Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sociology

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BSocSci (Hons) in Sociology

The School of Social Sciences offers programmes - BSocSci (Hons), minor courses, and Graduate degrees up to the PhD level.

The BSocSci (Hons) in Sociology is a four-year degree programme for undergraduates interested in pursuing a Major in Sociology at NTU. Students taking up Sociology as a Minor are encouraged to read courses which complement their interests and open up new intellectual horizons. Those interested in graduate studies can find the information they need under the graduate programme link.

A degree in Sociology at NTU provides graduates with a vast array of job opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Sociology majors are valued for their critical thinking and analytical skills. They also benefit from an in-depth understanding of social organisations, culture and other social phenomena.

The curriculum provides an intellectually stimulating and rigorous experience for students. The academic foundation consists of three core areas: Economy, Technology and Society; Culture, Self and Identity; and Organisations and Organisational Change. It provides both breadth of exposure and depth of engagement that emphasizes both theoretical reasoning and empirical analysis. Students should graduate with not just a body of knowledge and skills but also a 'sociological imagination' that will enable them to make the critical and creative difference in the workplace and in society. 

Key features of our programme include:  
  • Stimulating courses, providing both breadth of exposure and depth of engagement
  • Immersion in all core substantive areas and research methodologies
  • Training and practice in analytical thinking and empirical reasoning
  • Informed investigations of Singapore society, Asian societies, and beyond
  • Critical perspectives on social change at the local, regional, and global levels.
AY2022-2023, Semester 2
Course CodeCourse TitleCoordinators
HS1003Singapore Problems in A Global ContextSulfikar Amir
HS2002Doing Social ResearchShannon Ang
HS2004Culture, Self and Identity Patrick Williams
HS2007Understanding GlobalizationFrancis Lim
HS2013Migration And MulticulturalismLaavanya Kathiravelu
HS2023Environmental Sociology Md Saidul Islam
HS2029Social Policy and Social ChangePremchand Dommaraju
HS3001Contemporary Social TheoryIan McGonigle
HS3002Understanding Social StatisticsZhan Shaohua
HS3004Cities and Urban LifeNurul Amillin
HS3011Power, Politics and The StateStephen Campbell
HS3018Sociology Of GenderTeo You Yenn
HS4001 / HS4901*Research Practicum I Qualitative Social ResearchStephen Campbell
HS4002 / HS4902*Research Practicum II Quantitative Social ResearchTan Joo Ean
HS4023Sociology of Risk and CrisisSulfikar Amir
HS4026Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors: Explorations in Chinese ReligionsFrancis Lim
HS4027Cultural Politics of Development and the EnvironmentMd Saidul Islam
HS4031Global CitiesLaavanya Kathiravelu
HS4036Who are we? Science and Identity in the 21st CenturyIan McGonigle
HS4080Honours Seminar in Applied SociologyHuang Lingli
HU1001Introduction to GeographyYe Junjia 
HU2003Geographies of Uneven DevelopmentYe Junjia

Courses marked with * are electives.
For further information on course coordinators an​d course content, please go to Course Descriptions and Faculty.


To obtain Honours (Highest Distinction & Distinction), students must complete their graduation projects. 

Graduation Project (GP) (8 AUs) is undertaken during a student’s final year or when the student has fulfilled the below requirements. The GP is to be conducted over two consecutive semesters in NTU.

Students with CGPA of 3.90 and above must complete the GP. 

Students with CGPA between 3.75 and 3.89 may opt-in to do the GP. This is subject to approval by the programme.  
Students with CGPA below 3.75 will not be allowed to conduct the GP. 

Students who do not do the GP are to take two 4000-level courses to fulfill the 8 AUs requirement.


GP Guidelines for students starting in January 2023

(For students starting the GP in January, we strongly advise that you do not to take up internships during the summer break as it often adversely affects students' ability to complete the GP on time.)



GP Guidelines for students starting in August 2022

GP Guidelines Aug 2022

Files for GP students:
Submission of GP to DR-NTU:
• You may visit
• DR-NTU Submission Guidelines:
• For any enquires on DR-NTU submission, please email
The School has carefully selected a set of interdisciplinary Major-PEs, so as to provide students with​ a broad-based curriculum within the School. It offers our students more choices to take Major-PEs in other fields of study other than those related to their own major programmes, that they may have the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary training within the humanities and social sciences discipline.
This list of Interdisciplinary Major-PEs are for students who are interested and confident to take modules outside their Major of Study. If students wish to focus on taking Major-PEs from their own major programme, they can still do so. 

The following modules are part of a common pool of Interdisciplinary Major-PEs that all SSS students can register for, regardless of their offering Programme with effect from Semester 2, AY2016-2017.

Offering ProgrammeExisting Courses

HH1007 The Making of Civilizations

HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science

HC3001 Modern Chinese Literature (will remain as Core for CHIN students)

(Pre-req: B4 and above in O-Level Chinese or equivalent)

HC3003 Southeast Asian Chinese (will remain as Core for CHIN students)
(Pre-req: B4 and above in O-Level Chinese or equivalent)

HP1000 Introduction to Psychology (will remain as Core for PSY students)

HP1100 Fundamentals of Social Science Research (will remain as Core for PSY students)

HA3010 Mass Media and Public Policy (Pre-req: HA1004)
HA3016 China's Foreign Policy (Pre-req: HA1004)
HE1004 Introduction to Statistical Theory and Methods

(will remain as Core for ECON students)

HE9092 Economic Theory (Pre-req: HE9091)


HS2007 Understanding Globalization (Pre-req: HS1001)

HS2028 Graying society: Issues and Challenges (Pre-req: HS1001)


HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy (will remain as Core for PHIL students)

HY3001 Existentialism: Freedom, Being, Death

HG1001 Fundamentals of Linguistics: Mind and Meaning

(will remain as Core for LMS students)

HG2020 Language in Society (will remain as Core for LMS students)
(Pre-req: HG1002)
HL1001 Introduction to the Study of Literature
HL1005 Singaporean Literature and Culture (Pre-req: HL1001)

Please note that: 

  1. Students are allowed to take not more than 2 courses from the common pool of Major-PEs courses as substitute of their own Major-PEs.
  2. ​​A waiver of the pre-requisites will be granted to students who wish to register any of these 18 modules. They will be advised that they need to put in more effort when attempting higher level courses in the list with pre-requisite.
For Sociology students, you can match 1000/2000-level IPE to our 2000-level Major-PEs and 3000-level IPE to our 3000-level Major-PEs.


All calculators that are to be brought into the examination halls must be registered by the School.

School of Social Sciences students are required to get their calculators registered at the SSS Undergraduate Office at any time during the following hours:

Time : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays to Friday, excluding public holiday)

Venue : SSS-01-02 (SSS Undergraduate Office counter)

However, if you have already registered your calculator previously and the seal is not broken, you do not have to register it again.

Re-registering of Calculator is required only if you are using a new calculator or the seal on your current calculator has broken.

Please remember that all calculators that are brought into the exam halls are to have the School's seal on it.

Please read carefully the Rules of Governing the Use of Calculators at Examinations.

Graphic calculators are allowed for use in the new GCE 'A' Level Curriculum from 2006. For consistency, the University will allow the use of graphic calculators with effect from S1 AY 2006-07 examinations.

Students are responsible for clearing any information and/or programs stored in the graphic calculators before the examination.