Social Sciences

Masters in Sociology

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More information about the Sociology discipline

Sociology is a study field which deals with human social behavior. It can be also defined as the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society. Sociology is a part of social science and aims to acquire knowledge about human social factors by performing empirical and critical analysis through qualitative and quantitative techniques, interpretative, hermeneutic and philosophic approaches. The study field looks into the factors such as deviance, social stratification, social class, culture, social mobility, law and religion and develops scientific knowledge. Sociologists try to understand the issues that change the society. Graduates usually follow one of these paths: criminal justice, human services, education, research, policy or business. Students will develop their communication, analytical and research skills as well as understanding of various human aspects.

Suggested Study Programmes

  • Master in In Applied Social Studies

    The objective of this new online programme which will commence in September/October 2014 is to provide graduates from all disciplines with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role and function of social policy. Who is it for? Whether you are interested in social care, social work, social policy or social change this course will provide you with in-depth knowledge.

  • Master in Applied Science - Community Development

    Community developers work toward positive social, economic, cultural and environmental change by engaging citizens in the decision making process. The program explores a wide range of community development perspectives and equips you with the tools and educational experiences to contribute to positive changes in communities and regions.

  • Master in Family, Youth and Community Sciences

    Our online Master of Science degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences (FYCS) offers real-world, practical career preparation in a field that addresses critical global issues such as family violence prevention, nonprofit leadership, personal and family financial security, and more.

  • Master in Communication Sciences and Disorders

    The goals of the program in Communication Sciences and Disorders are to train professionals to conduct research and be consumers of research in communication sciences and disorders and to prepare competent professionals to habilitate and rehabilitate individuals who have speech, language, and/or hearing problems. The program also serves to provide students in other curricula at Penn State with orientation toward and information about communication sciences and disorders.

  • Master in Foundation Programme in Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

    The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a one, two or three-term programme, with guaranteed progression to a wide range of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences Master’s degrees at the University of Sunderland. You will live and study your Foundation programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the University of Sunderland City campus.

  • Master in Human Development and Family Studies

    Human Development and Family Studies repares students for careers in academic life, primarily in psychology, sociology, or human development; in research programs of governmental agencies at various levels; and in a range of programs in community agencies and private enterprise. It does not prepare students to be clinical psychologists, school psychologists, or family life counselors.

  • Master in Democracy and Governance

    Democracy and governance are essential parameters of political development in the contemporary world. Understanding them is key for building a successful career in modern government, civil society, politics and international organisations. This programme integrates empirical and theoretical knowledge about political systems, democratic institutions, public governance and policy analysis into a single whole.

  • Master in Women's and Gender Studies (GEMMA)

    The GEMMA programme is the first MA of its kind and falls in line with the implementation of the Bologna Process in European postgraduate provision. It carries high prestige within the European Union.



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