Social Sciences Division

Overview: The Social Sciences Division is one of the two arms of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) that facilitates the University’s thrust in preparing well-rounded graduates. This academic unit is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of general education modules within the discipline of Social Sciences. The modules within this Division are aimed at expanding knowledge and cultivating an appreciation for the role of science and critical thinking in the study of individual and societal experiences.

General Education Modules offered by the Unit:

Introduction to Social Psychology

This is the scientific study of the human and its functions, as well as the reasons behind people's actions in specific situations.

Introduction to Philosophy

This introduces students to the nature of truth and knowledge, mind and body.

Fundamentals of Politics

This introduces students to some of the basic issues of government and politics in the modern world.  Students will acquire a better understanding of the primary concepts associated with the discipline of political science.  They will also be exposed to different political systems in the Third World States, with special emphasis being placed on the Caribbean States.  With their new knowledge, they will be able to critically assess political affairs for themselves. 

Introduction to Sociology

Students are introduced to sociology as a scientific discipline that examines society and human social behaviour via systematic observation and analysis.  It is also described as a corpus of knowledge that serves as a lens through which to view and make sense of the various aspects of social life.  Students get the chance to comprehend and evaluate their own social reality because the subject largely draws on the sociological experience and perspective of the Caribbean.

Understanding Ethics

This module is intended to develop the student's ability to think critically about the approaches taken to resolve moral dilemmas that may arise at any given time.  This entails examining the theories and viewpoints of leaders who have approached the problems from various angles as well as their justifications for the results reached.

Ethics and Society

Students will learn about Western civilization's intellectual foundations and ethical frameworks.  In order to grasp moral dilemmas, students will be introduced to both a historical and a methodical approach.  They will look at fundamental moral questions pertaining to human life with an emphasis on modern applications and individual professions, with particular relevance to architecture.  Students will also get an introduction to Western civilization's philosophical foundations and ethical frameworks.  There will also be an exposure of both a historical and systematic approach to comprehending moral dilemmas.  An examination of fundamental moral concerns pertaining to human life with an emphasis on modern applications and individual careers.

Sociology of Sports

The structure, functions, power relationships, and issues in sport as an institutionalized social system are examined in this module.  It concentrates on social processes like politics, socialization, mobility, violence, inequality, and distinction.  Through the sociological lens, students will assess how sport and society interact.