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BA Sociology

Covers a wide range of relevant contemporary subjects to provide an analysis of human behaviour and society in a globalised world.

BA Sociology


Overview

This Sociology degree programme covers a wide range of relevant contemporary subjects to provide an analysis of human behaviour and society in a globalised world. It will appeal to anyone interested in understanding their social, political and cultural environment and provide students with a strong foundation in analytical, theoretical and methodological skills applied to contemporary issues relating to globalisation and social change, medical sociology, social stratification (race, class and ethnicity), popular culture, family, gender, education and society, urban sociology, law and order, research methods in social sciences, and methods of data analysis. These are studied in light of developments in Singapore society, regionally as well as within a global context.

Our assessments include research projects to cultivate a practice-oriented, dynamic links between the curriculum and issues faced by individuals in urban Singapore. These core skills and knowledge are essential in today’s workplace and knowledge-based society, preparing our graduates for understanding a fast-changing and increasingly complex world and equipping them with a foundation for related careers.

You may pursue Sociology as a single subject or in combination with a Minor.

Refer to Minor Courses for more details.

Financial Assistance

There are also various types of financial aid available to students who need financial assistance. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

BA Sociology
Students pursuing Sociology as a single subject are required to complete a total of 130 credit units ( cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS core courses.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 10 cu of Social Science core courses;
  • 10 cu of General Elective courses;
  • 100 cu of Sociology courses; and
  • 10 cu of SUSS core courses.

BA Sociology with Minor
Students pursuing Sociology with an additional minor are required to complete a total of 130 credit units ( cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS core courses.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 10 cu of Social Science core courses;
  • 10 cu of General Elective courses;
  • 60 cu of Sociology courses;
  • 40 cu of Minor courses ; and
  • 10 cu of SUSS core courses.

This programme is very suitable for those already working in – or wish to pursue careers within – industries and organisations such as the civil service and public administration, in social service sectors involving health, community and social development, in education, in the arts, media and creative industries, or in the private sector such as market research companies. Those who are looking to upgrade their qualifications to enhance their skills within these profession, and who wish to develop knowledge and competencies in the area of social and cultural research, education, community and social development, market research, journalism or media are welcome to join us. Our courses also suit students who deal with social deviance and law and order, social work and counselling in their work.

The programme is open to all graduates with polytechnic diplomas in any area, including the health sciences or media and communications, and graduates with 'A' Levels in any area, including humanities and sciences, whose entrance qualifications meet the Singapore University of Social Sciences entry requirements.

Foundation courses in the social sciences provide for a smooth transition into the programme. The programme thus provides a strong interdisciplinary approach towards understanding contemporary human society and social change. Together, these courses build a set of core critical, research and analytical skills that, coupled with historical and comparative knowledge of the changing world, are essential for working adults and their careers, and for anyone interested in understanding human behaviour and changes in their social, political and cultural environment.

Graduates with a general degree in Sociology who are proficient in analytical and research skills, versed in social trends, contemporary social issues, and in handling data are found in the civil service and public administration, in private and commercial institutions, in social service sectors, community and non-profit organisations. Sociology provides training for those in government and non-government organisations, in education, community and social development services, in the media and creative industries, and others.

Today's graduates are required to be adaptable and proficient in critical skills. As societal concerns become increasingly important through the proliferation of organisations for social purposes, and evident in the decisions of policy-makers, Sociology-trained graduates with their breadth and depth of societal knowledge and research skills are well placed to contribute within their professions and to society.

For Frequently-Asked Questions on the Sociology programmes, please click here.
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