Bachelor of Social Sciences

What are the Social Sciences and why are they important?

The social sciences examine collective and individual human behaviour from a scientific point of view. As such, they generate knowledge aimed at addressing the pressing problems of our times – poverty and inequality; the environmental crisis; racism, tribalism, sexism and xenophobia (to name a few). In contrast to the simplistic slogans and “quick fixes” that dominate the media, the social sciences thrive on rigorous research and informed dialogue. If we are going to create a world in which all humanity can thrive, then we will do so, in large part, by promoting the values of social science and training good social scientists.

What is a Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSci) and why should I pursue this degree?

A Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSci) degree is an academic qualification, indicating that the recipient is competent in the core skills of a social scientist. These skills include the ability to think critically and develop nuanced arguments about the social world. The BSocSci, therefore, is necessary training for many socially engaged professions and will be valuable to individuals who wish “to make a difference” in any walk of life.

There are two possibilities for admission:

BSocSci 3 year curriculum:

  • AP score of 30+
  • Achievement level 4 (50%) in the language you choose to study in (English or Afrikaans)
  • National Senior Certificate (Matriculation exemption)

BSocSci 4-year curriculum:

  • AP-score of 25-29
  • Achievement level 4 (50%) in the language you choose to study in (English or Afrikaans)
  • National Senior Certificate (Matriculation exemption)

Read this document for more information about the different modules and academic plans.


FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240
Postgraduate:
Marica Coetsee: +27 51 401 2369
Undergraduate:
Mrs Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Nhlamulo (Lucky) Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3519
Juanita du Plooy: +27 51 401 3269

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