Program’s purpose and objectives:
The purpose of the Β.Α. Sociology programme is to prepare social scientists who can think critically and who can understand the multifaceted nature of social changeσ, challenges and problems and incorporate these into corresponding theoretical and empirical analytical frameworks. Students will acquire the skills to systematically study contemporary society and the social transformations taking place at a global level. The programme includes the study of Cypriot society and the changes that affect it within the above frameworks.
The program will equip students with a solid knowledge base in the science of Sociology through theoretical general Sociology courses, as well as provide them with training in research methodology through interdisciplinary research and through the fostering of transversal skills. At the same time, students can tailor their programme of study according to their individual interests. This can be done through: the elective specialisation courses that deal with various key social issues (youth unemployment and new forms of employment, gender imbalance, identity and diversity, migration, poverty and social exclusion, transformations of family structures, globalisation, technological development etc.), the opportunity to deepen their research with a BA thesis and by opting to take an internship.
Besides its central mission--to foster critical thinking and active citizenship--the programme prepares students for postgraduate studies in Sociology and other related disciplines (e.g. Applied Social Research, Gender Studies, Social Policy, Intercultural Relations, Communication Studies, Advertising and Marketing, Cultural Studies, Human Resource Management, Urban Development/ Sustainable Development, Educational Policy) and for entry into the workforce in a variety of fields in Cyprus and overseas that demand specialised skills in social expertise.
Intended learning outcomes:
Students who graduate from the Sociology programme will:
- have a comprehensive theoretical understanding of the field of Sociology and be able to critically evaluate the field by considering both its possibilities and its limitations. They will also have a general understanding of the related complementary disciplines (Political Science and Social Anthropology).
- have the ability to restructure social questions using sociological terminology and be able to answer them using the appropriate tools (methodology, literature review, analysis, etc.).
- have developed specialised methodological skills that will enable them to produce primary data and analyse secondary data, through the courses in methodological research, quantitative and qualitative methods and research techniques.
- have gained expertise, both theoretical and empirical, on a series of contemporary sociological issues such as Social Class, Ethnicity, Gender, Religion, Economy, Politics, Migration, Globalisation etc.
- have developed competencies and general skills (analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, data collection, communication, writing, written and oral presentation of research results, use of computer tools, teamwork, etc.) through participatory learning methods that emphasise teamwork in research activities.
The students will gain an understanding of their potential contribution as social scientists in various workplaces that relate to: social research, social data gathering and analysis, social policy planning and evaluation, the implementation of policies that relate to the welfare state and social rights, social intervention and the engagement with social problems in a variety of areas.