To be a department of high repute with regard to research, application and transmission of knowledge in social sciences to promote social development.
|Degree Code:||CSO||Degree Name:||Diploma In Criminology and Social Order|
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Each Ordinary Diploma candidate shall be required to successfully take at least eight (8) approved course units as well as a project paper where specified. Individual departments shall determine how the eight course units shall be apportioned in terms of core, specialization, and elective clusters.
Each department may identify core, theory and/or methods courses which all Ordinary Diploma candidates within the department shall take, provided that these shall not exceed two (2) course units. Each candidate shall be entitled to take at least one elective course.
The Ordinary Diploma programme shall consist of lectures, lecture-discussions, class presentations, seminars, demonstrations, fieldwork, student-teacher consultations, supervised independent study, coursework, or any combination of these, as well as written final examinations, and shall run for a minimum of two (2) semesters of fifteen weeks each and a maximum of eight (8) semesters. However, some departments or programmes may, with prior Senate approval, require a minimum of three semesters, with the third semester being devoted to additional taught courses, semester-long laboratory work, field work, field placement, or project paper.
Except where a semester-long project is required, the minimum load in each semester shall be two (2) course units; while the maximum load shall be four (4) course units per semester. A semester-long project consisting of laboratory/field work or project paper shall be treated as the equivalent of two course units.
Where a semester-long project paper is not required, one (1) course unit out of the minimum of eight (8) required to graduate may be designed to give candidates the opportunity to develop skills in independent research work and project report-writing.
Candidates shall be free to satisfy the requirements for elective courses in any department within the Faculty of Arts or any other Faculty or equivalent, subject to the prior approval of the department(s) and Faculties concerned.
Students shall undergo continuous assessment in each taught course in each semester. Such assessment shall take the form of written tests, term paper, oral presentations, field assignment, or any combination of these.
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In the world today, there is a growing interest particularly among academics, law makers and law enforcers in interrogating criminal behavior and its treatment by the criminal justice system notably the law and order enforcement agencies (both public i.e., the police and private i.e., private security firms), the criminal law fraternity including the judiciary and advocates, the penal institutions, and the general public. The interest comes, partly, due to the realization on how society is fast changing and the emerging of forms of organized crime including drug and human trafficking and a hub for money laundering. Particularly the evidence there is of the society being threatened by violent crimes like terrorism owing to the political and religious volatility in the region, especially as it relates to the Somalia crisis that directly and indirectly engulfs Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, USA and groups of Arab/Muslim fighters.
Apart from the existing of criminal behavior whose levels, now and in the future, demands effective interventions there is also a disquiet among academics, the media, policy makers, politicians and general public on the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. In this regard there are evidence-based scholarly works as well as popular allegations indicating dire challenges in the police, judiciary and penal institutions.
In addressing these issues, the Department of Sociology in the University of Nairobi has developed a Diploma Course on criminology and social development
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A candidate must satisfy the prescribed University of Nairobi requirements. In addition, the minimum qualifications for admission to an Ordinary Diploma programme are:
(i) KCSE certificate with a minimum aggregate of C (plain), or equivalent.
(ii) K.C.S.E. with a Mean grade C- or equivalent Plus a Certificate from a recognized post- secondary institution.
(iii) ‘O’ level certificate with a minimum grade of Division III plus evidence of relevant academic or professional training.
(iv) ‘A’ level qualification with a minimum of one (1) principal pass, or equivalent.
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Final University of Nairobi examinations shall be given at the end of every semester in each taught course unit; and each final examination shall be in the form of a two-hour written examination paper. Where a semester-long project paper is required, work on the project paper shall be started and completed during the final semester of the ordinary diploma programme.
To be awarded the ordinary diploma, a candidate must pass all specialized, core and elective course units taken, as well as the Project Paper where applicable.
(i) The written final examination shall account for seventy percent (70%) of all the marks in each course unit, while continuous assessment tests shall account for thirty percent (30%). The Project Paper or “Independent Research” paper shall be marked over 100, as there shall be no continuous assessment test associated with them.
(ii) A candidate who fails in any examination in any unit may sit a supplementary examination when it is scheduled provided that he/she shall pay such fees as may be prescribed by the Faculty and the University.
(iii) A candidate who fails in any examination in an elective course unit may, at his/her own discretion, after payment of the request fees register in an alternative elective course unit.
(iv) A student who, for good cause supported with authenticated documentary evidence, fails to sit or complete an end-of-course examination may be allowed to sit a special examination for the paper(s) concerned when the examination is next scheduled, without paying additional fees.
(v) Where these regulations are silent on any aspect of University examinations, existing University of Nairobi, Faculty of Arts regulations shall apply.
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|CSO 001||Introduction To Sociology And Anthropology||View Description|
Introduction To Sociology And Anthropology Description
Introduction to sociology and Anthropology the aim is to introduce students to the basic understanding of how society functions including the main sociological and anthropological concepts e.g. norms, culture, social stratification. Other areas include the branches of Sociology and anthropology, relevance of the Sociology today, major concerns of Sociologists in Theory and research, founding fathers e.g. Marx Weber, Durkheim in relation to power an social order, social institutions and attendant social processes, culture, symbols, social structure, kinship, cross-cultural aspects etc.
|CSO 002||Introduction To Criminology||View Description|
Introduction To Criminology Description
Definition and scope of Criminology , nature of crime and white collar, gender related crime, etc. Selected theories of crime causation and prevention, methods of crime control and prevention. The nature of crime in developing countries compared to the developed countries.
|CSO 005||The Rural And Urban Context Of Crime||View Description|
The Rural And Urban Context Of Crime Description
The purpose of the course is to expose the students to the rural and urban social structure and social processes and the attendant differences in nature and context of crime. The paper will contrast rural and urban ways of life, breakdown of social pressure in urban contexts, types of rural crime e.g. livestock rustling, land disputes, homicides withcraft and community response. Types of common urban crime e.g. robbery, juvenile delinquency, prostitution, popular unrest, rural and urban mechanisms of coping with crime e.g. vigilante groups, Home guards, neighbourhood groups, community policing and how the police can relate with them. Finally will be a discussion of urban and rual processes that tend towards social order.
|CSO 006||Gender And Crime||View Description|
Gender And Crime Description
The aim of this course is to present and analyse the gender aspects of crime. While prior writings have emphasized crime as if it is a male domain, increasing evidence shows that female crime is on the rise. Issues of types of male and female crimes will be discussed, domestic violence against men and women and the attendant social processes, violence against children, violence against maids, the police response to increasing domestic, violence, investigation of domestic violence, investigation of domestic violence, new approaches to investigating gender-coated crimes, crime and the crisis of masculinity, victims of crime and coping mechanisms.
|CSO 010||Introduction To Collective Behaviour||View Description|
Introduction To Collective Behaviour Description
The course is aimed at introducing the students to the understanding of the nature of collective behavior and social movements. The course content shall include a definition of collective behavior, social movements, types of movements e.g. religious movements, millenarianism and sects, fashions, fads, crazes, public opinion, rumors and deliberate propaganda. Other areas are crowding phenomenon, mass protests and breakdowns of law and order and crises. Strategies used in collective behavior e.g. persuasion and coercion, appeals to reason, emotion and social responses to collective behavior.
|CSO 003||Methods Of Social Investigation||View Description|
Methods Of Social Investigation Description
The main objective of the course is to introduce the students to various scientific research methodologies used in Social Sciences. The course aims at training students to a level that they can be able to conduct social research on their own.
|CSO 007||Penology||View Description|
The course aims at re-examining the Penal system in Kenya particularly its structure, functioning and effectiveness with a long-term objectives of improving its performance and the performance of those who enforce it. The key issues to be analysed include thorough review of the penal system e.g. prisons, police, judiciary, approved schools and related agencies in crime prevention and control. Alternative approaches to punishment, training and retraining of personnel for crime prevention and management, social change and changes in penology.
|CSO 008||Counseling||View Description|
The principle objective of the course is to expose the students to the art of counseling as professional social workers. The course also aims at equiping the learners with the practical counseling skills necessary for different problem situations that require counseling intervention. Learning will be conducted through lectures, group discussions and presentations, role play and group assignments.
|CSO 009||Introduction To Law, Society And Social Order||View Description|
Introduction To Law, Society And Social Order Description
The course aims at exposing the students to the relationship between law and society. Areas of focus shall be definition of law, society and social order, law as a mechanism of social control, relationship between law and society, non-legal mechanisms of social control, shared legal and sociological concepts, social change defined, the concept of social engineering discussed, crime and punishment. Other areas shall include penal institutions: the prison and the probation service. The origin of the prison, its evolution and status today, “the fake deterrence of punishment” concept discussed, the attendant popularity with probation today, parole, community pressure and emerging trends in penal systems. Kenya will be the centre of focus.
|CSO 013||Juvenile Deliquency||View Description|
Juvenile Deliquency Description
The aim of the course is to expose and examine the character and trends of the juvenile delinquents as it relates to problems of social order and security today and in future. The course will examine juvenile delinquency as an emerging social problem of “a time bomb”. The course will examine the urban and peri-urban processes that generate this problem, its character, sustenance and how it can be minimized in due course as it relates to social order. Steps already being undertaken will be analyzed and emerging ideas examined. The impact of the Structural Adjustment programmes on family structure and family quality of life shall too be examined.
|CSO 014||Social Rehabilitation||View Description|
Social Rehabilitation Description
The course aims at exposing students to the social process of rehabilitation. The course content includes: forms of deviating e.g. physical, mental, behavioural and personality.. Societal categorization and control of deviant persons, stigmatization and deviation. The concept of rehabilitation e.g. forms of rehabilitation, psycho-social vocational, institutional, community-based placement and employment. Also principles and techniques of rehabilitating various disabilities with special reference to the Kenya experience.
|CSO 011||The Disciplinary Society||View Description|
The Disciplinary Society Description
This course addresses the issue of discipline in modern society. Among others, the course seeks to introduce students to modern concerns with discipline, ways of imparting discipline and the impediments to effective administration of discipline in modern society.
|CSO 012||Introduction To Political Sociology||View Description|
Introduction To Political Sociology Description
Definition of political sociology, subject matter of political sociology, the ideas of Plato Mechiavelli, Pareto, Hobbes, Locke, Max Weber, Karl Marx and their application to current political trends etc. Power and bases of power, political process and their interaction with social institutions e.g. the family, school etc. Political socialization, political participation, the police force in politics, issues of democracy and freedom, human rights.
|CSW O16||Introduction To Community Development And Social Welfare||View Description|
Introduction To Community Development And Social Welfare Description
The need for community development, its definitions, scope and assumptions, historical background, role of community workers and methods they use in work with communities including social action and directive and non-directive methods are discussed. Other topics covered are: Community and analysis, its leadership structure and functions, decision-making processes, its mobilization and participation. The topics are discussed in light of students’ work experiences.
|CPP 016||Introduction To Ethics||View Description|
Introduction To Ethics Description
Definition of basic ethical terms e.g. morality, moral agent, ethical and non-ethical terms, ethical judgment, virtue and happiness. The types of ethical thinking e.g. descriptive normative and meta-ethics. Issues of subjectivism and objectivism in ethics will also be covered including standards of ethical judgment, teleological and deontological theories, utilitarian theory, ethical egoism, Plato’s ethical theory and Aristotal’s ethics etc. Ethics applied, punishment and forms of punishment, responsibilities and duties of professionals.
|CRS 017||Introduction To Religioius Principles And Social Order||View Description|
Introduction To Religioius Principles And Social Order Description
Some relevant definitions of religion. Create in stories and myths of origin, functional theories of religion, concepts of morality and social well being. Further natural law, conscience and beliefs of supernatural sanctions of behavior. Religious communities and their functions in combating crime, faith, justice and reconciliation in contemporary society. The role of religion in rehabilitation will also be analysed.
|CSO O18||Research Paper||View Description|
Research Paper Description
Research on topics or issues which are either on crime or any other searchable phenomenon based on data gathered from secondary or primary sources during field placement. The data analysis should show applicability of basic theories and methods. This is to enable the students integrate the theoretical aspects of the course with practice. A format showing the layout of the research report and its approximate length is provided.
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