Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences major in Organizational and Social Systems Development
Degree Codes: Program- ABBHS Plan- ABBHS-OSSD
Understanding organizations and finding ways in which these can adapt or change to constant challenges is at the very heart of this academic program. Enhancing research skills attuned to the needs of business and industry is a key program feature. Likewise, students are engaged with issues that have both national and international perspective. Covering the socio-cultural dimensions of entrepreneurship, organizational management, program management, and evaluation, it is a program that resonates with many employment opportunities. Likewise, a sensitivity to equipping students with knowledge, values, and tools at work provides students with a distinct competitive edge in employment.
The program has a strong inter-disciplinary approach, grounded in the three interrelated behavioral disciplines of Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology.
Including thesis, practicum, and electives, this enriching academic program has a total of 162 academic units and 12 non-academic units spread through nine trimesters.
Introduction to SOCIOLOGY (INTSOCI) – 3 UNITS
This introductory course orients the student to the perspectives, methods and uses of Sociology – one of the disciplines under the Social Sciences. It discusses basic concepts relevant to the study of society and culture, including the primary components of social structure and organizations; the types and functions of social institutions; and the dynamics of societal processes and social change. The course highlights the understanding and analysis of Philippine realities within the context of changing Filipino values and challenges of local and global forces.
Introduction to ANTHROPOLOGY (INTHROP) – 3 UNITS
This course pertains to anthropology, one of the disciplines under the social sciences. It introduces the students to the basic concepts, theoretical and applied concerns and relevance of anthropology, methods and ethics of anthropological research, biological foundation of human behavior and culture, and cultural variations.
Discussions on cultural variation among existing cultures, both in the Philippines and other countries, focus on the following facets: kinship and marriage, economic system, political organization, religion, language and other spheres of life. These are expected to broaden the students’ appreciation of the uniqueness of their own culture and the diversity of other cultures and enable them to apply anthropological knowledge and skills to real life situations.
PEOPLES OF THE PHILIPPINES (ANTHRO2)
ANTHRO2 surveys the various Philippine ethno-linguistic groups with a particular focus on indigenous peoples (IPs) or indigenous cultural communities (ICCs). This also explores the issues that confront these IPs vis-à-vis their role in national development.
SOCIAL STATISTICS (SOCSTAT)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics used in the behavioral sciences. The course covers a review of the basic concepts, various statistical computations of both parametric and non-parametric statistical tests, their appropriate use and interpretation. In addition, the laboratory part of the course provides instruction in the use of statistical software.
Pre-requisite to: SOCRES1 and DATAPRO
SOCIAL RESEARCH 1 (SOCRES1)
An introductory course in Behavioral Sciences research, which familiarizes the student with the entire research process from the selection of the research problem, data collection, data analysis, to report writing. Qualitative and quantitative techniques of analysis in the behavioral sciences and the concepts of validity and reliability will also be discussed.
Pre-requisite to: SOCRES2
SOCIAL RESEARCH 2 (SOCRES2)
This course, a continuation of SOCRES1, focuses on specific strategies and techniques in the collection, measurement, and analysis of empirical data in sociology and anthropology. It introduces students to the various research designs and data-gathering techniques with particular emphasis on the non-experimental designs and the data-gathering techniques for qualitative research. It further introduces students to some analytical methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to be applied to the data and provides a guide to the use of these methods.
Pre-requisite to: THSOSD1
DATA PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS (DATAPRO)
The course is designed to develop students’ skills in data analysis. The emphasis of the course is on the management, analysis, and interpretation of both quantitative and qualitative research data.
Pre-requisite to: THSOSD1
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (SOCPSYC)
This course deals with a systematic study of social behavior. It deals with how people perceive and respond to other people and social stimuli, and how they are affected by social situations. It focuses on human social interaction – on the manner by which people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Special attention will be given to the nature and key concepts in Filipino social psychology.
HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 1 (HISTSO1)
HISTSO1 is the first part of a two-term course, the other being HISTSO2. HISTSO1 provides students with knowledge and critical understanding of the various schools of thought and paradigms in the field of sociology. It discusses the historical development of the varying perspectives and the classical thinkers who laid the foundation of sociological thought in the 19th and early 20th century. The course gives emphasis to a critical understanding of the various assumptions, paradigms and perspectives. It also examines the theories relevance to the understanding of Philippine social reality.
Pre-requisite to: HISTSO2
HISTORY OF SOCIAL THOUGHT 2 (HISTSO2)
HISTSO2 introduces the student to the major theoretical orientations in anthropology. The course discusses these frameworks in the context of the discipline’s history and as
applied to selected aspects of Philippine society and culture.
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES RESEARCH 1 (THSOSD1)
The first part of a two-term course aimed at giving students the opportunity to conduct research on a topic of their choice. THSOSD1 focuses on the preparation of the thesis proposal, specifically the identification of research problem, objectives, rationale and research framework. This also includes the preparation of the research design and review of literature.
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES RESEARCH 2 (THSOSD2)
The expected result of the learning process in behavioral research is an undergraduate thesis which is an essential degree requirement. THSOSD2, the second part of the two-term course concentrates on the collection of data for the research, data consolidation, analysis and interpretation, as well as report writing.
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (ORGABEV)
This course studies the behavioral and structural aspects of organizations. It provides them the basic concepts, methods, processes and perspectives to analyze the impact of behavioral variables towards organizational effectiveness at different levels-individual, group and organizational. A special discussion on total quality management, that is, concepts, principles, tools and application is included in this course. Experiential exercises, team cases, quizzes, and individual or group projects will help to relate theory with practice.
GROUP PROCESS AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS (GROPROC)
This course introduces the students to theoretical and empirical literature on group processes and interpersonal relations within an organization. It also tackles advanced skills in human relations and gives special attention to the importance of training and employee development within the context of adult-learning methodologies with emphasis on the experiential learning cycle.
Pre-requisite: INTSOCI, INTHROP, ORGABEV, HUMAREM and SOCPSYC
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (ORGANIV)
This course covers the fundamental concepts, philosophies and methodologies in organizational development. Using an experiential learning approach, various models of organizational intervention will be applied in specific simulated organizational situations and assessed as strategies to improve individual and organizational effectiveness.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (PROGDEV)
This course deals with the concepts, principles, frameworks and tools involved in designing, developing and evaluating human resource, social and development oriented programs. The course highlights the discussion of the different stages involved in the program development and management particularly in the aspects of implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The course tackles experiences in government, NGO, Corporate Foundations and business sector with special reference to the Philippines.
Pre-requisite: SOCRES2 and ORGABEV
SOCIO-CULTURAL ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGIES (SOCSSES)
SOCSSES focuses on research methodologies which may be used at various stages in the cycle of a development program, such as social soundness analysis, social impact assessment, monitoring, and program evaluation. Students will also be introduced to a number of methods of understanding communities that are the target of these development programs that include both conventional and non-traditional approaches. The course will include discussion gender analysis and rapid appraisal procedures.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (HUMAREM)
The course introduces the students to the set of managerial activities and tasks concerned with developing and maintaining a qualified workforce in ways that contribute to organizational effectiveness.
Pre-requisite: INTSOCI, INTHROP, SOCSTAT
CHANGE MANAGEMENT (CHANGES)
The course studies the complexities, vicissitudes, and outcomes of change and changing. It will dwell into how change is created, implemented, evaluated, maintained, and resisted. Attention will be given to planned-change-its processes, instruments, strategies, methodology, and dilemmas in organizations and communities.
Pre-requisite: INTSOCI, INTHROP, SOCSTAT
SEMINAR IN SOCIO-ANTHRO (SEMSOAN)
SEMSOAN is a seminar course on a selected subject domain related to the fields of sociology and anthropology.
SOCIAL SYSTEMS THEORY (SOSTHEO)
This course deals with the concepts and theories related to the understanding of the dynamics of social systems. It traces the foundation of the social theories dealing with the understanding of the social system. Some applications of the major ideas and theories are also discussed specifically in the area of global society, institution and organization via case analysis and community studies.
INSTITUTIONAL DYNAMICS AND TRANSFORMATIONS (INDYTRA)
The course deals with understanding the various conceptions and approaches to the study of institutions. Emphasis here will be surveying the sociological literature, explaining the process institutions are created, transformed, and dissolved. Furthermore, the course provides a grounded analysis of the pattern of interactions of individuals within institutions and the institutional frameworks within which they operate. In this regard, critical issues and challenges confronting selected vital institutions in Philippine society will be done.
The Practicum is a three-credit course, which gives students majoring in Behavioral Sciences the opportunity to apply the theories they have learned inside the classroom in a workplace setting. This on-the-job experience will expose them to possible careers in Behavioral Sciences and facilitate their transition into the work force.