Singapore University of Social Sciences

Contemporary Social Issues and Research

Contemporary Social Issues and Research (SOC455)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course focuses on selected contemporary social issues and surveys social science research that directly addresses these issues. It takes an interdisciplinary approach and draws upon insightful research from sociology, economics, political science, and other disciplines. We will examine the linkages between theory, research, and practice, and the advantages and limitations of various theoretical perspectives and research methods. This course will help prepare Sociology Honours students for their independent research projects.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Research in contemporary society
  • Sociological approaches to contemporary social issues
  • Key theoretical debates
  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
  • Choosing appropriate research method(s)
  • Evaluation of empirical evidence
  • Communication of research findings
  • Research and public policy
  • Research and social change
  • Challenges in doing research
  • Doing research in Singapore society
  • Conceptualizing a research project

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the major theoretical debates in relation to contemporary social issues
  • Evaluate empirical evidence on selected social issues
  • Analyse the social factors underlying social issues and contributing to social change
  • Examine the advantages and limitations of various theoretical perspectives and research methods
  • Assess major policy options and practices in addressing various social issues
  • Demonstrate skills in analytical thinking and written and spoken expression
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