Social Sciences

School of Arts and Sciences
Social Science Cluster

General Description
In keeping with the mission of Ateneo de Davao University, the Social Science Cluster is committed to the total integral development of its students as human persons. Its educational philosophy is characterized by a deep sense of social awareness and involvement and authentic Christian witnessing of the common good and social justice. As a community of social scientists, practitioners and specialists in a Filipino, Catholic and Jesuit University, we envision ourselves to building a society, particularly in Southern Philippines, that is ecology-friendly, gender sensitive, culture responsive, and economically self-directed and self-sustaining.

In living to this Vision, the Social Science Cluster affirms and commits to promote:
  • A society that is rooted on the values of common good, human rights and social justice. This society is to be built on the foundations of justice, equity, solidarity, peace, sustainability, quality of life and resilience.
  • Promote scientific and humanistic education that strives for excellence and dynamic responsiveness to the evolving demands of the social, political and historical terrains.
  • Develop critical and analytical thinking in students, faculty and the greater community.
  • Inculcate a sense of cultural rootedness and fluency (preferential option for the marginalized sectors) among all.

The Social Science Cluster prepares its students and professionals to be: critical and analytical; dynamic and responsive to the changing needs of the region and the country; self determined; self-reliant and self-actualized. It aims to develop citizens who are socially aware and concerned (conscientized), and who are anchored on ethical values and a deep sense of spirituality geared toward building a peaceful and resilient community through intercultural dialogue.



The Psychology Department aims to produce competent professionals for a career in the field of Psychology, specifically in the areas of research, psychological testing, counseling and community engagement. The department hones its students with evidence-based insights and skills that are gained through the application in field research and theories learned in the classroom. It aims to provide guidance for students to develop their competencies for psychological investigation, with an emphasis on the scientific process of critical thinking, analyzing and interpreting individual and group behavior in various professional and academic settings. Competencies learned can be applied in the school setting for educational psychologists and future counselors; in the industrial setting for future human resources managers; and in the field of mental health for preparations required to become licensed psychologists.


Sociologists seek to understand the conditions that promote conflict-stability, the forces that weaken and strengthen groups and the sources of social change or development. Some of them look into micro-scale social situations such as interpersonal relations, families and other small groups; others investigate macro-scale social structures such as classes, races, nations and world systems.

The Sociology Department, through excellence in teaching, research, and service, seeks to contribute to a rigorous, scientific understanding of society that will serve as a powerful resource for strengthening citizenship and communities. It is dedicated to providing students the experience in which they can gain the skills to think critically and analytically the reality of the changing Philippine society in relation to the global situation; gain the ability to use the sociological perspective in developing the knowledge, attitude, and skills vital in becoming a responsible, resourceful and future-oriented individual; and develop attitudes that are consistent to societal norms and Filipino values.


Political Science is a scientific study of state and government. Courses in political theories, political institutions, comparative governments, international politics and law, political economy and political ethics in public service, among others, is offered, including a completed thesis on politics before graduation. It is the aim of this course to prepare students for a career in development work, politics, law and other related endeavors.

The Political Science Department aims to produce students with:

  a) The scientific and critical understanding of the operation of state and government in a manner that is international in perspective, national in focus, culturally adaptive and gender responsive;
  b) Competence to do political analysis imbued with values, skills and attitudes reflecting application of scientific ability in the appreciation of political conditions and issues.


Economics is a social science concerned with the efficient allocation of scarce productive resources among competing alternative and uses. It deals with the choices the individuals, firms, government, and other sectors make in pursuing growth and development. Since it deals with the systems societies organize for the satisfaction of their varied needs and wants, it takes into account the role of political, social and institutional mechanisms to address issue like unemployment, inflation, economic stability and income distribution. A study of economics normally covers the fields of economic development, monetary, public and agricultural economics, labor relations, economics thought and international trade and finance. Tools of analysis include graphical, mathematical and statistical tools.

The program aims to develop socially responsible economists with a firm grasp of policy formulation, community work, research and entrepreneurship. Career opportunities also include positions in government organizations and educational institutions.


In the face of a fast changing world and with the trend of global homogenization, the Social Science Cluster aims to participate actively in the ongoing historical process of globalization by offering an International Studies Program cognizant of the following:

  1. The extensive influence of foreign relations;
  2. Building of more universal citizens through political, economic and socio-cultural links;
  3. Ecological globalization;
  4. Internationalization of the Social Science Discipline.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is a four year degree program designed for students who take great interest in politics, economics, socio-cultural affairs, history, foreign service, governance and development works. The program will be taught in a multi-disciplinary framework, integrating the various disciplines of the social sciences, humanities, philosophy and business.

The program has sub-specializations: American Studies and Asian Studies.


The Social Work program offers theoretical and practical training for students who wish to make development work a lifetime career and commitment. The program aims to develop future social development professionals equipped with the necessary knowledge and orientation on various theories in Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Change and Development, Administration and Supervision, Social Work Methods, Social Welfare policies and Programs as well as Research.

Graduates of the program are found in government agencies as project implementers, specialists, planners, and supervisors. Social workers specialize in training, research, human resource development, community work as well as non-government organizations (NGOs) and private social development agencies. Some find themselves managing a foundation established as a Corporate Social Responsibility unit of corporations, in hospitals and in courts. Others are based in the academe specializing in teaching, research and consultancy work. International organizations also hire social workers to do coordination and humanitarian work.

The curriculum of Social Work has four areas, namely: Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Welfare Policies and Programs, Social Work Practice and Field Instruction. Students have to finish the 1,000 case hours before they could graduate from the program. A practicing Social Worker is one who has passed the Licensure Exam administered by the Philippine Professional and Regulation Commission (PRC) and is an active member of the Philippine Association for Social Workers, Incorporated (PASWI).


The Department of Anthropology is a hub for anthropological scholarship that hopes to enrich public understanding of the diverse cultures of Mindanao.

It aims to produce knowledge and foster understanding about our diversity as a possible way of comprehending the nature of humanity and cultivating respect for difference.

It hopes to contribute to the development of such comprehension and respect that will hopefully contribute to the building of an inclusive, multicultural and just society.


Contact Information:

Dr. Efren John P. Sabado, Ph.D.
Asst. Dean for the Social Sciences
Tel. No. +63 (82) 221.2411 local 8359 or 8322
Fax No. +63 (82) 226.4116

Social Science Cluster Department Chairs
Atty. Arnold C. Abejaron
Chair, Economics Department

Ms. Leah H. Vidal, Ph.D.
Chair, Anthropology Department

Mr. Martin O. Escobido, Jr.
Chair, International Studies Department

Ms. Christine S. Diaz, Ph.D.
Chair, Political Science and History Department

Ms. Rhodora Gail T. Ilagan, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychology Department

Ms. Melba L. Manapol, Ph.D.
Chair, Social Work Department

Ms. Rosemary M. Fernandez
Chair, Sociology Department