The course provides students with the key concepts of sociology, the beginnings and development of sociology, and its relationship with other disciplines in the social sciences. It also deals with other issues like social policy and its relation to social problems and the influence of change and development in generating social problems.
This course deals with change as a human phenomenon. Basic concepts and theories of socio-cultural change are presented. Major changes that have occurred in different aspects of social life, with particular reference to Arab societies, will be examined. The course also focuses on global social changes & its impact on modern society.
The course provides students with the definition of social problems, the main theoretical approaches related to studying social problems, and the difficulties of solving them. Selected contemporary - social problems will be studied and analyzed such as drug addiction, crime, population density, computer crimes, Internet, and environment. Some social problems facing the Arab Gulf societies in general, and the United Arab Emirates society in particular are also discussed and solutions are suggested.
The course introduces students to the field of anthropology in general and social anthropology in particular. It is designed to provide students with a better understanding of human behavior and the complexity of processes that shape cultural and social structuring of societies around the world using the anthropological perspective. In addition, the course introduces students to the most important concepts and approaches used by social anthropologists in understanding socio-cultural variation. It encourages students to learn about different cultures and to apply their knowledge to make sense of their own society and how social norms, values and practices shape the way people make sense of their places in the world
This course aims to introduce students to the central issues regarding the complex relationship between technology and society. First, it draws attention to the role that society plays in shaping the way that technology impact society and even in the shaping of the technology itself. Second, it focuses on various classical and contemporary sociological approaches to understand the relationship between society and technology. Third, the course examines the historical development of technology, from the first industrial revolution to the fourth industrial revolution such as Robots and other automation technology. Fourth, the course focuses on research methods available to understand the impact of various technological media devices and Robots on the society. Fifth, it focuses on critical thinking skills to understand the positive and negative impact of technology on society.
This course deals with urbanization and the formation of new communities in the world with special reference to Arab and Gulf Arab societies. The course discusses major theories of urbanization, types of urbanization, the urban way of life, and problems related to the urbanization process. The course also discusses other issues relevant to urban planning policies and the growth of modern cities.
The primary goal of this course is to apply a sociological lens to the world of sports. It explores the relationship between sports and society. It also examines how sports are entangled with social, cultural, political, and economic forces operating at many different levels, in addition to the multiple ways through which individuals are involved in sports organizations and activities. Importance of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class as they relate to sports will be given special attention. The course materials will draw on a variety of theoretical, historical, and methodological perspectives.
This interdisciplinary course will highlight the multiple and complex cultural, economic, and socio-political life in the contemporary Arab societies. It is designed to assist students in acquiring or enhancing the necessary skills to unpack and critique some of the assumptions and stereotypes about the diversity, complexity and internal dynamics of Arab societies. The focus will be on contemporary societies, but the course will take into account historical phenomena and their enduring presence in the region and in the
This course deals with the popular heritage as a significant source of popular culture sources in the Arabic-Islamic society in general and UAE society in particular. The course seeks to introduce the concept of popular heritage, its meaning, major fields and its usage in everyday life. Illustrations from UAE & various Arabic societies will be introduced.
This course is an introduction to the nature and development of classical and contemporary sociological theory. It introduces students to the central ideas, concepts and arguments of the classical sociological writers such as Durkheim, Weber and Marx and the contemporary sociological theory such as Functionalism, Conflict theory, Symbolic Interactionism and Exchange. The course also examines the relationship between the development of Sociological Theory and social changes, the relationship between the classical sociological writers and the contemporary and the relationship between theory and social research methods.
The course identifies the scientific approach and the principles of social research. It also attempts to demonstrate the relationship between social research and social theory and the roles of theory in the formulation of hypotheses. The course offers the students the opportunity to practice the steps of social research, data collection, and data analysis using advanced technology.
This course explores the motives, ideologies, history, current practice, and outcomes of Sustainable development and Globalization. It examines the powerful—but highly contested—concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. Along the way, students will become familiar with some of the most influential theories and empirical works from sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, and other fields. Regarding those disciplines, we will strive to appreciate their contributions to our understanding development and globalization of the world. But also, we will scrutinize their assumptions and critique their shortcomings. More generally, we will scrutinize the very concept of development and globalization.
This course deals with history and development of population theories. It focuses on sources of population data. In addition, it provides the study of population structure (size, composition, and distribution), and population process (fertility, mortality, and migration) including world population problems and population growth trends, especially in the UAE.
Environmental Sociology course introduces students to a variety of research traditions and debates within the field of environmental sociology. In addition, this course explores the ways in which historical and contemporary patterns of human evolution have created ecological problems. The course also examines why harmful effects of pollution and environmental risks disproportionately influence disadvantaged groups. As well, it examines what kinds of social movements have been mobilized to protect ecosystems and human communities from environmental degradation. In addressing these topics, the course makes linkages between local, national, and global processes. Moreover, the course introduces students to environmental justice research, urban sociology, and social movements’ research.
This course deals with the fundamental and scientific basics of human development in relation to the dynamic forces in the society. It also concerns itself with the factors affecting human development, and the importance of these factors with regard to labor force policies. The course emphasizes the significance of human capital in society’s progress. In addition, the course explains how to enable the labor force to take an active role in development programs.
This course seeks to introduce students to the complex relationship between processes of migration, mobility and identity. We will investigate the diverse global processes that encourage cross-border mobility, including massive international exchanges of money and information; the experience of economic deprivation and political conflict within and across nation-states. The course will also survey the sociological research and theories on migration and identity in different societies and cultures.
This course provides a solid introduction to many of the topics central to the sociological understanding of work and organization and. This course tries to make sense of what is happening to the organization and management of work. The course enables students to apply a sociological perspective to their study of work, organizations, occupations, management and employment. It analyzes some of the key current topics and arguments in social scientific thinking on work and organizations issues.
This course explores the formation of the family, marriage, and kinship as a social system. It highlights the transformations that have occurred in the structure of the Arab family in general, and in the Gulf family in particular. It outlines the problems that face the family as an institution as a result of the socio-economic transformations experienced by Arab societies as well as in different foreign societies.
The course provides an introduction to sociological explanations of political behavior. It examines socio-political factors that underlie the emergence of modern politics. The course provides an outline and empirical critique of the principal alternative models of political functioning in societies. It focuses on the history of political struggles and institutions in societies providing a empirical analysis of elite and mass political behavior.
The course is concerned with education as a social system. It deals with its history and development, and its relationship to social conditions and social change. It also deals with the organizational nature of educational institutions as well as the economical, social & cultural aspects of education.
This course provides the student with the basic knowledge of folk traditions such as folk literature, material culture, folk performing arts, customs, and traditions. Such topics will be illustrated by examples from United Arab Emirates society, and through studying uses of folk tradition in public life and learn how to implement it in development process in general & human development in particular. It also examines the role played by the state in preserving cultural heritage in UAE society.
This course deals with the emergence and development of social and cultural anthropology in terms of its theory, methodology, research topics, and sub-fields. It also looks at its relationship with the humanities and other social sciences. The course also investigates the application of social cultural anthropology in development & modernization. The application of social and cultural anthropology in areas of modernization and development processes are also examined. (Prerequisite: SOC 319)
This course studies the development of the phenomena of crime and juvenile delinquency. It analyzes crime and juvenile delinquency, its consequences and motivating factors. It analyzes the changes of criminal styles and juvenile delinquency in the world In general and in the Arab world in particular with emphasis on the most recent as well as classical theories in criminology. In addition, this course provides skills for planning suitable programs to combat problems related to crime and juvenile delinquency.
This course deals with the interactive relationship between the organic features of human being and his social features and his cultural production. The course discusses subjects that are related to the characteristics of human race, the diversity in human cultures and the impact of the existing communication among people on the present and the future of human race.
This course introduces students to the social aspects of medical and health institutions, and the distribution of healthcare in the society. The course examines the interaction between society and these two institutions, with particular emphasis on how disease is socially produced and distributed. The course focuses on the dynamics of class, gender, and ethnicity, as well as the role of other social institutions such as family, work, school, and religion.
This course explores the relationship between theory and practice in sociology. Students will learn about the ways in which sociological perspectives are used in various career fields. Students will be exposed to scenarios of sociological practice in various settings. They will be required to complete class projects.
This course focuses on the social and social-psychological aspects of later life. It will examine the stereotypes about and realities of growing old in the UAEU. The course discuses the sociological factors that are associated with treating and abusing elder people, in addition to reviewing methods of how to address Elderly problems. Social policies and social services will be studied. Students will compare aging in other societies.
This course offers students a unique opportunity for the advanced study of a special thematic in the discipline of Sociology. The course content will vary from year to year in response to emerging theoretical, methodological, and empirical issues occurring in the discipline, and in accordance with the research interests and expertise of the instructor.
This course provides students with the practical training to apply the sociological research methods to the study of social issues and problems. In this course, the student carries out a field study under the supervision of one of the department staff who will guide him/her in formulating, theorizing, and hypothesizing the research question, and collecting and analyzing the data using statistical programs.
The internship in sociology is designed to provide an opportunity to apply classroom learning, to practice and enhance skills, to experience professional socialization, and to explore a career. It also serves as a vehicle for the student to become more aware of personal strengths and identify areas in which further growth is needed. (This course is conducted on 2 days/week during a complete semester. A maximum of 6 Cr. Hrs. of courses can be registered in the other days of the week).
This course shows how anthropology and folklore work together in order to develop workable methods including collecting, classifying, and analyzing folklore data, for the purpose of studying traditional societies. It provides students with ethnographic or qualitative and quantitative methods dealing with various subfields of folklore including folk literature or verbal folklore, folk beliefs, folk performance and material culture. It provides students with ethnographic or qualitative and quantitative methods dealing with various subfields of folklore including folk literature or verbal folklore, folk beliefs, folk performance and material culture.
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