HISTORY

When the School of Social Sciences was established in 1975, the Sociology sub-unit was one of the five such sub-units that made up the School. The others were Economics, Geography, Political and Administrative Studies and Business Administration (which later transformed into the Faculty of Management Sciences). It operated as an integral part of a Social Science programme which was then aimed at training out manpower for the social and economic development of Nigeria and to train the students for positions of responsibility in the community. The Dean of the Faculty had overall administrative responsibility over all the units. However, the Department was academically autonomous but administratively tied to the Office of the Dean. In 1983, the UNIPORT school system was changed to the faculty system which granted both academic and administrative autonomy to the department. Since then, the department has had its ups and downs as dictated by events over the years. However, through a dynamic inter-play of experience from a variety of scholars and accreditation demands, a stable Sociology programme with a mixture of radical and conservative intellectual traditions eventually emerged at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. The entire course prescribed by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in its approved minimum academic standards is offered by the Department. In addition however, the Department maintains its academic autonomy by including in its curriculum special courses designed to achieve the specific vision and objectives of the department.

Vision

The vision of the Department of Sociology, University of Port Harcourt, is the emergence of a viable Nigerian nation sustained on the intellectual and research contributions of Sociologists, in collaboration with other academic disciplines and in partnership with formal/informal organizations working towards achieving sustainable development

Mission

Tremendous changes are taking place all over the world and Nigeria’s socio-economic, political, religious and cultural environments are responding to the new global challenges. The Department of Sociology, University of Port Harcourt, must be in the fore front of efforts to understand these changes; provide adequate research knowledge to respond pro-actively towards ensuring adequate control of the new social forces and enhance the capacity of its staff to train the manpower required for the envisaged challenges.

Objectives

1. To inculcate in the students a scientific spirit of inquiry and objectivity. 2. To stimulate students’ interest in the discipline and all other branches of the Social Sciences. 3. To stimulate the spirit of dedication to service to our society and humanity in general, among students. 4. To prepare students for leadership positions in the social, economic and political institution both inside and outside our country. 5. To prepare students for self-employment and to carry out researches for the further development of the discipline, the community and humanity in general.