Master of Science in Cultural Sociology - Social Transformation Processes

University of Southern Denmark

Program Description

Master of Science in Cultural Sociology - Social Transformation Processes

University of Southern Denmark

When choosing the Master of Social Science in Cultural Sociology with a profile in Social Transformation Processes you obtain a thorough theoretical and empirical insight into how societal development and social transformation processes are influenced by various socio-cultural factors.

The focus of this profile is on classical themes within the cultural sociology fields of research. During the master programme you will explore how social transformation processes are shaped by elements of society such as the perception of the body, health, gender issues, family relations, nature understanding, identity building time and space, cultures and countercultures.

You should choose this master programme if you have an interest in the relations between society and people and in the cultural encounters that emerge every time people meet across age, professions, nationality, gender, health and religion.

The Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Sociology builds on the bachelor programme in Sociology and Cultural Analysis offered at the University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg. Read more about the bachelor programme here (link). Access to the master programme in Cultural Sociology is granted to those who hold a bachelor degree in one of the Social Sciences or Human Sciences.

Programme structure

The master programme in Cultural Sociology consists of 120 ECTS, corresponding to two years full-study. The programme builds on the knowledge, skills and competencies achieved during the bachelor programme in Sociology and Cultural Analysis.

The programme is offered in English.

The programme entails a range of thematic areas based on different sociological approaches to the description, understanding and interpretation of the various structures, systems, cultures and groups of society. The aim is to provide students with a holistic understanding of the development of the modern state.

The thematic areas frame the lessons at each semester in terms of an integrated package of theoretical courses, methodological courses and exams including The Cultural Sociology Project, all which encourage the interdisciplinary approach that characterizes the MSc Cultural Sociology programme.

First semester focuses on socio-cultural prespectives on body and gender issues, including modern family relations, health perceptions, the place of gender in different societal contexts as well as the idealized body and its consequences.

Second semester includes a space, time and identity perspective focusing on mobility, negotiations of identity, urban space, nature, rural-urban relations and physical changes as a mean for social processes.

Third semester investigates the role of cultures and countercultures in social transformation processes, including learning and innovation; societal and organizational development; diffusion of norms; as well as social exclusion and harassment.

During the fourth semester, the thesis will be written which has to be about a cultural sociological issue linked to social transformation processes.

Entry requirements

Access is granted to students holding a bachelor degree, which can be argued to be equivalent to the Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Cultural Analysis offered at University of Southern Denmark.

Students with a bachelor degree in one of the other Social Sciences (e.g. Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Law) and from the Humanities (e.g. Communication, Religion, Journalism, and History) will be evaluated and decided by the Study Board.

Students with a professional bachelor’s degree (e.g. social worker, police officer, primary school teacher) will be evaluated and decided by the Study Board.

It is possible to supplement your degree with courses at the BSc. Sociology and Cultural Analysis before starting at the master programme.

Applicants must provide documentation of proficiency in English.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
8,500 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Denmark Esbjerg
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 8,500 EUR
Price for non EU/EEA students, per year