Study of the society and social behavior is called social science. In addition, the study of how groups of people behave, often in an effort to predict how they will behave in the future. Also, social science is a branch of science that deals with the institutions and functioning of human society and with the interpersonal relationships of individuals as member of society.
Department of Social Sciences under the College of Arts and Sciences has been catering to the needs of social sensitization of students of the university by offering courses in social sciences. The university graduates contribute in many fields of the society such as: business, politics, leadership and shapes up the socio-economic culture of Bangladesh.
The Department of Social Sciences offers courses to students of all programs of the university as a part of general education curricula in order to orient them in all common features of the day to day phenomenon of human life. Subjects of this department are part of the graduation requirement. Through anthropology, students know about the proud heritage of oriental culture as well as the evolution of world culture as it shapes up today’s world. Students know about rich and resourceful past and how this continent has become the place of academic integrity by studying history. Political science, public administration and journalism educate students on how to become a responsible citizen and how to become a critical fact finder and problem solver; to find out the motto of life.
Students read about the thoughts and philosophy and the life of the “WISE MEN of OLD “from social work, sociology, psychology; such as: Socrates, Aristotle, Plato and many more. Gradually, students can compare and contrast with their own culture and heritage and socio-economic condition with the ancient world as well as the modern part of the present world; which help them to make the right choice to build a better society. Incorporation of social science subjects in other departments and colleges at IUBAT make a graduate more robust citizen.
The Department of Social Sciences is committed to progress… to create more and more creative adult young citizen… to contribute in a progressive Bangladesh through the social science curricula.
The Department of Social Sciences has a plan to introduce a degree program in journalism and mass communication in the near future. Presently, the Department provides support to degree programs of the university.
The courses being offered are as follows:
|Courser Code||Courser Name||Credits|
|ANT 104||Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|PUB 103||Public Administration||3|
|PSY 240||Introduction to Social Psychology||3|
|POL 107||Introduction to Political Science||3|
|SOC 106||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOC 201||Rural Sociology||3|
|ECO 101||Principle of Micro Economics||3|
|ECO 102||Principles of Macro Economics||3|
Descriptions of the departmental courses are given below
ANT 104 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY 
Introduces students to the basic anthropological concepts and theories and deals with basics of physical, cultural and linguistic anthropology and archeology.
JRN 110 JOURNALISM 
An introduction to mass communication and brief survey of different branches of journalism. Topics include: historical, social, legal, economic and technological study of mass communications, editing news and features, advertising, and public relations.
PUB 103 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 
Fundamentals of structure and administration of government are covered. Topics include role of civil servants, organization structure, legal system, government regulations and development administration.
PSY 240 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 
P: PSY 105. A broad survey of current knowledge about human social behavior. Topics covered include aggression, attraction and love, social influence, attitudes and attitude change, nonverbal communication, leadership, prejudice and discrimination, and application of social psychology to law, medicine, and other fields.
POL 107 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCES 
A course introducing students to politics, public policy, governmental process, distribution and use of political power, public opinion, groups, parties and political system and practice in democracies including Bangladesh.
SOC 106 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 
Introduces students to the development, structure and functioning of human groups, social and cultural patterns, the principal social process and the nature of sociological inquiry.
SOC 201 RURAL SOCIOLOGY 
Definition of sociology, society and culture. Socialization and personality development-social control: conformity and deviancy. Social institutions : Elementary idea of family, education, religion, policy, economy, association. Social and cultural changes-development and modernization. Social problems-social disorganization-determinants and consequences of social problems. Rule of sociology for rural society and agriculture. Visit to villages and livestock farms, rural families and related institutions.
ECO 101 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 
P: competition of ENG 101 and MAT 107; or approval of student adviser. An introduction to the theory of individual rational choice and operation of markets. Includes theory of consumer choice, factor choice by firms, and cost analysis. Theory of competitive and monopoly markets, and intermediate market forms. Introduction to theory of interest groups (e.g. unions) and role of government in regulation of economic activity.
ECO 102 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 
P: completion of ENG 101 and MAT 107; or approval of student adviser. An introduction to theories of aggregate economic behavior. Discusses national income accounting and public accounts. Includes theories of aggregate demand, money and banking, international trade, and economic development.