Julius Nyerere School Of Social Sciences

Julius Nyerere School Of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons) Degree in Sociology

Preamble

 These regulations should be read in conjunction with the Faculty Regulations and General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degree Programmes which have precedence over Departmental Regulations.

  • The student who has started a programme following one set of regulations will not be affected by regulations adopted subsequently unless agreed to in writing by the student.
  • The Senate has the authority to exempt a student from any of these regulations.

Entry Requirements

Normal Entry

  • At least five (5) ‘O’ level passes with Grade C or better including English Language.
  • At least two  (2) ‘A’ Level passes

Special Entry

A candidate who does not meet normal entry requirements may subject to the approval of the Senate be admitted to a programme on special grounds.

Mature Entry
Shall be obtained by applicants who have five (5) ‘O’ levels including English Language and have a demonstrable work experience during the last five years before the academic year in which admission is sought, and aged 25 years and above.  They may be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability for University education.

Structure of the Programme

Duration

The normal duration of the BSc Honours Degree in Sociology shall be four (4) years.

Degree Structure

The Degree follows a 1.1.1.1 structure.

  • Each student will be required to take a minimum of forty-two 42 modules in accordance with the following breakdown:
    • At part one a student shall register for a minimum of fourteen (14) modules.
    • At part two a student shall register for at least 12 modules.
    • At part three a student shall register for two (2) double modules and is required to spend a minimum of 10 months on work related learning experience.
    • At Part four a student shall register for a minimum of twelve (12) modules.
    • A module shall be taught in at least thirty-six (36) contact hours a semester.
    • Not all optional modules may be on offer at any one given time.
    • New modules may be added from time to time.

Part I Semester I

Core Modules
Code                    Module Description   
HSOC101              Introduction to Sociology I
HCESDM101          Communication Skills
BHS110                 Introduction to Zimbabwean Cultures and Heritage
HANTH101             Introduction to Social Anthropology I
HPSY101               Introduction to Psychology I
HSOC104              Sociology of Identity and Change
HSOC105              Globalisation and Identity
Part I Semester II

Core Modules

Code                    Module Description   
BAC101                 African Philosophy and Thought
HPSY105               Introduction to Psychology II
HSOC108              Sexuality, HIV and AIDS
HANTH109             Introduction to Social Anthropology II
HSOC109              Introduction to Sociology II
HSOC110              Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Development
HSOC111              Democracy and Human Rights

Part II Semester I

Core Modules
Code                    Module Description    
HSOC201              Sociology of Organisations
HSOC203              Sociology of Development
HRMSP206            Research Methods and Statistics
Optional Modules
A student may choose any three (3) modules from the following:
Code                    Module Description
HSOC205              Urban Sociology
HSOC202              Sociology of Rural Development
HSOC207              Sociology of Crime and Deviance
HSOC215              Comparative Health Systems
HSOC213              Sociology of Education

Part II Semester II
Core Modules
Code                    Module Description 
HSOC204              History of Sociological Thought and Social Ideas
HSOC208              Sociology of Tourism and Heritage Studies
HSOC211             Sociology of the Family
Optional Modules
A student may choose any three (3) modules from the following:
Code                  Module Description   
HSOC206            Class and Stratification
HSOC210            Sociology of Mass Communication
HSOC212            Sociology of Religion
HSOC214            Sociology of Sport, Leisure and Recreation
Part III
Core Modules                              
Code                    Module Description      
HSOC301              Work Related Learning Report
HSOC302              Continuous Work Related Learning Assessment

Part IV Semester I
Core Modules
Code                  Module Description          
HSOC401            Social Theory    I
HSOC402            Gender Studies
HSOC407            Social Policy and Administration
HSOC420            Comparative Cultural Studies
Optional Modules
A student may choose any two (2) modules from the following:
Code                    Module Description   
HSOC414              Special Issues in Organisations
HSOC413              Migration Studies
HSOC408              Labour Studies
Part IV Semester II
Core Modules
Code                    Module Description 
HSOC417              Social Theory II
HSOC410              Sociology of Work and Industrial Relations
HSOC409              Research Project

Optional Modules
A student may choose any two (2) modules from the following:
Code                    Module Description   
HSOC405              Sociology of Environment
HSOC418              Special Issues in Rural Livelihoods
HSOC422              Topical Issues in Gender
HSOC423              Economy, Society and Governance

Assessment

 To be admitted to an examination a candidate must have been registered for that module with the University and completed the module work in accordance with the General Academic Regulations.

  • Each module in the programme is assessed on the basis of a three (3) hour written examination and by module work undertaken during the period of study.
  • The Research Project must be completed and submitted for examination by end of the semester in which the module is taken.  Usually the Research Project submission date will be announced by the Department before the start of the final examinations.

Weighting

Each taught module shall be given a percentage mark.  The weighting shall be:
Modulework    30%
Examination    70%

Determination of Results

 To successfully complete a part a candidate must pass all the modules examined in the two semesters of that Part.

  • A candidate who fails one (1) or two (2) modules in Part I or Part II may be allowed to proceed to the next Part carrying the failed module(s).
  • A carried module may be repeated when next on offer.
  •  A candidate who fails three (3) or more modules in Part I or Part II shall be deemed to have failed that Part and may be allowed to repeat the failed modules in that Part.
  • A candidate who fails one or two modules within the supplementable range in Part 1V will be allowed to sit for a supplementary examination.  A candidate who fails a supplementary examination within the supplementable range may be allowed to repeat the module when next on offer.
  • A candidate who fails a supplementary examination below the supplementable range may be asked to withdraw.
  • No candidate will be allowed to carry a Part I module to Part 1V.
  • The results for each examination shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the General Academic Regulations.

 

Degree Classification

The final classification for the degree shall be calculated by averaging Part II, Part
III and Part 1V module marks.

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