3. Layout for BS Sociology..…………………. 10
4. Scheme of Studies for 4-year
BS in Sociology …………………………… 11
5. Details of Foundation Courses……………. 14
6. Details of Major Courses………………….. 33
7. Details of Compulsory Courses…………... 70
8. Recommendations ………………………... 82
Curriculum of a subject is said to be the throbbing pulse of a nation. By looking at the curriculum one can judge the state of intellectual development and the state of progress of the nation. The world has turned into a global village; new ideas and information are pouring in like a stream. It is, therefore, imperative to update our curricula regularly by introducing the recent developments in the relevant fields of knowledge.
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Federal Supervision of Curricula Textbooks and Maintenance of Standards of Education Act 1976, the Federal Government vide notification No. D773/76-JEA (cur.), dated December 4th 1976, appointed the University Grants Commission as the competent authority to look after the curriculum revision work beyond class XII at the bachelor level and onwards to all degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded by degree colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education.
In pursuance of the above decisions and directives, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) is continually performing curriculum revision in collaboration with universities. According to the decision of the special meeting of Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, the curriculum of a subject must be reviewed after every 3 years.
A committee of experts comprising of conveners from the National Curriculum Revision of HEC in Basic, Applied Social Sciences and Engineering disciplines met in April 2007 and developed a unified template to standardize degree programs in the country to bring the national curriculum at par with international standards, and to fulfill the needs of the local industries. It also aimed to give a basic, broad based knowledge to the students to ensure the quality of education. The new Bachelor (BS) degree shall be of 4 years duration, and will require the completion of 130-136 credit hours. For those social sciences and basic sciences degrees, 63.50% of the curriculum will consist of discipline specific courses, and 36.50% will consist of compulsory courses and general courses offered through other departments.
For the purpose of curriculum revision various committees are constituted at the national level, comprising of senior teachers nominated by universities, degree awarding institutions, R&D organizations, respective accreditation councils and stake holders. The National Curriculum Revision Committee for Sociology in a meeting held on April 9-11, 2009 at HEC Regional Centre, Lahore revised the curriculum in light of the unified template. The revised draft curriculum is being circulated for implementation in the concerned institutions.
PROF.DR.ALTAF ALI G. SHAIKH
August 2009 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT Abbreviations Used:
NCRC. National Curriculum Revision Committee
VCC. Vice-Chancellor’s Committee
LI Learning Innovation
R&D Research & Development Organization
HEC Higher Education Commission
INTRODUCTION Final meeting of the National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) on Sociology developing curriculum for B.S. 4 – year programme was convened on April 9 -11, 2009 at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Regional Center, Lahore. Dr. Muhammad Hafeez, Director, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore chaired the meeting and the following members from different universities participated in the meeting:
1. Professor Dr. Muhammad Hafeez Convener
Dept of Sociology
University of the Punjab,
2. Professor Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat Member
The opening session of the meeting was held on April 9, 2009 with the recitation of verses from Holy Quran. Mr. Bashir Ahmad, Director Incharge, HEC Regional Office, Lahore welcomed the participants. Ms. Ghayyur Fatima, Director (Curriculum), HEC, Islamabad briefly explained that the objective of the meeting of NCRC is to review and finalize the draft curriculum prepared during the first meeting.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Hafeez, appreciated the work done by the NCRC during its first meeting held on October 30 to November 1, 2008 and hoped that the members of this meeting will perform with the same commitment and zeal. The committee confirmed the minutes of 1st meeting and appreciated the support of Higher Education Commission and particularly the cooperation of Ms. Ghayyur Fatima extended during the meeting. The following schedule was agreed to complete the assignment.
Day-1 (09-04-2009) Development of objectives for each course
Day-2 (10-04-2009) Books recommended for each course
Day-3 (11-04-2009) Review and finalizing of the curriculum
All members mutually developed the objectives in the light of contents and requirements of each course and prepared list of recommended book on first two days of the meeting.
A sub-committee headed by Professor Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat and comprised of all the members of NCRC was requested to review the final draft of the curriculum before submission to HEC. In this regards, a brainstorming session was held on the third day of the meeting. The finalized scheme of studies prepared is attached.
Committee members highly appreciated the cooperation extended by the staff members of HEC regional centre Lahore.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by the Chair.
STANDARDIZED TEMPLATE / SCHEME OF STUDIES FOR FOUR-YEAR INTEGRATED CURRICULA FOR BACHELOR DEGREE IN BASIC, SOCIAL, NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES STRUCTURE
No. of courses
Min – Max
Min – Max
Compulsory Requirement (No Choice)
9 – 9
25 – 25
General Courses to be chosen from other departments
7 – 8
21 – 24
Discipline-specific Foundation Courses
9 – 10
30 – 33
Major Courses including research project/Internship
11 – 13
36 – 42
Electives within the major
4 – 4
12 – 12
40 – 44
124 – 136
Total numbers of Credit hours 130-136
Duration 4 years
Semester duration 16-18 weeks
Course Load per Semester 15-18 Cr hr
Number of courses per semester 4-6
LAYOUT FOR BS SOCIOLOGY
Compulsory Requirements (the student has no choice)
General Courses to be chosen from other departments
LIST OF FOUNDATION COURSES 1. Introduction to Sociology
Development of Social Thought
Classical Sociological Theories
Contemporary Sociological Theories
Pakistani Society & Culture
Methods of Social Research
Advance Research Methodology
Details of Courses
Foundation Courses Introduction to Sociology Objective:
The course is designed to introduce the students with sociological concepts and the discipline. The focus of the course shall be on significant concepts like social systems and structures, socio-economic changes and social processes. The course will provide due foundation for further studies in the field of sociology.
Definition, Scope, and Subject Matter
Sociology as a Science
Historical back ground of Sociology
Group, Community, Society
Levels of Social Interaction
Process of Social Interaction
Acculturation and diffusion
Definition & Functions
Types of social groups
In and out groups
Primary and Secondary group
Informal and Formal groups
Definition, aspects and characteristics of Culture
Anderson, Margaret and Howard F. Taylor. 2001. Sociology the Essentials. Australia: Wadsworth.
Brown, Ken 2004. Sociology. UK: Polity Press
Gidden, Anthony 2002. Introduction to Sociology. UK: Polity Press.
Macionis, John J. 2006. 10th Edition Sociology New Jersey: Prentice-Hall
Tischler, Henry L. 2002. Introduction to Sociology 7th ed. New York: The Harcourt Press.
Frank N Magill. 2003. International Encyclopedia of Sociology. U.S.A: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
Macionis, John J. 2005. Sociology 10th ed. South Asia: Pearson Education
Kerbo, Harold R. 1989. Sociology: Social Structure and Social Conflict. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
Koening Samuel. 1957. Sociology: An Introduction to the Science of Society. New York: Barnes and Nobel..
Lee, Alfred Mclung and Lee, Elizabeth Briant 1961. Marriage and The family.New York: Barnes and Noble, Inc.
Leslie, Gerald et al. 1973. Order and Change: Introductory SociologyToronto: Oxford University Press.
Lenski, Gevbard and Lenski, Jeam. 1982. Human Societies. 4th edition New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company.
James M. Henslin. 2004. Sociology: A Down to Earth Approach. Toronto: Allen and Bacon.
DEVELOPMENT OF Social Thought Objective:
The course will provide familiarity about history of social thought, stages of social development and change. The course will emphasize contributions of Western, Eastern and Muslim Thinkers towards social thought and social development.
Coser, L A. 1971. Master of Sociological Though: Ideas in Historical Social Context. New York, Harcourt Brace.
Dubin Robert. 1978. Theory Building. New York: Maxwell, Macmillan.
Classical Sociological Theories Objective:
The course provides a review of classical sociological theorists to contemporary sociological thinking. It focuses on the content and utility of classical theories in terms of understanding social world. While the course provides a general history of sociological theory, the focus remains on examining how classical theories have provided the basis for a better understanding of the character and dynamics of societies around the world. The contents of the course also help understand the nature of contemporary sociological theories.
Wallace, Ruth A. & Alison Wold. 1991. Contemporary Sociological Theory. Continuing the Classical Tradition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall
Waters. Malcolm. 1994. Modern Sociological Theory. London: Sage Publications
Appelrouth Scott. 2007. Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era: Text and Readings. London: Pine Forge Press.
Contemporary Sociological Theory Objective:
This course will introduce students to some of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives in sociology, including: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, identity theory, rational choice theory, and feminist theory. To explore these perspectives, contributions of various theorists will be examined. Capabilities to evaluate sociological theories critically will be developed. An attempt will be made to apply theories to understand current social problems and issues Pakistan and the world are facing.
Calhoun, Craig Et El. (2002). “Contemporary Sociological Theory”. Blackwell Publisher Ltd.
Coser, L A (1971), Master of Sociological Thought; Ideas In Historical Social Context, New York, Harcourt Brace.
Dubin Robert (1978); Theory Building, New York, Maxwell, Macmillan
Farganis, James (2000). “Readings In Social Theory: The Classic Tradition to Post-Modernism (3rd Ed.)”. Boston: Mcgraw Hill.
Kinloch, Graham C. (1977). “Sociological Theory: Its Development And Major Paradigms” New York: Mcgraw Hill.
Ritzer, Georg (2002). Sociological Theory (10th Edition). New York: Mcgraw Hill.
Turner J H (1987), The Structure Of Sociological Theory, Homewood Illinois; Dorsey Press.
Pakistani Society and Culture Objective:
The course aims to make students learn about the nature and structure of Pakistani society. It aims to impart knowledge about national culture and sub-cultures of Pakistan. The course will develop understanding about the integrated function of various social institutions in the country.