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Doctor of Philosophy Program In Social Sciences

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Doctor of Philosophy Program In Social Sciences

Bodhisastra University, Florida, USA


Name of Institute:                      Bodhisastra University, Florida, USA Campus/Faculty/Department     –


  1. Course Name:   Doctor of Philosophy Program in Social Sciences


  1. Name of Degree and Branch

Full Name (in English):   Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences

Short Description:           Ph.D. (Social Sciences)


  1. Fields of Study
    • Social Change
    • Social Enterprise
    • Social Development
    • Social Education
    • Public Administration
    • Social Communication
    • Business Administration
    • Social Economics
    • Lifelong Education
    • Community Care
    • Public Health
    • Folk and Holistic Medicine
    • Law and Social Justice
    • English Communication
    • Peace Studies
    • Buddhist Studies
    • Islamic Studies
    • Christian Studies


The student will choose the research and the transcript of the subject based on the field of their study.

  1. Number of Credits: 60 Credits


  1. Philosophy, Significance, and Objectives of the Course
    • Philosophy and Significance

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Social Sciences aims to empower individuals to have the highest exemplary academic ability, able to synthesize and transform the experience of the lesson or the knowledge of their professional work that is precise and socially profitable.


  • Objectives
    • Develop a person capable of synthesizing his or her work to be aware of their environment or surroundings and render more social benefits.
    • To be able to describe the work or success systematically and set a lesson or an example for others to learn from.
    • To conduct practical research to produce tangible results.
    • To learn from the real situation and live in the community to strengthen the skills and spirit of social entrepreneurs.


  1. Education Management System
    • Learning System
      • Undergraduate programs of 5 years or 10 semesters
      • A dual education system is used, one academic year is divided into two semesters

6.2 Comparison of credits in a dual system: 1 hour lecture per week or 15

hours per semester


  1. Implementation of the Curricula
    • Days – Teaching Period

Each time the teaching and learning process is as follows.

First Semester: February – June Second Semester: July – November

  • Opportunity for Admission

Both regular and specialized education

  • General Requirements: Graduated with a Master’s degree
  • Educational Management Model
  • Classroom Management
  • Provide distance education in e-learning system.
  • Research Program
  • Online Video Conference
  • Self and Independent Study
  • Project – Base Learning
  • Transfer of credits

Transfer of academic results from other institutions, transfer of the results of studies in education or non-formal education, or comparative experience of

non-formal education. A person who has an obvious evidence of social work can

be transferred in each course. Students must have at least 24 credits and must attend at least one semester at BOU.


  1. Courses
    • Total Credits: 60 Credits
    • Curricular Structure
  • Seminar Course 12 Credits
  • Research 48 credits

Total: 60 Credits

  • Courses
  • Seminar Course  12 Credits
    1. Mindfulness in Practice (BOU31101)  3 credits
    2. Theories and Research (BOU31102)  3 credits
    3. Quantitative and Qualitative Research (BOU31102)  3 credits
    4. Social Enterprise (BOU31104)                        3 credits
  • Research:  48 Credits
    1. Dissertation 1 –

Research Question and Conceptual (BOU31201)              6 credits

  1. Dissertation 2 – Data Collection (BOU31202)  6 Credit
  2. Dissertation 3 – Data Analysis (BOU31203)  6 credits
  3. Dissertation 4 – Learning Process (BOU31204)  6 Credit
  4. Dissertation 5 – Research Results (BOU31205)  6 Credit
  5. Dissertation 6 –

Conclusion Discussion and Synthesis (BOU31206)          6 credits 7.Dissertation 7 – Recommendation (BOU321207)                  6 credits

  1. Dissertation 8 – Oral Examination (BOU31208) 6 credits


Notes: Be sure to follow the branches that students want to enroll to study the content of the subject.

Course Code

Number 1 means a degree, e.g. 1 = Bachelor’s Degree, 2 = Master’s Degree, 3 = Doctorate

Number 2 refers to the course. Number 3 refers to the subject group.

Number 4-5 is the sequence of courses in the group.


  1. Rules or Criteria for Grades

9.1 The scoring system is divided into 8 levels.


Score Levels
A 4.0
B+ 3.5
B 3.0
C+ 2.5
C 2.0
D+ 1.5
D 1.0
F 0

Transferred Credits, use CP – Credit from Portfolio


  • For non- scoring system, use the following symbols: Symbols             Meaning

S                            Satisfied

  • Unsatisfied
  • Incomplete

P                            In Progress

W                           Withdrawn


  • Verification process for student achievement standards
    • Instructors give examples of student assessments for all course verifications.
    • Establish a review committee to randomly check the student’s

grades or reports.

  • Compare the individual examination scores of each subject to meet the criteria for each instructor to have a scoring standard, especially those

with more than one instructor.

  • Prepare the standardized test for the same course in the case of multiple examiners.

9.3.5. Survey opinions of the graduate users about each test question to standardize the test.


  • Graduation Requirements
    • Study and registration as required by the curriculum within 5




  • Must have a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.
  • Must have passed the practicum or practice of professional


experience as specified in the course.


  1. Sample of Education Plan


  • Regular registration from year 1 to last year


First Year, First Semester


1. Mindfulness in Practice   (BOU31101) 3 Credits
2. Theories and Research  (BOU31102) 3 Credits
3. Quantitative and Qualitative Research (BOU31103) 3 Credits
4. Social Enterprise (BOU31104) 3 Credits
5. Dissertation 1 –
Research Question and Conceptual (BOU21201) 3 Credits
6. Dissertation 1 –
Research Question and Conceptual (BOU31201) 6 Credits


First Year, Second Semester


1. Dissertation 2 – Data Collection  (BOU31202) 6 Credits
2. Dissertation 3 – Data Analysis  (BOU31203) 6 Credits
3. Dissertation 4 – Learning Process (BOU31204) 6 Credits
4. Dissertation 5 – Research Results (BOU31205) 6 Credits


Second Year, First Semester


1. Dissertation 6 –
Conclusion Discussion and Synthesis  (BOU31206) 6 Credits
2. Dissertation 7 – Recommendation (BOU321207) 6 Credits
3. Dissertation 8 – Oral Examination(BOU31208) 6 Credits


10.2 Regular Registration in the transfer student group

Transferred   students   mean   students   who   have   worked   and succeeded in life in the field of study chosen by the students, have evidence of a

clear empirical work. This group of students can be transferred. It should take no

less than 1 semester in the course compared to the transfer. Students will write at least one page of experience or body of knowledge, evaluated by a committee appointed by the university or institution.


  1. Course Descriptions
  • Seminar Courses 12 Credits
    1. Mindfulness in Practice (BOU31101):     3 Credits Meditation   by mindfulness and meditation practice in

motion,  standing,  walking,  sitting  positions,  using  Sati  or mindfulness in daily life, and contemplation of progress


  1. Theories and Research (BOU31102):               3 Credits Learning  various  theoretical  and  theoretical  concepts,

including theories of insight knowledge which is the main

concept of Bodhisastra University


  1. Quantitative and Qualitative Research (BOU31102):  3 Credits Study of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The main focus is on the qualitative approach of Bodhisastra University


  1. Social Enterprise (BOU31104):  3 Credits Community and social development today, the concept

of social entrepreneurship, or business for the society, both

domestic   and   international,   with   examples   of   social entrepreneurship in Thai society.


  • Research: 48 Credits
    1. Dissertation 1 –

Research Questions and Conceptual Framework (BOU31201):  6 Credits Presentation of topics to study, the significance of the

topic  studied.  Questioning is  important  as  a  guideline for

education.  The  main  ideas  of  the  subject  are  to  study seminars and discussions, and write reports


  1. Dissertation 2 – Data Collection (BOU31202):  6 Credits Methods of data collection, data collection, seminars,

and discussions


  1. Dissertation 3 – Data Analysis (BOU31203):  6 Credits Analysis of data obtained from data collection, seminars

and discussions, writing the results of data analysis


  1. Dissertation 4 – Learning Process (BOU31204):  6 Credits Synthesis of student learning processes, seminars and

discussions, writing, synthesis of knowledge


  1. Dissertation 5 – Research Results (BOU31205):  6 Credits Synthesis   of   study   results,   development   of   the

knowledge-based   model,   the   study   of   seminars   and discussions, writing the model of education according to the

topic studied


  1. Dissertation 6 –

Conclusion Discussion and Synthesis (BOU31206):                      6 Credits Synthesis  and  summary  of  all  data,  seminars,  and

discussions, and report writing


  1. Dissertation 7 – Recommendation (BOU321207):  6 Credits Presenting the study report to the academic forum and

discussing the writing of the report from the academic forum


  1. Dissertation 8 – Oral Examination (BOU31208): 6 Credits Presentation  of   the   complete   dissertation   to   the

evaluation  committee  and  completion  of    the  submission


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