level where they become gender sensitized and would be able to implement National, state or local programmes to address gender issues. The course discusses the basic gender concepts/terminologies and their programme values ( i.e Gender Dictionary). It builds participants’ capacity to recognize gender issues in Nigeria, the social and economic status of women in Nigeria; identifying obstacles and opportunities in programme planning and implementation, integrating gender concerns in state programmes; and writing proposals/formulating a plan of action.

SOC 821 - Family, Kinship, Marriage (3 units)
The course would examine the various kinship systems of pre-industrial societies and their implication on gender studies. The institution of the family and marriage system would be discussed and their implication on gender studies. The institution of the family and marriage system would be presented. Modern kinship system as they exist in industrial societies would also be discussed in relation to problems affecting women.

SOC 822 - Population Dynamics (3 units)
Analysis of various demographic variables; fertility, mortality and migration. Changes in fertility behaviour, mortality resulting from various kinds of diseases, and reasons for migration, the effects of migration on the source region and point of destination. Overview of world cities. Theories of migration and urbanization.

SOC 823 - Population Health (3 units)
Social Epidemiology, forms and etiology of diseases. Different health care delivery systems and the extent at which they have been able to meet the challenges of incidences and prevalence of diseases in human societies.

SOC 824 - Research Methods in Population (3 units)
Quantitative and qualitative methods of obtaining and analyzing demographic data. Focus Group Discussion and Indepth Interview. Univariate, bivariate and multivariate methods, and the construction of life table.

SOC 825 - Sexual and Reproductive Health (3 units)
The focus of this course is on the sexual behaviour, sexual orientation, sexual networking, sexuality and disabilities, sexual right and sexual education. The influence of socio-cultural factors on the incidences of unintended pregnancies, use of family Planning, abortion, childbirth, genital mutilation, VVG and UVF.

SOC 826 - Population, Policy and Planning (3 units)
An overview of different population policies in developed and developing countries. Pronatalistic, antinatalistic and naturalistic population policies. The Implementation of population policies towards meeting the challenges of millennium development goals on population planning and Development. Social-problems associated with the formulation and implementation of population policies in the sub-Shaharan Africa.

SOC 827 - Advanced Medical Sociology (3 units)
The course will address sociological perspectives on health sickness, health care and development of medicine as a social institution. The social production of medical knowledge and practices, the role of medicine and alternative medical care in Nigeria. Sociology of sickness (role, stigma, illness and identity, sociological perspectives on suicide, African attitudes to suicide and self-harm, social causes of mental disorder .Rises in health care provision in developing societies. Sociological issues in HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa)

SOC 828 - Healthcare Policy and Delivery System (3 units)
The Nigerian healthcare policy is critically examined. Various levels of healthcare-primary secondary and tertiary are x-rayed. The general organization of health care in Nigeria compared to other countries is the focus

SOC 829 - Sociology of Health and Illness Behaviour (3 units)
The focus is on belief system and the cultural practices influencing patterns of response to healthcare, social relationship during sickness, health services provided by traditional healing and modern medical practitioners will be examined.

SOC 830 - Sociology of Drug Abuse and Trafficking (3 units)
The course examines drug and substance use and abuse, psychiatric problems, cause and therapy and the problems of drug trafficking. Drug abuse and criminal behaviour are also presented and discussed.

SOC 831 - Structure and Dynamics of Rural Societies (3 units)
The course examines the ecological, institutional, organizational and social differentiation approaches to the study of structure; selected theories of social change; process of planned-social change and the concept of technology transfer.

SOC 832 - Rural Development Planning and Evaluation (3 units)
This course examines the conceptual framework for planning socio-economic programmes; programmes planning models; programme planning and change, top-down versus participatory planning; the concept of programme evaluation techniques; and practical problems programme planning and evaluation.

SOC 833 - Comparative Rural Social Systems (3 units)
This course focuses on the examination of selected rural and agricultural systems with reference to organization and institutions; and comparative analysis of rural communities in different social setting with respect to elements and processes of social change, innovation and decision-making, communication and diffusion, leadership and social action.

SOC 834 - Land Tenure and Resource Management (3 units)
The course starts by defining land tenure. It focuses on the Nigerian case where land tenure system comprises the customary and legalized rights to the use and control over land (and water) which constitute the most basic resources of man.

SOC 835 -Agriculture Extension Organization and Co-operative studies (3 units)
The focus of this course is on the basic concepts of administration, organization and supervision; principles of administration; special demands of agricultural administration; agricultural administration under different agrarian systems; and problems of organization and administration of agricultural extension in Nigeria from historical perspective.

SOC 836 - Agricultural and Political Economy of Rural Development (3 units)
This course will examine the place of agriculture and rural development in national development; strategies and models of rural development while emphasizing the processes of social, economic and political integration of rural areas into national society; and rural infrastructure and institutional development. Analysis of special rural development programmes in Nigeria will be undertaken. Furthermore, this is an interdisciplinary course dwelling on the social, political and economic factors in rural development; Theories from sociology, political science, economics, demography, ecology and planning are used to examine the emergence of new forms of social organization and their implications for rural development in Nigeria.

SOC 837 - Project Monitoring and Evaluation (3 units)
Development of monitoring and evaluation systems, concept such as impact, adequacy, efficiency, effectiveness, monitoring indicators formats would be presented and discussed.

SOC 838 - Organization and Organizational Behaviour (3 units)
The major concern is the survey of major types of complex organizations; their structures and behaviour of organizational members. The theory and practice of management, measurement of goal performance, functions of groups in organizations, style of leadership and decision-making are covered.

SOC 839 - Work and Occupation (3 units)
The course centres on the major theoretical orientation to work, emerging trends in occupations, including specialization, bureaucratization, unionization and, professionalization; relation between work system and social structure; and stratification and mobility in developed and developing countries. Family linked occupations versus occupational choice.

SOC 840 - Industry and Society (3 units)
The course focuses on industry’ and it’s relations’ to the society , providing social analysis of economic institution, selected problems of industrialization and technological change, characteristics of developing countries, the factory as a social system, corporate organizations and corporate society, the changing bases of managerial authority. Industry and traditional society and culture.

SOC 841 - Labour Unions in Nigeria (3 units)
In this course, greater emphasis is placed on the role of labour in socio-political development of Nigeria. In this way, the course will focus on the history of Nigerian Labour, the role of organized labour in social and political development in Nigeria; the structure of Nigerian labour unions including their leadership, ideology and performance, labour in politics and the politics on Nigerian labour unions.

SOC 842 - Theories of Labour Relations (3 units)
This course focuses on the development of the labour force, industrial relations and the wider society, parties in industrial relations, processes; trade union organization, the theory and practice of collective bargaining, industrial conflicts and management.

SOC 843 - Industrial Relations in Nigeria (3 units)
The course brings to bear the theories of labour relations on the Nigerian experience of conflicts between labour and management. State interaction in labour relations in Nigeria, issues of collective bargaining and strikes and the role of law in the management of industrial conflicts.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PH.D) PROGRAMME IN SOCIOLOGY

Rationale

The underlying rationale of the Postgraduate programme in Sociology is to produce competent individuals who are well-grounded in sociological concepts, theories, and the methodology needed to analyze and proffer solutions to social problems at the local and global levels.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) programme in Rural Sociology and Agricultural Extension is to produce competent individuals who are well-grounded in sociological concepts, theories, and the methodology needed to analyze and proffer solutions to problems relating to agriculture and rural development at the local, national and global levels.

Objectives

The objective of the PhD in Sociology is to equip the student with relevant skills in the areas of theory and empirical research. This programme should enable the student to apply sociological theory to the fields of Sociology to effectively meet the challenges of a dynamic society. After completing the programme, the graduate is in a better position to appraise social issues, and contribute towards the national development effort as teacher, researcher, administrator or entrepreneur.

Admission Requirements: Candidates must have the requisite matriculation requirement of 5 O’level credits including English language and at least a pass in Mathematics. Admission is principally open to all graduates of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work and Development at Masters Level with an equivalent of “B” grade average or a CGPA of 3.50 on a 5-point scale from Benue State University and other recognized universities.

Student Status: The Ph.D. programme shall be on part-time or full-time basis. All candidates admitted to the PhD programme are required to attend all their lectures in the first two semesters at the University. Doctorate students are also required to attend colloquia and guest lectures.

Programme Structure: The Ph.D. programme consists of a course component and a thesis. A student is required to complete a minimum of twenty eight (28) credit units of course work and 30 credit units of research.

Requirement for Graduation: After registration, each full-time student requires a minimum of six (6) Semesters, and a part-time student a minimum of ten (10) Semesters for the programme before being examined for the degree. The duration of the programme shall not exceed ten (10) Semesters for full-time students and fourteen (14) Semesters for part-time students (Postgraduate School General Regulation, 8.3).

Thesis Proposal Defence:

The Thesis Proposal defence is mainly a departmental affair to which some academics outside the department may be invited. That implies that the candidate would by now have carried out initial fieldwork on which the proposal is based. The proposal defence challenges the student to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the chosen field of study, show that a research issue on which fieldwork is based has been identified. The proposal defence process is made up of two components: written and oral. It is expected that the doctoral candidate presents and defends a thesis proposal of about 20,000 words. The thesis proposal defence is expected at the end of the fourth semester of registration in the doctoral programme.

Ph.D Thesis Defence:

This entails the oral presentation and defence of a completed Ph.D Thesis before a panel of examiners. A panel of examiners shall be constituted to orally assess the candidate’s Thesis in accordance with set regulations/criteria of the university. All members of the Board of PhD.

STAFF LIST (ACADEMIC AND NON-ACADEMIC)

ACADEMIC STAFF LIST
S/N NAME OF STAFF RANK Qualification
1 Dr. AHULE, Benjamin Gowon Senior Lecturer B.Sc.(ABU), M.Sc. (JOS), PhD (BSU).
2 Rev. Fr. Prof. WEGH, Francis Shagbaor Professor B.A., M.A., M.Sc., PhD (Louvain)
3 Prof. TSEAYO, I. Justin Professor DPSA (Oxon), M.A. (Essex), D.Phil (Sussex)
4 Prof. EGA, A. Lawrence Professor B.Sc. (ABU), M.Sc., PhD (Cornell)
5 Prof. ADA,  Okau Professor B.A. (CAL), M.A., PhD., (Ibadan)
6 Prof. IDU, Ogbe Ode Professor B.Sc. (ABU), M.Sc., (UNN) PhD. (Benin)
7 Dr. UDOH, James Godswill Associate Professor B.Sc. (CAL), M.Sc. (ABU), PhD.(Ibadan)
8 Dr. DAUDU, .S. Senior Lecturer B.Sc. (RSUST) M.Sc., PhD. (FUAM).
9 Dr. AJIR, Igbana Wansua Senior Lecturer B.Sc., M.Sc. (ABU), PhD (BSU).
10 Dr. (Mrs.) IKWUBA, A. Agnes Senior Lecturer B.Sc., M.Sc. (BSU), PhD (BSU)
11 Dr. EJEMBI, S.A. Senior Lecturer B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (BSU)
12 Dr. MALIKI, Ahmadu. S. Senior Lecturer B.Sc., M.Sc., LLB., PhD (ABU).
13 Dr. BAI,  Margaret Senior Lecturer B.Sc., M.Sc. (BSU), PhD (Abuja)
14 SUGH, Elizabeth Terngu Senior Lecturer B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (BSU)
15 Dr. NASWEM,  .A. A. Senior Lecturer B.Sc. (BSU), M.Sc., PhD. (FUAM)
16 Dr. AGE, A.I. Senior Lecturer B.Sc. (BSU), M.Sc., PhD. (FUAM)
17 Dr. (Mrs) SAROR, Stella Fasoron Senior Lecturer B.Sc., , MBA, (ABU) PGDE, PhD. (FUAM)
18 Mr. AAN, James Timbee Lecturer I B.Sc., M.Sc., (Jos)
19 Mrs Onah, Comfort Elima Lecturer I B.Sc., M.Sc. (BSU) PhD (Ibadan)
20 ODIBA, Emmanuel Edache Lecturer II B.Sc. (Jos)             M.Sc. (Ibadan)       
21 Mr. TIMIUN, Godwin Aondohemba Lecturer II B.Sc. (Ife)          M.Sc. (Sokoto)       
22 Mrs. UYA, Mary Erdoo Lecturer II M.Sc. (BSU)   B.Sc.  (Jos)   
23 Mr. AKPEHE, Godwin Lecturer II M.Sc  (BSU) B.Sc.  (BSU)
24 Miss. AKPENPUUN, Joyce Rumun Lecturer II MSc. (Ibadan)    B.Sc. (Ibadan)  
25 Mr. AZENDE, Peter Lecturer II M.Sc. (BSU)             B.Sc. (BSU)            
26 Mr. ABARI, Christopher A. Lecturer II M.Sc.  BSC,
28 Mr. ANCHOVUR, Timothy Tyowase Lecturer II M.Sc (BSU) B.Sc. (BSU)            
29 Mr. MPEM Terungwa Lecturer  II B.Sc. (BSU)  M.Sc (BSU)
30 Sis. MADU, O.P. Cecilia Chikodinaka Lecturer II B.A. Theology, MSW, M.A. Theology
31   Rhoda Dewua Teaching Assistant B.Sc. (BSU), M.Sc (BSU), Ph.D in view (BSU)
32 Guda Frederick Nda Graduate Assistant B.Sc (BSU) Diploma in Law (Benpoly)  M.Sc (BSU)
NON-ACADEMIC STAFF LIST
S/N NAME OF STAFF RANK QUALIFICATION
33 ANKINA, T. Kenneth Chief Computer Operator Diploma in Computer Sc. (BSU) ND Acct. (Benpoly), HND Acct. (Benpoly)
34 ABU, Geraldine Dooshima Chief Snr. Clerical Officer NCE (COE K/Ala), B.ED (BSU), M.ED in view (BSU)
35 ONOJA, Agnes (Mrs.) Head Messenger/Cleaner S.S.C.E, Diploma in Social Works (BSU)