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Master in Sociology

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Master in Sociology

This formation is taught in french (focus Spécialisée), or in french and in english (focus Migration and Cultural Diversity).

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  • Programme title
    Master in Sociology
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-SOCO
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french / english
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
  • Jury President
    David BERLINER
  • Jury Secretary
    Pierre DESMAREZ

Details

General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

french / english

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
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Contacts

+32 2 650 39 09

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

The various courses in the curriculum help students get familiar with scientific research, while also preparing them to professions related to social work, especially in a context of cultural diversity.

Students can spend a term or a whole year abroad. The department has exchange agreements with more than a hundred partner universities in Europe and throughout the world.

The Master in Sociology is designed to let students orient their education depending on their professional aspirations: either a career in research or academic teaching, or a non-academic career in a public or private organisation in which they can make the most of their specific training. Whatever path they choose, the range of courses offered is designed to avoid premature specialisation in one of the various branches of sociology. Dependent on what they choose, students can familiarise themselves with multiple aspects of sociology, or opt to specialise in just one or two branches of the discipline. Teaching is focused mainly on key social issues: education, labour, urban policy, immigration, and culture.

Access conditions

Programme

The Master in Sociology provides students with the critical analysis skills necessary to analyse life within society and the challenges involved, with a view to contributing—beyond ready-made explanations—to explain how it is organised and how it functions, to inform citizens about the basics of the society in which they live, and to come up with answers to the questions that preoccupy public authorities, politicians, and decision-makers with regard to current social issues.

The Master in Sociology allows students to acquire both theoretical knowledge and the methodological tools used to gather data, which is an essential aspect of this discipline.

At the end of the programme, graduates will have acquired both general knowledge and more specialised knowledge in concrete fields (culture, work, social policy, urban policy, migration issues, education) and investigatory methods.

What's next ?

Prospects

By giving students specific tools and skills, the Master in Sociology enables them to work in public and private organisations in a variety of professional sectors. This Master can also lead to more traditional activities for graduates in sociology, namely research and teaching. Working as a sociologist does not imply being an out-of-touch theoretician, quite the contrary: sociologists engage with society, and have the tools required to act upon the world around them. Sociologists are practitioners, for instance when they conduct studies or provide advice, or when they integrate into a professional environment in which they enable the cohabitation of different groups, solve conflicts, or improve mutual understanding.