16 July 2021
Preparing for University: Social Sciences
This course will introduce you to the Social Sciences and how they are studied at university level.
Covering subjects including Politics, Sociology, Social Policy, and Economics, the course will use the theme of Equality to explore how this topic appears in different disciplines across the area of Social Sciences.
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.
This course is suitable if you are in your penultimate or final year of high school (aged 16-18) and planning to attend university to study a subject in the Social Sciences. This course is also suitable for students who have not yet decided on their university study but would like a taster experience of studying at university level.
The course will explore a variety of topics connected to equality: 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.
Non credit bearing
GBP 3998: *From £3998. This fee includes:
Tuition fees for the two-week course
Catered accommodation (breakfast and dinner included)
Course materials and equipment
Academic trips and excursions
Social programme including evening and cultural events
Airport pick-up and drop-off at Edinburgh International Airport