Masters Programs in Sociology

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Sociology

There are two sciences that research mainly the interior and exterior of humankind’s behavior, stemming from the functioning of its mind. The science to take over the inner processes is Psychology, while the external manifestations of the human mind – the thing that we usually refer to as society - are studied by Sociology. Master in Sociology programs provide a deep and foundational understanding of social behavior and require independent, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

This study began with pursuing the truth of human social activity, social stratification and mobility, religion, as well as the individual behavior of a person within the social structure. However, after the core matters have been studied rather thoroughly, Sociology has moved on to new fields that could use its knowledge and methods. Students pursuing a Master in Sociology can easily find an exciting research subject connected to health, the Internet, culture, military, media, education, family as well as environment, religion or criminality. A Master in Sociology gives room for both astute students who like to dig deep into theory, and for those students who rather seek a practical application of their knowledge. There are plenty of career opportunities with a Master in Sociology in both the private and public sectors, in a variety of organizations or businesses.

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Master's Degree Programme in Social Exclusion

Åbo Akademi
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Vaasa

This programme stems from the need to recognize the multidisciplinary nature of social exclusion. It takes seriously the need to provide analytical tools for critically reflecting on our social and cultural futures from a larger perspective based in the humanities, and anchored in subjects such as History, Ethics, Philosophy, The study of Religion, Gender Studies, Theology and Minority studies. The programme taps into a set of topical global issues and brings to the surface relevant factors and dimensions that underlie the process of social exclusion; values, ideas, beliefs, trends, ideologies, practices in combination with the individual and social agency, capabilities and power. The skillset provided by this programme is useful both for students seeking a career in a range of organisations and for those who are aiming for a career in research. [+]

Duration: 120 credits, 2 years of full-time study

Degree awarded: Master of Arts, Master of Theology

Annual intake: 20

Tuition fee: 10 000 € for students from non-EU/EEA countries

Contact: socialex@abo.fi

In the midst of the growing diversity and complexity of today’s rapidly changing world, people suffering from poverty, deprivation of legal rights, and cultural and social isolation has become a growing global concern. These issues are examples of a phenomenon termed social exclusion; a complex condition that extends beyond economic disadvantage and poverty. It is a multifaceted process through which people lose political, legal, and social agency, and through which they are stigmatized or discriminated against. Social exclusion is therefore closely linked to culture and history, how we interact and make boundaries, how we think about society, what we take to be true, and how we envision a good world.... [-]


Master of Social Sciences

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months March 2018 New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga + 1 more

A Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) builds on the Bachelors or Honours qualification you've already gained. When studying for your MSocSc, you'll focus on your preferred Social Science subject area and you'll immerse yourself in a high-level programme of study. You'll learn the latest research techniques and be updated on recent developments in knowledge relating to your chosen field. [+]

A Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc) builds on the Bachelors or Honours qualification you've already gained. When studying for your MSocSc, you'll focus on your preferred Social Science subject area and you'll immerse yourself in a high-level programme of study. You'll learn the latest research techniques and be updated on recent developments in knowledge relating to your chosen field.

You'll be preparing for a dissertation or thesis, so will be conducting a substantial amount of your own independent research. If you think you may want to complete a doctorate level qualification, later on, completing an MSocSc prepares you for that next level of academic study.

As you grow your knowledge of your chosen subject area, you'll be refining your intellectual skills, particularly your ability to think critically, problem solve and analyse. This will enable you to prepare for leadership roles in fields related to your subject area.... [-]


Master's program in Sustainable Communities

Binghamton University
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Binghamton + 1 more

Binghamton University offers an innovative master’s program in Sustainable Communities. This program reflects vital community needs for collaborative policies, processes, and relationships. [+]

Master's program in Sustainable Communities

Binghamton University offers an innovative master’s program in Sustainable Communities. This program reflects vital community needs for collaborative policies, processes, and relationships. The lively curriculum spans several disciplines, including geography, public administration, and environmental studies. Students can pursue a natural science/ecological perspective or a social/policy-based track. All students receive both theoretical and practical training focused on improving quality of life by integrating economic, social, and ecological issues and strategies.

Degrees Offered MS in Sustainable Communities MA in Sustainable Communities The role of sustainability professionals has grown ... [-]

Master in Sociology in European Context (SEC)

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Czech Republic Prague

Sociology in European Context (SEC) is a two-year English-language Master’s programme designed for international students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of the state of the present-day field including its theory and research methods. [+]

Sociology in European Context (SEC) is a two-year English-language Master’s programme designed for international students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of the state of the present-day field including its theory and research methods. The curriculum focuses on major social processes taking place in contemporary European countries and offers opportunities for students to develop skills including data collection, analysis, and interpretation while carrying out sociological research.

The lectures and seminars examine processes and phenomena of international migration, nationalism, and social inequality in terms of social integration and the main threats to the building of a civil society in Central Europe. Further, students explore the role of elites in societies undergoing social transformation and in the building of a civil society. The programme also includes lectures and seminars on carrying out applied research (electoral, marketing etc.), and special attention is paid to developing students’ critical thinking about scientific practice.... [-]


Master Sociology

West Catholic University - Université Catholique de l’Ouest
Campus Full time September 2018 France Angers

This Master trains future professionals to understand and analyze the territorial transformations to propose, design, implement development projects. Multidisciplinary reading [+]

This Master trains future professionals to understand and analyze the territorial transformations to propose, design, implement development projects. Multidisciplinary reading of societal change makes students responsible for the implementation and facilitation of innovative regional projects tailored, original and effective. From a solid background to the applications, methods and tools of social intervention (survey, interview, statistics, observation ...), three skill areas are possible at the end of two years of training: 1. Surveys, studies, diagnosis and evaluation 2. Animation territories, project management 3. Supervision and direction of the ESS structures

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Master in Comparative Social Research

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Russia Moscow St. Petersburg South Korea Seoul + 3 more

The aim of our programme is to provide the theoretical and methodological instruments in order to shed light on the differences between nations, cultures and other social groups. In the seminars and lectures, our students investigate social problems and issues in today´s world from a perspective of interconnectedness between the social activities of individuals at different levels of collectivity, such as, for example, societies and cultures. [+]

About programme

Comparative Social Research

In our globalized world of today a huge variety of nations, cultures and societies comprised of an even bigger variance of political, ethical, religious and other groups, are interconnected and develop in relation with each other. That is why it is of utmost importance to find solutions to contemporary problems and conflicts, which take into account the characteristics and conditions of all societies and social groups concerned. But in order to judge if policies around the globe are successful in solving today's problems, we need to understand and explain, how societies in their plural existence evolve and why they do this in a particular way. To do so is the approach of comparative social research!... [-]


Double Master’s in Demography and Social Inequality

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Cologne

The Double Master’s Programme in Demography and Social Inequality gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. [+]

In cooperation with the University of Groningen

The Double Master’s Programme in Demography and Social Inequality gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme spend one year studying at each university and graduate with two master’s degrees: a Master of Sciences in Sociology and Social Research issued by the University of Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studies issued by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The international master's programme focuses on demographic change, population dynamics and the challenges faced by modern societies due to increasing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and migration. Students will learn to apply advanced social research methods and data analysis, providing necessary tools to deal with current issues such as ageing, social inequality, family, integration and education, among others. Students will have the possibility of acquiring in-depth knowledge of these topics and developing interdisciplinary research skills.... [-]


Research Master Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam

The two-year Research Master’s Program in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts is offered by the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Social Sciences. [+]

Research Master in Sociology of Culture, Media, and the Arts

Challenge yourself in this interdisciplinary Research Master’s program! Combine social-scientific training and hands-on research experience. Develop your own research interests. And prepare yourself for a Ph.D., or a research-oriented career outside of academia.

The two-year Research Master’s Program in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts is offered by the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Social Sciences. This Master’s of Science (MSc) Program is designed for talented and motivated students, who are interested in research on culture, media and the arts.

You will be trained to independently carry out high-quality research, whilst simultaneously getting the chance to more clearly outline your own research interests — with the help of top scholars in the field. The curriculum consists of theoretical courses, as well as quantitative and qualitative methodological training. You will put this knowledge into practice in a research traineeship, in which you get the opportunity to collaborate with an experienced scholar and work on a real-life research project. Through a study exchange in your second year, you get the opportunity to further broaden your knowledge and expand your international network.... [-]


Master in Cultural Sociology

Masaryk University Faculty of Social Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Brno

The Cultural Sociology Master’s degree seeks for students with a strong interest in the development of contemporary societies, who want to research topics such as globalization, migration, popular culture, changes in identity and societal transformations. [+]

The Cultural Sociology Master’s degree seeks for students with a strong interest in the development of contemporary societies, who want to research topics such as globalization, migration, popular culture, changes in identity and societal transformations.

The program is intended for full-time study, with a standard length of 4 semesters. It is offered to students who have already earned an undergraduate degree in the fields of humanities, social sciences, political science or other related fields. To earn the diploma, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits for coursework, successfully complete a thesis (about 20 000 words in length) and pass the final examination.

The program builds on a well-established tradition of research and teaching in the field of cultural sociology at Masaryk University’s Department of Sociology. The points of interest range from organizational and popular culture to religion and urban studies, yet the two topical areas which give the program its particular profile are the study of ethno-national boundaries (including, e.g., migration and transnationalism) and the study of collective memory (including, e.g., generational memory and collective trauma). Today, the research and teaching activities in the field evolve around the Department’s Center for Cultural Sociology. Although the Center was formally instituted only in 2008, its foundation already reflected the many courses – focusing, for example and besides the above mentioned topics, on civic culture, identity formation, gender and sexuality, race, anti-Semitism and protest culture – which had long been offered by the Department in its various study programs. Many of the Center’s... [-]


M.Des. in Public Space Design

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 India Bangalore

The program fosters empathetic and reflective designers capable of engaging with theory and public policy. It develops the ability to deal with complexity and navigate the layers of physical and non- physical contexts that define public spaces. The aim is to use this holistic understanding of the design of dynamic, inclusive and sensitive interventions. [+]

M.Des. in Public Space Design

Students displaying their work from a public space design course, which explored Urban Planning through mapping. Course: Making Places Public places are sometimes the sites for conflict of race, class, gender, and economics. But they are also places of synergy and the collective where individuals and communities can interact with each other. In the Indian context where pastoral communities consider grasslands as common land that everyone’s cattle can graze in or streets that become makeshift markets where street vendors have traditionally congregated to sell their produce. With emerging technologies such as the Internet of things and cloud computing, we will increasingly connect everyone and everything in a seamless network, further blurring the boundaries between public and private. All of this adds varied dimensions to the word “public”. It is critical to understand this changing dynamic of public space. The program fosters empathetic and reflective designers capable of engaging with theory and public policy. It develops the ability to deal with complexity and navigate the layers of physical and non- physical contexts that define public spaces. The aim is to use this holistic understanding of the design of dynamic, inclusive and sensitive interventions.... [-]


Master in Social Analysis

Örebro University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Sweden Örebro

In this interdisciplinary program, you will develop advanced analytical skills for the study of important contemporary social problems. With such skills, you can work on social issues in both the private and public sector, and are competent to continue your studies at the Ph.D. level. [+]

In this interdisciplinary program, you will develop advanced analytical skills for the study of important contemporary social problems. With such skills, you can work on social issues in both the private and public sector, and are competent to continue your studies at the Ph.D. level.

In this program, you will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in social analysis. Through developing advanced methodological and analytical knowledge and skills you will be able to study many important contemporary global and local social problems and risks. You will acquire knowledge of the construction of social problems and gain insight into and develop knowledge and reflexive skills with regard to the construction and perception of social problems, as well as to the way in which scientific problems relate to various social issues. The role of social science in society is discussed and your studies will contribute to an understanding of the possibilities and limitations in terms of resolving or dealing with various social problems.... [-]


Master of Education (MED/ALTA) Social Studies

Alabama State University The Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 USA Montgomery

The College of Education (COE) seeks to prepare teachers, instructional support personnel and other professionals to be decision makers who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to ethically and effectively integrate theory and practice their professions. These professionals will possess the understanding of our diverse culture, the technological capabilities, the intellectual rigor and the critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to make informed and responsible decisions, to engage in reflective assessment, to implement positive change and to pursue learning as a lifetime endeavor. [+]

The College of Education (COE) seeks to prepare teachers, instructional support personnel and other professionals to be decision makers who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to ethically and effectively integrate theory and practice their professions. These professionals will possess the understanding of our diverse culture, the technological capabilities, the intellectual rigor and the critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to make informed and responsible decisions, to engage in reflective assessment, to implement positive change and to pursue learning as a lifetime endeavor.

As an integral part of the University, the COE is committed to serving the communities in Alabama through its educational programs and related activities. As it works to carry out its mission, the COE ensures that initial and advanced programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional education personnel are aligned with the expectations of national, state, professional and institutional standards.... [-]


Master Of Social Development Studies

Université Du Québec En Outaouais UQO
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Canada Gatineau Saint-Jérôme + 1 more

This multidisciplinary course is for candidates who wish to give the tools to become professionals and develop leaders capable of identifying current challenges and to propose innovative solutions. [+]

This multidisciplinary course is for candidates who wish to give the tools to become professionals and develop leaders capable of identifying current challenges and to propose innovative solutions.

They will become familiar with the main theories of development and with the issues, challenges, solutions and limits development. They deepen their understanding of the multiple dimensions that interact on community development and on territorial dynamics.

Also, they will develop their ability to analyze social relations and human actions, relations with the environment and social structures in the territories. Students also master the various techniques of research and specific action to development. After their training, they will have acquired the theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary to understand and act on developing and elsewhere.... [-]


Master in Intercultural Mediation

University of Wroclaw
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Wrocław

The master program in sociology, specialty "Intercultural mediation" is offered by the Institute of Sociology at the University of Wroclaw. The Institute of Sociology was founded in 1988. It is the oldest research and educational center in Wrocław offering BA and MA programs in sociology based on highly qualified staff. The Institute of Sociology employs 52 academic teachers, including 40 assistant professors and 12 associate professors and full professors. The Institute cooperates with a range of national and international academic partners. [+]

The master program in sociology, specialty "Intercultural mediation" is offered by the Institute of Sociology at the University of Wroclaw. The Institute of Sociology was founded in 1988. It is the oldest research and educational center in Wrocław offering BA and MA programs in sociology based on highly qualified staff. The Institute of Sociology employs 52 academic teachers, including 40 assistant professors and 12 associate professors and full professors. The Institute cooperates with a range of national and international academic partners.

The program involves 890 teaching hours (120 ECTS). The particular focus of the "Intercultural mediation" program is on the local, regional (Central and Eastern European) and global dimensions of culture and multiculturalism.... [-]


Master in International Sociology

Saint Petersburg State University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Russia St. Petersburg

The program was established by SPbU Department of Sociology in collaboration with South Korean and European universities and academic foundations and is a part of the International Sociology program. [+]

Overview

The program was established by SPbU Department of Sociology in collaboration with South Korean and European universities and academic foundations and is a part of the International Sociology program.

Its mission is to build awareness of today’s social, political, economic and cultural problems and processes typical for the Western and Eastern societies in view of globalization as well as to develop skills in comparative sociological analysis of these problems and processes. All courses of the master program are taught in English by leading professors and lecturers from Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea.

The students of the program have an opportunity to participate in international and Russian research projects and scientific conferences. They actively publish their research works in scientific journals in Russia and abroad.... [-]