The proposal for the establishment of the Federal University Gusau with Department of Sociology under the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences was approved on 18th February 2013.Thus the history of the development of the programme in the Department of Sociology goes hand-in-hand with that of the University. The formal establishment of the Department and commencement of B.Sc. Sociology started in November, 2014 during the 2014/2015 Academic Session.
In line with the mission of FUGUS, the Department of Sociology will seek to create a teaching and learning environment conducive to imparting relevant skills and knowledge as well as appropriate behavior and attitude; engendering a sense of public service and promoting and nurturing Nigerian/African cultures and traditions.
The vision of the Sociology Department is to be a centre of excellence producing graduates of international standard who will be able to contribute positively, both as employers and employees, to the social and overall development of the nation in particular and the global society in general.
The essence of the B. Sc. Sociology programme and the Department’s overall academic and social expectations is to produce graduates who would be imbued with the disciplinary skills and insights of the Sociological Science and who would therefore be equipped with a Scientific and Comprehensive understanding of the nature and dynamics of human societies and cultures in general, and the African and Nigerian socio-cultural worlds in particular.
Mankind lives in a complex and dynamic global society beset with multifaceted problems of development and change. Because of its size and resources, Nigeria as a nation shall continue to play a central role not only within the continent of Africa but within the global society as a whole.
To successfully engage and operate within the multicultural national and global societies requires a critical and scientific understanding of human societies and cultures, respect for different value orientations in place of cultural prejudices and parochialisms, and, an understanding of social institutions and their behavioural requirements.
Hence, the need for a Department of Sociology which will equip the students with the requisite knowledge and skills to critically analyse and understand the major currents in the national and global societies and to build strong partnerships and linkages within and outside Nigeria for a successful operation as a Nigerian and global citizen.
The nomenclature of the degree in view shall be B. Sc. Sociology with honours
In addition to the requirements above, candidate shall have attained a minimum score of post U.T.M.E examination organised by the Federal University Gusau.
Programme Admission Requirements Remarks UTME Direct Entry B.sc Sociology> Five credits at SSCE (or its equivalent) in English, Mathematics Government/history and two other Arts or Social Science subjects Two 'A’ level credit passes in Arts and Social Science subjects. Credit pass in Diploma in Social Work. A credit pass in English and Mathematics at O level is required. UTME subjects are: English, Government and any other two Arts and Social Science subjects
Each academic session shall comprise two semesters and each semester shall last for a period of eighteen (18) weeks comprising of: one (1) week for registration; fifteen (15) weeks for lectures/tutorials/field trips; and two (2) weeks for examination. Mid-semester break shall normally be for two (2) weeks.
The minimum duration of the Sociology programme is four (4) years for candidates who enter with Senior Secondary School Certificate or GCE ‘0’ Level qualifications or equivalent. Direct Entry (DE) candidates will spend a minimum of three years provided that they satisfy all the other University requirements.
Students shall be required to complete their studies in not more than one and a half times the normal duration of the programme to qualify for an Honour's degree, except in cases of ill-health or as determined by Senate. This means 6 years for the 4-year degree programme.
In line with the guidelines of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Federal University Gusau shall also operate the course credit system. A credit is the minimum unit of workload of a course. It depends on the total number of contact hours spent on the course. The contact hour is defined in terms of number of hours spent for the duration of the course. One credit unit is defined as: one hour of lecture or tutorial per week; two hours of seminar per week; field work per week.
The equivalent of 1 credit unit in a semester of 15 weeks shall be one of the following: 15 hours of lecture; 15 hours of tutorial; 60 hours of fieldtrip; and/or days of fieldwork.
Courses for each degree programme are designated as follows:
- Core Courses (CC)
- Core/Compulsory Courses are courses students must take and pass before graduation. However, a student may be allowed to proceed to the next level of study if he/she failed some Core-Courses, but has earned enough credit units to qualify for the next level. The failed Core Course(s) will always reflect in the remark column of his/her results as outstanding.
- Elective Courses (EL)
- Elective courses are courses students take based on their areas of specialization and interest. In addition to the Core- Courses, students are allowed take these courses to enable them to register for the minimum allowable per semester.However, there are restrictive electives, depending on areas of specialization and Faculty. Students may consult their academic advisers for guidance in selecting Elective Courses. If a student fails an Elective Course, he/she is free to repeat or substitute it with adequate approval
- Pre-Requisite Courses
- Pre-requisite courses are those that students must take and pass before registering higher level course(s). However, a student in a graduating class may register for a higher and lower course concurrently, provided that he/she had attempted the lower course once and that the total number of credit units registered in a semester, does not exceed 24.
- General Studies Courses (GST)/Entrepreneurial Development Studies (EDS)
- All undergraduate students are required to pass all the General Studies Courses for a total of 14 Credits Units and 6 units of EDS courses. This must be passed before a degree can be awarded.
At the beginning of every session, all students are required to register for all courses online and submit printed course forms to the Department. Two weeks will normally be allowed for registration in every session. A late registration fee may be charged by the University.
A student who fails to register within the stipulated registration period at the beginning of the session shall not be allowed to register for that session and shall forfeit the benefit of taking any examinations in any semester of that session. Such a student shall be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the university and shall be re-admitted in the subsequent session only with the approval of the Senate. For freshmen, their admission shall be considered to have lapsed.
All Registration forms must be signed personally by each student and his/her academic adviser. No student can register or sign for another who is not physically present.
A student shall normally, in any academic year, be allowed to register for minimum of 34 earned credits for 100 level, 40 units for 200 level, 41 units for 300 level and 36 units for 400 level. The maximum credits units allowed per session is 48 units. In other words the minimum and maximum credit load permissible for full time students of the Department of Sociology per semester is 17 units for first and second semester in 100 level, 21 units in first semester and 19 units in second semester for 200 level, 20 units for first semester and 21 units for second semester for 300 level and 18 units in both first and second semester for 400 level. The maximum credit units per semester is in each level 24 respectively.
This means that no student can earn more than 48 credits at the end of each academic year. A 100-Level students must earn not less than 34 credit units at the end of an academic session to proceed to 200-Level. 200-Level students must earn not less than 74 units to proceed to 300-Level. 300-Level students must earn at least 115 credit units to proceed to 400-Level. At the end of 400-Level, students must have earned not less than 151 credit units in order to graduate.
If, owing to late receipt of admission notice, the 75% attendance requirement for both lecture and practical could not be met by the student, or on health or financial grounds, the semester/session can be deferred. For ill health specifically, a student must present a medical report, which shall be authenticated by the Director of University Health Services.
Students, for good reason and with the approval of Senate and upon recommendation by the Dean of the Faculty may suspend their programme of study for a maximum of one calendar year. In other words, student can defer the semester/session for other acceptable reasons.
Such other reasons would be treated on their merits. However, a student is only qualified to suspend his programme after registration and must express his/her intention to defer after registration. Applications for deregistration and deferment shall be addressed to the Dean, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences through the Head of Department of Sociology. A student granted deferment shall return and continue, from where he/she left, his/her studies.