Social Science (samfunnskunnskap) is a key subject helping the pupils to become engaged and deliberating members of society. Through social science, the pupils shall learn to discuss and reflect on topics together, and be respectful of the diversity of opinions. The subject shall help the pupils to understand what can have impact on their identity and self-esteem, and provide them with the opportunity to explore their local community, as well as national and global contexts and issues. In this way, social science shall strengthen the pupils’ understanding of the society they live in, and how society shapes them. The pupils shall understand that they can contribute to the sustainable development of society by being active citizens who can have an impact on society and working life, both now and in the future.