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Honours and Master's in Industrial Sociology

Honours and Master's in Industrial Sociology

Objectives:
The aim of this specialisation is to give students a thorough understanding of the social forces and laws that shape the quality and changing nature of work. It examines from local to global forces that are brought to bear on the workplace. Hence it provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the laws and forces at work, in order to enable them to develop appropriate strategies and policies that maximise organisational efficiency while providing humane and fulfilling working conditions. The specialisation is interdisciplinary, providing students with the opportunity to study the contribution of different disciplines to understand workplace relations. It consists of eight half (12 credits/six week) courses and a research essay/project (Honours) or eight half (12 credits/six week) courses and a minor dissertation (Master’s). Students are thus exposed to cutting edge theories and issues in their courses, with the opportunity to research a topic they wish to explore in greater depth in their research project and dissertation.

Honours (126 NQF credits)

Prescribed curriculum:
The Honours are required to complete a research essay/project and taught courses with a combined total of 96 NQF credits.

Compulsory (core) courses:
SOC4000H Research Essay/ Project (30 credits)
SOC4015F Social Research Methods: Qualitative (12 credits)
SOC4028F Social Theory 12 (12 credits)
Select ONE of the following
SOC4013F Social Research Methods: Quantitative (12 credits) 
Or
SOC4036U Intro to Quantitative Research (12 credits)
Plus ONE of the following
SOC4003S Labour Regulation (12 credits)
SOC4014S Globalisation and Labour Relations (12 credits)
SOC5015S Workers, Change & Continuity (12 credits)
Elective courses:
The remaining courses are to be selected from the electives offered in the department or, with the approval of the Convener and the relevant host department, in cognate departments of the University.

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Note: To progress to the Master’s level an overall average result of not less than 68% must be achieved in the Honours.

Master’s (192 NQF credits)

Prescribed curriculum:
Master’s students are required to complete a minor dissertation and four taught courses of which no more than two can be at HEQSF level 8 (4000 level).

Compulsory (core) courses: 
SOC5007F Economic and Social Change (12 credits)
SOC5030F In-Depth Interviewing and Analysis (12 credits)
SOC5032W Minor Dissertation* (96 credits)
SOC5034S GPNs Development & Decent Work (12 credits) 
Plus ONE of the following
SOC5052F Survey Data Analysis (12 credits) 
Or
SOC5036U Quantitative Research Design (12 credits) 
Elective courses:
The remaining courses are to be selected from the electives offered in the department or, with the approval of the Convener and the relevant host department, in cognate departments of the University.

Click here to see the outlines of postgraduate courses offered by the Department.