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Directed Studies in Social Sciences

Course Code: SOSC 3399
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Directed Studies in Social Sciences provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific research interest. The research may involve conducting: (a) a review and analysis of published research and theoretical articles, or (b) original research within a Social Sciences discipline. Directed studies projects are supervised and evaluated by a faculty member. Students must submit an application for approval of their directed studies project to the appropriate Department Chair.

Course Content

The course content will be identified in a student’s application for approval and will include a preliminary list of readings/articles.  The scope and content of the project must be approved by the faculty supervisor and Department Chair, and, if necessary the Research Ethics Board.

Methods of Instruction

Independent study, with supervision provided weekly throughout the semester. 

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  Evaluation will be based on the course objectives. 

The following is a sample evaluation scheme:

Literature review  40%
Research proposal              20%
Research paper  40%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

  1. To complete an in depth investigative of a topic in Social Sciences.
  2. To complete a comprehensive review of published research or to conduct original research on a topic of interest.
  3. To analyze and evaluate the support for a given perspective, model, theory, or phenomenon. 
  4. To identify limitations of past investigations into the topic of interest.
  5. To identify future directions of investigation to address limitations in the research. 

course prerequisites

60 credit hours

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.