UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SARAWAK
Faculty of Social Sciences
is currently experiencing rapid growth and socio-economic transformation in its
pursuit to attain a fully developed nation status by the year 2020, the role of
social sciences is becoming more crucial in researching understanding and
interpreting the development processes and changes. The various disciplines
within social sciences will enable us to understand the human, social,
geo-politics and cultural complexities of the local and global society,
especially in facing rapid globalization.
of Social Sciences offers six programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate
level, i.e. International Studies, Industrial Relations and Labour Studies,
Social Work Studies, Communication Studies, Politics and Government and
Development Planning and Management. Degrees awarded are Bachelor of Social
Science, Masters of Social Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The academic
programmes are applied in nature, balancing the theoretical and practical
aspects, emphasizing the multi-disciplinary approach so as to impart knowledge
related to various perspectives within the social sciences. This will ensure the
graduates to be more competitive at the local, national and global work
of Social Sciences was established to enable students to acquire and upgrade
their knowledge in this field. In view of the university's strategic and unique
geographical location in Borneo with more than 25 ethnic groups, and rich in
flora and fauna, this will make the faculty as an excellent centre for research
in various fields. The knowledge acquired will enhance the graduates'
understanding of the socio-political, socio-economic and socio-cultural
transformation of society in their midst, thus empowering them to chart
effective strategies and steps in handling its challenges and problems. The
skills acquired will also provide them with a conceptual framework which is
useful for development planning and the management of dynamic change and growth
in the context of attaining a progressive society.
intends to be a centre of academic excellence in teaching-learning, research,
and publication by having qualified, experienced, competent and highly motivated
academic staff members who will always place excellence in scholarship as their
priority. With that asset, they will be able to guide the students meaningfully.
In this context, the programmes have been carefully designed by taking into
account changes and development in social sciences so as to ensure that the
curriculum and courses are always relevant and contemporary.
also ensures that the students are moulded in line with the aspirations of the
nation by emphasing a notion of development, which is holistic, integrated and
balanced. This is further enhanced by providing them with other practical
communicative and social skills so as to enable them to contribute effectively
and meaningfully to the development of society and the nation. To accomplish
these goals, the Faculty has established various forms of strategic
collaboration and cooperation with local communities, non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) and both the public and private sectors. Through its
undergraduate industrial placement programmes, social science graduates will be
better prepared and more familiar with the relevant skills to face the
challenges of the outside world.