Department of Government, Sociology & Social Work
Graduate Programmes: MSc Sociology

Introduction
The goal of the programme is to produce highly skilled sociologists that can contribute to the development of research, policy and programmes at local, regional and international levels. Ultimately the overarching aim of the programme is to prepare students for careers in teaching at the tertiary or secondary school levels, or to work in local, regional or international research, policy, or advocacy organizations. Qualifying graduates of the programme may also be eligible to matriculate into our doctorate in philosophy programme.

Objectives
The specific objectives of the programme are to provide students with the following:

  • Knowledge of the range of "classic" and "contemporary" sociological theory, which includes an emphasis on Caribbean scholars and theorists;
  • The skills necessary to analyze, construct, and explicate theories as explanatory systems;
  • The skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret data, including basic and intermediate statistics and regression models, and correctly apply social science methods in their own research;
  • Basic computer software skills in statistical packages for the social sciences;
  • The skills necessary to conduct sociological research and organize their results competently in writing.
  • Increased expertise in a particular area of concentration, such as (but not limited to) social planning & policy, criminology and medical sociology.
  • Experience in teaching, research and/or programme design through masters’ internships, seminars, tutoring or research assistantships.
  • Exposure to practitioners and researchers through guest lectures, site visits, and attendance at conferences in the Caribbean and the Americas.

Entry Requirements
To qualify for entry candidates should normally possess a least a Second Class honours degree and at least one undergraduate course in each of the following areas: Sociology, Research Methods, Caribbean Social Problems, and Caribbean History.

Duration

This programme can be completed in 18 months full-time. Candidates have a maximum of 34 months to complete all programme requirements.

Programme Structure/Course of Study

Students are required to gain 39 credits through successful completion of 9 courses (8 compulsory and 1 elective) of 3 credits each, a 2-semester research seminar (6 credits) and an internship or research paper (6 credits). The internship / research paper component is undertaken after the other components are complete.
 

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Duration: 18 months full time. Candidates have a maximum of 34 months to complete all programme requirements
Special Notes: Following the completion of the taught courses, students are required to do either
(1) a research paper; or
(2) fulfill an internship at the end of which they are required to produce a report.
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