Bachelor in Liberal Arts in Social Sciences
EUR 2,112 / per semester
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Liberal arts ideology comes from the era of antiquity. It is the idea that a free person must know certain things to be a good member of society. Tallinn University’s liberal arts in social sciences does not teach rhetoric or grammar but does give you all you need to know about social sciences.
The program looks into various social sciences and teaches the student how to find common ground. Students can create their major via electives after the core courses have introduced the different social sciences. The program includes practical training so the graduates obtain some work experience for the real world within their chosen field, and the analytical and writing skills necessary for future studies in Estonia or elsewhere.
The program consists of mostly compulsory core courses divided into six semesters. Students can create their own major with various electives that they find interesting in university. The program councils students to make sure choices are well thought out but offers the students a chance to still design their own future. The program also includes various writing and methodology courses, finally culminating with a big research paper that is similar to a bachelor’s thesis. The program includes compulsory practical training and an interdisciplinary project, both providing practical skills. The program ends with an interdisciplinary exam that covers the core of the program and all the acquired skills.
Take the first step in fulfilling your dreams by studying at Tallinn University's School of Governance, Law, and Society!
Why study with us?
Liberal Arts in Social Sciences is the best program for those interested in social sciences in general. It offers a chance to get a wider view of society and its analytical sides. It also provides a rare opportunity to get acquainted with the idea of interdisciplinary studies. The program includes a chance to see the connections between courses and the practice of interdisciplinary research. Liberal arts has something for those with clear interests but also for those who are still seeking. After students have finished their studies, with the right choices the doors are open to master’s programs and to the employment market.
Why School of Governance, Law, and Society?
Liberal Arts in Social Sciences is curated by the International Relations and Future studies field within the School of Governance, Law, and Society (SOGOLAS). The school includes various fields of social sciences like law, international relations, social work, sociology, governance, politics, and demographics. The program offers courses from outside the school as well but as most social sciences are inside the school, the program keeps a tighter connection between the fields and offers a chance for more interdisciplinary research. SOGOLAS also includes the interdisciplinary lifetime research center and also hosts the contact point to the European migration network. The school offers various MA programs, including international relations in English as well as multiple Ph.D. programs.
Who are we looking for?
Liberal Arts in Social Sciences is looking for prospective students who would be interested in society and how to analyze it. Students are expected from all over the world, from different backgrounds. The program suits students who are still wondering which social science would work for them but also for students who have a clear vision but would like to have a wider view to go with their focused studies. The program suits students who are just out of secondary school, and eager to start but also older students who might already have a degree or just life experience. The program has always had a versatile student body, all are welcome!
Liberal Arts in Social Sciences is a program designed to teach students about different social sciences, give them research and practical skills, and prepare them for future studies or the labor market. The program lasts six semesters, each building on the previous. Students start off acquiring basic skills for learning, research, and writing along with introductions to core topics in social sciences like law and society. Over the next semesters, each field introduces its own topics including sociology, politics, international relations, economy, management, demographics, psychology, and others. The student will acquire knowledge in all interesting fields and via electives and open electives, they choose their favorite. University offers many more courses on each of the introduced fields so as the student progresses through their studies, they can decide for themselves, what they would like to focus on and where to move forward.
The program includes multiple methodology courses that give the research skills suitable for a bachelor's student. The program offers both qualitative and quantitative methods courses taught by the people using them every day in their own research. The students acquire new skills that are already practiced during their studies as the content courses require a lot of reading, writing, and analysis. This culminates with a final research paper supervised by experts in the field, similar to the bachelor's thesis.
A good bachelor's education is more than just research and knowledge, it should also give practical skills. The Liberal Arts program has a practical training module that requires students to put their university-learned minds to use in the real world. Students can do practical training in the field of their interest. So those interested in sociology can not only take additional sociology courses, but they can also go and do practical training in that exact field.
All students also need good teamwork skills and skills on how to work in an international and interdisciplinary environment. The Liberal Arts program also includes an interdisciplinary project that can be chosen by each student themselves from the dozens of projects offered in the university each semester.
Liberal Arts in Social Sciences organizes its classes during the daytime on weekdays. Classes are usually planned between 10 and 16, with a few exceptions. Students are expected to participate in classes and seminars but leave plenty of time in between for other activities.
Liberal Arts in Social Sciences gives a good basis for any Master's degree that requires a Bachelor's degree in social science. Our graduates have gone on to study in Master's programs in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, China, and many other places. They have chosen the programs based on their main interests, varying from politics and international relations to media and communications to education and social issues programs. Those who have not continued in any Master's program, have started working in their chosen field, usually related to social sciences. Our graduates now work in NGOs, international organizations, universities, and both the private and public sectors.