The Department of Sociology and Social Work has the following undergraduate (BA) degree programmes.

Regular: the Department has commenced training for the regular programme. It has graduated three cohorts with first degrees thus far.  Currently, it has a total of 294 students (134 students in their first year, 50 students in the second and 110 in the third).

Evening: The Department started its evening undergraduate training programme in 1999. It graduated the second cohorts in June 2011. Currently, there are 192 students training under this programme.

Summer: The Department has only one group which will graduate in 2012. It has a plan to continue the summer programme depending on the situational need.

Distance: About 2000 students are currently attending the programme of which 680 are expected to graduate at the end of 2012.

Programme Profile
A student who has completed the three year training will be offered a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology and Social Work. The programme is intended to ensure that students:

  • Are equipped with the knowledge  of problem identification, interventions, empowerment of needy individuals, groups or society, and the ability to rehabilitate them
  • Are equipped with the knowledge and skills of applications of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Have knowledge of integrating theory, research and practice of sociology and social anthropology/ social work in dealing with the social problems of the country
  • Have the ability to understand and work within diverse cultures
  • Have knowledge about socio-economic and cultural development from a sociological and anthropological point of view 
  • Show active participation in designing and implementing development projects
  • Identify the problems of marginalised groups and advocate on behalf of them
  • Have ecological and environmental sensitivity, i.e. sustainability issues
  • Show great concern for HIV/AIDS and population issues
  • Show respect for people’s values, beliefs, and norms
  • Promote unity through diversity
  • Are free of ethno-centrism and prejudicial thinking
  • Develop coordination and leadership skills
  • Develop policy formulation and implementation skills
  • Develop community mobilisation and participation skills
  • Practise project identification, preparation, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Develop communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Develop the ability to understand and respond to the essence of  contemporary issues such as population, environment, globalisation, cooperation, modes of social organisations, HIV/AIDS, gender, ethnic and cultural diversity, tolerance, social justice, and relationships among diverse groups
  • Understand the roles of indigenous knowledge and institutions in promoting development
  • Have knowledge of local, regional and global issues in relation to socio-economic and political realities
  • Develop the ability to understand society from Emic and Etic perspectives
  • Initiate and participate in social development
  • Design and conduct social research aimed at alleviating socio-economic problems
  • Identify and contribute towards the solving of different social issues such as poverty, health and sanitation, homelessness and housing, crime and deviance, street violence and other urban problems
  • Show active participation in the development of social policies, social welfare, and rehabilitation.

General Objectives
The general objective of the Department is to acquaint students with the subject matter and profession of sociology and social work thereby helping them to develop their future careers and solve the recurrent social and economic problems of the country.

The specific objectives are:

  • To produce graduates in Sociology and Social Work who are competent in integrating social theory, research, and practice
  • To produce human power that understands the objective conditions of the country from sociological perspectives and contributes to the socio-economic developments of the country
  • To produce graduates with intervention skills in the problems of individuals,  groups, institutions, communities and societies
  • To produce graduates with the sociological skills and qualifications needed to obtain employment in different organisations
  • To produce  scholars who promote mutual respect and understanding in diverse  societies like Ethiopia
  • To produce graduates who are able to initiate and take part in research projects with the intention of identifying the causes and consequences of social problems and generate appropriate data for the process of policy formulation;
  • To produce graduates who can participate in the formulation of appropriate social policies and programmes designed to improve the livelihoods of urban and rural societies
  • To equip graduates with important professional ethics that will make them effective in their careers.

Admission Requirements
Students who have completed their preparatory lessons of grade 11 and 12 will be admitted after passing college entrance examinations successfully for university standard as per the Ministry of Education student placement policy. In addition, any diploma or degree holders who want to change their profession shall be admitted.

It will take three years for students to complete their study. A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Social Work is offered to students upon successful completion of all the requirements.

Credit and Graduation Requirements
To graduate with a BA degree in Sociology and Social Work, students have to take 111 to 116 credit hours of training in major, common courses, CBTP and fieldwork practice.

Courses Total Credit Hours
Major Courses 86
Supportive Courses 19
Fieldwork Practice, CBTP and Senior Essay 11
Total 116

Students are required to have the minimum of 2.00 points CGPA in their major field upon graduation as well as no “F” is scored in any course to be graduated.

Degree Nomenclature
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Social Work will be offered to students after successful completion of the programme.

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