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Analyze and transform knowledge production practices in social matters.

  • Qualification awarded: Master in Research in Contemporary Social Problems
  • Type of training: Master
  • Methodology: On-site
  • Place of development: Bogotá, DC
  • Estimated duration: 4 semesters
  • Academic credits: 47
  • Value per credit: $ 686,942 (2019)
  • Registration fee: $ 8,243,304 (for first semester students)


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The Master in Research in Contemporary Social Problems, attached to the Department of Social Sciences, has the objective of training critical professionals, with the ability to critically and creatively analyze their environment, in such a way that they allow themselves to open possibilities for transformation both of themselves and of your own social context. Likewise, it seeks to put in "tension" the hegemonic assumptions and knowledge, and the practices of knowledge production itself, in order that the graduates participate in the processes of production, circulation and appropriation of knowledge, in social problems especially relevant for Colombia and Latin America.

Academic information of the Master in Research in Contemporary Social Problems

Inaugural Chair

At the opening of each cohort, a three-session seminar is held, open both for students enrolled in the master's program and for the entire academic community interested in social research topics. This chair has been in charge of intellectuals whose impact on critical thinking has been crucial for the development of social sciences at local, continental and even global level.

This event fulfills the commitment to offer students a space of access to theoretical approaches, developments and research experiences, and social problems, questions, methods and interests that guide the work of recognized intellectuals in the field of social sciences.

Curriculum structure

The program of this master's degree is organized in three axes: basic, investigative and complementary.

  • Basic: Study the most frequent relationships between social theory and society. Its objective is to analyze predominant philosophical concepts in contemporary social sciences; the uses built between concepts and formulation of social problems; and, finally, the power practices that are historically linked to them.
  • Investigative: Focuses on the preponderant relationships between epistemology and society. It includes seminars, research workshops and tutorials, whose purpose is to inform students of the accumulated research lines of the master's degree, depending on the research processes that are in progress, as well as encourage their participation in the activities of them for the development of their degree projects.
  • Complementary: It covers the main debates between knowledge and society. Their chairs open the possibility of participating in current discussions on the most relevant social issues, carried out by groups and networks of national and Latin American researchers. Additionally, the master's degree has a series of chairs from platforms of the Virtual Campus of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Clacso).

What does the Master's Degree in Research in Contemporary Social Problems offer?

The Master of Research in Contemporary Social Problems offers you the following advantages:

  • It offers an interdisciplinary view that understands consumption as a process of cultural, social, economic and political dimensions.
  • Recognizes methodological pluralism and epistemological diversity.
  • It delves into the new forms of action and political participation that take place in consumption.
  • It gives rise to theoretical discussion and field work. These account for the multidimensional nature of consumption and the nature of consumers.
  • It has spaces for dialogue that will tend towards the construction of a reflexive and critical knowledge about consumption as a social process.
  • It can contribute to the construction of conceptual and analytical categories to understand the dynamics and motivations of the consumption of cultural products.
  • It is supported by the research group Advertising, Society and Consumption, formed in 2002.

Profile of the applicant

Graduates from different disciplines, especially from the social sciences; university professors who wish to qualify their research work; professionals working in NGOs and public entities related to the formulation, execution and evaluation of social policies; teachers of educational institutions, public and private, who are interested in acquiring research training.

Graduate profile

The graduate of the Master in Research in Contemporary Social Problems will be able to:

  • Formulate and develop critical research in the field of social sciences, especially in Colombia and Latin America, focused on social action.
  • Carry out support, advisory and consulting activities for public and private entities.
  • Conform and participate in research groups in the areas of social sciences.
  • Link to networks of national and international researchers.
  • Know the processes relevant to the dissemination of knowledge such as publication in journals, scientific books and websites, as well as those concerning participation in national and international scientific events, among others.
  • Design products aimed at expanding the knowledge circuits, the social groups of influence and the modes of interaction between knowledge and society (websites, databases, videos, magazine articles and newspapers of mass publication, booklets, workshops, among others) .

What makes us different?

More than fifty years of experience allow us to assume a great diversity of knowledge to apply them in solving the problems of the country, with academic rigor and vocation of service to society.

Thanks to our trajectory, we understand that the interests and needs of students are diverse. That's why UC has the best educational services to live the best university experience:

  • Homologation: From other professional levels.
  • Cultural, sports and entertainment activities: Cineclub, chess, book club, music, theater, courses, etc.
  • Discount plans: For the unicentral family and for inter-institutional agreements. *
  • Financing systems : Multiple financing systems.
  • Main roads and public transport system: Two sites located near the main roads of the city and the public transport system.

* Note: Universidad Central reserves the right to define biannually the programs included in the discount plan of the Institution.

Program taught in:
Spanish (Colombia)
Last updated December 14, 2018
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