School of Social and Economic Studies (SSES)

WELCOME TO SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STUDIES (SSES)

The School of Social and Economic Studies has four Departments offering specializations in Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology, and Demography.  During the first two years of study, students are introduced to all the disciplines offered in the school, thus; giving them a broadly – based liberal education.  In the third year, students specialize in fields of their choice from amongst the four Departments of the school such as Political science, Statistics and Demography, Economics, Sociology and social Anthropology.  A Community-based research project or a research project directed at solving problems relevant to the nation, on a topic chosen by the student, is submitted during the fourth year.  A Bachelor of Science degree in the specialization is awarded at the end of the fourth year after satisfaction of the requirements of the prescribed course of study at the school.

A student receiving a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.50 or above is eligible for Division one Degree, which is awarded after he/she has satisfied the requirements of the prescribed course of the study at the school.  In addition to the regular undergraduate degree program, the School also offers Master degrees in two departments of Economics and Political Science by course work and research; Doctoral degrees in Economics, Sociology and Political science by research only. 

The school collaborates with the Center for Human Resources Development and Continual Education in offering diploma course in Political Science and Economic and Banking Studies.  The undergraduate Diploma in Economics and Banking Studies is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in banking or the private sector.  It is intended to expose students to different banking operations.  The duration of the course is three years.  The Undergraduate Diploma in Political Science is intended for holders of South Sudan School certificate who want to pursue careers in politics and private sector development.  It provides them with an opportunity to study Political Science at the undergraduate level while at the same time prepares those who excel in their studies to upgrade their diploma Certificate to Bachelor of Science Degree after the prescribed three years of study.

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SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

The School of Social and Economic Studies offers an interdisciplinary, undergraduate and graduate studies in the various specialization, leading to the award of Diploma, Bachelors of Science Degrees, Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) based on departmental specialization in collaboration with the Graduate College, University of Juba.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD) IN ECONOMICS     
Course Description

The Doctoral program in Economics at University of Juba prepares students for careers as economists in academia, business, and government. The program combines rigorous work in economic theory and careful study of real-world problems and institutions through graduate thesis. Graduands from our program work at major universities in South Sudan, region and around the world. The field of specialization are:

  • Econometrics
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Health Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Labor Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Political Economics

Professionalization in research is ensured by the doctoral students getting a in the specialized seminars throughout course of their studies. Doctoral students can also follow all of the professionalization seminars proposed and scheduled by the Graduate School to learn from their peers.    

Admission requirements

The admission requirement for the PhD program in Political Science is:

  1. A master’s degree in Economics, or equivalence as approved by Department as a basis for admission.
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 on scale of 4.0 or 4.0 on scale of 5 or better from the master’s degree program
  3.  In special cases, applicants with a background other than a master’s degree or equivalent in political science may be admitted as deemed necessary the departmental graduate committee. Such applicants may then be required to take specific training / qualification courses as a condition for admission.
  4. The Department assesses applications for admission to the PhD program continuously.
  5. The applicant must submit a research proposal in accordance with the department guidelines and graduate research format.     
Duration of the study

The time taken to complete the Doctoral Program varies in length with the individual student’s ability, drive, and personal circumstances, but the Ph.D. The Degree must be conferred at maximum within 7 years of entering the program. The Full-time student is expected to complete the program within 3 years while part-time student should take 5 years. Part-time students are admitted to all these programs and are treated in the same way as full-time students except that it is understood that they will proceed more slowly. All students must complete the Doctor of Philosophy in no more than ten years.     

Graduation

An assessment committee will assess the quality of the academic thesis to recommend for award of Doctor of Philosophy degree. The result of should be endorse by the School Board before endorsement by the Senate for graduate.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Post-graduate Diploma

The Diploma program in Economics is a one-year taught course for students whose first degree contains little or no economics. It will provide a qualification equivalent to a second bachelor’s degree in economics and serves two different purposes. First, to provide students with a solid understanding of the main topics in economics and is specifically designed as an entry qualification for postgraduate study in economics. Secondly, apart from being a stand-alone qualification for those wishing to change their career path or develop within their present profession, the program acts as a conversion course for students without previous economics training but who wish to pursue higher studies in Economics. The program is offered on a full-time basis, over a period of two semesters. Full-time Students must take six courses in semester one and six courses in semester two to qualify for the degree as shown in Table 1.

Completion of the Post-graduate Diploma at an acceptable level allows students to proceed to the Master of Science in Economics or Economic Development Policy in the following year if they wish. Towards the end of the program, courses are assessed by coursework (30%) and a three-hour written examination (70%).

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMICS

The M.Sc. program in economics is intended to equip students with the main tools of the professional analysis that can qualify them to be economists who can be employed in public and private institutions in addition to non-governmental organizations. The advanced and technically rigorous nature of the programme provides students with an excellent foundation especially those wishing to proceed to Ph.D. programmes and other research-based qualifications.

The programme concentrates on the core elements of economic theory and econometrics with primary objective of providing students with a formal training in, and in-depth understanding of core economic models. To succeed on the programme, students need to prove that they can work hard to a high standard and have excellent analytical ability. The core economics and econometrics courses assume knowledge of mathematics and statistics.    

M. A. in Economic Development and Policy Analysis

The Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Economic Development Policy aims at preparing those who are aspiring to apply their advanced level knowledge of economics to practical and policy issues, and who have a particular interest in development issues. It is also of particular use for those who intend to work as professional economists in the private or public sectors. The core courses on this course will provide the students with a solid grounding in economics, while specialized courses give them the opportunity to address current theories, issues and evidence in economic policy as applied to developing countries.

The specific objective of this program is to equip students with necessary knowledge of the techniques of economic policy analysis in developing countries as well as the ability to apply these techniques in practical work. The M.A. in Economic Development Policy is a two-year taught course on a full-time basis. The content of this course is influenced by the economic challenges that face many developing countries that include South Sudan.       

ADMISSION CRITERIA

To apply for a M.Sc. in Economics or M.A. in Economic Development Policy, candidates are required to hold acceptable level of qualification in economics from any internationally recognized institution to be admitted. We expect our students to have good examination results with standard courses in intermediate macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics, and a number of advanced courses that use these techniques as prerequisites. They should have a solid quantitative background with at least university-level mathematics courses in both advanced calculus and linear algebra, as well as courses in statistics and econometrics.

Students will be required to complete eighteen (18) courses from both compulsory and optional courses of a 20-week semester. Towards the end of the program, courses will be mainly assessed by coursework (30%) and a through a three-hour written examination (70%). Students will write a supervised dissertation (worth 6 credit hours) over second semester of second year on a topic of their choice related to optional courses. Please note that the availability of courses will depend on staff availability and that courses can change without prior notification.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMICS
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science
Description of the program

The doctoral program in political science is meant to provide an international level training opportunity in the areas relevant to political science, where graduate students are subjected to a personalized supervision process within the Department by an internationally recognized and renowned academic staff in their areas of expertise. The program empowered students to be an academics and researchers and high-level professionals for various levels of politics.  The PhD program in the Department of Political Science is by Thesis only. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is the highest conferred by the Department of Political Science. Students who have earned a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Juba have pursued a career in based on the thesis title as follows:

  1. International Relations
  2. Comparative politics
  • Security studies
  1. Political Theory
  2. Political economy
  3. Governance and Democracy

Professionalization in research is ensured by the doctoral students getting a in the specialized seminars throughout course of their studies. Doctoral students can also follow all of the professionalization seminars proposed and scheduled by the Graduate School to learn from their peers.     

Admission requirements

The admission requirement for the PhD program in Political Science is:

    1. A master’s degree in political science, or equivalence as approved by Department as a basis for admission.
    2. A grade point average of 3.0 on scale of 4.0 or 4.0 on scale of 5 or better from the master’s degree program
    3.  In special cases, applicants with a background other than a master’s degree or equivalent in political science may be admitted as deemed necessary the departmental graduate committee. Such applicants may then be required to take specific training / qualification courses as a condition for admission.
    4. The Department assesses applications for admission to the PhD program continuously.
    5. The applicant must submit a research proposal in accordance with the department guidelines and graduate research format.     
Duration of the study

The time taken to complete the Doctoral Program varies in length with the individual student’s ability, drive, and personal circumstances, but the Ph.D. The Degree must be conferred at maximum within 7 years of entering the program. The Full-time student is expected to complete the program within 3 years while part-time student should take 5 years. Part-time students are admitted to all these programs and are treated in the same way as full-time students except that it is understood that they will proceed more slowly. All students must complete the Doctor of Philosophy in no more than ten years.       

 Graduation

An assessment committee will assess the quality of the academic thesis to recommend for award of Doctor of Philosophy degree. The result of should be endorse by the School Board before endorsement by the Senate for graduate.

MSC AND MA PROGRAM DETAILS

Students admitted into any of the two-degree Program would take assessed 14 courses with total of 42 hours plus 6 hours for dissertation. All students are required to take all courses and write a 15,000-20,000-words dissertation.       

Rationale for Master programme

The efforts for development of Master programme have been done with sole objective of promoting quality teaching and scientific research at the University of Juba.

Therefore, the development of master programme should meet the huge demand for higher education, particularly, those returning from diaspora to undertake graduate studies at home. This would fulfil the expertise gap needed in comparative politics and international relations in South Sudan and beyond.

Hence, the development of two master’s degree programme has been done with the following justification:

  • To meet the emerging market for the graduates by offering market-oriented courses;
  • To fulfil the University motto of “Inventing the Future…transforming the society”;
  • To contribute in improving quality teaching and empirical research; And
  • To provide quality education that meets the demand of growing post-graduate applicants in South Sudan and the region through the two masters’ degree programme.  
Admission Requirement

For admission to MSc in Comparative Politics and MA in international Relations degree programme, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Attained Division II of Bachelor degree and above in Social Sciences from the University of Juba or its equivalent from the other accredited institutions of higher learning;
  2. Those with Division III bachelor degree in Social Sciences from the University of Juba or its equivalent from the other accredited institutions of higher learning with one year experience could be considered for admission into the programme
  • Candidates with degree that is not related to social science can be considered if they have a proven two-year work experience or post graduate diploma in the relevant field of international relations and comparative politics;   
Requirement for Graduation

In order to qualify for the award of Master of Science in Comparative Politics, MSc students:

  1. Must Register for semester courses, attend all lectures, undertake all coursework and examinations, and pass in all registered courses;
  2. Must Submit a dissertation project and score 50% or above in the completed project through the approval of assigned supervisor and co-supervisors;
  3. He/she must have completed 48 credits (42 for courses; 6 for dissertation)
Duration of the Course

MSc in Comparative Politics and MA in international Relations take a minimum of two years spread over four semesters. The coursework takes three semesters while dissertation takes the last semester.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Department of Statistics and Demography
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Demography
Department of Sociology and Social anthropology
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Social anthropology
  • PhD in Sociology