3/4 Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

„In an age of rapid and far-reaching social and technological change, the world is increasingly interconnected and complex. This requires resilient individuals who can adapt and thrive in changing environments and who have high-level skills which enable them to understand the big challenges facing society, which will only be resolved through the application of multiple perspectives and insights from a range of disciplines.”

The peculiarity of the social sciences and humanities is that the subject of their research is a human being and the social reality created by human being.

How to use humanistic and social sciences aspects to enable us to preserve what is given to us as humans (the world) and what we have created (society) and at the same time support technological and economic development?

In 2020, the World Economic Forum listed 10 skills desirable in the labor market – so-called soft skills and generic competencies: 

………….complex problem solving; critical thinking; creativity; people management; coordinating with others; emotional intelligence; judgment and decision making; service orientation; negotiation; cognitive flexibility…………

Education in the field of social sciences and humanities develops soft skills and generic competencies

Education in the field of social sciences and humanities develops soft skills and generic competencies

SMEs and NGOs recognize SDGs 2030 as a key to their business – corporate social responsibility


What are SSH?

„Social Science is a branch of knowledge whose subject matter is society and the interrelationship between individuals, as a member of society. 

Humanities is closely linked to social science, in the sense that the two disciplines deal with human beings and their culture. Humanities refer to the subject which tends to understand, acknowledge and analyze the human behavior in all its depth and scope” (https://keydifferences.com/difference-between-social-science-and-humanities.html)

The social sciences and humanities are scientific disciplines that explore man and society, but also the relationships between man and man; man and society or relationship between societies.

Man and society are always in relation to the economy, culture, environment, technology and all other aspects, regardless of whether they are a product of man and / or society.

Why SSH are so relevant for research?

„Our times confront us with tough choices, as societies, as economies, and as individuals. To understand challenges which include an ageing population, migration, sustaining the environment and managing climate change, we require conceptual clarity and impartial, evidence-based research and analysis, together with openmindedness and creativity in exploring new ideas. This is precisely what research and scholarship in humanities and social sciences do. The quest for a better, deeper, more valuable life has always been at their heart.”

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the role of SSH in the research. 
  • Explain the role of SSH in developing soft skills/generic competencies. 
  • Interpret the relationship between SSH and SDGs.
  • Critical review on the role of SSH on the labor market.  
  • Develop awareness of responsibility, creativity, self-development, initiative…….
  • statements of what a learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do after successful completion of a process of learning.

„This signals that qualifications – in different combinations – capture a broad scope of learning outcomes, including theoretical knowledge, practical and technical skills, and social competences where the ability to work with others will be crucial” (https://ec.europa.eu/assets/eac/education/ects/users-guide/docs/ects-users-guide_en.pdf) 

Learning Outcomes are specified in three categories: as knowledge, skills and competence. 

  • Knowledge – is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning. https://www.librarianshipstudies.com/2017/11/knowledge.html