Boston

Bachelor of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Social Sciences

 

 

 

B.Soc.Sci.

SAQA ID 108894

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus & Business College Head Office in the distance education mode, with all other Boston City Campus & Business Colleges operating as Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus & Business College branch countrywide.

Download the Fact Sheet for additional, detailed programme information.

Why consider this qualification?

The World Economic Forum has highlighted social science skills as the top trending job skills of 2022. Boston’s internationally accredited Bachelor of Social Sciences degree will set you apart from the rest, providing you the knowledge and skills to take on the challenges of the 2022 workplace and beyond. These skills include critical thinking, research skills, creative problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and people management skills. Social Sciences is a field of study that helps us makes sense of the complex world we inhabit, enabling us to envision new possibilities for a better, more equitable human society.  Boston’s Bachelor of Social Sciences qualification will provide you the skills to become both agents of change and influencers within a wide range of industries on local, national and global stages. Subjects that include psychology, sociology, economics and management sciences offer you a unique combination of the social and management sciences you won’t find available as part of any other social sciences degree in South Africa. Register today for careers in a broad range of sectors including local government, community organisations, and multi-national corporations. By combining solid theory and work-informed practice, this qualification will enable you to approach organisational growth and development, social/institutional health and well-being, economic growth and stability, at every level of society. With a deep understanding of human society and social relationships in all their complexity, graduates of this qualification will be able to make sense of a range of critical topics as part of a broader conversation about improving the quality of life and economic viability in South Africa and abroad.

YEAR ONE MODULES

Semester A

  • Computer Literacy
  • Sociology 1A
  • Academy Literacy
  • Psychology 1A
  • Introduction to Anthropology (The Human Experience)

Semester B

  • Sociology 1B
  • Psychology 1B
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Public Administration
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Anthropology 1; or
    – Economics 1

YEAR TWO MODULES

Semester A

  • Research Methods & Statistics 1
  • Sociology 2A
  • Psychology 2A
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Anthropology 2A; or
    – Economics 2A

Semester B

  • Sociology 2B
  • Psychology 2B
  • Project Management
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Anthropology 2B; or
    – Economics 2B
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Entrepreneurship 2 (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management)
    – Financial Management (For Non Financial Managers)
    – Business Management 2 (Strategic Management)


YEAR THREE MODULES

Semester A

  • Research Methods & Statistics 2
  • Sociology 3A
  • Psychology 3A
  • Leadership Ethics & Governance

Semester B

  • Sociology 3B
  • Psychology 3B
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Geography of Politics
    – Entrepreneurship 3 (New Venture Creation)
    – Marketing Management 3 (Services Marketing)
    – Business Management 3 (Global Business Management)


HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MODULES

The Boston Bachelor of Social Sciences degree requires twenty-eight (28) modules.

  • Students will complete twenty-three (23) compulsory modules.
  • In addition to the compulsory modules, students will complete three (3) modules as part of their
    minor selection in Year 1 and Year 2, and two (2) modules as part of their management-related electives in Year 2 and 3, as follows:

 

  • In Academic Year 1, select either of the following minors:

Anthropology 1 (HCGE130-1) OR
Economics 1 (HECO130-1)

  • In Academic Year 2, follow through with the selected minor of Year 1, with either:

Anthropology 2A (HCGE231-1) and Anthropology 2B (HCGE232-1) OR
Economics 2A (HECO231-1) and Economics 2B (HECO232-1)

Also, in Academic Year 2, choose between one (1) of the following management electives:

Entrepreneurship 2 (HENT230-1) OR
Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers (HFMN233-1) OR
Business Management 2 (HBMN230-1)

  • In Academic Year 3, choose between one (1) of the following management electives (without pre-requisites):

Entrepreneurship 3 (HENT3301-1) OR
Business Management 2 (HBMN330-1) OR

Marketing Management 3 (HMKT33001 OR

Geography of Politics (HGOP330-1)


ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES

Assessment Strategy C (ASC): Formative assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as quizzes, will count fifty percent (50%) – twenty-five percent (25%) each – towards the overall mark. A summative assessment, in the form of a final exam (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%) towards the overall mark.

Assessment Strategy 3 (AS3): The formative assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, will count forty percent (40%) towards the overall mark. Summative assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) will count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark.

Assessment Strategy 4 (AS4): Formative assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as assignments or tests, will count forty percent (40%) – twenty percent (20%) each – towards the overall mark. Summative assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) will count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark.

Assessment Strategy W (ASW): Formative assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as assignments, will count forty percent (40%) – twenty percent (20%) each – towards the overall mark. Summative assessments in the form of a practicum will count forty percent (40%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) will count twenty percent (20%) towards the overall mark.


DURATION

Based on the credits and notional hours of this qualification, the minimum duration is six (6) semesters over three (3) years, and the maximum duration is nine (9) years.


OUTCOMES

On completion of the programme graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications
  • Apply knowledge, theory and methodology of the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and
    psychology
  • Demonstrate competence in the ability to structure and present logical arguments, critically
    analyse material and opinions, and make informed decisions about what is happening at the
    forefront of contemporary society
  • Demonstrate competence in understanding ethical issues, standards, and/or public responsibility
    in relation to professional practice
  • Demonstrate competence in social research skills
  • Demonstrate effective communication, interpersonal and presentation skills


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A minimum requirement for admission into the degree is a:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study; or
  • National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study; or
  • Prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the subjects passed.


PROGRAMME CATEGORY

BOSTON HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME

On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Bachelor of Social Sciences SAQA ID 108894, NQF L7, minimum 374 credits from Boston City Campus & Business College.