Social Development is an area of study that provides an analytical understanding of development issues linked to social forces which influence the lives of multitudes of people. It is concerned with addressing social problems that influence economic progress, human security and well-being, and innovates and analyzes strategies for the enhancement of a people-centered development.
The Doctor of Social Development program puts emphasis on the development of knowledge from the ground, and theorizing from below, as bases for the enrichment of teaching, scholarship, research, and practice in social development.
It transcends disciplinal boundaries by taking the individual, the family, the community, organizations, and the larger society as the focal points for the analysis of development issues and as the fulcrum for programs and interventions aimed at the attainment of total human development.
The program is concerned with the analysis, reflection, formulation, and implementation of participatory processes in development strategies and responses, to promote human rights and attain social justice, gender equality, and people’s empowerment.
It aims to develop advanced competency among professionals, practitioners, and academics in Social Development. Its objectives are:
The Doctor of Social Development Program (DSD) aims to develop advanced competency among professionals, practitioners and academics in Social Development. The Program hopes to produce top caliber graduates as practitioners, policy makers and administrators, educators, researchers, and professionals in the field of social development. The Program offers foundation and elective courses on social development studies, practice, and planning and administration.