The aim of the International Foundation programme for Social Sciences and Humanities is to prepare you for the demands of an undergraduate degree programme. The combination and integration of academic study skills and academic lecture courses is designed to give you a broad base of academic subject knowledge from various disciplines as well as the intellectual skills to critically analyse concepts to a high level.
Students study a range of issues, including:
These subjects provide an extremely useful basis for all academic disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities and allow you to understand some of the underlying political, philosophical and economic ideas which underpin many of the subjects you can study at St Andrews.
Using academic texts based on these issues, students develop the skills to read and interpret texts and develop the language and techniques to structure arguments so that they become more skilled at writing assignments and speaking and presenting in seminars.
Working on projects to develop research skills, along with the course's integrated approach to language and academic subjects, will allow you to develop a more analytical approach to your studies.
In particular, this programme provides:
- the potential for progression onto a single or joint Honours degree programme
- a thorough grounding in classical and sociological issues pertaining to a range of disciplines in the arts and humanities
- small group teaching with highly experienced teachers
- intensive and academic teaching designed to help you develop the skills to succeed
- a strong emphasis on criticality, improving analytical skills, time management and writing in authentic academic contexts.
By the end of the programme you will have a strong foundation on which to base your undergraduate degree studies. You will have a clear understanding of the key political, philosophical and economic ideas that underpin many of the subjects that you will be going on to study. You will also have knowledge of the university system and experience of different types of assessment.