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Urban Sociology (MSc)

Course Description

Cities can be seen as birthplaces of social experiments and social change. They are characterized by a sizable and heterogeneous population, but also by the fact that social relations show higher levels of anonymity and that social problems and contrasts are more tangible than elsewhere.

The spatial and social mobility of the urban population, the rise and fall of lifestyles and subcultures, and changing social relations between individuals and groups in urban settings become matters of serious political concern and so subjects of social scientific investigation. Cities are unique laboratories, a plethora of people, lifestyles and forms of human behavior can be seen.

Urban sociologists are interested, for instance, in how urbanites deal with public and private domains. They are also interested in how the fate of a diverse population is shaped by the institutional make-up of the city, and how they leave their mark on the urban environment. Urban Sociology is characterized by highly specific approaches, focusing on (qualitative) sociological-historical research and ethnography.
Studying Social Urban Sociology at the University of Amsterdam

Urban Sociology is a track of the Master's degree programme in Sociology.

The changes taking place in Amsterdam embody many of the issues that are dealt with in the Master of Urban Sociology. The programme's lecturers are mainly drawn from the UvA's Programme Group ‘Dynamics of Citizenship and Culture' (sociology), and many are also involved in the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), an interdisciplinary research institute which examines issues related to migration and integration from a comparative perspective and in the Urban Studies priority Research Area Programme.

Graduates of the Master are in an excellent position to apply to UvA's international, English-taught PhD programme.

Accreditation and degree

Students of the programme in Urban Sociology receive a Master's of Science degree in Sociology (Sociologie). This programme has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme in Urban Sociology students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree and the title Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology.

Entry Requirements

The programme is targeted at students with a bachelor's degree of the College of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. They are considered to possess the knowledge, insight and skills referred to below, and will be admitted to the programme on these grounds. This also applies to students with a bachelor's degree in Bèta-Gamma studies of the University of Amsterdam, provided that they have completed a major in sociology (90 EC).

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