This website originated out of the need for students to gain a deeper understanding of cape sociology, without being daunted by the seemingly insurmountable loads of theories and theorists. We trust that with this interactive tool, students and teachers alike would benefit, by sharing tips on answering questions as well as making it easier for students to understand CAPE sociology.
Our online learning center is designed to help students understand sociology. This metacognitive approach is one of the best-practice methods used by trained educational specialists. When students understand the principles behind a theory, they are better equipped to apply it in any circumstance. Traditional methods of teaching emphasize rote memorization of isolated facts or operations. This method has proven to be ineffective in building critical thinking skills in students. As teachers, our goal is to teach our students how to engage in critical thinking, which promotes problem-solving skills, a necessary requirement for the 21st Century employee, entrepreneur, and social influencer.
Each lesson is meticulously designed to achieve these learning outcomes. Thus at the end of the academic year, students would have learned sociology theories and developed other essential skills that would take their writing, analysis, application, and problem-solving abilities to a high level that is desirable to universities and employers.
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The Unit Exam Pass Plan gives access to: Audio Tutorials, Empirical Evidence Guides, Essay Plans, Marked Essays, Module Notes, Question Bank, Revision Exercises, Scholar Essays, Original Video Tutorials, Visual Summaries.
This plan allows students to take a self-directed learning path through the CAPE Sociology syllabus for the selected Unit. Students access videos, module notes, empirical evidence guides, essay plans, revision exercises, and more. All the resources provided allows students to gain a deeper understanding of sociology effortlessly. At the end of this self-directed learning path, students will be able to apply theory to social issues under discussion and to contextualize empirical data accurately.
The Essay Writing Plan gives access to: Audio Tutorials, Essay Plans, Marked Essays, Module Notes, Question Bank, Scholar Essays. This plan is best suited to students who would like to improve their Essay Writing Skills.
Essay writing is an essential component of the CAPE Sociology exam, tested in Paper 2. The exercise of writing essays is a critical cognitive-based skill that all Sociology students must develop. Essay writing helps students to logically order their thoughts and apply theories to social issues under discussion. In this plan, students get meticulous guides through the logic of essay writing. Essays grades posted weekly. Students understand how grades are assigned and how they can improve their grades. Excellent essay writing is not magic; it takes guided practice.
Objective of CAPE Sociology – “The CAPE Sociology Syllabus aims to provide students with the necessary skills for an understanding of the structures, organization, and development of societies, particularly those in the Caribbean. It introduces them to the knowledge of the theories and basic research methods of Sociology, the sociological perspective, and the processes of social structural change with specific emphasis on the development and modernization of societies.” Further, the instructional design extends student learning beyond the limits of the curriculum and incorporates a multicultural perspective, with the aim of creating globally-minded citizens. We encourage students of sociology to engage in critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation to affect positive changes in their society and the global community. These are 21st-century skills every student must possess to be successful after graduation.
Sociology as a discipline is comprised of various ‘theories’ or ‘schools of thought’ otherwise known as ‘perspectives’. The key to gaining a comprehensive understanding of sociological incite is understanding the underlying principles of the different sociological theories. Students who understand the key elements of each theory and the strengths and weaknesses of them are better able to use his/her knowledge and accurately apply it to any sociological question. This process is known as analysis!
Origin of Sociology
It is imperative that students understand the origins of sociology. The origins of sociology explain in part the rationale behind the major ‘modernist’ sociological perspectives; which includes: Functionalism Marxism and Interactionism.
All videos created are original teaching content, specifically tailored to meet the teaching and learning needs of our CAPE Sociology students.
For the past twenty years, Caribbean students have been doing CAPE Sociology. One of the complaints received from both teachers and students was the lack of resources.
This website will go a long way towards filling this need because it is interactive and Caribbean based, it will enable ALL CAPE students and sociologists generally to share ideas questions and learning materials.
I wish to sincerely thank the web developer(s) for this great initiative and wish them well in all their future undertakings.
Nasser Mustapha, Ph.D., Sociology, UWI, is currently a senior lecturer in sociology and head of the behavioral sciences department at the UWI St. Augustine campus.