The domain-specific and programme-specific outcomes of the BScSS programme were defined according to the standards stipulated in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the Flemish Qualifications Framework (FQF). The intended domain-specific learning outcomes of the BScSS programme reflect five features that form the curricular specificity that distinguish the BScSS from the existing Dutch-language and international bachelors in the domain of sociology, political sciences and communication studies.
More specifically these five features are as follows: 1) the multidisciplinary nature of the programme; 2) the presence of an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dimension in the programme; 3) a strong emphasis on methodology; 4) an
analytical approach of social, political and communication theories and 5) a close link with the EU and EU institutions.
Due to its new character, the BScSS domain-specific learning outcomes (LOs) and the programmespecific learning outcomes coincide. The intended learning outcomes a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences is expected to possess, after completion of the three bachelor years, are the following:
- LO1: has an active knowledge of the most important theories, currents and concepts
prevailing in the domain of the social sciences.
- LO2: is familiar with the historical developments that have occurred in the fields of
sociology, political sciences and communication sciences over time.
- LO3: recognises the cross-sections, the intersections and the cross-fertilisations that are
noticeable amongst the different social sciences.
- LO4: is able to apply social theories and concepts on a well-delineated, socially and
scientifically relevant research topic that relates to the European Union or other
- LO5: knows the historical, political, juridical and socio-economic structures that shape the
activities and define the agency of the European political institutions, private and public
social organisations and media-organisations.
- LO6: can formulate a valid scientific research question on a topic that relates to the social
- LO7: can identify, gather and critically process the relevant sources and literature on a
specific social sciences research topic.
- LO8: knows how to set up a scientific and methodologically correct research design.
- LO9: possesses the methodological knowledge and skills of data selection and data
processing that prevail within the domains of the social sciences.
- LO10: masters the techniques of good and accurate research reporting in oral and written
- LO11: has an investigative, problem-oriented and critical attitude towards social, political
and media-related phenomena and scientific research results with regard thereof.
- LO12: recognises the multilayered and complex character of social, political and mediarelated facts and phenomena.
- LO13: reflects and evaluates his or her learning process and results critically.
- LR14: acts in a professional and responsible manner.
- LO15: is able to perform teamwork, he or she possesses good communicative skills and is
- LO16: prioritises scientific integrity and honesty in his or her scientific research activities.
- LO17: approaches dominant tendencies within the social and the policy domain in a critical
- LO18: has awareness of the social role and function of social scientists.
- LO19: has knowledge of and insight into the main institutions, actors and processes of
decision-making and policy-making of the European Union.