Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS)

Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Sociology

Students’ Performance in Course Assessments in relation to USP Graduate Outcomes and Programme Graduate Outcomes

The Programme Graduate Outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Sociology are as follows:

On successful completion of this programme, graduates should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse social behaviour, practices and issues of relevance to Pacific Island societies and cultures by applying the basic principles of sociological thinking, theories and concepts (Social Analysis);
  2. Design social research, supported by relevant methods and methodologies that are informed by ethical and reflexive considerations, to analyse social issues, practices and policies (Social Research);
  3. Recognise and critically examine the structures, processes and dynamics of inequalities at local, regional and global levels (Critical Scholarship).

The Sociology major consists of two compulsory courses at the third year of the programme that provided students with the capstone learning experiences. Analysis of student performance in direct assessments for these courses provides an indication of student achievement in relation to Programme Graduate Outcomes and USP Graduate Outcomes. Final scores are aggregated from all assessments in each course and averaged. To determine the levels of achievement (‘exceptional’, ‘proficient’, ‘emerging’ and ‘unacceptable’), the USP grading scale was used whereby ‘exceptional’ was interpreted as equivalent to A+ (85-100%) and A (78-84%) grade ranges, ‘proficient’ B+ (71-77%)/B (64-70%), ‘emerging’ C+(57-63%)/C (50-56%), and ‘unacceptable’ D (40-49%)/E (0-39)/non-submission. The alignment of student aggregate scores with USP Graduate Outcomes and Programme Graduate Outcomes for SO303 and SO300 is represented graphically below. A sample assessment and rubric for SO300 is included here to indicate the close relationship between assessment requirements and Programme and USP Graduate Outcomes.

SO303: Advanced Social Theory (compulsory course)

SO300: Research Methods in Sociology (to be made compulsory from 2018)

Student Success Indicators of BA Sociology

Table 1: BA Sociology Pass Rates by Course Level

Course Level

2013 Pass Rate

2014 Pass Rate

2015 Pass Rate

2016 Pass Rate

Degree 100 level

72.80%

78.90%

82.60%

78.70%

Degree 200 level

78.90%

81.00%

84.50%

77.40%

Degree 300 level

90.20%

84.60%

92.60%

86.00%

Table 2: BA Sociology First Year Retention Rates

Description

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Retention Programme & Major

54%

68%

65%

51%

65%

72%

64%

66%

70%

68%

Table 3: BA Sociology Completion Rates

Completion Rates

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

3-year Completion Rate

12%

14%

3%

8%

16%

20%

11%

6-year Completion Rate 

27%

32%

17%

16%

34%

23%

18%