UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (COSS)

department of sociology

 

The department of Sociology is one of the teaching departments in the College of Social Sciences.

Teaching Programmes

Undergraduate Programmes

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (3 years)

The degree orients students to the study of human social relationships and institutions and offers an understanding of how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

A degree in Sociology gives you the opportunity to work in the following sectors: industries especially personnel management, organisation of labour and dispute settling, research institutions, Non Governmental Organisations and government departments.

  • Bachelor of Social Work (3 years)

Social Work as a profession is in high demand now than ever so as to promote social change, solve problems in human relationships, work on empowerment and liberation of people to enhance wellbeing, intervene at points where people interact with their environments.

A degree in Social Work will enable one to work in medical/public health institutions, rehabilitation facilities, child welfare protection services and in higher learning institutions.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (3 years)

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes in both human and nonhuman animals. Psychologists are interested in how people think, feel and act- from interactions between people.

Psychologists work in variety of setting namely: hospitals, schools, human resource, engineering, law, courtrooms, community, prisons, corporate offices, universities to mention a few. For example, psychologists work with patients to help them change behaviours that have negative effects on their physical health. Psychologists also work with businesses to reduce employee’s stress and increase performance.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (3 years)

Anthropology is the study of humans past and present. Anthropologist aim at understanding the complexities of cultures across all of human history and build upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences.

A Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology is directly applicable in employment fields such as market research, Non Governmental Organisations, and development studies, business, community liaison, legal careers, criminal investigation, environmental assessment and management, teaching, and health related projects, among many others.

Postgraduate Programmes

  • Master of Arts in Sociology (full-time)
  1. By coursework and dissertation (18 months)
  2. By thesis (24 months)
  • Master of Public Health (evening classes, 18 months)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree (by thesis, 36 months)

Admission Criteria

Bachelor Degrees

  • Minimum of two principal passes of which all must be in Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE).

Master in Public Health

  • Holders of a bachelor degree from any recognised university with a G.P.A of 2.7 and above with a good background in social sciences related disciplines, biological science and environmental science.
  • Master of Arts in Sociology

  • Holders of a bachelor degree from any recognised university with a G.P.A of 2.7 or above with a good background in sociological theory and social science research.
  • PhD in Sociology

  • Good M.A Degree from any recognised university with sufficient background in social science related disciplines.
  • For more information please visit www.udsm.ac.tz or,

    Post address:

    University of Dar es Salaam

    P.O. Box 35043

    Dar es Salaam,

    Tanzania.

    Physical address:

     Room No. 502, CoSS Tower Building, Mwalimu Nyerere Campus.

 

 

B.A. (Sociology)

This is a three year course for students who intend to develop an understanding of the development, structure and functioning of human society and social problems. B.A. (Sociology and Anthropology) is delivered in four main specializations:

  • Specialization I: Health and Population Studies;
  • Specialization II: Social Policy and Administration,
  • Specialization III: Community Development and
  • Specialization IV: Labor and Industrial Relations.

 

Students are required to take all the Core courses as indicated for each specialization. Students may choose additional Optional courses from the list provided as long as the student does not exceed the maximum number of required credits per semester. The program requires that students take at least 60 credits and at most 72 credits per semester. Compulsory second-year Practical Training (PT CoSS) conducted for 8 weeks during the long vacation, i.e., outside the two classroom semesters, is not included in the total minimum/maximum count. Students may take SO 399 only if invited or upon approval by the Head of Department.

 

Code

Course title

Status

Credits

First Year: Semester I

 

 

SO116

Introduction to Sociology

Core

12*

AT100

Introduction to Anthropology

Core

12

AS102

Introduction to Social Science Research Methods

Core

12

PL 111

Introduction to Critical Thinking and Argumentation

Core

12

DS101

Development Perspectives I

Core

8

CL106

Communication Skills for Arts and Social Sciences

Core

12

 

 

 

68

First Year: Semester II

 

 

SO110

Introduction to Classical Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO115

Introduction to Culture and Society

Core

12

SO118

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Core

12

AS103

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO113

Social Structure of Tanzanian Society

Core

12

DS102

Development Perspectives II

Core

8

 

 

 

68

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Year: Semester I

 

 

Specialization I: Health and Population Studies

 

 

SO250

Classical Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO266

Anthropological Perspectives

Core

12

SO253

Quantitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO264

Introduction to Medical Sociology

Core

12

SO258

Family and Gender Relations: A Historical Perspective

Core

12

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

A student may take one of the following course as an option for Specialization 1

HI270

Health Disease and Healing in the 19th and 20th Centuries in Africa

Optional

12

AS217

Introduction to Computers

Optional

12

AS220

Pan-African Thought and Practice I

Optional

12

Specialization2: Social Policy and Administration

 

 

SO250

Classical Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO266

Anthropological Perspectives

Core

12

SO253

Quantitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO268

Introduction to Social Work

Core

12

SO261

Introduction to Social Policy

Core

12

 

 

 

60

A student may take one of the following courses for Specialization 2

SO254

Sociology of Organization

Optional

12

AS220

Pan-African Thought and Practice I

Optional

12

PS236

Public Administration and Bureaucracies

Optional

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialization 3: Community Development

 

 

SO250

Classical Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO266

Anthropological Perspectives

Core

12

SO253

Quantitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO256

Rural Sociology

Core

12

SO279

Introduction to Community Development

Core

12

 

 

 

60

A student may choose one of the following for Specialisation 3

SO276    

Introduction to Urban Sociology

Optional

12

AS220     

Pan-African Thought and Practice 

Optional

12*

SO260

Social Planning and Administration

Optional

12

Specialization 4: Labour and Industrial Relations

 

 

SO250

Classical Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO266

Anthropological Perspectives

Core

12

SO253

Quantitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO254

Sociology of Organization

Core

12

SO267

Introduction to Industrial Relations and Labour Legislation

Core

12

 

 

 

60

A student may choose one of the following for Specialization 4

SO268

Introduction to Social Work

Optional

12

AS220

Pan-African Thought and Practice I

Optional

12

DS202

Science, Technology and Industrial Development

Optional

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Year: Semester II

 

 

Specialization I: Health and Population Studies

 

 

SO251

Contemporary Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO284

Qualitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO280

Introduction to Social Psychology

Core

12*

SO265

Sociological Dimensions of Population Studies

Core

12

SO285

Introduction to Sociology of Sexuality

Core

12*

PT CoSS

Practical Training (CoSS)

Core

 

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A student may choose one of the following for Specialization 1

 

 

SO277

Process of Urbanization in the Third World

Optional

12

AS221

Pan-African Thought and Practice II

Optional

12

 

 

 

 

 

Specialization 2: Social Policy and Administration

 

 

SO251

Contemporary Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO284

Qualitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO261

Social Planning and Administration

Core

12

SO273

Social Policy Analysis

Core

12

WK 201

Social Work with Groups and Organizations

Core

12

PT CoSS

Practical Training (FASS)

Core

 

 

 

60

A student may choose one of the following for Specialization 2

 

 

DS213

Planning, Public Policy and Development

Optional

12

DS214

Poverty and Development

Optional

12

AS221

Pan-African Thought and Practice II

Optional

12

Specialization 3: Community Development

 

 

SO251

Contemporary Sociological Theories

Core

12

SO284

Qualitative Research Methods

Core

12

SO257

Sociology of Rural Development

Core

12

SO277

Process of Urbanization in The Third World

Core

12

SO260

Social Planning and Administration

Core

12

PT CoSS

Practical Training (FASS)

Core

 

 

 

 

60

A student may choose to take the following course for specialization 3

PL311     

Professional and Civic Ethics

Optional

12

SO391

Social Security and Policy Schemes

Optional

12

SO399  

Dissertation++

Optional

24

Specialization 4: Labour and Industrial Relations

 

 

SO370

Sociology of Development

Core

12

SO398

Anthropology of Development

Core

12*

SO374

Industrial Relations in Tanzania

Core

12

SO379

Theories of Industrial Democracy and Worker’s Participation

Core

12

SO391

Social Security and Policy Schemes

Core

12

 

 

 

60

A student may choose one of the following courses for Specialization 4

 

PL311

Professional and Civic Ethics

Optional

12

PS349

Organization and Management Development

Optional

12

SO399  

Dissertation++

Optional

24

Third Year: Semester II

 

 

Specialization I: Health and Population Studies

 

 

SO371   

Contemporary Social Change and Culture

Core

12

SO372   

Foundation of Sociology of Knowledge

Core

12

SO395   

Anthropological Analysis of East African Populations

Core

12

SO392  

Population and Reproductive Health

Core

12

SO384

Occupational Health and Safety

Core

12

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A student must choose one or two of the following  for specialization 1

SO312  

Guidance and Counselling

Optional

12*

WK309

Social Work and Community Health

Optional

12

SO385

Human Ecology

Optional

12

SO399  

Dissertation++

Optional

24

Specialization 2: Social Policy and Administration

SO371

Contemporary Social Change and Culture

Core

12

SO372

Foundation of Sociology of Knowledge

Core

12

SO395

Anthropological Analysis of East African Populations

Core

12

SO384

Occupational Health and Safety

Core

12

WK307

Management of Social Welfare Organizations

Core

12

 

 

 

60

A student must choose one or two of the following for Specialization 2

SO312

Guidance and Counselling

Optional

12

HR303

Managerial Skills Seminar

Optional

12

PS351

Legislatures and Legislative Processes

Optional

12

SO399

Dissertation++

Optional

 

Specialization 3: Community Development

SO371

Contemporary Social Change and Culture

Core

12

SO372

Foundation of Sociology of Knowledge

Core

12

SO395

Anthropological Analysis of East African Populations

Core

12

SO385

Human Ecology

Core

12

SO312  

Guidance and Counselling

Core

12

 

 

 

60

A student must choose one or two of the following for Specialization 3

SO378

Sociology of Religion

Optional

12

SO399

Dissertation++

Optional

24

Specialization 4: Labour and Industrial Relations

SO371   

Contemporary Social Change and Culture

Core

12

SO372   

Foundation of Sociology of Knowledge

Core

12

SO395   

Anthropological Analysis of East African Populations

Core

12

SO382   

Collective Bargaining and Dispute Settlement

Core

12

SO384  

Occupational Health and Safety

Core

12

 

 

 

60

A student must choose one or two of the following for Specialization 4

EC370     

Labour Economics and Human Resources

Optional

12

SO399

Dissertation++

Optional

24

++A student who is invited to register SO399 (Dissertation) which has24 creditswillhave72 credits. Total B.A. (Sociology) programme minimum number of credits required is 376.