B.Sc Social Development

About B.Sc in Social Standards

The Bachelor of Science in Social Standards provides students with skills and abilities pertinent to a variety of professional careers in the public and private sectors and for personal enhancement. Students are encouraged to develop a theoretical insight to facilitate their understanding of not only current developments in society and the workplace, but also to enhance their adaptation and appropriate response to future developments.

In addition, the course is designed to enhance a number of generic skills highly valued by employers and important for the development of variety of individual skills including self-awareness, presentation and communication, maintenance of learning and knowledge. This degree can also be used as a stepping-stone for more specialised studies in a range of disciplines forming part of the Social Standards family.

The norms and values guiding behaviour in society are constantly undergoing changes, brought about by the rapid economic and technological advancements. The pressure being exerted on the social fabric is enormous. There is a need to study and understand the way society is organised and prepares itself to face these ongoing challenges. What influences people and society to act in a particular way and how these actions can be monitored and modified, need to be mastered, so as to be able to take pro-active measures to make our society a better place to live in.


The philosophy underlying the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree programme in Social Standards is to produce a crop of graduates equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills in proffering solution to contemporary social problems. Holders of the degree will be able to ensure human dignity, gender equity, social inclusion and fundamental social rights thereby contributing to the development of Nigeria, Africa and the global community having been exposed to a broad foundation of knowledge in the field of Social Standards and Social Sciences in general.

Aims and Objectives

The major aims and objectives of B.Sc. degree in Social Standards are to:

  • Equip students with broad knowledge of social standards and application of theories, models, methods and approaches;
  • Impart to students sound knowledge of Social Standards and appreciation of its application in different socio-cultural contexts;
  • Cultivate in students the ability to apply Social Standards knowledge to the understanding of growing social problems in Nigeria and elsewhere;
  • Impart to students the relevant knowledge and skills needed to proceed for further studies in specialization areas of Social Standards;
  • Expose students to appreciation of the importance of social standards in socio-cultural, gender, social inclusion, legal, economic, political, industrial and environmental contexts; and
  • Equip students with problem solving skills in relation to social challenges.

Admission Requirements

There are three different pathways by which candidates can be admitted into the programme in the discipline: the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), the Direct Entry and Inter-University Transfer.

  • UTME AdmissionAdmission through U.T.M.E. shall take the student to 100 level. To be eligible for admission, candidates must possess a minimum of five credits in West African Examinations Council (WAEC)’s Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), or the General Certificate of Education (GCE), National Examinations Council (NECO) or its equivalent including English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings. In addition, the candidate must pass the UTME in Social Sciences or Arts subjects at a level prescribed by the University.
  • Direct Entry Admission Admission to the three (3) - year programme is by Direct Entry. Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall possess five credit passes in the Senior Secondary School Certificate/General Certificate of Education, National Examination Council or their equivalents including English Language and Mathematics of which at least two shall be at the Advanced level or four credit passes of which at least three shall be at the Advanced level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. Diploma/Advanced Diploma in any of the following: Social Standards, Social Work, Social Development components and Impact Assessment components passed at upper credit level or National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Social Studies passed at 'B' level and above could also be considered.
  • Inter-University Transfer ModeTransfer of students from recognized Universities are accepted on merit and at the discretion of the University. Students can transfer into 200-Level courses provided they have the relevant qualifications and the CGPA of 2.0.

Duration Of The Programme

The normal minimum duration of the Bachelor of Science in Social Standards programme for the UTME new entrants will be four (4) academic sessions or eight (8) semesters and for the direct entry freshmen will be three academic sessions or six (6) semesters. In general, no student will be allowed to exceed an additional 50% of the normal duration of the programme.

Requirements For Graduation

The duration of this degree programme is four years with two field practicums that are carried out after 200 and 300 levels. The candidates are expected to spend eight (8) semesters including two field practicums of twenty-four (24) weeks.

Students admitted into the programme through the direct entry will spend three years with 2 field practicums that are carried out after 200 and 300 levels. The candidates are expected to spend six (6) semesters including two field practicums of twenty-four (24) weeks.

Candidates for the B.Sc. Social Standards programme are required to take a minimum of 40 to a maximum of 48 units in each academic session. This translates to a total minimum of 160 units for the four academic sessions (UTME) and 120 for three years (DE) of the programme which must be earned from both the compulsory and elective Social Standards courses.