Social Science Programme
The Social Science Programme leads to a diploma that provides eligibility for higher education. The programme is intended for students who are interested in how people and society develop and function today in various ways.
The programme lays the foundations for further studies in a broad range of social science areas in higher education.
Three different orientations
- You learn about human development, socialisation and interaction. You get a greater understanding of how people act as individuals, members of a group and as citizens. You study communication, learning and leadership.
Media, information and communication
- You learn about the role of media in society, media technology, journalism, information, advertising and interactive forms of communication. You study how the media influences people’s views and perceptions of the surrounding world.
- You learn about social structures and people’s living conditions. You broaden and extend your knowledge of various social issues through interpreting, explaining and applying the methods of the social sciences.
This is what you learn from the programme
You develop your knowledge of societal conditions in Sweden and the world. You learn about how the individual and society interact, and how people’s living conditions have changed over time. You study people both as individuals, members of a group and citizens of society. You study the structures, activities and functions of society. You reflect on questions about democracy, communication, ethics, gender, the environment and power from economic, social and political aspects.
How the programme is organised
The foundation subjects in the Social Science Programme are: English, history, physical education and health, mathematics, natural sciences, religion, social studies, and Swedish or Swedish as a second language. In the programmes preparatory for higher education, you study more theoretical courses than in the vocational programmes.
The programme specific subjects are: philosophy, modern languages and psychology
You get the opportunity to specialise and further broaden your knowledge in the programme. This is referred to as ”programme specialisation”. It can cover subjects such as: art, digital creativity, film and TV production, philosophy, geography, graphic communication, sustainable society, law, art and culture, leadership and organisation, media communication, modern languages, pedagogy, psychology, social studies and sociology. Check with the school to find out what specialisation courses it offers.
You also have an individual option where you can choose what you want to study. Ask the school what courses it provides.
In the programme you develop a scientific and critical approach where you learn to determine whether a statement is based on fact, and also identify values in different types of source material. You look for, assess and process information using source critical methods.
You develop your ability to cooperate, be creative, work independently, take responsibility, see opportunities, take initiatives and transform ideas into practical action.
Towards the end of the Social Science Programme, you complete a diploma project. In this you formulate a set of questions, plan, carry out and assess extended work based on some important knowledge areas in the programme.
Some points to think about
To be eligible for a specific education programme in higher education, it is important that you plan your studies in advance. Talk to your study and vocational guidance counsellor if you want to continue your studies in higher education.
You always have the right to choose another course in physical education and health, and an aesthetic course in the individual option.