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Why Choose The School Of
Social Sciences (SOSS)?

Our broad-based undergraduate programme provides students with a holistic, integrated approach to the disciplines of Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The curriculum consists of a combination of coursework as well as hands-on research, encouraging learning through open communication and an interactive environment. The study of the social sciences through various recognised tools and frameworks also ensures that our students are transformed into highly sought-after graduates across human resources, education, management and other analytical and social-intensive professions.  

 

 

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The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) programme delivers a broad-based undergraduate education centred on the disciplines of Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

 

The integration of these disciplines gives you a holistic, multidisciplinary and all-rounded approach to the study of phenomena in the social sciences and develops the tools and frameworks applicable to careers in human resources, education, management and other analytical and social-intensive professions.

 

A combination of coursework and opportunities for hands-on research supervised by faculty members, this programme aspires to be an interactive, collegial environment that models and encourages open communication and life-long learning.

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The Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) programme delivers a broad-based undergraduate education centred on the disciplines of Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

The integration of these disciplines gives you a holistic, multidisciplinary and all-rounded approach to the study of phenomena in the social sciences and develops the tools and frameworks applicable to careers in human resources, education, management and other analytical and social-intensive professions.

A combination of coursework and opportunities for hands-on research supervised by faculty members, this programme aspires to be an interactive, collegial environment that models and encourages open communication and life-long learning.

 

University Requirements

(16 Course Units)

Foundation (3)
University Core (4)
Modes of Thinking (1)
General Education (4)
Technology Studies (1)
Entrepreneurship (1)
Globalisation Studies (1)
Asian Studies (1)

Social Science Requirements Requirements for Psychology/
Political Science/Sociology (19 Courses)

Social Science Core (4)
Social Science Major (7)
Social Science Majoy-Related (8)

Social Science Requirements Requirements for
Politics, Law and Economics (19 Courses) (New)

Politics, Law and Economics Core (10)
Politics, Law and Economics Major (4)
Politics, Law and Economics Major-Related (5)

Common Social Science Requirements (1 Course)

Social Science Capstone Seminar

*Note: The number in each parenthesis indicates the number of course units to be taken in each category.

Second Major Options
BSocSc students may choose to declare a second major in another social science discipline (Political Science, Psychology or Sociology). In one of the three second majors offered by the School of Social Sciences (Arts and Culture Management, International and Asian Studies, or Public Policy and Public Management) or in any of the other disciplines from other schools within the university.

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Politics, Law and Economics (PLE) Major

 

This newly designed programme aims to prepare future leaders and thinkers with a deep understanding of global political and economic transformations and the legal frameworks and contexts within which such changes take place. You will hone strategic and analytical thinking skills and seek innovative solutions to real world problems. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, you will be well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle multifaceted jobs in your chosen field of public service, non-government organisations or industry. Possible jobs include careers in journalism, diplomatic service, foreign affairs, public service, consulting and research, amongst others.‎

 

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Politics, Law and Economics Core (10 Courses)

• Business Law

• Company Law

• Intermediate Macroeconomics

• Intermediate Microeconomics

• Introduction to Political and Policy Studies

• Legal Theory and Philosophy

• Mathematics for Economics

• Political Philosophy

• Research Methods in Sociology and Political Science

•Strategic Thinking

 

Politics, Law and Economics Major (4 Courses)

Students must choose 1 of the following themes and read 4 courses from the chosen theme:

 

(A) Choice and Behaviour

• Advanced Microeconomics

• Economic Analysis of Law

• Evolution of Public Institutions: An Economic and Historical Analysis

• Law and Regulation

• Parties and Social Movements

• Policy Design and Analysis

• Probability Theory and Applications

• Psychology of Group Processes and Decision Making

• Psychology of Reasoning and Thinking

• The Economics of Politics

• Understanding Institutional Change and Reform

 

(B) Global Studies

• Development Economics

• Economic Growth

• Evolution of Public Institutions: An Economic and Historical Analysis

• Foundations of ASEAN Law and Policy

• Global Issues in Trade, Law and Development

• Global Migration and Human Security

• Global Politics

• Human Rights in International Relations

• International Economics B

• Political Economy of East Asia

• The Economics of Politics

• The Politics of Water in Asia

• WTO: Law and Policy

 

C) Public Policy and Governance

• Constitutional and Administrative Law (1½ course units)

• Evolution of Public Institutions: An Economic and Historical Analysis

• International and Comparative Criminal Justice

• Introduction to Public Policy

• Law and Policy of Ethnic Relations in Singapore

• Monetary Economics

• Policy Design and Analysis

• Public International Law

• Public Policy Taskforce

• Public Sector Economics

• Public Sector Management

• Sustainable Development and Urbanism

• The Economics of Politics

• Urban Economics and Policy

 

(D) Distribution and Justice

• Development, Underdevelopment and Poverty

• Economic Growth

• Evolution of Public Institutions: An Economic and Historical Analysis

• Gender Politics: Exclusion and Empowerment

• International and Comparative Criminal Justice

• Jurisprudence: Modern and Critical Theories of Law

• Macroeconomics of Income Distribution

• Politics of Food Security

• Public Sector Economics

• Social Stratification and Inequality

 

Senior Thesis (2 course units)

Eligible students may choose to do a senior thesis in place of two major elective courses.

 

Overseas Study Mission

Students may choose to do either a Law Study Mission or a Political Science Study Mission in place of one major elective course.

 

Politics, Law and Economics Major-Related Options
(5 Courses)

The Politics, Law and Economics Major-Related Options provide you the flexibility to freely choose five elective courses from the course offerings in the majors in Social Sciences, Accounting, Business, Economics, Information Systems and Law.

 

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>50%
of SOSS students do between two and six internships
 

for valuable real-world career insights. All SOSS students undergo at least one compulsory internship.

 

SOSS students intern across a range of industries including business, finance, consulting, media, marketing, hospitality, government, NGOs and international organisations.

 

Our interns don’t just learn – they value-add with innovative ideas and solutions that result in many being talent-spotted for full-time employment opportunities even before they graduate

 Strong Employability

 

Career Opportunities
Social science graduates are known to be articulate, confident, knowledgeable and versatile. They enjoy high rates of employment across a diverse range of careers, both in the private and public sectors.

 

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Strong Employability

Career Opportunities
Social science graduates are known to be articulate, confident, knowledgeable and versatile. They enjoy high rates of employment across a diverse range of careers, both in the private and public sectors.

Business, Finance and Consulting

Government

Media, Marketing and Hospitality

• Barclays
• CapitaLand
• Citibank
• Ernst & Young
• Euromonitor International
• IBM Global Services
• McKinsey & Company
• Mercer
• Procter & Gamble
• Standard Chartered Bank
• UBS AG
• Unilever

• Ministry of Defence
• Ministry of Education
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Ministry of National Development
• Ministry of Social and Family Development
• Ministry of Trade and Industry
• National Arts Council
• National Library Board
• Prime Minister’s Office

• Changi Airport Group
• Discovery Networks
• Edelman
• Facebook
• Hilton Hotels & Resorts
• JCDecaux
• MediaCorp
• Millward Brown
• Ogilvy & Mather
• SingTel
• Taylor Nelson Sofres
• The Nielson Company

 

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There’s a myriad of opportunities for SOSS students to broaden their horizons: spend a semester in a Swedish university; experience summer school at Cambridge University; work for an international NGO in New York; help build houses for the underprivileged in Cambodia. No matter what they choose to do, students will surely return home with new perspectives.

 

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 Diverse Career Options

 

Employment possibilities for BSocSc graduates are almost limitless – spanning both the public and private sectors. Graduates can expect career opportunities in a wide variety of industries such as business, finance, consulting, media, marketing, hospitality, government, NGOs and international organisations. 

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There’s a myriad of opportunities for SOSS students to broaden their horizons: spend a semester in a Swedish university; experience summer school at Cambridge University; work for an international NGO in New York; help build houses for the underprivileged in Cambodia. No matter what they choose to do, students will surely return home with new perspectives.

SOSS students can choose to go on the following global exposure programmes:

International Student Exchange Programmes
SMU SOSS has partner universities in every continent across the world, providing ample opportunities for students to go on exchange.
Studying abroad offers endless benefits – students get a global perspective on different cultures, educational systems and work practices. They also develop an international network of friends and future collaborators. All of this goes towards preparing students for the global marketplace.
Summer Study Programme
SMU SOSS offers a specialised summer study programme with Cambridge University, giving students the opportunity to enjoy a high-quality academic and cultural experience at a top university.

Internships
An overseas internship provides students with opportunities to enhance their resumes, and to develop a network of invaluable contacts that may lead to full-time employment opportunities across the globe.

Study Missions
Overseas study missions cover a host of site visits, networking sessions and presentations by specialists and experts in the various social sciences fields. They are a great way to see successful companies ‘live’ in action, and unite theory and practice. Students also get to establish valuable contacts, secure internships and even full-time employment.

Community Service Projects
The Centre for Social Responsibility manages overseas community service projects, supporting independent students and student groups who wish to volunteer overseas. These projects are pivotal in developing maturity and social responsibility in students.
 

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 Vibrant Student Life

 

Our students have many colourful stories to share about the exciting campus life: from representing Singapore in the Asian Games, to playing a role in organising the annual Red Cross Donation Drive, and even being a part of the contemporary dance team that dominated the Barcelona Dance Grand Prix. 

 

 

 Innovative Approach To Understanding Our World

 

Similar to Cambridge University’s HSPS (Human, Social and Political Science), the PPS (Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology) programme at SOSS allows students to explore and specialise in the three inter-related social science subjects that are critical for a better understanding of the problems challenging us today.

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Classes in SOSS are not taught in the traditional lecture-and-tutorial format in big lecture theatres. In fact, they are taught in compact MBA-style seminar rooms that facilitate active discussions. Students are encouraged to speak up and present their arguments in a clear and convincing manner. Through this, they sharpen their critical thinking abilities, and communication and presentation skills which are crucial assets that will set them apart in the corporate world.

 

 

 Solving Real-World Problems

 

Several of the Social Science courses involve collaborations with external organisations such as the International Organisation for Migration in Bangkok and Jakarta, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bangkok and the United Nations Development Programme in Singapore; where students get to strategise, formulate and develop solutions for projects that produce tangible benefits to actual clients. This seamless integration with neighbouring organisations around our city campus provides for an innovative and experiential learning experience that is not readily found elsewhere.

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 Graduate Employment Survey Results

9 in 10
graduates were economically active within six months of graduation.  

The median basic monthly salary of an SOSS graduate was $3,100, on par with that drawn by business graduates.
SOSS graduates who obtained at least a Cum Laude earned a median basic monthly salary of $3,500, which was comparable to or exceeded social science honours graduates from other local universities.

 

 

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Nine in ten SOSS graduates were economically active within six months of graduation, with 70% securing job offers before graduation and within one month of graduation. 69% of our graduates also received two to six job offers.

 

The median basic monthly salary of an SOSS graduate was $3000, on par with that drawn by business graduates. SOSS graduates who obtained at least a Cum Laude earned a median basic monthly salary of $3,590, which was comparable to or exceeded social science honours graduates from other local universities.

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