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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – Social Science

Location: S748 Ross Building, Tel: 416-736-5054
Coordinator: TBA

The Social Science degree program is offered by the Department of Social Science, providing students with a broad range of interdisciplinary social science courses. The Honours degree program is structured in five streams designated as (1) Social Theory, (2) Economy and Society, (3) Equity and Social Policy, (4) Equity and Culture and (5) Health, Work, and Society: Canadian and Global Perspectives. Students can complete a 120 credit Honours BA degree, or a 90-credit BA degree without the stream option, or arrange for an Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor option.

Social science students will study the interpenetration of culture, politics and the economy in Canadian and global contexts. They will examine current public debates about social justice issues through intensive exposure to contemporary struggles over economic and social class disparities, work and health in local and global environments, race, racism, and anti-racism, gender and sexuality, education, and the relation of community, regional, national, and global development.

The degree will assist students to enter into careers such as social policy analyst, researcher, and community program coordinator and/or provide the foundation for future graduate study in interdisciplinary programs such as Social and Political Thought and disciplinary programs as well for students who have the relevant second major.

General Education and Foundations Courses

All of the nine-credit 1000- and 2000-level social science courses offered in the Department of Social Science count towards the general education requirements of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (see General Education Requirements). The general education curriculum provides students with a breadth of knowledge within an interdisciplinary orientation, assists in acculturating students to the scholarly life of the university and offers critical learning skills for successful study in liberal arts and professional programs. Students may choose between nine-credit foundations social science courses offered at the 1000 and 2000 level and six-credit general education social science courses at the 1000 level. The nine-credit courses offered in the Department of Social Science feature two-hour tutorials which place special emphasis on developing critical thinking, reading and writing skills.

Social science is offered by the Faculties of Glendon and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.