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Department of Developments Studies

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The department of Development Studies was set up with the aim of grouping fellow academicians in the Faculty of Social Sciences who have similar discipline or area of interest (i.e. development studies). The grouping of individuals with similar interest will help to boost research activities in the common areas of interest. Research activities would focus and examine the problems, processes, and prospects for the development of human and material resources in what is generally thought to be the less developed areas of the world. Specifically the department has identified several key areas such as development planning, environmental issues, economic development, industrial labour issues, community and rural development, international development, urbanisation as well as gender and poverty studies.

Among others, the functions of the department include:

  • determine and set directions for the development and  enhancement of group activities in the department;
  • plan and implement teaching, research and service activities within development studies discipline;
  • develop and offer courses that can be managed as the  department’s contribution to any undergraduate & graduate programmes within the faculty or in other faculties; and
  • organise and carry out research projects in the areas/ discipline of development studies.

Department Governance

http://www.fss.unimas.my/images/stories/AStaf_2011/John.pngHead of Department : Dr John Phoa Chui Leong
Qualification : Ph.D (UM), M.A. (ISS, The Hague), B.Soc Sc (USM)
Research Field : Development Studies
Phone No : 082 584176 / 082592749
Email : jphoa@fss.unimas.my

http://www.fss.unimas.my/images/stories/AStaf_2011/Bemen.pngCoordinator (Development Planning and Management Programme) : Bemen Wong Win Keong
Qualification : M.A. (Adelaide), B. Soc. Sc. (UNIMAS), Dip. (Politeknik, Kota Bharu), Cert. (Politeknik, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah)
Research Field : Development Studies
Phone No : 082 584135
Email : wwkbemen@fss.unimas.my

http://www.fss.unimas.my/images/stories/AStaf_2011/Asmah.pngCoordinator (Industrial Relations and Labour Studies Programme) : Dayang Asmah bt. Awang Hamdan
Qualification : M.A (La Trobe), B.A. (Hons) (UKM), Dip (UPM)
Research Field : Anthropology & Sociology
Phone No : 082 584101
Email : ahdasmah@fss.unimas.my

Academic Programme

The faculty currently offering 2 programmes :

  1. Development Planning and Management Programme
  2. Industrial Relations and Labour Studies Programme

1. Development Planning and Management Programme

Courses offered during the three years program are as below:

 

Year 1

 

  • SSF 1023 Contemporary Pschology
    The course introduces students to the application of psychological concepts in contemporary society. Main areas of psychology taught in this course are general psychology, developmental, social and abnormal psychology. This also includes key topics such as learning, memory, social communication and motivation which will also be discussed in-depth in order to bring about understanding their relevancy to everyday life and work. Different core psychological domains such as cognition, social, perception and emotion that are fundamental to understanding of human behaviour will be examined.
  • SSF 1044 Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology
    Anthropology and sociology are two distinctive disciplines BUT at the same time fundamentally share one common characteristic, that is, the study of human phenomena. More often than not sociology is perceived as the study of human social life in urban societies whereas anthropology is the study of human cultures and rural communities. While sociology is usually perceived to study social behaviors such as juvenile delinquency, family structure and criminal behaviors, anthropology tends to study cultural functions such as the rites of passage, kinship and ritual chastisement.

    In this course, the student is expected to understand that anthropology and sociology do not merely give them the academic insight to society but also plays a fundamental role in their lives as they attempt to understand the wider facets of social relationships and experiences. More importantly, introducing anthropology and sociology will hopefully enable the student to critically question what they already know and claim to understand as being part of their society.
  • SSF 1063 Communication  and Society
    This course will discuss the changes in patterns of communication within a society by focusing on the historical transition from traditional communication system, its transformation processes, to its contemporary modern forms. The characteristics of communication that will be focused in this course are human and mass communication. Among the topics that will be discussed will be culture and society, media literacy, general opinion, persuasion, new communication technology and its effects on society, and towards information society.
  • SSF 1083 Gender, Ethnicity and Class
    Societies are not just simply an amorphous mass of people. A society is characterised by differentiation of people into various categories according to social divisions such as gender, ethnicity and class. These divisions form the basis for the distribution of power, status and opportunities. Who we are depends on how and where we fit into society. An understanding of how the intersection of these forces work in the life of an individual is imperative for all students of social sciences.
  • SSF 1093 Statistics for Social Sciences
    This course is an introduction to statistical concepts in various fields of the social sciences.  The course consists of: (1) Descriptive statistics which cover univariate and multivariate data, probabilities, the normal distribution and variability sampling; (2) Inferential statistics which deal with hypothesis testing, analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear correlation and regression analysis.
  • SSF 1013 Introduction to Social Science
    This course contextualises the historical development of the social sciences within world civilization. It introduces students to important social science terminology in preparation for the understanding of other courses in the faculty. It also gives students an opportunity to conceptualise and explain social reality through social science perspectives.
  • SSF 1033 Introduction to Malaysian Social History
    This is not a conventional history course which deals with events in a chronological order.  Instead, it discusses history thematically and exposes the student to the processes of social and historical transformation.
  • SSF 1053 Introduction to Politicial Science
    This course highlights in detail the range of academic topics in political science to include theoretical approaches, basic concepts and definition of politics in the context of formal government institutions, power relations, value distribution systems and public policies. In addition, concepts about power, states, sovereignty and political culture will be covered. This course also discusses basic political concepts which later pave the way for constructing debates and discussions of current political affairs. There are four components in this introductory course namely; the field of political science, political institutions, political processes and politics and society. With emphasis on these four areas, it is hoped that students will be able to critically analyse and understand the subject of political science
  • SSF 1074 Modern Economics
    This course is divided into three major sections, namely, Section I: Understanding basic economic concepts, principles and theories; Section II: Understanding national and global Economy, and Section III: Analysing social issues from the economic perspective. Section I exposes students to topics related to the definition of economics, some basic economic concepts, principles and theories and their relationship to us.  Theories of demand and supply, the application of elasticity concept, as well as different market structures will be discussed in Section I. Section II helps students to relate national economy to their daily lives. Topics covered in this section include measuring a nation?s income, measuring the cost of living, money and banking system, unemployment, foreign exchange, international trade and its importance among nations. Some basic concepts of open-economy macroeconomics as well as economic growth and public policy will also be discussed in Section II. The final section provides students with the opportunity to apply their understanding and knowledge concerning basic economic principles on contemporary social issues that are related to their respective field of study.

 

Year 2

 

  • SSF 2014 Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • SSR 2014 Basic Concepts and Issues in Development
    This course encompasses the study of socio-economic and environmental policies, programmes and problems faced by the developing countries. The topics covered in this course include theories of development and underdevelopment, structural reforms and roles of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It also discusses the agricultural transformation, industrialization, rural-urban migration, deterioration of environmental quality, advancement and development in health, education and social services as well as sustainable development.
  • SSR 2024 Environmental Dimension of Development
    This course will enable students to understand certain aspects of biological sciences in so far as its intrinsic relationship with human and human activities on earth. Starting with understanding of the balance that exist within the earth and the complex eco-systems (human-plants-animals-air-water-sun and the relationship between each and all) that exist to sustain life form as we know, the course will examine what human activites are doing to the balance and the system. This will expose students to the complexity of the environment and development is producing. Global debate and Malaysian situation will be drawn upon to indicate where the debate is heading.
  • SSR 2034 Development Economics
  • SSF 2063 Approaches to Social Inquiry
    This course examines the philosophical foundation for the creation of knowledge in the social sciences. Students will be exposed to the major school of thoughts concerning social sciences as a science. The course explores the intersection between knowledge, society and culture, and interrogates knowledge production from a social science perspective. Topics that will be included in this course are the theoretical debates in sociology of knowledge, the relationship between empirical knowledge and cultural values or ideologies.
  • SSF 2034 Social Theory
  • SSR 2043 Computer Application in Planning
    This course will introduce the students to various computer applications and software that are used in the field of planning and management. Students will be exposed to different computer software such as Excel Spreadsheet, Microsoft Solver, Microsoft Project and SPSS.
  • SSR 2054 Project Planning and Management

 

Year 3

 

  • SSF 3036 Final Year Project
  • SSR 3013 Organizational Development
  • SSR 3024 Public Sector and Corporate Management 
  • SSR 3033 Theories and Techniques of Regional Planning
  • SSR 3044 Project Evaluation and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • SSF 3014 Sociology of Development
    It is imperative for social science students living in the developing world to have an understanding of the theories which govern development practices. Development is a controversial term and far from that which has a taken for granted meaning.  This course takes students not only through the various theories on development but also introduces feminist critiques to these development theories.  An understanding of these critiques is imperative as development is a gendered process.
  • SSF 3036 Final Year Project
  • SSR 3054 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • SSR 3064 Demography
  • SSR3074 Social and Environmental Impact Assessment
    This course will emphasize on the definition and procedures that are involved in the EIA and SIA processes. Students will be exposed to the techniques of implementing environmental and social impact assessment. Case studies and current EIA and SIA practices in Malaysia and Sarawak will used to teach students. The course will also discuss problems, challenges and future of the impact assessment in general terms.

2. Industrial Relations and Labour Studies Programme

Courses offered during the three years program are as below:

 

Year 1

  • SSF 1013 Introduction to Social Science
    This course contextualises the historical development of the social sciences within world civilization. It introduces students to important social science terminology in preparation for the understanding of other courses in the faculty. It also gives students an opportunity to conceptualise and explain social reality through social science perspectives.
  • SSF 1023 Contemporary Pschology
    The course introduces students to the application of psychological concepts in contemporary society. Main areas of psychology taught in this course are general psychology, developmental, social and abnormal psychology. This also includes key topics such as learning, memory, social communication and motivation which will also be discussed in-depth in order to bring about understanding their relevancy to everyday life and work. Different core psychological domains such as cognition, social, perception and emotion that are fundamental to understanding of human behaviour will be examined.
  • SSF 1033 Introduction to Malaysian Social History
    This is not a conventional history course which deals with events in a chronological order.  Instead, it discusses history thematically and exposes the student to the processes of social and historical transformation.
  • SSF 1053 Introduction to Politicial Science
    This course highlights in detail the range of academic topics in political science to include theoretical approaches, basic concepts and definition of politics in the context of formal government institutions, power relations, value distribution systems and public policies. In addition, concepts about power, states, sovereignty and political culture will be covered. This course also discusses basic political concepts which later pave the way for constructing debates and discussions of current political affairs. There are four components in this introductory course namely; the field of political science, political institutions, political processes and politics and society. With emphasis on these four areas, it is hoped that students will be able to critically analyse and understand the subject of political science
  • SSF 1074 Modern Economics
    This course is divided into three major sections, namely, Section I: Understanding basic economic concepts, principles and theories; Section II: Understanding national and global Economy, and Section III: Analysing social issues from the economic perspective. Section I exposes students to topics related to the definition of economics, some basic economic concepts, principles and theories and their relationship to us.  Theories of demand and supply, the application of elasticity concept, as well as different market structures will be discussed in Section I. Section II helps students to relate national economy to their daily lives. Topics covered in this section include measuring a nation?s income, measuring the cost of living, money and banking system, unemployment, foreign exchange, international trade and its importance among nations. Some basic concepts of open-economy macroeconomics as well as economic growth and public policy will also be discussed in Section II. The final section provides students with the opportunity to apply their understanding and knowledge concerning basic economic principles on contemporary social issues that are related to their respective field of study.
  • SSF 1044 Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology
    Anthropology and sociology are two distinctive disciplines BUT at the same time fundamentally share one common characteristic, that is, the study of human phenomena. More often than not sociology is perceived as the study of human social life in urban societies whereas anthropology is the study of human cultures and rural communities. While sociology is usually perceived to study social behaviors such as juvenile delinquency, family structure and criminal behaviors, anthropology tends to study cultural functions such as the rites of passage, kinship and ritual chastisement.

    In this course, the student is expected to understand that anthropology and sociology do not merely give them the academic insight to society but also plays a fundamental role in their lives as they attempt to understand the wider facets of social relationships and experiences. More importantly, introducing anthropology and sociology will hopefully enable the student to critically question what they already know and claim to understand as being part of their society.
  • SSF 1063 Communication  and Society
    This course will discuss the changes in patterns of communication within a society by focusing on the historical transition from traditional communication system, its transformation processes, to its contemporary modern forms. The characteristics of communication that will be focused in this course are human and mass communication. Among the topics that will be discussed will be culture and society, media literacy, general opinion, persuasion, new communication technology and its effects on society, and towards information society.
  • SSF 1083 Gender, Ethnicity and Class
    Societies are not just simply an amorphous mass of people. A society is characterised by differentiation of people into various categories according to social divisions such as gender, ethnicity and class. These divisions form the basis for the distribution of power, status and opportunities. Who we are depends on how and where we fit into society. An understanding of how the intersection of these forces work in the life of an individual is imperative for all students of social sciences.
  • SSF 1093 Statistics for Social Sciences
    This course is an introduction to statistical concepts in various fields of the social sciences.  The course consists of: (1) Descriptive statistics which cover univariate and multivariate data, probabilities, the normal distribution and variability sampling; (2) Inferential statistics which deal with hypothesis testing, analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear correlation and regression analysis.

 

Year 2

  • SSF 2034 Social Theory
  • SSF 2013 Gender, Ethnicity and Class
    Societies are not just simply an amorphous mass of people. A society is characterised by differentiation of people into various categories according to social divisions such as gender, ethnicity and class. These divisions form the basis for the distribution of power, status and opportunities. Who we are depends on how and where we fit into society. An understanding of how the intersection of these forces work in the life of an individual is imperative for all students of social sciences.
  • SSF 2023 Labour Economics
    The objective of this course is to give students an in-depth understanding within the relationship between labor market and labor economics as a whole. Also there?s a local perspective of labor economics in Sarawak.
  • SSF 2034 Sociology of Work
    This course aims to introduce students to the many faceted changes that have occurred in the world of work over the past few decades. The changing relationship between capital and labor has led not only to changes in people?s experiences of work but these have significant impact on other aspects of their lives. This course explores work related issues in the post-industrial era of Western matured economies and the industrializing experiences of the developing world.
  • SSF 2014 Research Methods in Social Sciences
    The purpose of this course is to give students exposure to the techniques of doing research in the social sciences. Various types of research design such as descriptive research, experiments, case studies, correlation studies, and expost facto research will be discussed. Students will be exposed to the various data collection techniques including observation, survey, document analysis, historical data collection, and library research. Data processing and analysis will also be included in the discussion. Students will also get the experience of using computer in data analysis and report writing.
  • SSF 2063 Approaches to Social Inquiry
    This course examines the philosophical foundation for the creation of knowledge in the social sciences. Students will be exposed to the major school of thoughts concerning social sciences as a science. The course explores the intersection between knowledge, society and culture, and interrogates knowledge production from a social science perspective. Topics that will be included in this course are the theoretical debates in sociology of knowledge, the relationship between empirical knowledge and cultural values or ideologies.
  • SSF 2044 Employment Laws and Industrial Relations System 
  • SSF 2054 Trade Union and Industrial Relations System 

 

Year 3

 

  • SSF 3036 Final Year Project
  • SSF 3013 Political Economy
    This course covers the following topics:

    (a) simple economic systems from an anthropological perspective;
    (b) debates on the substantive and formal approaches in the study of economic anthropology;
    (c) introduction to the market economy;
    (d) globalisation of the capitalist market economy;
    (e) the concept of the primitive State;
    (f) feudalism;
    (g) democracy;
    (h) totalitarianism, etc.
  • SSB 3024 Organizational Behaviour (Optional)
    The main focus of this course is  to explore the interpersonal, intra-group and inter-group relations in large organizations such as industry, education, health, etc.
  • SSB 3034 Comparative Industrial Relations
  • SSB 3044 Labour Management Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • SSF 3014 Sociology of Development
    It is imperative for social science students living in the developing world to have an understanding of the theories which govern development practices. Development is a controversial term and far from that which has a taken for granted meaning.  This course takes students not only through the various theories on development but also introduces feminist critiques to these development theories.  An understanding of these critiques is imperative as development is a gendered process.
  • SSF 3036 Final Year Project
  • SSB 3054 Industrial Relations and Human Resource Information System
    This course will cover, discuss and integrate the major components of HRIS to help students understand the contribution of the usage of information systems in increasing human resources management and organization efficiency. This course will also provide students with the basic understanding of the functions and implementation of HRIS in helping an organization achieving its goals.
  • SSB 3064 Industrialisation: Technology and Work Environment
    Industrialisation is an economic, political and social process that has evolved since the industrial revolution in the 18th century Europe. In the mid 20th century, with the primary assistance of technological innovation, the industrialisation processes have increased its pace and consequently, played a major role in shaping the socio-economic conditions of contemporary industrial societies. With these transformations many issues have arisen and therefore need to be addressed. This course emphasizes a wide range of issues relating to industrialisation and technological development that is taking place in societies today. The issues discussed include the concept of industrialisation, its impact on organisational structure and adaptation of new technologies.
  • SSB 3074 Occupational Health and Safety Management

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