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Master Program in Sociology - Urban Sociology from University of Amsterdam is all about hands-on research into the topics that are most current in the contemporary thinking about urbanization.
Being its part means studying the city as a space of innovation (for new ideas, fashion, music genres, lifestyles), a site of struggle and political mobilization, and a domain for policy interventions.
The Urban Sociology track offers a strong grounding in sociological thought and produces students who are able to:
- Think critically on theoretical topics, through well-developed habits of questioning.
- Conduct research in diverse social settings and places, bringing the first-hand experience of the urban society and its subsets, to the discussion table and decision-making agencies.
- Speak with a variety of audiences and publics, on a variety of urban questions, in a variety of accessible-academic languages.
- Imagine alternatives to the way things are now, especially having something to say about democracy, participation, and the creation of publics.
- View the urban in a transnational, connected frame, understanding that there are more than just a few ways to be “urban.”
Student profileUrban sociology at the University of Amsterdam addresses the fundamentals of urban inequality, justice and politics through a close engagement with a diversity of publics: city residents and politicians, workers and entrepreneurs, bus drivers and drug users, and many more. Direct contact, observation, casual conversation and pre-arranged interviews, mental maps and auto-ethnography are some typical actions that our students take and skills they use when researching. The program combines the knowledge acquired in the classroom with its practical application during the research period and the internship work. It is intense and rigorous, and requires a good amount of independent work. Students are drawn from a variety of fields in social sciences, but are expected to have an experience of conducting a socio-scientific research.
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Sociological Perspectives
- Master's Thesis Seminar
- Restricted-choice electives: Winter School Methods
- Free-choice electives: Internship
- Dynamics of International Migration and Immigrant Integration
- Restricted-choice electives
- Master's Thesis Sociology
- 12 months
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DisciplinesSociology Landscape Architecture View 59 other Masters in Sociology in Netherlands
- Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology or in another closely related discipline (including economics and psychology) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.
- International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education.
International16335 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 16335 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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