COURSE CODE: GNS 103
COURSE TITLE: Social Problems and Culture
NUMBER OF UNITS: 3 Units
COURSE DURATION: Three hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr. D. Imhonopi, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD
Office Location: CGNS, COLAMRUD
Other Lecturers: Dr. J.O. Shopeju, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD
The course will present students with current perspectives on the nature and cause of contemporary social problems and possible ways of solving them. The approach is meant to help students to use their reasoning ability in a way that would help them to better understand the causes of our social problems; by so doing, students will be able to make decisions that will contribute to an improvement in the quality of life in Nigerian society. Since the sociological approach is not the only approach which offers useful insight about social problems, an eclectic approach will be adopted in this course. That is, in addition to a variety of sociological perspectives diverse views to social problems will be considered. Thus, where relevant, the course will rely on other social science disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, political science, economics and indeed some of the natural sciences.
What is social problem? The sociological approach to the study of social problems. Problems inequality. Prejudice, discrimination and ethnicism/racism. Deviance (Collective behaviour and substance abuse). Problems of environment and energy. Population and Urbanisation. Education and Social Problems. Health and HIV/AIDS related issues.