- Application Deadline:March 1, November 1
- Profile Code:300.GA
- DEC in:Social Science
- Program Length:2 years
If you would like to:
- Have maximum flexibility in choosing courses in the Social Science Program
- Investigate ethical, social and legal issues
- Dive into the history and foundations of human civilizations
- Deepen your knowledge of human psychology
- Understand political and economic systems
- Get to know different peoples, cultures and religions
- Take up to four mathematics courses and one biology course as university prerequisites
- Gain skills and knowledge from up to seven social science disciplines
- Learn to apply the scientific method and how to collect and analyze data
Then the General Social Science Profile could be for you.
Freedom to choose courses is why many students choose the General Studies Profile, formerly known as General Social Science. Dawson's Social Science Program has 13 social science disciplines and more than 150 teachers who are experts in their field. Students in General Studies forge their own academic path by selecting courses to suit their interests, satisfy their intellectual curiosity or take university prerequisites in biology and math (up to three courses). Students who are undecided about their future studies or career can explore the social sciences by taking introductory and enrichment courses in up to seven different disciplines. Participating in a Learning Community or taking a Certificate are additional ways a student can choose to enhance their learning.
My program gave me the chance to sample a variety of subjects. Now I know what to focus my studies on in the future.— Faisal H.
What you will learn?
- To explain social phenomena and human behaviour using theories, perspectives, and approaches specific to the disciplines of social science
- To integrate methodologies, perspectives, and approaches of inclusion, equity, diversity, decolonization, and anti-oppression when analyzing social phenomena and human behaviour
- To conduct an interdisciplinary, individual research project
- To explain how differences in social identities and world views could influence opinions, beliefs, values, and social interactions
- To integrate an understanding of the root causes of environmental crises to take actions both locally and globally
- To communicate work effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using appropriate vocabulary, form, and style
- À communiquer en français sur un objet d'étude en utilisant le vocabulaire, la forme et le style appropriés
Where will this program lead you?
A DEC in Social Science offers solid preparation for a wide variety of university degrees in the Social Sciences as well as in fields such as Education, Law and the Arts. Law. Following university, graduates may pursue careers in social service, education, law enforcement, governmental and non-governmental organizations, business, the economic sector, finance, psychology and law. A Social Science DEC signifies to future employers that the individual has acquired a vast number of skills and knowledge that are easily transferable to a multitude of industries.
What else you should know?
- While a DEC in Social Science means you can apply to a wide variety of university programs, graduates must verify that they have completed the required prerequisites before applying. For example, many Commerce programs require mathematics prerequisites
- The Profile Coordinator organizes social events for students so that they can develop a strong sense of community in the profile
- Social Science Week happens in the Winter Semester and offers the opportunity to learn from distinguished researchers, academics and public personalities
- You can enhance your learning by taking a certificate in Decolonization and Indigenization Studies, Environment and Sustainability, Hellenic Studies, Peace Studies, SPACE: Arts and Sciences Certificate and Women’s/Gender Studies.
What do you need to get in?
- A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES
- Secondary IV Mathematics: Cultural, Social & Technical option 563-404/414