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These pages contain several examples of how teaching staff can work with generic skills. You are welcome to use this information as inspiration in your own teaching.

What are generic skills?

Generic skills refer to expertise and abilities that are not so dependent on specific subject content, but are more concerned with general intellectual abilities that are trained and developed during study programmes. These could include the ability:

  • to think abstractly and systematically
  • to independently solve problems
  • to view a phenomenon from different perspectives
  • to analyse a phenomenon using a well-thought out theory or method
  • to read and understand texts with advanced content
  • to search for and evaluate information with the aim of answering a research question
  • to formulate and argue clearly, orally and in writing.

Generic skills in the programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences, description (PDF 358 kB, new tab)

Information skills in education

A guide with inspiration and examples, produced by the library of the Social Sciences Faculty Library.  

To the guide (in Swedish) on the library’s website

Video tips: the academic craft

The Social Sciences Faculty Library together with the Faculty and the Department of Sociology have produced several short YouTube videos that introduce students to some general skills in practice: source criticism, search optimisation and reference management.

To the videos


Malin Schatz
Educational Director
+ 46 46 222 72 64
malin [dot] schatz [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se