This master course is a two-year programme that provides advanced training for positions of social researcher in private research institutes in the field of marketing and communication, customer satisfaction and opinion research, as well as in public research institutions (for instance, institutes and foundations involved in education research or in the analysis of labor market and welfare trends).This master course also provides a strong background for students interested in doctoral studies in the field of sociology and social research.
Specifically, this master programme equips students with in-depth mastery of statistical and qualitative techniques to analyse social trends. The methodology courses of the first year have a strong applied orientation, as they entail the active participation of students in laboratory activities and seminars (e.g. learning how to design a questionnaire, building a web-survey, learning how to use statistical softwares, carrying out in-depth interviews and focus groups).
The master has a strong international orientation. The courses are taught in English, students are funded to spend study periods abroad, and we have two double degree agreements with the prestigious universities of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and Tilburg (the Netherlands), as well as a joint degree in cultural sociology with the universities of Graz, Zadar and Brno.
The first year is entirely devoted to methodology courses offered to all students that cover not only sociological methods, but also methods for historical and political research. The second year covers two clusters of substantive courses in:
- social inequalities and social change in education, family dynamics, labour market participation and welfare support;
- culture and communication: they involve the analysis of cultural transformations in lifestyles and in several domains such as science and religion.
Each student is expected to choose one of these two clusters.
Moreover, in the second year students participate in a research stage in private and public research institutes, and draft their final dissertation. The choice of the cluster of courses, of the internship and of the topic of the dissertation shall be integrated in order to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of an area of substantive expertise for their future career development.