The Department of Sociology, in 2003, successfully introduced a sandwich certificate programme in Social Behaviour and Conflict Management, directed at sections of Ghana’s protection and security services. The students of the Certificate programme requested an upgrade to the Diploma level, which they considered to be more realistic in terms of the requirements for their career advancement and marketability. In response the Certificate was phased out and the Diploma programme was introduced in June 2006.
There is now a rising demand for the programme, due to the fact that graduates from its diploma programme have a need for further progression. Secondly middle and senior level officers of the protection and security services with higher qualifications have shown interest in a post diploma programme that covers the subject matter at higher levels. For the Department, the teaching of the Sandwich programmes will help to improve its expertise in Conflict Management and issues related to conflict, an emerging area that is relevant to Ghana and Africa in general.