Faculty of Arts

Minor in Sociology

Course Description

SOCI 131 Introduction to Sociology (Cr. 3)

This course introduces the learners to sociology, such as fields and topics taught, intellectual trends with respective readings of social phenomena and issues and basic concepts, key intellectuals (Cont, Durkheim, Fiber, Marx), with due consideration to the historical social intellectual Ibn Khaldun. It also focuses on historical circumstances of sociology and multiple social theories that addressed society with research and analysis, with different introductions and conclusions, so the course is a general introduction to sociology, which addresses topics of family, social interaction, society and culture, social status, gender and body sociology.


SOCI 231  Sociology of the Family (Cr. 3)

This course addresses issues of the family in terms of structure, internal strength relations, relations with other structures in society and multiple influences. To that end, the course addressed the historical evolution of the family, its role, function, position and relation with society as part of the power, authority and dominance relation, and their functions related to system value and ethics system, structural conflicts among generations and gender relations, all associated with the relations system and social engineering inside family and society.

 Prerequisite: SOCI 131


SOCI 331 Methods of Soc. Research (Cr. 3)

This course addresses researching and researchers in social studies as part of an agreed academic methodological framework, in terms of stages and steps of researching, and ethics of researching and social worker, which constitute an academic reference in dealing with social phenomena based on an academic method in social and human researches (qualitative, quantitative). Students will be provided with some skills associated with determining topic and formation of researches with academic ways, besides tools used in information/data collection, classification and analysis.

Prerequisite: SOCI 131


SOCI 334 Arab Society (Cr. 3)

This course intends to introduce students to the Arab society, and analyzes social, cultural, political and economic phenomena in historical and social context. Features of the Arab society at the present time are taught, as well as social, cultural and political systems and their features in social structures and institutions, and individual attitude in the Arab contexts. Moreover, social reality will be presented, which goes through an interim stage characterized with attempts to overcome backwardness and achieve resurrection. Also, social status will be presented, including bias and racist/ sectarian class division.

Prerequisite: SOCI 131


SOCI 337 Application of Research Methods (Cr. 3) 

This course provides students with opportunities necessary to set in action tools, skills, information and techniques taught in courses SOCI 331 and SOCI 245, and their applications within one coordinated researching project, where students select research topics according to their interest and desire to apply academic research steps practically. This course prepares students for graduation seminar.

Prerequisite: SOCI 331


SOCI 435 Social Movements (Cr. 3) 

This course intends to introduce basic routes which societies depend on for initiatives, imagination, transformation and changes to their social, revolutionary and reformative institutions and systems, especially in the Arab region and third world countries (south).

Prerequisite: SOCI 235


SOCI 437 Sociology of Development  & Social Services (Cr. 3) 

This course presents an in-depth attempt to understand reality and horizons of ‘development’ and ‘development action’ in the whole world in general, and southern countries in particular, especially development impediments, challenges and relations brought by a sociological point of view, which links between theory and application as part of the globalized reality, showing basic theoretical trends to comprehend development and modernization process, mainly modernization theory and dependency theory, represented by theorists Rosto, Lerner, Huntington, Frank and Amin. The course also includes analysis of global development attempts and from several aspects, with studying proposed development alternatives associated with Palestinian individuality as a society under colonial occupation in light of theoretical background on one side, and actual experience on the other hand.

Prerequisite: SOCI321





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