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Social Studies and Science as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education

Social Studies and Science as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education
(Bachelor of Arts)

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Course type
undergraduate studies (2 subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German
Special Requirements

The proof of a special educational internship or equivalent practical work in educational work with people with disadvantages or disabilities is compulsory.

Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Social Studies and Science is offered as a second subject (or supplementary teaching subject) within the bachelor's programme Special Needs Education. As first subject Special Needs Education is studied. The first two semesters are reserved for the contents of the first subject. The courses of the second subject will be added by the third semester.

The subject of Social Studies and Science is understood as a general academic orientation subject at the primary stage that involves the exploration of phenomena in natural science and social issues. As a result, it encourages students to think in perspectives, rather than according to disciplines. The aim is to compare and contrast children’s experiences and scientific truths. The Social Studies and Science and Inclusive Education Section focuses children’s individual impressions on phenomena and issues from their immediate surroundings in various learning conditions in order to develop and initiate learning and educational processes, facilitating the continued development of these young perspectives in a professional way.

After completing the relevant Master’s degree, students qualify for Special Needs Education for Schools with Social Studies and Science as their second subject.

Further information on the website of the programme Social Studies and Science

Areas of Focus

  • Areas of activity of the subject
  • Foundations of social studies and science
  • History of the subject
Course Content

Social Studies and Science is studied as a teaching subject in the Special Needs Education degree programme. From the third semester onwards, students initially study theoretical basics and the teaching of Social Studies and Science as well as methodological and practical teaching/learning courses. In cooperation with teaching methodologies from the natural and social sciences, theory and practice are linked in the courses in various ways. Examples include the “Children as Explorers Day” and project days at primary School

Semester

Module

Thematic area 1

Thematic area 2

Thematic area 3

Thematic area 4

3

A: Foundations of Social Studies and Science

A1: Objectives and Concepts of Social Studies and Science

A2: Content of Social Studies and Science / Perspectives of the Subject 1 (Time and History, Politics and Society, Space)

A3: Content of Social Studies and Science / Perspectives of the Subject 2 (Nature/Technology)

A4: Communication, Experimentation, Perception and Construction / Methods of Social Studies and Science

4

B: Encounters with the Realities of Life

B1: Non-School-Based Learning Locations

B2: Project Work

B3: Selected Methods in Social Studies and Science

 

5

C: Interdisciplinary Topics

C1: Compulsory elective area 1, e.g.: Global Learning, Intercultural Learning, Migration, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Peace Education.

C2: Compulsory elective area 2, e.g.: Health and Sex Education, Democracy, Mobility, Economic Education, Key Problems

 

 

6

D: Learning in Social Studies and Science

D1: Fundamental Principles of Social Studies and Science

D2: Learning Requirement and Learning Support in Social Studies and Science

   
Recommended Abilities

Students in this degree programme are expected to demonstrate an interest in special needs education action contexts, the area and perspectives of social studies and science. They should also be keen to work for and with people with disabilities and in problematic life situations. Key competencies such as cooperative and communicative skills, the willingness to work in a team and to reflect on their own work experience play a central role.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Needs Education with the teaching subject Social Studies and Science can proceed to the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor’s degree programme in special needs education generally is admission restricted.

As second subject some subjects in the Bachelor’s degree programme in special needs education are restricted (Applied Linguistics (non-school-based), German Studies (school subject: German), History, Arts, Music, Social Studies and Science ("Sachkunde") and Sports (school subject: Physical Education) and others are admission-free (Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education) and Mathematics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations:

Application Deadlines

First-year students (Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

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