The Social Science Program at Dawson College is an exciting and diverse pre-university program that prepares students for university studies in the social sciences, as well as law, education and administration by offering a sequence of courses in Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Classics, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Humanities, Math, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Sociology.
Students entering Social Science may take one, two or three mathematics courses depending on their profile. See the descriptions of the profiles and accompanying course lists for more precise information.
Social Science profiles
In the thematic profiles, students are enrolled with a cohort – that is they take specific and general courses together in addition to participating in enrichment activities together, such as trips, seminars, and workshops related to the theme of the profile.
University fields of study
A Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Social Science allows students to pursue university studies in any social science field, provided the appropriate pre-requisite courses have been taken. Graduates then go on to rewarding careers in archeology, business, criminology, international development, education, journalism, law, politics, psychology, tourism and urban planning, among many others.
The Social Science program seeks to develop the abilities of students to research, analyze, and communicate within the context of a wider awareness of the world. The goals of the Social Science Program are:
- to acquaint students with the principal concepts and practices in the social science disciplines
- to help students develop an understanding of the scientific method and the objectives and current methods of social science research
- to develop the language skills of the students so that they can communicate at an appropriate level generally, and specifically, in the vocabulary of the social sciences
- to equip the students with the capacity to establish relationships between the principal elements and concepts of the social science disciplines
- to help students integrate the disciplinary knowledge into a coherent framework.