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Master of Arts in Social and Development Studies

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Brief Description of the Program

The Master of Arts in Social and Development Studies (MA SDS) is a graduate degree program that utilizes approaches from various social science disciplines to analyze the problems and issues of development. Development is a complex process that does not simply include economic changes but also ecological, cultural and moral implications. This has found strong affirmation from the varied experiences of peoples in different countries across regions in the world. The program of study follows the lead of scholars of development studies who harness social science theory together with empirical and policy analysis to provide a better understanding of the process of development.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

BA/BS degree holders with sufficient background in the social sciences (anthropology, psychology, history, philosophy, economics, political science)

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates can join government and non-government institutions engaged in the planning and design of social and economic development at local, national, or international levels

REQUIREMENTS AND MECHANICS TO GRADUATE

36 units (including 6 units of master’s thesis or 3 units of seminar paper) and a comprehensive examination

PROGRAM COURSES AND STRUCTURE

Required Courses (15 units)

SDS 201 Development Theory and Practice (3 units)


SDS 202 Political Economy of Developing Countries (3 units)

 

SDS 271 Ethical Issues in Development (3 units)

 

SDS 290 Social Science Concepts (3 units)

 

SDS 299 Research in the Social Sciences (3 units)

 

Qualified Electives (21 units)

SDS 230 Historical Perspectives in Development (3 units)


SDS 265 Seminar in Community- Environment Relations (3 units)

 

SDS 278 Practicum in Development Work (3 units)

 

SDS 292 History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3 units)

 

SDS 298 Special Topics in Development (3 units)

 

SDS 299.1 Qualitative Research Methods (3 units)

 

SDS 299.2 Quantitative Research Methods (3 units)

COURSE STRUCTURE FOR PROGRAM OPTIONS

Thesis option

Course

Units

Core Courses

15

Qualified Electives

9

Electives

6

M.A Thesis (SDS 300)

6

TOTAL

36

Non-Thesis

Course

Units

Core Courses

15

Qualified Electives

12

Electives

6

Seminar Paper (SDS 279)

3

TOTAL

36

Schedule of Courses and Comprehensive Examination

Year 1

1st Semester

  • SDS 201
  • SDS 202
  • SDS 271
  • Qualified Elective 1

2nd Semester

  • SDS 290
  • SDS 299
  • Qualified Elective 2
  • Qualified Elective 3

Year 2

1st Semester

  • Elective 1 Cont.
  • Elective 2 Cont.
  • SDS 300 (Thesis Mode)
  • Qualified Elective 4 (Non-Thesis Mode)
  • SDS 279 (Non-Thesis Mode)

2nd Semester

  • SDS 300 (Thesis Mode)
  • SDS 279 (Non-Thesis Mode)

Full-time and Part-time Students

A full-time student can complete the program in two academic years. A full-time student must enroll in at least 9 units per semester. A part-time student may enroll 6 units at the most per semester. The program can be completed in three academic years by a part-time student.

Faculty Information

Abansi, Corazon, L.

Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of the Philippines, 1997

 

Abayao, Leah Enkiwe

Ph.D. in History, University of the Philippines, 2010

 

Boquiren, Arturo C.

M.A. in Economics, University of the Philippines, 1999

 

Calde, Nimreh

L., LLB., University of the Cordilleras, 2008

 

Canilao, Narcisa P.

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Santo Tomas, 1994

 

Carino, Jessica K.

M.A. in Asian Studies, University of the Philippines, 1985

 

Ciencia, Alejandro Jr. N.

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of the Philippines, 2010

 

Colongon, Arellano Jr., A.

M.A. in Political Science, University of the Philippines, 1994

 

Costales, Achilles C.

Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of the Philippines, 1990

 

Cruz, Gladys A.

M.A. Social and Development Studies, University of the Philippines, 1990

 

Delos Reyes, Charita A.

M.A. in History, University of the Philippines, 2004

Diaz, Maria Ana

M.S. in Psychology, Saint Louis University, 1995

 

Diaz, Victoria Lourdes C.

M.S. in Sociology and Anthropology, Purdue University, 1988

 

Florendo, Ma. Nancy B.

Ph.D. in Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University, 2008

 

Florendo, Maria Nela

Ph.D. in Philippine Studies, University of the Philippines, 1992

 

Josef, Jennifer C.

M.A. in Sociology, University of the Philippines, 1997

 

Mendoza, Julius D.

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit to Leuven, 1990

 

Mendoza, Lorelei C.

Ph.D. in Economics, Katholieke Universiteit to Leuven, 1997

 

Munoz, Analyn B.

M.A. in History, University of the Philippines, 2013

 

Palaganas, Erlinda C.

Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Sydney, 1996

 

Paulino, Rozel Balmores

M.A. Social and Development Studies, M.S. in Psychology, University of the Philippines, 2002, 2013

 

Penalba, Maileenita A.

M.A. in Political Science, University of the Philippines, 2012

Prill-Brett, June

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of the Philippines, 1987 (Professor Emeritus)

 

Ram, Evangeline F.

M.S. in Psychology, Saint Louis University, 1987

 

Ramos, Tala Aurora S.

M.A. Social and Development Studies, University of the Philippines, 1990

 

Rovillos, Raymundo D.

Ph.D. in History, University of the Philippines, 2005

 

Salvador-Amores, Analyn V.

D.Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2011

 

San Luis, Ma. Cecilia

M.A. Social and Development Studies, University of the Philippines, 1997

 

Tolentino, Leticia E.

M.A. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1989

 

Visiting Professors

Jefremovas, Villia Maria

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Toronto, 1991 (2nd Sem., AY 2013-14))

 

Woods, Shelton

Ph.D. in History, University of California, 1993 (1st Sem. AY 2013-14)