The languages, history, politics and culture of the Scandinavian countries have had a considerable impact beyond the Nordic region. At the University of Edinburgh you will explore Scandinavian culture, past and present, alongside the study of the Scandinavian languages. Edinburgh has an excellent reputation for its research in this area. Regular research seminars and cultural events provide students with opportunities to find out more about the latest developments in Scandinavian culture and research.
Whichever of the three main languages – Danish, Norwegian or Swedish – you choose to specialise in, you will also gain a passive knowledge of the other two during the course of your degree programme. You do not need a previous knowledge of any of the languages (with the exception of the joint honours programme with Business Studies) as courses are available for beginners. The relatively small class sizes provide an informal and supportive learning environment.
Social Policy is the study of the distribution of welfare and well-being within societies and the policies which influence that distribution. Primarily, the focus is on social and economic change, what causes it and its consequences for society. Specifically, Social Policy considered how the organisation of services such as social security, health, education, housing, personal social services, the criminal justice system and the labour market can influence and alleviate the effects of social change. Reflecting how policies are developed, students will learn about both the policy making process in the UK (including devolution in Scotland and elsewhere) along with the influence of international bodies such as EU and OECD.