Cultural sociology examines culture from a broad perspective as well as looking at the more specific features of culture.
Would you like to know whether the global exchange of media products – Disney movies, fashion magazines, popular music – poses a threat to local and national cultures? Or whether developing art markets in Russia, China, Brazil and India adopt Western models and institutions?
In Cultural Sociology, you will not only examine culture from a broad perspective (collective mentalities, ideologies, religious orientations, expert and lay knowledge), but you will also look at the more specific features of culture (art, media, popular culture). You will focus on how symbolic goods like books, artworks and fashion are produced, distributed and received. In addition, the curriculum explores how broader cultural conceptions are embedded in social relations, and how they change over time and vary across social groups.
The approach to the study is empirically grounded, utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods. The programme offers you 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.
€ 2060 / jaar
The programme (60 ECTS) starts with a theory course in Sociological Perspectives and a Thematic Core Course which is part of the track. In the second block students follow an elective preferably relevant to the topic of the thesis. The first semester ends with an intensive Winter School in methods. Various courses are offered in both quantitative and qualitative methodology.
During the semester students will also follow a course in Labour Market Orientation, preparing them for the labour market.
In the second semester, students start with an additional elective and a thesis seminar in which they will write their research proposal. The programme is concluded with a Master's thesis.
Students have the opportunity to replace one of the electives (6 ECTS) with an internship. An internship provides students not only with relevant work experience but also with the possibility to put classroom theory into practice.
All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.
Lectures, seminars, study visits, independent research.
Specific career examples from alumni of the Cultural Sociology programme are:
* Lecturer at Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Science
* Policy officer at Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW)
* Campaign manager at BKB, Het Campagnebureau (campaigns)
* PhD student at Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research
* Editor-in-chief for the Food Film Festival in Amsterdam
The programme gives students a good basis to pursue their studies at the PhD level. Students with an excellent academic record will be encouraged to complete their Master's studies with the development of a proposal for PhD study at the University of Amsterdam.
Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).