Covering subjects including Politics, Sociology, Social Policy, and Economics, the course will use the theme of ‘Liberty’ (freedom) to explore how this topic appears in different disciplines across the area of Social Sciences.
In the Preparing for University: Social Sciences course at The University of Edinburgh you will have the chance to explore and stimulate your own interests in a range of topics, and to deepen your understanding of contemporary social issues. By reading the thinking across different disciplines, you will develop study skills that are both interdisciplinary and inter-textual.
The course will explore a variety of topics connected to ‘liberty’: from questions of freedom, inequalities and the re-distribution of wealth to examining how social scientists investigate and answer questions about society. You will consider the approaches of key academic thinkers including J.S. Mill, Adam Smith, Isiah Berlin, and Hannah Arendt.
Using a blend of text, audio, video, and other resources, you will develop a range of skills to support your independent learning in the Social Sciences. Throughout the course, you will also take part in skills sessions which will help improve your approach to academic writing, research, and discussion – all key skills for your time at university.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
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Each class will combine lectures and tutorial discussion led by the course tutor and students. The course will also incorporate academic skills sessions, with skills which are directly relevant to the text(s) and sources under consideration.
Sessions will contribute towards each student’s self-set individual project question, which they will present at the end of the course. Ongoing tasks throughout the two-week course will help students prepare their project and presentation.
Essential and recommended readings will be set in advance of each class.
Students will be assessed on their project (including preparation tasks) and presentation that they will work on throughout the duration of the course.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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