Social Cultural Studies BA

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Social Cultural Studies BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    A BA in Social Cultural Studies from the Memorial University of Newfoundland could be a great way to learn more about individual cultures, but also about the common threads which bind cultures together as much as they make them distinct from one another. You’ll delve into many different specialties before you have to choose your own area of special interest, including Folklore and Popular Culture, Newfoundland Society and Culture, Cultural Crises and the Environment, Gender and Society or Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness.  

    This is a particularly interdisciplinary program, incorporating learning and teaching methods from the fields of Sociology, Anthropology and even Folklore, and delivered by many of the best minds in these areas. As you study, you’ll learn in great depth about the traditions, beliefs, norms, rituals and conflicts that helped shape many world cultures, both historical and modern day. You’ll also do a piece of unique, original research as a capstone project.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    Anthropology Modules Include:

    • War and Aggression
    • Threatened Peoples
    • The Third World
    • The City
    • Newfoundland Society and Culture
    • Newfoundland Folklore
    • Religious Institutions
    • Modern World Cultures
    • Labrador Society and Culture
    • Introduction to Anthropology
    • Folk Literature
    • Families
    • Cultural Crises and the Environment
    • Communities
    • Communication and Culture
    • Canadian Society and Culture
    • Anthropology of Religion
    • Anthropologists in the Field

    Folklore Modules Include:

    • Introduction to Folklore
    • Folklore Research Methods – An Introduction
    • Regional Folklore Greek and Roman Mythology
    • Folksong
    • Folk Drama
    • Language and Play
    • Material Culture
    • Folklore, Education and Community
    • Folklore and Popular Culture
    • Music and Culture
    • Oral History

     

    Sociology Modules Include:

    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Social Inequality
    • Technology and Society Communities
    • Communication and Culture
    • Changing World
    • War and Aggression
    • Socialization
    • Introduction to the Methods of Social Research
    • Social Movements Classical Social Theory
    • Contemporary Social Theory
    • Persistence and Change in Rural Society
    • Deviance
    • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    Learning And Teaching

    Memorial University’s School of Arts and Sciences relies upon many different learning and teaching methods, depending on the subject being taught. These can include lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs.  

    The Social Cultural Studies program in particular places a great deal of emphasis on field research, and you might stud nay number of peoples or societies in depth.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you for many different career paths. Some students will seek out Master’s level programs in Anthropology, Sociology, Folklore or other culturally-facing disciplines. Others will seek to use their new skills in the job market. Many graduates have forged exciting careers in Community and Rural Development, Criminology and Policing, Cultural Heritage Preservation and Promotion, Cultural Tourism, Education, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, Health Care and Medicine, Human Resources or Journalism.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

     Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school program, or the international equivalent. Entry is competitive, and they should be able to show good overall grades. Most admissions will be competitive. 

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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