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BSc (Honors)
Social Development & Policy

Social Development & Policy

Overview Of The Program

Habib University’s Social Development and Policy program follows an interdisciplinary approach that combines traditional social sciences with cutting-edge research on social phenomena; equipping students with theoretical insights into complex contemporary challenges and providing hands-on training for practical application of social sciences program.

Curriculum Details

BSc degree students of social sciences program are required to complete a total of 37 social development and policy courses (129 credit hours) throughout their 4-year (8-semester) program, with a minimum CGPA of 2.33.


The outlined electives are designed to familiarize students with various transdisciplinary approaches and encourage reflection on the methods, objectives, and styles of inquiry utilized in each social sciences discipline.


ECON 101 - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 121 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 313 - Political Economy of Development


ANT 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
REL/ANT 252 - Anthropology of Religion
ANT/MUS 203 - Musicking: Anthropology of Music

Political Science

POLI 102 - Introduction to Political Science
POLI 224 - Poetry and Political Movements
POLI 312 - The Modern Political Thought


SOC 225 - Urban and Rural Sociology
SOC 411 - Methodology, Fieldwork & Thesis
SOC 422 - Senior Research Seminar: Karachi


DEV 212 - Urban Sustainability
DEV 224 - Development & Environmentalism
DEV 324 - Education Planning

Experiential Learning

Bridging the gap between academia and reality, experiential learning is at the core of the Social Development and Policy BSc (Hons) program at Habib University. Students actively engage in professional work, research, and service worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the South Asian context. This hands-on approach equips students to turn ideas into meaningful impact and nurtures them into conscientious citizens poised for successful careers.

Future Prospects

Habib University's BSc degree in Social Development and Policy nurtures a distinctive approach to address real-world challenges with a broad perspective. Students will excel in research methods, communication, synthesis of diverse perspectives, critical evaluation and design of social interventions, societal structure recognition, advocacy for social justice, and reflective assessment. This interdisciplinary journey provides growth opportunities like minors, workshops, and tailored career/grad school programs.



Graduate Success

The interdisciplinary skill set prepares you for a broad spectrum of professions such as MNCs, research organizations and/or think tanks, advertising, banking, education sector, entrepreneurship, journalism, law and politics, media and communications, and many more.

Explore how your unique insights from Social Development and Policy can be a driving force in addressing real-world issues through creative, innovative, sustainable, and impactful ventures.

The social sciences program's interdisciplinary approach nurtures critical thinking and a deep understanding of global dynamics, distinguishing our graduates in advanced education and streamlining admissions to top-tier institutions worldwide.


What is Social Development and Policy (SDP)?

The Social Development & Policy (SDP) program is the first of its kind in Pakistan. It nurtures a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of Development and Social Change. It equips students with the knowledge and expertise required to find new methodologies and avenues to approach the challenges of socio-economic and political transformation.

What subject areas does the BSc (honors) Social Development and Policy program cover?

Some electives within the BSc (honors) Social Development and Policy program program include:

  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology

What is the eligibility criteria for Habib University’s Social Sciences degree program?

To apply for Habib University’s Social Sciences degree program, you must have:

  • O Levels: 8 principal subjects (not including Additional Mathematics and General Paper) - Average grade B
  • A Levels: 3 principal subjects - Average grade C
  • SSC/Matriculation: At least 70% or above overall
  • HSSC/Intermediate: At least 70% or above overall There is no subject requirement.

What is the SDP program’s Field Practicum?

All SDP students are required to complete a practicum within their major. This involves fieldwork utilizing the skills learned throughout their BSc Honors degree. Students of both schools are required to complete a mandatory Fieldwork Practicum following the specific requirements of their degree programs.

What is the benefit of the SDP program’s Field Practicum?

The Field Practicum helps ensure that students have a substantial amount of practical and hands-on experience within their fields of study to better understand and contextualize their Social Development & Policy degree within the real world.

What kind of jobs can I get after studying Social Development and Policy?

Habib University ensures that all students have a seamless transition from the classroom to the outside world. Our alumni are either successfully employed, pursuing graduate studies, or working on their start-ups. Potential career pathways include:

  • Policy Making
  • Law
  • Civil Services
  • Social Research
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Urban Planning
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate School

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