Urban Sociology provides the analytical tools to understand how conditions in urban environments affect the feelings, ideas, relations, and opportunities of their inhabitants.
Urban Sociology posits that urban areas possess unique attributes (numbers, density, diversity, mobility) that shape all aspects of social life. These “urban attributes” affect the thoughts and feelings of individuals, their relations to strangers, friends, and colleagues, the ways in which institutions operate, and the kinds of economic opportunities available to individuals and groups operating in the city. The programme in Urban Sociology examines the contemporary forces that are making cities bigger, more diverse, and more fluid than ever; and the effects of these conditions on various aspects of social life. In particular, the programme examines key forces that accelerate the growth and diversity of cities (migration, globalisation, inequalities); the ways in which different class and ethnic groups settle and interact in these places (gentrification, ethnic neighborhoods); and how interactions between diverse groups produce new cultures, ideologies, and political mobilisations. These issues are explored through core and elective courses.
This programme starts in September.
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is part of the track. In the second block students follow an elective, preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Different courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodoloy. In the second semester, students start with a second elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. Throughout the academic year students are enrolled for a lecture series, preparing students for the labour market.
The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis (23 ECTS). Fulfilling the requirements should take one year of full-time study.
Students who need to complete a preparatory programme will require more time, the amount of which will depend on the extra requirements to be fulfilled.
The Master's thesis (23 ECTS) is a report on research that focuses on a topic in the field of Urban Sociology, in which theoretical insights and the analysis of empirical data are integrated. It is carried out by the students under the supervision of two faculty members. The subject of the thesis is to be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. The thesis should be between 16,000 and 24,000 words.
The Master of Science degree is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS, including all required courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, which is based on an independent research project.
Previous education: Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology can be admitted to the programme, provided that they have completed 6 EC in the field of urban sociology. Students with an academic Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences discipline closely related to the programme (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided that they meet the entry requirements as specified. International diplomas are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the diploma should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education. Candidates with a related but slightly less optimal academic bachelor's degree may be admitted provided they complete a preparatory semester in social sciences and/or an intensive research methodology module first. For more information on application and admission, please visit our website.
Additional subject: All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of sociological theory and social sciences research methodology, evenly distributed across (an equivalent of) 60 ECTS at least, earned during previous study.
Language test: All non-native speakers of English (including Dutch students) applying to one of the English-taught programmes offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. For more information, please visit our website.
Written request: All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.
Grade list: All applicants are required to submit official transcripts of each higher education institute attended, listing all courses and examinations already completed and currently enrolled in, and grades and credits obtained.
Knowledge minimum: At least (an equivalent of) 6 EC of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of urban sociology.
Additional language requirements:
No work experience is required.
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