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 ‘Liberty’ (freedom) 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.
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.
Who should choose this course?
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.
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.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Display an advanced interest in the in the Social Sciences
- Study the Social Sciences at a more advanced level
- Understand and display skills that are integral to studying the Social Sciences including research skills and critical analysis
- Show advanced awareness of the social values and institutions that shape our world
The total cost for the Preparing for University course is £2800.
This fee includes:
- Tuition fees for the two-week course
- Catered accommodation in single study bedrooms (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
Additional fees may apply for visa applications. These are not directly payable to the Summer School.
In order to secure their offered course place, students will be required to provide a deposit payment of £125, inclusive of a non-refundable £50 application fee. The deposit payment will be redeemable against count towards your Summer School package payment. Ways of making payment are detailed here.