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BSc Sociology

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In today’s world there are many unanswered questions to societal problems. Sociology is about understanding the “big picture”. Sociology integrates the findings of economics, political science, psychology and history. There is nothing in the world that goes on that Sociology cannot address, be it the crisis of capitalism, social network analysis, integration of sociology with the biological sciences, communication networks, economic crisis and globalization to name a few. Sociology as a scientific discipline can help to provide solutions to many of these issues through scientific research. Students will develop strong research skills using the scientific method, while receiving an appreciation for the wider context within which social enquiry occurs.

About the Programme
The Bachelor of Science in Sociology is geared towards preparing participants to develop a comprehensive understanding of research skills in conducting sociological inquiry while appreciating the functional usefulness of sociological perspectives in contextualizing the social issues surrounding human social existence and institutional relations. This programme will be suitable to those persons pursuing professional degrees in areas of law, business, education, health and medicine, social work and counselling.

Who is this programme for?

The programme targets persons who are engaged in social research, persons who are currently working in any of the numerous areas of the social sciences within governments, non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, businesses or health related organisations and recent school leavers with an interest in the field.


Programme Structure

Duration of Programme

The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree
In order to be awarded the BSc Sociology degree, students must successfully complete the 90 credits as specified in the programme structure.

Delivery Mode

All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.


When will the programme start?

August and January of each academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a) Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:

An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND
An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
One of the following minimum qualifications:

either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR
 four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level

 Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998       
  (b)  Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting      
  (c) Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution    
  (d) Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments


English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.


Academic Preparation

Introduction to the Learning Exchange

Programme Delivery Department (PDD) Orientation

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)


Course of Study
Level 1 
Introduction to Psychology
Logic of Social Inquiry
Mathematical Thinking and Introductory Statistics
Introduction to Political Institutions and Analysis
Youth Development Work: Introduction to Theory and Practice
Introduction to Social Work
Principles of Economics
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
English for Academic Purposes
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
Population Studies
Qualitative Research Methods
Classical Social Theory
Modern Social Theory
Principles of Sustainable Development
Ethical Literacy in Behavioural Sciences
Intermediate Statistics
Research Methods in the Behavioural Sciences
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Level 3 
Family Sociology
Theories of Development II
Evaluation of Social Programmes
Theories of Development 1
Research Projects in Sociology
Industrial Sociology 1: Theories and Practices
Social Development
Caribbean Social Problems
Caribbean Social Structure
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Advanced Statistics