School of Social Sciences Holds 2019/20 Orientation for Level 100 Students

The School of Social Sciences has held an orientation programme for level 100 students admitted into various undergraduate programmes in the School for the 2019-2020 academic year.

In a brief welcome remark, the Dean of the School, Prof. Charity Sylvia Akotia, stated that the orientation was specially organized to interact with the students and give them information about the various courses they had been offered as well as possible job opportunities available to them after graduation. She informed the students that social sciences generally provide a broad knowledge on societal issues and also help shape their thinking about these issues and how they respond to them at various levels.  She took the students through the constituent departments of the School, which is the largest of the six schools in the College of Humanities. She urged them to take advantage of every opportunity offered by the School and interact with both faculty and staff to ensure that they have a fruitful educational experience.

Professor Charity Akotia, Dean, School of Social Sciences

The Heads and representatives of the six departments of the School namely, Departments of Economics, Geography and Resource Development, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology took turns to make brief but interactive presentations on their respective disciplines as well as career opportunities.

The Assistant Registrar and Academic Officer of the College, Mr. Fred Yuorkuu, took the students through the process of registration, and stressed the need to ensure that they register each semester for courses assigned them in order to guarantee their status in the University. He also stressed the need to ensure that they write end of semester examinations, observe University regulations on examination malpractices and rewrite courses they fail to enable them graduate successfully at the end of their programmes.

Other interactive presentations were made by the Head of End Users Support at the University of Ghana Computing Systems (UGCS), Ms. Ama Dadson on UGCS services to students; a Counsellor at the Careers and Counselling Centre, Mr. Alex Wiafe, on services available to students at the Centre; the Chairperson of the University Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee, Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, on sexual harassment and sanctions for perpetrators; and the Head of the Department of Psychology, Prof. Joseph Osafo, on issues related to mental health.

At the end of their presentations, the resource persons took time to respond to questions from the students.

The progamme ended successfully with the Dean reiterating the need for the students to take their courses seriously, to practice the habit of reading notices and make good use of the information gained through the orientation and to seek help when they need it.

 A cross-section of the students at the orientation

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