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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

Students may enroll in General Studies or choose from one of eight thematic profiles:

  • Commerce: designed for students interested in studying any commerce-related field (finance, marketing, accounting, human resources, etc.) or any field in the social sciences at university.
  • Child Studies: designed for students who want to pursue university studies leading to careers that involve working with children, such as counselling, teaching, social work, or as sociologists or psychologists.
  • Environmental Studies: designed for students interested in the human and social dimensions of environmental problems. Students pursue a wide range of university studies including environmental law, environmental economics, policy analysis, and careers in sustainable development.
  • International Business Studies: designed for Social Science students interested in global markets. Students explore a variety of issues affecting international trade.
  • Law, Society and Justice: designed for students who have academic and career goals relating to the legal and forensic professions, as well as to journalism, civil service, and public interest advocacy organizations.
  • North-South Studies: designed for students interested in exploring the living and working conditions of the developing world. This profile is unique in that students can choose to participate in a field trip to a developing country, usually in Central America.
  • Psychology: designed to permit students to explore a number of areas in psychology.
  • Travel and Tourism Studies: designed for students interested in studying the economic, social and cultural impacts of travel and tourism in a 21st-century, globalized world.

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.

Program objectives

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.

Last Modified: September 20, 2019