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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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Saint Petersburg University

The programme ‘International Sociology’ targets students interested in multidisciplinary study on social, economical, political and cultural changes in modern Western and ... [+]

Masters in Sociology. Level of education: Master programme Type of instruction: Full-time Duration: 2 years Language of instruction: English Benefits of the programme The programme ‘International Sociology’ targets students interested in a multidisciplinary study on social, economic, political and cultural changes in modern Western and Eastern societies. The track ‘Studies in European Societies’ is the outcome of collaboration between SPSU and Bielefeld University (Germany) with the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Centre for German and European Studies. It focuses on modern development trends of European countries, including the Europeanization of politics, transformation of Eur... [-]
Russia Saint Petersburg
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Helsinki

The multidisciplinary, research-based Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies (COS) focuses on the key themes in the dynamics of contemporary societies, both in a Eu ... [+]

Goal of the pro­gramme

Is your goal to understand the complex issues associated with contemporary societies? As societies become increasingly diverse, change rapidly, and are confronted with inequalities, there is a growing need for professionals trained in the analysis of these dynamics. To become an expert in the analysis of contemporary societies – choose COS!

The multidisciplinary, research-based Master’s Programme in Contemporary Societies (COS) focuses on the key themes in the dynamics of contemporary societies, both in a European and a global context. Depending on your study track, one or several of the following pathways are available to you: Ethnic Relations and Migration, Mind and Society, Socio-Cultural Shifts, and Sources of Inequalities.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Wroclaw - Institute of Sociology

MA in Sociology Intercultural Mediation programme gives you a unique chance to ask and seek answers to the big questions about social changes taking place every day aroun ... [+]

Master Programme in Sociology, Specialisation Intercultural Mediation

We put great emphasis on the topic of Intercultural Mediation which means we help you understand how culture (in its great variety) informs social change and how it can be facilitated using the knowledge on how people create social groups, how they communicate, what kind of internal and external factors influence how society works.

Acquire knowledge and skills useful in intercultural communication. Practice conflict resolution and manage social integration. Carry out own social research on multiculturalism, migration and social change. Use your expertise in work in European, state and local institutions, NGOs and private sector companies. Study in Wrocław where history and every day life meet in constant need for intercultural mediation! The programme involves 895 teaching hours (121 ECTS).... [-]

Poland Wrocław
October 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
University of Latvia

Master degree program in Education Sciences offers students possibilities to widen and deepen knowledge in philosophy of education, sociology, psychology, comparative res ... [+]

Master degree program in Education Sciences offers students possibilities to widen and deepen knowledge in philosophy of education, sociology, psychology, comparative research, research methodology, adult education, multicultural education, in human behavior and education.

The program is based on student-centered approach, which focuses on students’ learning process, development of their responsibility for results in learning and research. It gives students the possibility to develop individual skills to carry out research, to summarize, to analyze, to evaluate research results as well as to present them during the defense of Master Thesis. During studies students obtain skills to work with information, to analyze and evaluate it, to form a personal view and to express it.... [-]

Latvia Riga
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Full-time
Part-time
1.2 - 2.5 years
Campus
Åbo Akademi University

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 r ... [+]

Degree awarded: Master of Arts, Master of TheologyAnnual intake: 20Contact: socialex@abo.fiWebsite: https://www.abo.fi/en/study-programme/masters-degree-programme-in-social-exclusion/

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.... [-]

Finland Turku
August 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Tampere University

The programme provides students with the basis for making sense of globalisation and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures a ... [+]

Analyse policies. Understand change. Master the world.

High-quality research into the policy and cultural complexities of globalisation. MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS) is a high-quality programme especially suited for students aiming at careers in social research, policy analysis and consultation, media, international organisations, and international development.

The programme provides students with the basis for making sense of globalisation and transnational connections in the contemporary world. National policies and cultures are increasingly related to events and forces outside national borders.

Political processes, cultural trends and organisations are interconnected across the world. A critical understanding of these patterns and connections is the primary goal of the programme. With a special emphasis on sociological neo-institutionalism, the GTS Programme offers the students a toolkit to analyse the social, political and cultural forces shaping our global world. The degree also develops the students’ cosmopolitan perspective crucial for a wide span of careers today.... [-]

Finland Tampere
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Lecturers from prestigious universities in Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA. This Master in Sociology has been designed to prepare international highly q ... [+]

Masters in Sociology. Presentation Lecturers from prestigious universities in Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA.

This Master in Sociology has been designed to prepare international highly qualified researchers, professionals, experts, managers, technicians, professors and candidates to doctoral programmes.

The city of Lisbon welcomes you to study and share its enriching university life, friendly people, ravishing culture and splendid weather.

Lecturing is focused on structures and institutions of contemporary societies, its processes and agents of change, current social problems and existing forms of individual and collective action.... [-]

Portugal Lisbon
September 2019
2 years
Online & Campus Combined
The University of Waikato

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

New Zealand Hamilton Tauranga
March 2020
Full-time
12 - 18 months
Campus
Higher School of Economics

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 ... [+]

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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!... [-]

Russia Moscow South Korea Seoul
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University 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 Facu ... [+]

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.... [-]

Netherlands Rotterdam
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Language And Literature, Humanities, Arts And Education (FLSHASE)

This international, multidisciplinary, research-based Master in Social Sciences and Educational Sciences addresses topics at the nexus of education and society and key ch ... [+]

Education's importance for individual life chances and societal development continues to rise worldwide. Changes in schooling, vocational training and higher education as well as informal, inclusive and lifelong learning emphasize this growing significance.

This international, multidisciplinary, research-based Master in Social Sciences and Educational Sciences addresses topics at the nexus of education and society and key challenges facing contemporary societies and welfare states.

Programme scope

English-language-based, the programme distinctively unites social scientific analysis of education and social systems and policies at local, national, European, and global levels. It combines historical, cultural, political, educational and sociological perspectives on educational institutions and organizations as well as their conditions and their consequences.... [-]

Luxembourg Esch-sur-Alzette
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
University of Wroclaw

The master program in sociology, specialization "Intercultural mediation" is offered by the Institute of Sociology at the University of Wroclaw. The Institute of Sociolog ... [+]

MA in Sociology Intercultural Mediation program gives you a unique chance to ask and seek answers to the big questions about social changes taking place every day around you (think about migrations, social movements, cultural transformations and many more). What are the reasons for these changes? What are their implications for the individual and for the whole society?

We put great emphasis on the topic of Intercultural Mediation which means we help you understand how culture (in its great variety) informs social change and how it can be facilitated using the knowledge on how people create social groups, how they communicate, what kind of internal and external factors influence how society works. MA in Sociology Intercultural Mediation program is an opportunity to study in a culturally open and intellectually stimulating environment with guidance by scholars and experts in a diverse range of fields of research and social practice of intercultural communication. The master program in sociology, specialization "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.... [-]

Poland Wrocław
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Lobachevsky University

Sociology, International Relations Theory, Political Science, Political Psychology - Theoretical approaches and research methods of all these sciences are united by a uni ... [+]

Program Details Language of Instruction: English Duration: 2 years ECTS: 120 Entrance Exams: English Language, Sociology Department: Faculty of Social Sciences

Overview

Sociology, International Relations Theory, Political Science, Political Psychology - Theoretical approaches and research methods of all these sciences are united by a unique master's program run at the Faculty of Social Sciences - Sociology of Politics and International Relations.

Professionalism, high scientific qualification, skills of conducting complex research, comparative analysis of large-scale social and political processes and their subjects in the modern world, social and economic aspects of globalization, makes the graduate of this master's profile a popular specialist in the modern labor market.... [-]

Russia Nizhny Novgorod
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Through IPSL’s independently designed and curated reflections seminars, “Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA), “ students receive a foundation of the history a ... [+]

*IPSL Institute for Global Learning is excited to announce an automatic USD$8000 scholarship for individuals who enroll in the Spring 2019 cohort.

The Master of Arts in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA) has built-in study abroad terms and is designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities.

Similar to IPSL Institute for Global Learning’s MA in International Development & Service (IDS), students are prepared for careers with nonprofit, government, and community development organizations through an interdisciplinary program that combines rigorous academic training with hands-on skill development through volunteer service in several countries.... [-]

USA Portland Peru Cusco Colombia Medellín Cartagena Vietnam Hanoi Tanzania Arusha Greece Thessaloniki Samothraki  + 10 More
September 2019
Full-time
13 months
Online & Campus Combined
Örebro University

On this interdisciplinary programme you will develop advanced analytical skills for the study of important contemporary social problems. With such skills you can work on ... [+]

On this interdisciplinary programme 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 doctoral level.

In this programme, 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.... [-]

Sweden Örebro
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Full-time
2 years
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