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Sociology: Cultural Sociology

Degree type
MSc
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Amsterdam

Program description

Cultural sociology examines culture from a broad perspective as well as looking at the more specific features of culture.

The subject matter focuses on how symbolic goods like books, artworks, fashion are produced, distributed and received. In addition, the curriculum explores how broader cultural conceptions are embedded in social relations, change over time and vary across social groups. The Cultural Sociology programme offers the unique opportunity to study key themes within contemporary cultural sociology. The research and teaching of staff members stimulates a strong engagement with issues of cultural globalisation and cross-national comparative research. Does the global exchange of media products – Disney movies, fashion magazines, popular music – pose a threat to local and national cultures? Do developing art markets in Russia, China, Brazil and India adopt Western models and institutions? The approach to the study of these questions is empirically grounded, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Admission requirements

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 cultural 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.

Previous education

Students who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology can be admitted to the programme, provided that they have completed 6 ECTS in the field of cultural 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.

Written request

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Written request

All applicants are required to submit a statement of motivation.

Knowledge minimum

At least (an equivalent of) 6 EC of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of cultural sociology.

Knowledge minimum

At least (an equivalent of) 6 EC of sociological theory is expected to be taken in the field of cultural sociology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Additional subject

Sociological theory and research methodology
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 EC at least, earned during previous study.

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 EC at least, earned during previous study.

Language requirements

CAE: C1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL paper based: 575, TOEFL computer based: 232, TOEFL internet based: 90

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