SOCIAL SCIENCE

Social science is all about the structure of society, political systems and the ways in which citizens, organisations and politicians work together.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

As a social science student, you learn about socio-economic issues, and about cultures and everyday life in modern society. You work with social conditions in an international perspective and with disciplines such as theories of democracy and the role of the political parties in modern society.

Studying social science at Aarhus University

The teaching on the Bachelor’s degree programme in social science is a mix of lectures, working in study groups and classroom instruction. As a student, you will do presentations and participate in discussions on current developments in society. The teaching is based on current research, and you get a thorough introduction to the scientific theories and methodologies which are key to the many different academic disciplines within the social sciences.

Combine with another subject

As a social sciences student, you combine your understanding of politics with a subsidiary (minor) subject on the 5th and 6th semester. You are free to choose between subsidiary subjects such as mathematics, sport science, languages, history, business administration or the study of religion. Choosing a subsidiary subject, you create your own unique profile, which means that you can pursue a wealth of careers, working in the third world, with welfare politics, environmental policies or political communication.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in social science, you can continue your studies on a number of Master’s degree programmes. For example, the Master’s degree programme in social science provides you with the skills needed to teach at upper secondary schools, colleges, teacher training colleges and similar institutions. You can also work in the public administration, in international organisations or in the information and consultancy sector.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22422

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University’s quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The Bachelor’s degree programme in social science is a three-year programme. The subjects taught cover a very wide range of disciplines, but centre around the study of politics and society. You will also work with sociological and economic disciplines and gain an understanding of scientific theories and methodologies. On the third year of the Bachelor’s degree programme, you must choose a subsidiary subject.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in social science, you can find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

NB: with regard to the study progress reform the academic regulations are currently being reviewed. Changes may occur in the structure of the study programme that is outlined below. As soon as the revised academic regulations are finalized, it will be made available at this webpage. The academic skills and qualifications description will not be changed.

Degree programme diagram

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in social science. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching on the programme in social science

As a student on the Bachelor’s degree programme in social science, you will be part of a class of approximately 30 students. You will attend classes together and actively participate in exercises and discussions. Moreover, you will attend lectures at which your teacher reviews the assigned reading for your entire year group. As a student of social science, you will also be part of a study group. You must, for example, do presentations and work on various assignments together.

Below is an example of a weekly timetable for students on the first semester of the Bachelor’s degree programme in social science. Please note that the Bachelor’s degree programme in social science is a full-time programme, even though you may not have scheduled classes or lectures every day. You will have to spend a lot of time preparing for lectures and classes.

Monday
08:00–10:00 Lecture: Introduction to Political Science
10:00–12:00 Classroom instruction: Methods I
12:00–16:00 Preparation

Tuesday
08:00–12:00 Preparation
12:00–14:00 Lecture: Theory of Science
14:00–16:00 Classroom instruction: Introduction to Political Science

Wednesday
08:00–10:00 Preparation
10:00–12:00 Lecture: Methods I
12:00–16:00 Work in study group

Thursday
08:00–10:00 Lecture: Introduction to Political Science
10:00–12:00 Classroom instruction: Theory of Science
14:00–16:00 Classroom instruction: Methods I

Friday
08:00–10:00 Classroom instruction: Introduction to Political Science
10:00–15:00 Preparation

Social life

The degree programme in social science is offered by the Department of Political Science. This means that, as a student, you will be part of a unique study environment with lots of interesting clubs and associations which you can join. Most of the clubs and associations are also open to students of political science.

Politologisk Forening (Politological Society)

The Politological Society is for students at the Department of Political Science. The society organises talks, café evenings and similar events as well as one annual study trip. In addition, the society also organises four large parties each semester. 

‘Foreningen Kandestøberen’

‘Kandestøberen’ is a magazine for students and staff at the Department of Political Science. The magazine has an editorial team of 15-20 students and is published four times a semester.

StatsRådet

If you would like to help ensure the best possible conditions for students of social science, then you might like to join StatsRådet, the Political Science Council. The main purpose of the council is to represent the students on the various university bodies. 

Department of Political Science’s sports club

As a student of social science, you can also join the department’s proud football club, which trains and plays matches each week. The club also organises a number of social events in the course of the season as a way of creating a social network between students in different year groups.

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Career

Your job opportunities as a Bachelor of social science graduate will depend greatly on the subsidiary subject you choose and also on your Master’s degree programme if you go on to do an MSc.

On the Bachelor’s degree programme in social science, you learn about the structure of society, the political systems and the ways in which citizens, organisations and politicians work together. You gain a good understanding of the ways in which the Danish and international political systems are organised and have developed, while at the same time studying economic movements and models.

You can choose to combine your social science studies with a subsidiary subject taught at upper secondary school as a way of preparing for a career in teaching at upper secondary school, teacher training colleges and similar institutions. You can also choose to create your own unique profile. Choosing biology as your subsidiary subject, you can specialise in environmental politics, or you can do a subsidiary subject in rhetoric as a way of tailoring your studies to working with political communication. Many graduates find jobs in the public administration or in non-governmental organisations.

Supplementary subject

On the Bachelor’s degree programme in social science, you have to do a subsidiary subject in your third year. You can choose between a wide range of subjects. In the past, other students have chosen for example:

  • Subsidiary subject in history
  • Supplementary subject in Mathematics
  • Subsidiary subject in sport science 

Master’s degree programmes

Having completed your Bachelor’s degree programme in social science, you can continue your studies on a number of different Master’s degree programmes. Please note, however, that admission to some programmes requires specific subsidiary subjects.

On the Master’s degree programme in social science, you continue doing your subsidiary subject and specialise within a particular field of the social sciences. At the same time, you build up an even broader knowledge of the entire field of political and social science.

The Master’s degree programme in European studies, which provides you with general knowledge of European affairs and conditions, political as well as historical and cultural.

The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which adds a far more international perspective to your social science studies.