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About Political Sociology
Masters degrees in Political Sociology involve advanced study of the relationship between government and society, along with the ways in which power and identity affect one another. As you’d expect, they combine political and sociological theory to shed light on the politics of contemporary society.
Depending on the programme, you can study these Masters in the form of an MA or an MSc. Related postgraduate specialisms include Social Policy and Political Sciences.
By applying sociological concepts and techniques to the study of politics, you’ll develop your knowledge of the interactions between social and political institutions. You might study the influence of protest movements on government, assessing the extent to which social change comes about as a result of collective action.
Some courses may give you the chance to focus on a particular region or country – the Balkans or Russia, perhaps – while other programmes might instead turn your attention to the effects of globalisation on political institutions.
In terms of career prospects, the most obvious destinations for postgraduates are probably in local and central government, charities, diplomacy, policy-making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). However, you’ll pick up a range of skills that can be applied across sectors as diverse as the media, management and industry.
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This MA provides students with the opportunity to study key concepts and approaches in political sociology and theoretical debates about the relationship between state and society, and identity and power. Read more
Political decision-making and action at the international level are shaped by complex psychological mechanisms that are often under-explored or overlooked by mainstream approaches to International Relations. Read more
Political sociology is a subject with a long and distinguished history and a thriving contemporary debate. The MSc Political Sociology is designed to look beneath the day-to-day controversies of politics in order to explore the underlying forces that either promote or retard political and social change. Read more
You study people and societies with emphasis on modern urban settings in a multidisciplinary area which overlaps with politics, international relations, anthropology, economics, history, human geography and psychology. Read more
As a crucial part of understanding our human condition, political theory has always been held to be a valuable activity. Read more
This programme invites you to think systematically about the social world, how it is changing, the challenges and how we as individuals and groups organise, rationalise and assimilate our response. Read more
This pathway aims to integrate the consideration of themes in social theory with the study of substantive topics, as well as give a thorough grounding in research methods. Read more
This MSc degree will provide you with the analytical understanding and knowledge to lead the agenda for prevention of two of the world's most pressing issues, the politics of violence and radicalisation at the national and global scale. Read more
Societies such as Ireland are adjusting very rapidly to change in the external and internal environments. The aim of this MA is to interrogate the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of the internet in contemporary societies. Read more
This taught postgraduate programme offers an exciting opportunity to engage with the sociological analysis of the varied and multifaceted contemporary global inequalities and policy landscape. Read more
This MSc aims to educate a new generation of public policymakers and policy analysts, familiarising them with the necessary concepts, theories, methods and principles involved in the formulation and analysis of public policy. Read more
If you are interested in how current societies are shaped by modern issues this programme looks at European developments, how new frontiers came about and how they are shaped by migration, social policy, citizenship, work and family. Read more
Each graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Program Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000
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