Master's Degree in Social Sciences in Barcelona in Spain

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Social Sciences

A masters is awarded to students who have completed postgraduate level study in a specific field of study or area of professional practice while demonstrating a high level of mastery during the process.

Social Sciences programs usually include courses in psychology, sociology and ethics that teach students how to channel their natural compassion into useful, effective action that helps vulnerable populations such as abuse victims, substance abusers, criminals and the disabled. Career opportunities include treatment facilities, home healthcare, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Spain (Spanish: España) is a diverse country sharing the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal at the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. Spain is considered an exotic country in Europe due to its friendly inhabitants and relaxed lifestyle. The normal duration for University courses in Spain is 4 years, except Medicine and the double degrees, which are 6. Madrid and Barcelona are well known cities around world for its cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and world-famous folklore and festivities.

Being the 2nd largest city in Spain, Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia province. It has over 4 million inhabitants. It is a vibrant city that hosts thousands of tourists annually. It is home to university of Barcelona among others.

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Master in Liberal Studies

European College for Liberal Studies
Campus Full time Part time 9 - 12 months September 2017 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

MLS - Master in Liberal Studies (60 credits) [+]

Masters in Social Sciences in Barcelona in Spain. Our graduate programs, each with different program requirements, are based on and are fully compatible with the established European and American educational systems. The European guidelines for higher education are outlined in the Bologna agreements. Once a minimum number of credits has been earned, a request for graduation can be submitted. Not all programs are offered at all campuses. Refer to the program schedule for further details. Courses Graduate courses are divided into core courses and specialization courses. Electives can be chosen from any of the scheduled courses offered at the graduate level. Specialization courses are scheduled based on enrollments and may not be available at all campuses. Specialization courses scheduled are available to all students also as electives. Refer to the program schedule for further details. Refer to the course overview for the list of available courses. Students are recommended to complete courses and earn credits at the highest level possible. Program requirements Total 60 credits Electives 52 credits / 26 courses Thesis 8 credits Switching to another program once the studies have started is possible as long as the program requirements are met by the end of the studies. Therefore, the decision to switch should be made as early as possible to avoid not meeting the program requirements within the intended program duration. Admission requirements proficiency in the English language Bachelor degree (or equivalent) No distinction is made between academic or professional Bachelor degrees. Degrees with 180 European credits or 120 American semester credits are considered equivalent. Students who do not hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent should apply for a Bachelor degree program, or for the Undergraduate Diploma top-up program. CAREER PERSPECTIVES Our study programs and courses are career-oriented in nature and provide students with a high level of flexibility throughout their graduate studies. Focusing on a broad range of specialized subject matters, students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in today’s global economy, and are prepared for a wide variety of professional development and career opportunities. Graduate programs are an excellent choice for recent college and university graduates who would like to see their employability in today's job market increase by engaging in rigorous and academically challenging graduate studies to obtain a relevant academic qualification in the field of liberal arts. Upon graduation, students mainly start or advance their careers with mid to upper-level positions in national and multinational companies and organizations in various economic sectors. Students can also choose to continue their studies without interruption in almost any of our other graduate and postgraduate programs to further enhance their career prospects. [-]

Research Master in Sociology and Demography

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

The master's programme in Sociology and Demography trains professionals to conduct high-quality research on key socio-demographic aspects of modern societies. In these turbulent times, it is more important than ever to determine which dynamics affect individuals and families and how the financial crisis is impacting various groups. This programme provides students with state-of-the-art methodological tools to answer questions such as... [+]

Research Master in Sociology and Demography The master's programme in Sociology and Demography trains professionals to conduct high-quality research on key socio-demographic aspects of modern societies. In these turbulent times, it is more important than ever to determine which dynamics affect individuals and families and how the financial crisis is impacting various groups. This programme provides students with state-of-the-art methodological tools to answer questions such as: What impact has the crisis had on social inequalities and social cohesion? How has it affected people's living and working conditions? How has it affected their health? What effect has it had on people's chances for educational and occupational mobility? What strategies have people chosen to deal with the crisis and how have they affected family structures, marriage and young people's ability to strike out on their own? What role do women play in the household economy today and how has it affected gender relations? Has the crisis hit all social classes, countries and welfare states equally hard? Is it possible to grow without sacrificing social cohesion? With what policies? The programme's content allows students to explore these and other important questions related to social organization from a dynamic perspective, identifying the opportunities, needs and problems that arise for individuals in different stages of their lives. It moreover does so from a comparative international perspective in order to address the role of social and institutional factors in explaining imbalances and social dynamics. Objectives The master's programme's primary aim is to provide solid research training to social science professionals. Students will thus learn to formulate and empirically test alternative theories on the main socio-demographic changes and the origin of inequalities in modern societies. The programme's approach is both analytical and empirical. To this end, students are trained in the most widely used theoretical approaches taken by the scientific community to gain insight into current socio-demographic structures and dynamics. At the same time, however, they learn to test the validity of their theoretical hypotheses using the latest analytical techniques. The programme covers theoretical approaches and analytical techniques from both demography and sociology. On the one hand, it explores the demographic dynamics (fertility, mortality, ageing, migratory flows, etc.) affecting both human populations at large and key institutions within them (such as the family, school or work) using the best statistical techniques available today. On the other hand, it uses multidisciplinary research techniques to examine the most important social phenomena (poverty, social cohesion, social mobility, etc.) arising from social relations of rivalry, power and cooperation. The result is a unique and innovative approach that looks at the interplay between demographic and social dynamics in order to further our understanding of the directions in which modern societies are headed. Who is it for? This master's programme is aimed at university graduates and professionals seeking world-class research-oriented training in the field of the social sciences based on a socio-demographic approach that takes into account both the population dynamics and social structures of advanced societies. Candidates must certify completion of an undergraduate degree equivalent to 240 ECTS credits and a strong command of English (e.g., a score of 220 on the TOEFL), as all subjects for the programme will be taught in that language. Structure This master's programme is research-oriented. Students must complete a total of 60 credits, in accordance with the following breakdown: 30 credits' worth of compulsory subjects, 10 credits' worth of optional subjects, and a compulsory final research project worth 20 credits. All subjects are worth 5 credits each. Content Compulsory subjects (30 credits) Analysis of Social Inequalities (5 credits) Family, Gender and Society (5 credits) Demographic Changes and Social Dynamics (5 credits) Social Policy and the Welfare State (5 credits) Statistical Analysis Techniques I (5 credits) Statistical Analysis Techniques II (5 credits) Optional subjects (10 credits) Migration and Society (5 credits) Labour Economics (5 credits) Fundamentals of Political and Social Research (5 credits) Qualitative Research Methods (5 credits) Research Seminar and Data Analysis Master's Degree Final Project (20 credits) Knowledge, skills and competences acquired General Ability to: Manage, analyse and synthesize information. Participate in interdisciplinary teams and communicate with the international scientific community in one's native language and in English. Generate new, quality ideas independently. Specific Ability to: Identify the socio-demographic structures of modern societies. Grasp the most important demographic dynamics affecting the life cycle: fertility, mortality, family formation, migratory flows, ageing, etc. Understand the main social phenomena affecting modern societies: social stratification and mobility, inequalities, reconciliation of household and paid work, etc. Analyse and synthesize the state of affairs with regard to a given research topic. Find suitable sources of data. Select relevant variables and build reliable indicators. Organize and plan research. Use advanced statistical methods and techniques. Adapt to new issues and problems. Design and evaluate public policies for addressing social problems, identifying weaknesses and conflicts. Career prospects The multidisciplinary training offered by the research master's programme in Sociology and Demography, along with its emphasis on quantitative research methods, prepares students for successful careers in the following fields: Doctoral programmes in the social sciences. Research and management at international organizations. Analyst work for public and private social science research centres both in Spain and abroad. Analyst work for local, regional and national governments, non-governmental organizations, etc. Institutional consulting. Analyst work at demographic research centres and statistics institutes. Socio-labour audits. Current public affairs analysis and/or journalism. The training provided moreover constitutes a sound basis for students who would like to pursue doctoral studies. Some of the programme's graduates have gone on to brilliant careers at such internationally renowned universities as Princeton, Yale, Stockholm and the London School of Economics. The master's programme is also quite useful for students seeking to pursue empirical research careers at international organizations, public authorities, or private organizations interested in analysing socio-demographic changes and the challenges they pose for social policy. To this end, it prepares students for a successful career as a: Specialist in the sociology of the family. Specialist in the sociology of migration. Social welfare specialist. Specialist in assessing social needs and the impact of social policy. Job market analyst. General management specialist. Advisor to politicians and parliamentary groups. [-]

Master in Food, Society and International Food Governance

UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Campus Full time October 2017 Spain Barcelona

The way food is produced, processed and what is eaten has changed significantly over time. Whereas it is likely that our great-grandparents ate predominantly local and seasonal foods, today, it is estimated that the average meal travels over 2,400 km, from field to fork. As our food is transported around the world, it is subject to myriad rules and regulations. [+]

Masters in Social Sciences in Barcelona in Spain. The way food is produced, processed and what is eaten has changed significantly over time. Whereas it is likely that our great-grandparents ate predominantly local and seasonal foods, today, it is estimated that the average meal travels over 2,400 km, from field to fork. As our food is transported around the world, it is subject to myriad rules and regulations. Food plays a central role in our societies, cultures, economies and personal lives, but few understand how food makes it to our plates. The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance clarifies this process. This programme is designed for individuals interested in enhancing their understanding and analysis of agriculture and food policy, and increasing their understanding of the social, cultural and economic factors that influence and shape the development and enforcement of agriculture governance. This combination presents an opportunity to explore connections between the historical, political, scientific, strategic and ethical considerations involved in the organization of food policy and agriculture internationally. The programme trains students to identify and generate solutions for just and sustainable food systems. It attracts a diversity of learners from professionals to those just starting their careers. All of our students share an interest in the organization of food systems and in food governance. The Master's is made up of two mandatory Specialisations, two elected Specialisations and a Final Research Project. A Specialisation is a 4 month, 15 ECTS credit course made up of a series of modules (usually 3 or 4). The Specialisations can be taken independently or as part of the Master's. Mandatory Specialisations: Food Systems Analysis International Agri-Food Policy Elective Specialisations: Food and Society Food Regulation (with MSU's IFLR) Food Security: Assessment and Action (with FAO) Impact Assessment of Food Security Progammes Understanding the Right to Food Final Research Project The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance provides you with an opportunity to pursue a research topic in your area of interest. You may collaborate with your employer to develop a project or you may opt to undertake an independent research project. A UOC advisor must approve your research question and will work with you to carry out the research in an appropriate and timely fashion. This Final Research Project (6 or 9 ECTS) is required to complete the Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance and is to be completed over the duration of the Master's programme. In general, research will be multi-disciplinary and will have a practical application. The Final Research Project will be evaluated by an Academic Committee. The Committee can include a mentor from your company or organization. Agreements with industry on confidentiality are always strictly taken into account. Students must defend their project. This can be done virtually (as long as it is synchronous) or in person. Completing the Final Research Project is a major task that requires patience and dedication. We will work with you to make it manageable and make sure that you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel at the task. Objectives To provide students with the tools and knowledge to analyse and understand: Food systems and their role in society; How food and agriculture are regulated nationally and internationally; How agencies and institutions regulate agriculture and food nationally and internationally. To provide a framework for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, programmes and viewpoints among players, including other universities, researchers, professionals, civil service, private sector and government. To develop a comprehensive understanding of food systems in a local, regional and global context. To develop awareness of the role that food and food policy play across cultures, historically and in contemporary societies. To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy. To develop a comprehensive understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies. To develop the capacity to critically analyse and address issues of governance within food systems. To develop the capacity to apply theory and knowledge to policy analysis. To develop knowledge of how policy interventions affect food security and agricultural production. To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy. To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations and standards and their local and international implications. To develop an understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies and corresponding legal texts. To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations as they relate to specific regions as well as their implications internationally. To develop competence in approaching a research problem in the area of food systems. To develop competence in articulating a research question, data collection and articulating research results. To develop competence in critically evaluating research. Competencies This programme will prepare you to meet the demand for knowledgeable and well-trained food systems analysts and leaders, by fostering practical and critical learning with an international perspective. The courses are geared towards: Individuals working in NGOs and community organizations that address issues related to food and agriculture. Individuals working in the agri-food sector. Public administrators. Civil Servants. Policy analysts. Consultants. Lawyers. Journalists specializing in food politics. Professional organizations or international cooperation projects that address issues linked to food and agriculture. Students wishing further education on issues of agri-food governance. Providing students with the necessary tools for improving their employability, giving them the right to knowledge and education to be successful in the different occupations they will have during their lives, is a fundamental purpose of our postgraduate programmes. Student profile The Master's of Food, Society and International Agri-Food Governance students typically have backgrounds in a field related to the agri-food sector, or an academic background in agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, development, public health or sociology. The programme attracts people who wish to specialise in the agri-food sector, as well as those interested working in this field. Many already have work experience in the agri-food sector and are looking to broaden their knowledge and skills so as to advance their careers. Learning resources Materials will be in English and will include written course materials, relevant websites, academic articles, books and magazine articles, among others. Academic requirements The Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance is open to everyone with a good grasp of English. The UOC is an open university which means that even if you do not have a high school diploma or university degree you can still take our courses. However, to be eligible for the Master's Degree you must have a recognised university degree. If you do not have a recognised university degree then you will receive an equivalency certificate instead of a degree. Prior knowledge The course materials and teaching language is English. A strong grasp of English is required for this programme. Degrees Once the overall assessment process has been completed successfully, the UOC will issue a Master Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma/Specialization Certificate to those participants with an accredited university qualification that is valid in Spain. Should you not have such a qualification, a Certificate will be issued. [-]