2661.14 - Social Science

Course number
Social Science
Required core social sciences courses (Year 1 and 2) or equivalent qualifications. Required course on year three of the Bachelor Degree in Social Analysis and Planning.
The purpose is for students to acquire theory-based knowledge and understanding of the development of social welfare, welfare societies and the social sector in the broad sense, from a historical and comparative perspective, as well as insight into methods used to research social welfare and welfare societies.
 Knowledge about welfare, welfare systems, welfare services and social work, in contemporary, historical and comparative perspectives.  Knowledge about the ‘third sector’, meaning non-profit and voluntary organisations, their emergence and role in social development.  Knowledge about the interplay between structural social changes and ‘the social sector’, in relation to, for example, politics, economy and industry, social integration and discrimination, labour market relations, civil society, gender and power.  Knowledge about culture, identity and civil society, their interplay and role in society and social welfare.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course is based on the required course reading, which will be reviewed using presentations, discussion and exercises. Furthermore, students are required to write – individually or in a group – a problem-oriented project based on a social science subject. For the project, students must independently identify relevant literature, which will count towards the required course reading. A supervisor will be assigned, who must also approve the choice of project topic. This project may be integrated with the project that is part of the social planning course.
Learning outcomes
The successful student can demonstrate the ability to:  Explain central theories in social science.  Explain the historical development of welfare societies and the social sector.  Explain methods used in researching welfare societies and social issues.  Structure, discuss and communicate knowledge about social science issues.  Problematize and define problem statements independently, collect data independently, as well as translate knowledge of theories/methods into practically applicable knowledge.
Assessment method
Oral examination based on the project submitted, for which students are assessed on both the project itself and the distributed bibliography. Students may choose to be examined on the basis of either the project or the course bibliography.
Marking scale
The distributed course reading list, which is also available at the Department of History and Social Sciences. As well as any literature used independently by students in their own project.
Gestur Hovgaard