Sociology

Training students to have the necessary qualifications and expertise to understand and deal with social issues and phenomena that contributes to the development and building of modern Palestinian society.  The program also seeks to develop students’  skills and abilities of to understand Sociology in critical manner and applied it creatively. In addition, the program pays special attention to develop students’ research skills, their professional qualifications, and well as their personal and life skills. 

  • To contribute to the development of the Palestinian society through teaching and research produced by faculty members and/or students.   
  • To train students who are specialized in sociology and have the necessary qualifications and expertise to contribute to the development of the Palestinian society especially in this stage of Palestinian state-building which contains major challenges socially, politically, economically, and culturally. 
  • To enable students to deeply understand the differences between scientific (evidence-based) knowledge and other types of knowledge and to employ a variety of scientific methods in studying social phenomena and problems and providing social solutions.   
  • To help students develop critical thinking and sociological imagination and to strengthen their self-confidence and their sense of belonging to their society and to humanity at large.  

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand sociological theories and concepts. 
  • Understand qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as principles of statistics.
  • Connect sociological knowledge with reality at the Palestinian, Arabic, and International levels.
  • Analyze and think critically.
  • Have the proper research and scientific writing skills.
  • Connect social, political and economic phenomena.
  • Introduce critical-sociological and reading to the social reality in Palestine.
  • See the connection between personal troubles and social structure (Developed sociological imagination).
  • Use databases and e-sources as well as and hard-copy sources.
  • Use and apply sociological theories on social reality.
  • Develop arguments based on scientific evidence.

Graduates of the sociology program in Palestine can work at:

  • Research centers.
  • Social development institutions.
  • Institutions of social intervention.
  • Public relations institutions or departments.
  • Institutions of  social policies and welfare.
  • Civil society organizations

Study Plan consists of 120 credit hours distributed as follows:

Requirements

Credit hours

University Requirements

21

Faculty Requirements

23

Single Major Requirements

57

Free Courses

19

Total

120

Program Requirements

Student must successfully complete a minimum of 57 credit hours of courses in Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work distributed as follows:
1. Core courses: 39 credit hours

Course Number

Previous Requirement

SOCI231 | CRITICAL READINGS IN SOCIOLOGICAL TEXTS

SOCI231

SOCI232 | CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES

SOCI231

SOCI234 | PALESTINIAN SOCIETY

 

SOCI237 | METHODS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

SOCI231

SOCI238 | SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

SOCI231

SOCI334 | SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

SOCI231, SOCI232

SOCI338 | CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES

SOCI232

SOCI340 | PRINCIPLES OF SOCIAL STATISTICS

 

SOCI341 | METHODS OF FIELD RESEARCH

SOCI231, third year level in specialization

SOCI438 | SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY

Forth year level in specialization or approval of the Sociology Program

ANTH240 | INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY

 

ANTH334 | ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORIES

ANTH241

2. Elective course: 18 credit courses from courses offered by the Department, at least 3 credit hours in Anthropology. (WOMS 232 is also considered as an elective course)