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Department of Sociology

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Sociology

Welcome and thank you for visiting the web portal of the Department of Sociology at the University of Calabar. The Department has a very deep commitment to helping students understand the complex workings of the various segments of the social strata and equipping them with relevant knowledge, skills, and experience needed to make useful contributions to the various segments of the social divide. We achieve these using varieties of excellent teaching and mentorship procedures, and abundant exposition to qualitative and quantitative research and theory. 

 

The Department of Sociology is located in an academic and research engendering environment that encourages teaching and learning and consequently, our graduates, who are always in very high demand by employers for those who want paid jobs, remain one of the best trained, most skillful, and experienced to face the challenges of a globalized world. The academic programs in the Department are powered by an award-winning and highly experienced team of academic, technical, and administrative staff, who dedicate their time to qualitative teaching and innovative research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We offer courses that lead to the award of B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in different fields of specialization in Sociology including Anthropology, Political Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Medical Sociology, Demography, Deviance, Crime, Development, Sociology of the Family to social stratification. We also have an undergraduate program in Criminology, Anti-terrorism, and Security Studies that was introduced in 2019. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that help to enhance teaching and learning. 

 

The outstanding accomplishments of our expanding Alumni family have been very inspirational to the sustenance of our enviable academic tradition in the Department. We are thankful to them for their contributions to the Department.  

 

Whether you are a prospective student seeking for a University to study Sociology or in a position to recommend a University to your cherished friend, we encourage you to consider the University of Calabar. While hoping to meet you soon, if you have any suggestions, questions, comments, and feedback, feel free to contact us using any of our feedback channels. 

 

Thank you for vising our website.


Dr Agba A. Ogaboh

Head of Department


Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective

Mission

i.        Introduce students to the study of human society with a view to understanding the problems of man in a changing Nigeria, Africa and global societies.

ii.      Encourage students to know, understand and utilize the tools of Sociology for societal analysis, including their knowing and understanding of other societal problems through their studying and applying sociological and anthropological theories and methods.

iii.    Equip students with the tools of the discipline necessary for his contribution in the field of administration, industry, labour, rural development and social welfare services.

iv.     Help students appreciate and utilize sociological and anthropological theories, knowledge and techniques in the evaluation and understanding of the Nigerian society in particular, the African society in general and the world at large.

v.       Motivate students to apply all their acquired knowledge, techniques and methodologies in finding solutions to local, national and international problems and issues; and finally

vi.     Deepen the student’s mental capacity to enable him play his roles as a teacher and researcher.

 

In order to realize these objectives, a student for the B.Sc.  Sociology should within the four (UME) or three (DE) years, offer courses chosen from the following groups of courses:

 

GROUP A      Sociology

GROUP B      Anthropology (social and cultural)

GROUP C      Elective and General Studies courses

(courses offered by other departments within or outside the faculty, and the General Studies unit).


Vision

To avail students with proper and adequate exposure to those areas aimed at preparing graduates of the department for job positions in the public and private sectors of the economy, as well as for post-graduates studies and future academic developments/pursuits.

 

The vision of the department is to offers a comprehensive course structure designed to build the student’s competences in the following academic professional areas:

 

1.       Sociological theory and Social Thought

2.      Research Methodology and Social Thought

3.      Sociology of Development

4.      Rural Sociology and Community Development

5.      Urban Sociology and Urbanization

6.      Demography, population study and social statistics

7.       Social and Cultural Anthropology

8.      Sociology of Mass Communication

9.      Social psychology

10.   Industrial Sociology and Psychology

11.    Complex organization

12.   Ethnographic studies and ethno linguistics

13.   Social structures and social organization of Nigerian and African Societies.

14.   Inter-group relations and group dynamics

15.   Sociology of the third world and underdevelopment

16.   Criminology and penology

17.   Medical Sociology

18.   Gerontology and Social Work

19.   Political Sociology, and the Military

20.  Sociology of the family, marriage and kinship system

21.   Women studies


Philosophy

The philosophy of this programme is the promotion of the study of sociology as an academic discipline.  The department of sociology aims at providing a number of basic general courses in sociology that will contribute to a wholesome academic programme for students and enable them combine theory with practice in the analysis, understanding and solution of their immediate societal as well as national problems particularly in the areas of:

 

a.       Man, society and culture

b.       Rural and urban development

c.       Criminology, social pathology, deviance and social control

d.       Social institutions and social change

e.       Population and social statistics

 

The philosophy underlying the degree programme in sociology is to produce a flow of graduate students imbued with an enthusiasm to make their contribution to the Nigerian, African and world community by equipping themselves with the conceptual tools/methods, and theories considered necessary in the understanding of the nature, structure and functioning of man, human societies and groups.


Objective

The philosophy of this programme is the promotion of the study of sociology as an academic discipline.  The department of sociology aims at providing a number of basic general courses in sociology that will contribute to a wholesome academic programme for students and enable them combine theory with practice in the analysis, understanding and solution of their immediate societal as well as national problems particularly in the areas of:

 

a.       Man, society and culture

b.       Rural and urban development

c.       Criminology, social pathology, deviance and social control

d.       Social institutions and social change

e.       Population and social statistics

 

The philosophy underlying the degree programme in sociology is to produce a flow of graduate students imbued with an enthusiasm to make their contribution to the Nigerian, African and world community by equipping themselves with the conceptual tools/methods, and theories considered necessary in the understanding of the nature, structure and functioning of man, human societies and groups.

History

The history of the Department of Sociology is tied to that of the University of Calabar, which started in October 1973 as the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Calabar Campus. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Calabar Campus operated for a few years, and by 1975 it was granted autonomy and the University of Calabar came into being.  In 1976, the first set of students were admitted into the Department with the pioneering Acting Head of Department as Dr. M. D. Levin, who was succeeded by Dr. A. A. Udo and later Leonard Bloom, a highly experienced academic and British administrator. Under the leadership of the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. E. Ayandele the University recruited staff massively from within and outside the country to boost the operations of the Department.  Consequently, from the first half of the 1980s, and throughout the decade to the first half also of the 1990s, the Department was the envy of others in the University, because of its high caliber of staff.  At that time the Department consistently had at least four Professors and a good number of Senior Lecturers.  The Professors included Prof. Uchendu, Prof. Nukunya, Prof. Offiong, and Prof. Abasiekong.

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