Sociology and Social Anthropology


Sociology and Social Anthropology are closely related social science disciplines. They study the ways in which people live together under various social and cultural conditions.  By exploring the multifaceted dimensions of human societies, they seek to understand human behavior, social interactions and institutional structures in all their diversity.

The study of societal development – the cultural, technological, economic and societal transformations that trace the evolution of human societies and civilizations and the emergence of contemporary peoples, social organizations, institutions, states, economies and cultures – is central to the study of social order and disorder in anthropology and sociology.

Likewise, the study of the multiplicity of cultures and cultural engagement – and among these, of differences of race, ethnicity, and gender – stands at the heart of the study of contemporary societies and the long sweep of their historical development, as it is informed by the study of our disciplines.

Sociology and Social Anthropology not only share a profound general interest in human societies and cultures, but specifically share strong and mutual interests in:

  • Global Studies, and overlapping area studies;
  • Inter-disciplinary, the crossing of artificial departmental boundaries;
  • The link between theory and practice;
  • Applied work, such  as  community  service,  internships  and   ethnographic field  activity;  and Fieldwork and
  • An interest in language and communication.
  1. 2. Rationale

The rationale for the present curriculum revision is based on the findings of the need assessment surveys which were conducted by various institutions and Ministry of Education (MoE) to find out the types of skills and knowledge required by various stakeholders and to determine the content and focus areas of the Curriculum of the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology in Ethiopia public higher institutions.

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  1. Social problems are becoming complex from time to time at the global level in general and

Ethiopia in particular. The revised curriculum in the fields of Sociology & Social Anthropology will

enable the graduates from the department to respond in a timely manner to the changing occupational, civic and cultural needs of the country

  1. Critical knowledge of sociological and Anthropological theories, Social Research Methods and social Intervention practice will enable the graduates to understand the pragmatic conditions of Ethiopia and the rest of the world. This will also enhance the ability of the graduates to identify and solve societal problems. To achieve these goals, the department has planned to enhance students‟ conceptual, pragmatic and methodological and problem solving competencies by modifying the content of the courses where needed and by integrating them with practical components
  2. The program sees the necessity of linking the sociological concepts, theories and methods with major societal issues, and encouraging students to use these concepts, theories and methods in their own thinking and practice. By bridging the gap between the principles learned and actual societal issues, the Department hopes to prepare students to be successful in their professional, civic, and personal lives. The program also wishes to empower students by promoting awareness that they can bring about change in the community which they are going to serve.
  3. In view of the fact that many of the graduates will become socioeconomic experts in both governmental and nongovernmental offices, there is a need for building their analytical competence and theoretical sophistication on the socio-cultural dimensions of development programs by providing case studies and challenges which are cumulative and progressively demanding. In order to help students more easily connect Sociological to social   issues   and   career   opportunities,   the   Department   wants   to   streamline development related courses by instituting coherence and thoroughness.
  4. 4. Vision

The vision of the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology is to be a national centre of academic excellence which assures quality and equity of education by the year 2020 that aims at producing competent citizen.

  1. 5. Mission

The department of sociology and Social anthropology has a mission of offering relevant, efficient and quality education and training; designing and assuring standard of efficiency, conducting demand driven research and rendering & efficient community services. The department of sociology and Social anthropology is established to function as an academic unit in the college. The program is also mandated to:

Design   and   implement   undergraduate   programmers   and   short   term   trainings                in accordance with the needs of the college;

Publish and disseminate research works as well as hold discussion forums to deliberate upon the result;

Establish and run academic journals and newsletters;

Upgrade  the  qualifications  of  its  academic  staff  and  enhance  continuously  their professional competency;

Contribute specially to the institutional capacity building of other public and non-profit – making private institutions, including the upgrading of the qualifications of their academic status;

Provide consultancy services to governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the community;

Cooperate with the with different stakeholders on relevance of education and quality matters;

Carry out such other activities that accord with its objectives and the mission, vision and objectives of the departments.

  1. 6. Values

The department of sociology and social anthropology has taken the following as a core values:

Quality: The department of sociology and social anthropology makes quality its priority in every aspect of its activities.

Care for the community: The department of sociology and social anthropology is from the community and for the community. The department strives to change and solve the problems of the community.

Committed no matter what: The department of sociology and social anthropology keeps on working hard despite challenges because the College wants to make its future better.

Equality  in  all:  The  department  of  sociology  and  social  anthropology  treats  everyone equally regardless of colour, religion, gender, disability or ethnic background in all service and resource provisions.

Equity in all: The department of sociology and social anthropology encourages fair access of  resources and services to all groups of society; it takes sustainable affirmative action giving due focus to disadvantaged groups.

Valuing    each  other:   we   value,   respect   and    appreciate   each  other‟s   ideas   and

contributions to the growth and transformation of the country.

Creativity   Culture:   The   department   of   sociology   and   social   anthropology   makes innovation, adoption, adaptation and transfer of knowledge in its every walk of life.

Democratic  thinking:  The  department  of  sociology  and  social  Anthropology  values freedom of expression, rule of law, transparency and accountability in every aspect of its endeavours. It promotes the culture of participatory decision making.

Recognition: The department values, respects and appreciates ideas and contributions to the growth and transformation of the country.

  1. 7. Program Objectives a. General Objective

The general objective of the program is to produce knowledgeable, skilful, competent and responsible professionals in socio-cultural, political and economic development of the country by providing adequate training at a bachelor level.

b.Specific Objectives

The program has the following specific objectives:

To produce graduates who are capable of integrating theory and research methods and apply it in the actual social settings.

To produce graduates who are able to initiate and take part in research projects with the intention of identifying the causes and consequences of socio-economic and environmental problems and generate appropriate data for the process of policy formulation.

To provide wide opportunity for graduates to learn more about their diversity and integrity as well as world reality.

To produce graduates equipped with intervention skills in solving problems of individuals, groups, institutions, communities and societies


C O U R S E                                 FOR

Year I, Semester I

Course Code                    Course Title                                                       Credit HR

SSAN 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
SSAN 211 Social Institution I 3
SSAN 221 Methods of Social Research I 3
SSAN 231 Introduction to  Social Anthropology 3
Flen.201 Writing Skills 3
GEEd  233 Civic  & Ethical Education 3

Semester Total        18 Crs

Year I, Semester II

Course  Code          Course  Title                                           Credit Hours                      

SSAN 212 Social Institution II 3
SSAN 222 Methods of Social Research II 3
SSAN 232 Anthropological Theories 3
Pop. 202 Introduction to  Population Studies 3
Inst.205 Information and Society 3

Semester Total                                                                                      15Cr                     

Year II, Semester I

Course Code           Course Title                                                                                        Cr/HR

SSAN 312 Sociological Theories I: Classical perspectives 3
SSAN 223 Ethnographic Studies 3
SSAN 321 Economic Anthropology 3

Stat. 270                    Statistics for  Sociologists                                                         4

Phil  202                       Introduction to Logic                                                                3

Epsy.341                       Int. to  Social Psychology                                                        3 total   19

Semester II

Course Code                          Course Title                                                                  Cr/hrs

SSAN 312 Sociological Theories II: Contemporary 3
SSAN 322 Social Development 3
SSAN 332 Political Anthropology 3
SSAN 342 Sociology of Work, Industry & Orgn 3
SSAN 362 Gender, Ethnicity and & Race 3
SSAN 352 The  Anthropology of Pastoral Societies 3
total 18

Year III, Semester I

Course Code           Course Title                                                                          Credit hr


SSAN 412                  Social Policy & Planning                                                                  4

SSAN 421                 Rural Sociology                                                                                  3

SSAN 451                 Sociology of Deviance                                                                       3

SSAN 431                Social Issues in the  Contemporary world I:                                 3

SSAN 461                 Social Welfare and  Administration                                              3

PPM 464                   Project Planning and  Management                                             3

Semester Total                                                                                                         19 Crs     

Year III, Semester II

Course Code           Course Title                                                                                  Credit


SSAN 452                      Criminology & Correctional Admin.                                                3

SSAN 402                      Rural Development                                                                             3

SSAN 422                     Urban Sociology                                                                                    3

SSAN 432                     Social Issues in the  Contemporary world II:                                  3

MSI 462                         Method in social intervention                                                           3

SSAN 442                     Senior Essay : Fieldwork and  Writing up                                       4

Semester Total                                                                                                                  19 Crs       

Course Breakdown for Extension Division

Year I, Term I

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
SSAN 201


SSAN 211


EnLa.   201

Introduction to Sociology


Social Institution I: Writing Skill






Sub total 9

Term II

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
SSAN 221

SSAN 231

Phil  101

Method of Social Research I

Int. to  Social Anthropology





Sub total 9

Term III

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
SSAN 222

SSAN 212

Inst. 205

Method  of  Social  Research II

Social Institution II Information and Society




Sub total 9

Year II, Term I

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
SSAN 232

SSAN 311

Pop. 202

Anthropological Theories

Sociological     Theories     I: classical perspectives Introduction                       to Population Studies




Sub total 9

Term II

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
SSAN 312

SSAN 312

GEEd  233

Sociological        Theories        II

Contemporary perspectives Economic

Anthropology Civic  & Ethical Education




Sub total 9

Term III

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
SSAN 223

Stat 270

Epsy. 341

Ethnography of Ethiopia

Statistics for  Sociologists

Int. to  Social Psychology




Sub total 10

Year III, Term I

Course Code Course Title Credit


SSAN 224

SSAN 322

SSAN 342

Ethnography of Africa

Social Development Sociology of  Work, Industry and Organization




Sub total 9

Term II

Course Code Course Title Cr
SSAN 352

SSAN 362

SSAN 421

The       Anthropology       of      Pastoral  Societies

Gender, culture and society

Rural Sociology




Sub total 9

Term III

Course Code Course Title Cred it
SSAN 451

SSAN 332

SSAN 462

Sociology      of     Deviance       Juvenile Delinquency

Political Anthropology

Methods in Social Intervention




Sub total 9


Course Code Course Title Cr/hr
SSAN 411

SSAN 431

SSAN 402

Social Policy and  Planning

Social            Issues           in            the Contemporary world I:

Rural Development




Sub total 10

Term II

Course Code Course Title Credit


SSAN 452

SSAN 431

SSAN 421

Criminology       and      Correctional


Social            Issues           in            the Contemporary world I: Urban Sociology




Sub total 9

Term III

Course Code Course Title Credit
SSAN 461

SSAN 441

Field     of     Social      Welfare      and Administration

Senior Essay



Sub total 7