Social Science (SAK01‑01)
Relevance and central values
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.
All subjects shall help the pupils to understand the value system for learning. Social science shall also provide the pupils with the tools they need to become active citizens who develop their understanding of fundamental democratic values, such as the right of participation, equality, freedom of speech and respect for human rights. This subject shall therefore develop their skills and abilities to deliberate on societal issues, judge the reliability of digital sources, explore and be ethically aware, and to contribute to their understanding of how other people can have different value systems and different perspectives than their own. The subject shall provide the pupils with an insight into Norwegian and Sami values and cultural expressions.