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					       POSTGRADUATE MASTERS DEGREE BY COURSEWORK
                   Faculty of Social Sciences
                 University of Malaysia Sarawak

            MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (in Social and Community
                          Development)

Introduction
This Masters in Social Science by coursework offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences is a
specialized programme of study for those who are interested in development issues in the
region. This is particularly relevant to a developing country. Sarawak is well-known for its
rich history, cultural diversity and presents many research opportunities in the field of
development. UNIMAS is therefore well positioned to offer a Master’s degree in this niche
area by virtue of its location on the Island of Borneo.

Objective
This course aims to engage students in theoretical debates in both conventional and
contemporary approaches in community development. Students will be trained to analyze and
conduct research in this field. Given the rich indigenous cultural fabric in Borneo, students
and researchers will be encouraged to discover alternative perspectives in grassroots
development.

The Faculty of Social Sciences comprises of the following Departments:

      Department of Politics and International Relations
      Department of Sociology and Anthropology
      Department of Development Studies
      Department of Communication Studies

MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
Core Courses     22 credits
Elective Courses  9 credits
Thesis            9 credits
Total            40 credits

Core Courses (22 Credits)

      Research Methods
      Social Transformation and Development
      Sustainable Development and Indigenous Communities
      Community Development
      Social Movement
      Grassroots Development
      Political Ecology




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Elective Courses (9 Credits)

       Social Policy Planning and Analysis
       Gender and Development
       Development Economics
       Development Communication
      Regional Development Planning
      Contemporary Development Issues
       Poverty Studies
       Urban Studies
       Environmental Studies
       Policy Issues in Development
       Ethnographic studies

Thesis (9 credits)
Constitute a Research project paper which culminates in a dissertation of 25,000 words in any
(but not exclusively) in the following areas of specialization:
     Gender Studies
     Political Studies
     Indigenous Communities
     Urbanization and Community Development

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT
   A relevant Bachelor’s degree with CGPA of 3.0 equivalent from a recognized
    University:
   A relevant Bachelor’s degree with CGPA OF 2.75 with at least two years of full-time
    relevant working or professional experience:
   A TOFEL score of 550 or IELTS Band of 6.5.

ACADEMIC SESSION
Intake of students for this programme of study will be in line with the academic calendar
which begins in July each year.

DURATION of STUDY
This programme of study is offered on a full-time basis and requires a minimum of 2- 4 years
full- time and maximum of 3 – 6 years part-time.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
  1. Completion of a total of 40 credits.
          a. Core courses           22 Credits
          b. Elective courses        9 Credits
          c. Thesis                  9 Credits
  2. It is mandatory to pass the Thesis.
  3. It is mandatory to attain a minimum of CGPA 3.0 to graduate.




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ACADEMIC STAFF
Professors
Dimbab Ngidang, PhD (Wisconsin-Madison)
Abdul Rashid Abdullah, PhD (Hull, UK)
Assoc. Professors
Spencer Empading Sanggin, PhD (North Carolina)
Hew Cheng Sim, PhD (RMIT)
Abdul Mutalip Abdullah, PhD (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Andrew Aeria, PhD (LSE)
Gusni B. Saad, PhD (UKM)
Ling How Kee, PhD (Queensland)

Senior Lecturers
Prashant Talwar, PhD (Tata Institute)
Neilson Ilan Mersat, PhD (ANU)
Poline Bala, PhD (Cambridge)
John Phoa Chui Leong, PhD (UM)
Peter Karubi Nwanesi, PhD (Canterbury, New Zealand)
Wong Swee Kiong, PhD (UPM)
Lucy Sebli, PhD (Hull)
Jeniri Amir PhD (UM)
Ahi Sarok PhD (UM)
Mohd. Faisal Syam PhD (USM)
Zamri Hassan, PhD (University of London)




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