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 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 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.
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 explores central issues and matters of Third World development. It tackles various theories through examining important works of major thinkers in the field. Students will have the opportunity to study issues of great concern to the Third World in general, and to the Arab world in particular. This course will contribute to the development of students' critical thinking through the comprehensive suggested readings, and effective class discussion and participation.
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.
This course is designed to provide students with the scientific knowledge concerning structural and cultural characteristics of Bedouin and rural communities from a comparative point of view. The course offers topics on rural development and Bedouin resettlement, illustrated by examples from Arab society, the UAE society in particular.
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.
In this course, students will be provided with the definition of industrial sociology, its beginnings and development, and its relationship with other social sciences. It also deals with industrial relations, some Industrial social problems, the social structure of industrial organizations, and the relation between industry and society.
The course is designed to study the relationship between population and environment and the impact of this relationship on personal and group behavior. It also studies environmental problems like desertification, environmental pollution, and food shortages. The effect of these problems on population characteristics will be studied. Population increase or decrease and the problem of providing services to meet changing demographics will be studied as well. (Prerequisite: SOC 304)
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.
The course is designed to provide students with the concept of migration, the different theories that explain types of migration, and its role in forming the social structure. It further aims at examining the social, economic, and cultural effects of migration in both sending and receiving societies. The course discusses the impacts of migration at the international, Arabic & the Arab Gulf levels.
This course discusses the beginnings and theoretical perspectives of organization. It provides a survey of important ideas to help in understanding and interpreting organizational problems, especially those related to social relationships in the organizations. The course will study how this affects social reality. Methods connected with the management of development projects as well as social welfare institutions will be also discussed.
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 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 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).
The course deals with concepts, theories, and methods of the assessment and evaluation of social projects with a special emphasis on the following issues: the impact of projects on society and environment, the relevance of projects to societal needs and socio-economic development, the participation of local groups and communities in planning and implementation of social projects, and the common obstacles in the planning and execution of social projects. Students are expected to choose a social project from real life and attempt to evaluate it.
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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