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BSc Sociology with a Minor in Human Resource Management

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Give yourself the opportunity to earn a degree which provides you with a rounded examination of sociological and human resource management ideas and concepts.  This programme is meant to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter an exciting career or for professional advancement in the context of public, private or not-for-profit organisations related to social work, welfare, employee assistance programmes, politics, teaching, personnel management, industrial relations, community development and youth development, among other fields

About the Programme
The B.Sc. Sociology Major with a Minor in Human Resource Management focuses on behavioural science courses including social theories and social work as well as skills and competencies in human resource management, industrial relations and team building. Students pursuing this degree will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the plurality of complexities governing society and in so doing they will be able to offer tangible contribution to the achievement of growth and development in the workplace and society in general.

Who is this programme for?

The B.Sc. Sociology with a Minor in Human Resource Management programme is intended for persons who are currently working in any of the numerous areas of the social sciences within governments, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, businesses or health related organizations and recent school leavers with an interest in the field of social and human resource development.


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 with a Minor in Human Resource Management degree, students must successfully complete 90 credits with at least 30 credits at Levels II and III for the Major and at least 15 credits at Levels II and III for the Minor. 

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

OOL1001 Orientation to Online
IYRS1001 Improving your Reading Skills
IYSS1001 Improving your Study Skills
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
Introduction to Social Work
Principles of Management
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
English for Academic Purposes
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
Qualitative Research Methods
Classical Social Theory
Modern Social Theory
Ethical Literacy in Behavioural Sciences
Intermediate Statistics
Research Methods in the Behavioural Sciences
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Level 2 Electives 
Population Studies
Principles of Sustainable Development
Level 3 
Family Sociology
Research Projects in Sociology
Social Development
Caribbean Social Structure
Industrial Relations
Labour & Employment Law
Team Building and Management
Level 3 Electives 
Theories of Development II
Evaluation of Social Programmes
Theories of Development 1
Industrial Sociology 1: Theories and Practices
Caribbean Social Problems
Advanced Statistics