What can I do with a Social Science Degree?
by StudyMalaysia.com on September 8, 2015 | Career Guide
Graduates of social science can use their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of occupations that include recreation, law enforcement, and human services. Some may also pursue a profession in areas such as law, public policy, business, social work or psychology.
Social sciences is about human society and their social relationships. It is the study of changes in behaviour as a result of individual differences, experience and environment. The field is multidisciplinary and covers the understanding of human development, behaviour and interaction. Knowledge in this field help in solving and understanding many of the world's most pressing social problems and human conditions that can be examined politically, economically, culturally, historically, socially and psychologically.
Here's an overview of three of the many sub-fields:
The study of economics will provide you with an understanding of the production, consumption and transfer of wealth. You will learn about subjects like microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, mathematical economics, environment and resource economics, finance, health economics, industry economics and industrial organisation, international economics and international finance, labour economics, public sector economics, welfare economics, economic geography, economic development and growth, urban and regional economics, comparative economic systems and more.
International relations will give you an understanding of the interactions of states in the global interstate system. You will explore how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage. These actors include governments, non-governmental institutions, multinational companies and other players. You will study subjects like political science, economics, history, and languages; and focus on issues such as international security, political and economic development, democracy, international diplomacy, foreign policy, war and society, and political relations.
Psychology is the study theories and principles relevant to the nature, functions and phenomena of the human mind and their relationship to the behaviour and experiences of people, individually or in social contexts. Some of the topics you will learn about include sensory processes, neurocognitive patterns, perception and performance, learning, memory and attention, cognition and language, planning and problem solving, biological psychology, personality, abilities and assessment, social psychology and developmental psychology.
Courses offered in this field
Courses offered in this field include diploma and bachelor degree programmes. Get course listings at Fields of Study section under Social sciences or click here.
Bachelor Degree Programmes
1. BA International Relations (Hons) at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
The first year of this programme will introduce you to the key analytical approaches used in the study of global politics, and how these are applied to international political events in historical and contemporary settings. Your second year modules will focus on security, political economy, global society and contemporary history and prepare you for your final year dissertation by providing training in research techniques. You will pursue your own independent research project during your third year while taking elective modules based on the research-expertise of the school staff.
Typical subjects in this course include:
- Approaches to Global Politics
- International Law and Organisations
- Introduction to European Union Politics
- Power and Contest: Living in a Political World
- The Contemporary World Since 1945
- Global Political Economy and International Development
- International Relations of the Asia Pacific
- International Security
Optional modules in this course include:
- Cultures of Everyday Life
- Contemporary Economic Policy
- Entrepreneurship and Business
- The Individual 2: Individual Differences
- The Making of Modern Asia
- Mass Media
- People, Work and Organisations
- Cultural Politics
- Global Media and Communication
- Introduction to Citizenship
- People, Groups and Society
- Political Communication, Public Relations and Propaganda
- Understanding the Malay World
What are some examples of career prospects?
This degree will equip you for a career in a wide variety of fields including foreign ministries, international organisations, international businesses and finance, non-governmental and aid sectors, international media and journalism, local and national government, think-tanks, policy advice and lobbying.
|Foundation||Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts or the Foundation in Business and Management programmes|
|A level||BBB excluding general studies|
|IB Diploma||30 points with 5,5,5, at Higher Level and 5 points in mathematics at Standard or Higher Level|
|STPM||B+B+B+ excluding Pengajian Am, with a grade C in SPM mathematics|
|UEC||5 As, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language|
|SAM/AUSMAT/HSC||Applicants with these backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply and are welcome to contact the school beforehand if they wish to discuss eligibility|
|Canadian Pre-U||Applicants with these backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply and are welcome to contact the school beforehand if they wish to discuss eligibility|
|SPM/GCSE/IGCSE||In addition to the entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE must have grade C in mathematics|
2. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology at International Medical University Malaysia
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It has become one of the most important and widely applicable disciplines with its popularity being largely due to the discipline's authority in unravelling one of the most frequently asked questions in our society, i.e., why do people do the things they do?
The psychology programme at IMU provides the important intellectual and applied tools for those considering careers in management, law, education, social work, public relations, and other health-related professions. Regardless of the context in which psychologists work, all psychologists are trained to use principles of psychology to observe, assess, analyse and provide appropriate evidence-based interventions for the needs of our society.
Typical subjects in this course include:
What can students who enrol in this course look forward to?
The small group teaching in IMU along with the individualised attention positively enhances students' learning. Undergraduate study in psychology at IMU also provides a sound basis for further professional training and research at the MSc or PhD level in psychology. Our graduates have successfully transferred to both local and international universities to further their education in their specialised fields.
What are some examples of career prospects?
Persons trained in psychology can contribute significantly in a variety of settings. For example, in a clinical environment, psychologists work with other medical personnel to study, manage, treat and prevent physical and psychological disorders. In corporate organisations, psychologists are involved with the recruitment, counselling or training of employees. In the area of education, psychologists identify and assist people who need help with learning issues and support teachers in the implementation of learning strategies. A sport psychologist works with athletes to maximise their physical and mental abilities.
|Australian Matriculation||60% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 70|
|NCEA Level 3||50%|
|Canadian Grade 12/13||50% aggregate in 6 subjects|
|Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)||B in 5 subjects|
|Australian University Foundation Programmes||50% aggregate in 4 best subjects or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 70 or GPA 2.00|
|Ministry of Education Matriculation #||CGPA 2.00|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||24 points|
|American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP)||CGPA 2.70 (2 science subjects must be AP courses)|
|Foundation * #||CGPA 2.00 or 50% (Foundation in Arts, Foundation In Biosciences, Foundation in Engineering, Foundation in Sciences)|
Minimum credit in Mathematics and Science and a pass in English at SPM or equivalent level (applicable to MOE Matriculation, Foundation, STPM and Diploma)
^ Students from both Arts and Science streams can apply.
# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution
* IMU does not accept any foundation in science courses from other colleges/universities for its dentistry programme except for foundation in science by IMU.