B. A. SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION
Mode of Study:
A. Programme Description
The Social Studies programme has been designed to equip students with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to teach Social/Environmental studies at the Basic and Secondary levels and/or to undertake supervisory responsibilities under the district directorates of education. The programme aims at developing in students, the habit of obtaining information on current issues, equip them with the skills for identifying societal problems and developing techniques of solving them as well as inculcating in students the attributes of good citizenship.
B. Target Group
The programme is for:
• SHS certificate holders who desire to train as teachers
• Public or Civil servants
• Social Workers or activists
• Community Developers
C. Job Prospects
After graduation, one can be employed as a:
• Staff of the Ghana Education Service
• Staff of other Private Educational Institutions
• Social Worker
D. Entry Requirements
i. Grade 'B3' or better in Social Studies
ii. ‘C5' or better in two of the following electives: Geography, Economics, History and Government.
iii. Grade 'C6' or better in English Language, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science.
B.A Social Science Education
BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF EACH PROGRAMME OF STUDY.
The Department of Social Sciences Education was set up in 2005 to meet the growing demand for trained teachers in social science subjects at the primary and secondary school levels. Hitherto, the University was training students in social studies as an integration of the main social science subjects. Some of these graduates were sometimes asked to teach Economics, Geography, History or Government. While many of them discharged their responsibilities creditably, it became apparent that some students had to be trained in the main social science subjects. In view of this a new department of social sciences was established. The Department has four main units, namely Economics Education, Geography Education, History Education and Political Science Education. Its first batch of students graduated in October 2009.
In spite of its few years of existence, the Department looks to the future with great expectations for growth and academic excellence. It is therefore hoped that a fifth unit, Religious Education will be added when appropriate. However, the eventual strategic development hoped for is a split into substantive departments of Economics, History, Political Science and Geography.
Date of establishment: 2005
Rationale, goals and objectives of the programme of study:
Rationale for the Programme: The Department of Social Science Education seeks to prepare teachers who are capable of demonstrating a high sense of integrity, hard work and excellence in the classroom and in general education and industry. In order to achieve this, the programme provides an opportunity for students to acquire in-depth training and competency in any two of the social science subjects (Economics, Political Science, History and Geography) taught in the Department. It is expected that this effort will contribute significantly to the success of the reformed national education programme.
(b) Goals and objectives
Aims and Objectives of the Programme: The aims and objectives of the programme are to:
1. To equip students with the requisite skills and competencies for the teaching of two social science subjects at the pre-tertiary levels.
2. To train students to undertake supervisory and managerial responsibilities in the various sectors of education and industry.
3. To equip students with the relevant skills to conduct research and disseminate findings to influence policy in education and industry as a whole.
4. To educate students to become responsible members of society.
Employment prospects of Graduands
Where are they in the country’s occupational structure?
Graduates of the programme may be employed in:
● The Education sector as teachers and administrators.
● The Public Services
● The Civil Service
● The Banking and Finance industry
● Non-governmental and Community-based Organizations
Entry requirements for admission of students
Entry Requirements: The entry requirements to the Department shall be based on the general minimum requirements demanded by the University of Education, Winneba as well as special Departmental requirements. These are:
1.Category A: Senior High School Certificate Holders:
Applicants must have six (6) SSCE/WASSCE passes including three (3) core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science as well as three (3) electives in relevant subjects, that is History, Economics, Geography, Government, and Religious Studies.
Special departmental requirements:
a. Applicants aiming to study Economics and/or Geography must have a grade of at least C4 in Mathematics.
b. All applicants must have at least grade C6 in any two of the relevant elective subjects.
c. Applicants must also have C6 or better in English Language
2.Category B: Mature Applicants:
Applicants must be at least 25 years by 1st September of the academic year the applicant wants to enrol. They must also hold a Teacher’s Certificate A. The applicants must also pass both the general UEW and Departmental Entrance Examinations.
Category C: Diploma Holders:
Applicants must possess a Higher National Diploma or its equivalence in a relevant subject from a recognised institution. The applicant must also pass an interview.
Category D: School Certificate/GCE Holders:
Applicants must have five (5) credits at GCE ‘O’ Level including English Language and Mathematics as well as two (2) ‘A’ Level passes other than General Paper in the relevant subjects.
Components of each programme of study (where applicable)
(a) Required (core) course (s)
(b) Elective course (s)
(c) Research component
(d) Practical training, industrial attachment, internship, clinical experience, etc.,
(e) Semester - by semester schedule of course, showing the credit value of each course.