Social Studies


Welcome to the Department of Social Studies!

The Department of Social Studies is a multi-disciplinary academic division integrating the disciplines of Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology and Mass Communication. The Department has evolved with a distinct character and profile over the years, specialising in development studies while maintaining a strong foundation in the core disciplines.

The Department strongly believes that social science graduates with strong academic credentials, competencies and skills can contribute meaningfully to the country’s social and economic development and progress. Additionally, the department also believes social science graduates should learn to respect democratic values and cultural diversity while demonstrating a strong sense of civic responsibility and social responsiveness.

SSD Vision

To emerge as a Centre of Excellence in Development Policy Studies through multidisciplinary education based on Open Distance Learning.

The Mission

To empower people and pave the way for sustainable and equitable socio-economic, political and cultural development of the country through study programmes ranging from Certificate to Postgraduate levels.

Graduate Attributes

At the end of the study programme graduates are expected to be

Insightful and socially responsible

We welcome students from diverse backgrounds representing all parts of the country. Ideally, we would like students to be:

  • Committed to the pursuit of knowledge and development of skills,
  • Interested in pursuing a career in the social sciences,
  • Curious and interested about the world around them, and
  • Motivated and independent learners.
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Current Students

Academic Prospectus 2021/2022- DSS


The OUSL Study Programmes

BA in Social Sciences

BA in Youth and Community Development

BA in Social Sciences Degree – Mass Communication Stream

BA in Social Sciences Degree – Society and Culture Stream 

BA in Social Sciences Degree – Economics and Development Studies stream

BA in Social Sciences Degree – Politics and International Relations Stream

Advanced Certificate in Social Science

Advanced Certificate in Social Science (Sinhala)

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